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May 23, 2019

Workplace anxiety can negatively impact productivity at work and negatively affect relationships and communication among your staff. Common wellness initiatives often do not address mental health as an important element of employee health. Instead, they tend to focus on exercise and physical issues.

However, mental health and physical health are undeniably connected in the whole picture of individual wellness. According to Medical News Today, stress reduces mental clarity, decision-making and immune health, among other aspects. These can all impact the individual worker as well as the morale and success of a company.

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December 11, 2018

Have you ever experienced the irritable sensation of crawling, tingling or cramping with the intense urge to constantly move your legs, especially in the evenings? If so, there is a chance you’ve experienced Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS). According to WebMD, it is a common condition that affects nearly ten percent of the population.

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November 27, 2018

Founded on September 22, 1949, American Business Women’s Day was created by the American Business Women’s Association to bring to light the accomplishments of the millions of diverse U.S. women workers and business owners in the workplace. After 70 years, women have made leaps and bounds of progress compared to a time when they couldn’t even vote. Now we are sitting in a time where more women are taking a seat at the table and becoming founders and leaders, instead of just taking the administrative and supportive roles.

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November 6, 2018

holiday health imageThe holidays can be an exciting time as people cover their doorsteps with festive décor in anticipation for parties and events. Despite how it appears, this holiday hubbub can be downright too demanding when balancing gift purchasing, family get-togethers, work and more. You may find yourself indulging in unhealthy habits that were incited by your lack of energy and additional stress. However, the holidays don’t have to be so overwhelming! Use these tactics to stay healthy during times of extra holiday anxiety.

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November 11, 2016

Last week, Americans celebrated Halloween, and workers also honored a different kind of holiday; this past November 2nd was Stress Awareness Day. Designed to bring awareness to the health issues that come with a life of pressure, Stress Awareness Day is a reminder for workers to take charge of their health and wellness, and pursue a lifestyle that’s free from constant worry and anxiety. Read on for five tips to remove stress from your life.

Enter a calm state of mind with these tips.

Enter a calm state of mind with these tips.

Banish Stress with These 5 Tips

  1. Master Deep Breathing Techniques

You may encounter circumstances on the job where your patience is tested or you are frustrated with a request from a client or superior. Deep breathing techniques are a quick way to keep your cool and can be practiced anywhere, at any time. Check out this article for four simple exercises that take ten minutes or fewer. Read More

July 29, 2016

If you’re a committed professional who shows up to your job on time, produces quality work and always makes sure to get the task completed quickly and completely, you’re likely a bit worn out when the day is done. Since you’re such a stellar team player, we bet you could use a bit of relaxation after a long stint at the office. Did you know this August 15th is National Relaxation Day? This holiday is created for you.

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What is National Relaxation Day?

Held this August 15th, National Relaxation Day is meant to remind hard-working Americans that they deserve a break. According to Punchbowl, “No matter what you choose to do, just remember to take it easy, even if it’s only for a few minutes.” Rest and relaxation are an essential part of a health and wellness and by taking some time to relax, unwind and put your feet up, the idea is that you’ll become a better worker who is more productive, committed and happy in the workplace. Instead of waiting for mid-August each year, here are four tips for relaxing year-round.

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May 20, 2016

Are you looking for creative ways to encourage employee stress reduction in the office? Consider allowing pets in the office! Not only are they cute and loveable, many workplaces see increased productivity and worker wellness when friendly Fido is allowed to be present. What else can pets offer your company? Keep reading for the benefits.

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5 Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

  1. Pets Reduce Stress and Anxiety

Countless research studies and more than 70 million Americans have demonstrated the pets’ ability to decrease human stress levels, lower their sense of anxiety, boost the immune system, increase feelings of empathy and prevent the onset of later-in-life allergies. Virginia Commonwealth University found those who work around animals also had lower levels of the hormone cortisol, which causes stress. Allowing dogs to sit in the office with their owners will decrease sick days and absenteeism since workers will feel less like they’re missing out by being away from home.

  1. Pets Encourage Physical Activity

Since pets need frequent exercise and bathroom breaks, their owners go outside more often, encouraging them to stand and stroll, a welcome reprieve from sitting in a desk chair. Taking breaks on the job can increase productivity; offices where walking meetings are held see more creativity and innovation, in addition to trimmer waistlines.

  1. Pets Increase Employee Productivity

Since pets in the office boost our moods, they in turn boost our productivity. When workers are happier and feel their needs are being met, they are shown to produce greater quality work in a shorter period of time. Having a pet-friendly policy can also aid in employee retention and acquiring top talent, since it shows you care about your team members’ needs.

  1. Pets Help Build Group Cohesion and Community

In large offices especially, it may be difficult for new employees to mesh with the group and get to know everyone around them; animals can help. Take Replacements, Ltd. as an example: Jeanine Falcon, vice president of human resources says, “Animals can create a great connection between co-workers. For any business, that’s a powerful tool, as well as an employee benefit, that comes at little or no cost.”

