Wellness is an active state of enhanced well-being. People use the term wellness to describe a continuous commitment to improving their health through lifestyle changes and preventive measures.
World WellBeing Week returns in June 2022 to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing, from meaningful, purposeful work to physical, mental and emotional health, social resilience and empathic corporate and civic leadership, community relations and care for the environment.
National Employee Wellness Month
National Employee Wellness Month is a great time to re-energize your wellness programs and encourage workers to establish a healthier work-life balance. These programs can improve physical, emotional, social, and financial health.
The more you promote your initiatives and congratulate individuals for their achievements, the more likely employees are to adopt healthy habits that benefit them. These healthy behaviors may lead to increased productivity, improved performance, and reduced absenteeism.
1. Encouraging Movement: It’s no secret that a good amount of exercise helps alleviate stress, boost mood, and relieve pain. Consider offering group fitness classes, introducing a walking meeting program, or rewarding workers for taking the stairs instead of using the elevator.
2. Discuss Mental Health: Often overlooked, mental health issues can impact a worker’s ability to perform their job effectively. Provide weekly lunch and learn sessions with a mental health expert to help your team understand their mental health and what resources are available to them.
World WellBeing Week
World WellBeing Week is an annual initiative to celebrate the many aspects of wellbeing. This year, it runs from 27th June to 1st July and aims to promote the five key areas of wellbeing.
* Movement and exercise – it’s been proven that regular physical activity can boost your mental health, increase energy levels, help you control your weight and promote a good night’s sleep.
It’s also a great way to improve your social life, which can really help boost your emotional state. By connecting with people you like and care about, you can feel a sense of purpose and self-worth.
Acts of kindness and charity can also help to boost your mood. Volunteering in your local community, or giving a gift to someone who is struggling, are both excellent ways to get involved and help others. These acts also give you a sense of satisfaction and achievement. They also encourage you to pay attention to the present moment, which can be a great tool for boosting your wellbeing.
National Mental Health Awareness Week
Taking place from May 10-16, National Mental Health Awareness Week (MIAW) is an annual national public education campaign to promote awareness and reduce stigma around mental illness. It is coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health.
Despite the progress made, many people continue to experience mental illness. This includes people living with serious illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
For a person to receive the care they need, they must feel comfortable and safe discussing their mental illness with health providers. This can be difficult to do, but is a critical component of recovery from mental illness.
The stigma attached to mental illness can keep people ill for longer periods of time, and sometimes push them over the edge towards suicide. This is why it is so important to talk openly about mental health, and break the stigma surrounding this topic.
This year during National Mental Health Awareness Week, you can show your support for mental health by wearing a green ribbon. This is a symbol that is used throughout the world to raise awareness about mental health.
National Physical Activity Week
National Physical Activity Week is an annual observance, celebrated in May. Started by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition in 1983, it provides an opportunity to promote physical health, fitness and sports participation to improve the quality of life for Americans.
Regular physical activity can help people of all ages and body types to reduce their risk for chronic disease and improve their overall health. It can also improve cognitive function and increase energy levels.
Get outdoors with friends and family to participate in fun activities such as bike rides along the coast; pick-up games of ultimate frisbee or a game of baseball! These activities will not only help you get some exercise, but also provide great bonding opportunities.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends adults do at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity or at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic or muscle-strengthening activity every day. However, only 23 percent of adults meet this recommendation.