Is your business working towards a Healthy Working Lives Award or a Mental Health & Well-being Commendation Award?
I run ‘stress-busting’ workplace workshops in guided meditation, designed to fit into the working day. I aim to reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.
A guided meditation session begins with a brief introduction and I then lead participants through a visualisation. The meditation itself lasts about 30 to 40 minutes, with the rest of the session devoted to a discussion on participants’ experiences of the meditation and how to take what they’ve learned in the workshop forward. Each participant receives a handout of meditation hints to help them continue in their own time. The entire session lasts one and a half hours.
Meditation helps businesses achieve their objectives by improving the mental and physical well-being of their employees. The benefits include:
Lowered high blood pressure
A refreshed mind
Improved creativity and imagination Increased mental energy
A few comments from previous workshop participants:
‘I enjoyed that I was able to switch off in a room full of people!’ ‘
Very calming – can see the benefits of meditation for relieving stress.’
‘I enjoyed the opportunity to just ‘let go’ in the middle of a busy working day.’
Most participants mention their surprise and pleasure at finding themselves able to sit down and relax for an hour or so – something they feel they would not otherwise be able to do. I have taken these workshops to NHS Health Scotland, the ASIST Scottish Conference 2008, the Scottish Conference of Cancer Support Groups, Open University Scotland and schools and voluntary bodies in the Lothians and Borders. Recently I have worked with chronic pain sufferers under the Living Well Borders project, with Waverley Housing, Link Group, Streets Ahead, Hawick and New Horizons Borders, Border Carers, PASDA, Health in Mind and Borders College.
‘Job stress results in absenteeism, sickness and disability, which can reduce productivity and competitiveness.' Dr Michelle Albert, quoted on www.bbc.co.uk/news/health, 15 November 2010.