Following in the footsteps of Google, Transport for London and branches of the NHS, here at Viva PR we are now practicing mindfulness regularly to boost productivity in the office.
Practicing mindfulness for around 10-15 minutes per day is said to enhance our ability to retain information. From yoga sessions to sound baths, we’re trying it all here at Viva HQ – and as a result, we’re a happier, healthier workplace. It all started with a sound bath.
What is a Sound Bath?
When you say ‘bath’, most people think of a giant tub filled with water. Fortunately for us, a sound bath doesn’t mean ‘bath’ in the literal sense. Instead we were showered with sounds made by rain sticks, drums and Himalayan crystal bowls by Emma, who Tony met at the Lancashire Mind Workplace Wellbeing Conference.
The sounds were played in a specific order that were designed to trigger a deeper way of thinking and subconsciously unlock a creative way to tackle a problem or challenge we were facing.
The popular opinion was that we felt a lot less stressed immediately after and throughout the day, but we were also able to approach our work with a better, clearer mindset.
‘Desk Yoga Mondays’
The sound bath proved to such a success that we established a weekly mindfulness session for anyone who wished to take part at Viva PR. Now, every Monday morning, the whole office gets involved in ‘desk yoga’ with a professional instructor at the helm.
Tony did have us all on tenterhooks when on 1st April (note the date), he would have us all taking part in hoola-hooping. Of course, this was an April Fool’s joke, but the benefits of us practicing sun-salutations at our desk are actually incredibly beneficial.
Yoga is said to improve posture and strength, alleviate back pain, and help reduce stress. With poses including ‘downward dog’ and ‘sun salutation’ modified to work around desk space, for thirty minutes a week team Viva are engaged, relaxed and active during each session.
Why take part in workplace wellbeing?
Sitting at your desk for long periods of time is proven to contribute to health issues, and whilst Viva PR encourages staff to take part in a ’20-minute walk out’ each day, it is important to ensure an active and healthy workforce throughout the whole day.
Having employees who take part in regular exercise is said to encourage productivity in the office, and take less sick days, thanks to a boosted immune system. If anything, it’s also a great bonding experience which in turn helps solidify a team spirit here in the office.
So, what are you waiting for? Dive into a sound bath, do the downward facing desk dog or enjoy a brisk, spring-afternoon walk and see the results for yourself.
Nic Parkes | Accounts Executive