  1. Pets Help Workers Meet New People

Diverse workplaces with lots of different buildings and departments may have hundreds of team members; everyone may not be on a first-name basis. Having a pet in the office can trigger workplace interactions that may not take place in a traditional office environment. If an employee’s dog wanders up to a person they normally don’t work with, it creates a lower pressure scenario where they can mingle and chat about the animal.

If you’re interested in having pets in the workplace, but don’t want to jump straight into writing it into your HR policy, try wading in slowly. Start by having a pet day and see how it goes; Take Your Dog to Work Day is coming up on June 24th. For more information on reducing stress and anxiety in the office, read additional articles on our blog.

April 29, 2016

Do you regularly get enough sleep each night? More than one-third of Americans report not spending enough time catching up on their zzz’s and unfortunately, this habit can leads to negative health problems and issues preforming well on the job.

How Much Sleep is Enough?

While the ideal number of hours you should spend asleep varies from person to person depending on age and lifestyle, it’s generally agreed upon that the average adult individual should allot between 7 and 10 hours each night for quality sleep. Why is this important? Read on.

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Importance of Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep isn’t just for dreaming; it is valuable time your body and mind need to recuperate from the day before and prepare for the challenges of the day ahead. Without adequate rest, your body is at risk of:

  • Weight gain
  • High blood pressure
  • Moodiness and irritability
  • Forgetfulness
  • Poor motor skills and clumsiness
  • Low sex drive
  • Trouble focusing
  • Compromised immune function
  • Lower motivation
  • Acne, hormone imbalance and faster aging
  • Lower life expectancy

All of these negative consequences can be avoided by carving out enough time for sleep each night and taking active steps to improve your quality of rest. Read on for five tips for getting a better night’s sleep.

5 Tips for Getting Better Sleep

  1. Set a Routine: Having a restful night begins with setting healthy habits like turning electronic devices off before bed, setting your alarm clock each night and having a cup of tea before you lie down. When you make sleep a priority and a routine, your body and mind are more likely to embrace it.
  2. Watch Your Naps: If you enjoy a quick cat nap in the afternoon that’s fine, but be aware that it can mess with your body’s internal clock, leading to a fitful sleep. If you must nap in the afternoon, be sure to limit them to 30 minutes or less.
  3. Don’t Sleep In: It’s tempting to sleep in on weekends, but even a few hours difference from your regular routine can kick in jetlag-type symptoms. It’s best to stick to your regular wake schedule every day of the week.
  4. Keep a Sleep Diary: Tracking your sleep progress can help you better understand how your habits affect your ability to get a good night’s rest. Sometimes seeing the hours and patterns align can shed light on how your sleep can be improved.
  5. Skip the Snooze Button: “Snoozing” may feel like you’re getting a few more minutes of rest, but it isn’t healthy for your brain. When you wake up, you’re up and getting five more minutes of poor quality sleep isn’t going to make you feel more awake, it will actually make you more tired and groggy.

What to Do if You Didn’t Get Enough Sleep

Did you not get enough sleep last night? Besides yawning all day, there are several things you can do to jumpstart your body’s perception of wakefulness. Here are some tips for when you didn’t get enough zzz’s.

  • Take a brisk walk
  • Drink a large glass of water
  • Get as much light as possible
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Have a cup of coffee or tea
  • Get some morning exercise

For more tips on staying healthy and well, read additional articles on our blog or visit our showroom in San Jose for advice. How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

March 11, 2016

Whether we like it or not, everyone is bound to feel a bit of workplace stress at some point in their careers. From missing a deadline to having a difficult boss, feeling anxious and exhausted is unavoidable. Since we can’t remove all stress from our jobs, there are several things we can do to manage it and turn it into a positive reaction. Read on for three great ways to reduce office stress.

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3 Ways to Reduce Office Stress

  1. Focus on Action, Not Reaction

According to Forbes, much of the stress we face is caused from our inability to control the situations around us. This means turning the tables and focusing on intentional actions at work rather than gut reactions can be helpful in transforming your stress into empowerment. How to put this into practice? Meet all of your deadlines on time and don’t spend time worrying about what colleagues are working on; you can only control your own actions.

  1. De-Clutter

It’s important to keep your work area neat and tidy to stay organized, but you should also de-clutter your mind and your responsibilities. Keep a planner that covers both personal and professional obligations in one place so you can view your commitments all at once. Log out of social media sites and turn off chat functions when you’re working on a big project; it’s helpful to clear your mind when trying to de-stress.

  1. Take a Breather

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by a big responsibility, sometimes chugging it through is not the most efficient way to work. Step back and take a 5-10 minute breather to focus on calming yourself down and finding peace. Step outside and get some fresh air; a walk in the woods can not only help you with stress management, but can also trigger your creativity and help you be more productive on the job.

Focusing on your own work and making intentional actions, de-cluttering your mind and workspace, and taking a quick breath of fresh air can all help you feel instantly relieved during bouts of office stress. How do you calm down when work feels overwhelming?

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