Published on 11th July 2019
On the first week of July, we kicked off the new quarter with Wellbeing week, hoping to encourage healthy habits for the rest of 2019, while raising money for Beyond Blue as part of our 20for20 charity initiative.
Beyond Blue works to raise awareness of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention, reducing the stigma surrounding these issues and to encourage people to seek support when they need it. Through strong partnerships with academics, governments, non-government, corporate, service providers and the community, Beyond Blue promotes good mental health across a range of population groups and places in which people live, learn, work and play.
Throughout Wellbeing week all employees were encouraged to join in healthy activities and were provided with a healthy breakfast each morning, it is after all the most important meal of the day! Read more about our activities below.
Michelle led a Yoga session
We were joined by Michelle a yoga instructor, who helped us combat our "office" posture and help stretch out those areas where we find ourselves carrying a lot of tension working in an office. Yoga has scientifically proven benefits such as decreasing stress, relieves anxiety, improving strength and flexibility. It is also claimed that yoga promotes better sleep quality, reduces chronic pain, improves your breathing and may relieve migraines, so not only do you move better and feel stronger, you're happier too!
A session on Nutrition
Amy Savage, a Nutritionist, joined us for an informative session around our gut health, and what foods we need to eat to ensure maintaining the optimal balance of gut bacteria. While the variety in your diet is hugely important, our biggest takeaway was the importance of chewing your food and taking your time while eating. It is suggested you should chew each mouthful of food at least 20-25 times, this will prevent bloating and help you digest your food better, and also help to prevent you from overeating.
Melbourne walked enough kilometers to make it to Hobart.
Our Melbourne Team took on the challenge to walk as many kilometres as possible as a team. They made it to Hobart, a whopping 598km! What a great achievement, they even managed to clock up an extra 7km just enough to do some further exploring around the town!
Brisbane took some R&R and went fishing!
The Brisbane team had an afternoon on the water, enjoying a spot of fishing together while enjoying a lovely BBQ. Wellbeing is about more than just fitness, it's important to take some time to do the things you enjoy and give yourself some timeout.
Guidedogs NSW/ACT & Run Club
We were inspired by Guidedogs NSW/ACT who joined us to help meet our fundraising goals for this yearCity2Surf. We learned about the difficulties of being low visioned, or blind and the great work Guidedogs NWS/ACT do to help support people who are visually impaired. We also coupled this with our Run Club, organised by our two star runners in our Sydney office (Katie & Andrew) to kick start our training and ensure everyone running their best race in August.
If you would like to improve your wellbeing at work, please find some helpful tips here.
by Cat Webb