Carmichael UK staff take time out for Wellness at Work Sessions

Ellena Tangi

October 13, 2017

It’s been just over a year since staff at CarmichaelUK pledged to Time to Change, an initiative that opens up the conversation about mental health and how we can work together to help those that need it.

In the UK, 11.3 million days of work were lost in 2013-2014 due to stress, anxiety or depression. This on average amounts to 23 days per person.  Just one of the reasons that we think it’s important to provide regular Wellness at Work sessions for those that would like to partake. Sitting at your desk all day can leave you feeling fatigued and as a result, your work suffers, so our sessions aim to get people away from their desk for an hour or so.

Our Thame office recently took some time out to take part in a ‘Wellness Walk’, which saw them stroll on a 2-mile walk around the Oxfordshire countryside. During the walk, we encourage our staff to talk about things that they enjoy doing, as well as having the opportunity to talk about any concerns or issues they may have.  We understand that it is often difficult to get up from your desk and be active during the working day so theWellness Walk provided some time away from the office, and get a little bit of exercise in. This also encouraged bonding more as a team, which in turn, helps with productivity and happiness in the workplace.

Staff at our London office enjoyed a meditation and breathing session this morning, offering employees a chance to and get away from their work, focus on their breathing by a guided exercise using an uplifting fragrance. London’s Wellness at Work Champion, Helen Egner organised the session said “To create a different atmosphere the room was rearranged with the lights turned off and I used an uplifting scent from Neal’s Yard. This set the session apart from the normal day. By first taking a few moments to concentrate on our breathing and quieten our minds we find the strength to focus completely on a task. Continually rushing increases stress and makes us ineffective.”

Staff members said they felt so much calmer after their short session, adding that they could easily build the exercises into their normal working days.

If you’re suffering from stress, anxiety, depression or having suicidal thoughts, the Samaritans operate a 24-hour service every day on 116 123. If you prefer to write down how you’re feeling, or if you’re worried about being overheard on the phone, you can email jo@samaritans.org