Moving on the Job – Karen Maloney

Karen Maloney is a Health & Wellbeing advocate, empowering people to take ownership of their lives, live more consciously and wake up to their true potential. Motivational Speaker, Reiki & Seichem Practitioner, also currently studying Strategic Intervention Coaching.
Workplace wellbeing is vital for staff health, morale and productivity.

What is one of the most important aspects of workplace well-being? Well, there are multiple really – fresh air, natural light, open spaces, proper ergonomics, good team rapport etc.

But one thing that I think is really important is – movement.

Tony Robbins has the saying, ‘motion creates emotion’ and I truly believe it. This doesn’t mean to bring all your emotional baggage to the office and off-load it on all your colleagues. It refers to the fact that when we move, we create energy and unleash
creativity.

How many of us are guilty of sitting at our desk for too long without taking a break?
What happens? We can become sleepy, unmotivated, lack focus and find it difficult to engage our brain. Just like our physical bodies can become stiff and rigid, so too can our thinking and our creative process.

We often fool ourselves into thinking that if we power through and avoid breaks, we will get more achieved and accomplished, whereas the opposite is true. Taking short breaks, where you physically stand up, stretch or move for a few minutes and change your focus, actually increases productivity. The brain is a muscle after all and working it
in short bursts and taking regular breaks, helps it function at its optimum.

Modern society is obsessed with ‘busyness’ and appearing busy all the time. People equate long hours, first-in-last-out work ethic, and all‐nighters with success but it’s the classic case of quality over quantity that wins out. Scheduling short breaks (even 2 minutes every hour!) is the key to success, and in turn workplace wellbeing as you avoid burnout. It’s the small, repetitive actions that compound and make the greatest impact over time!

So how can we incorporate more movement in the workplace?
• Schedule a reminder every hour to stand up, move about or stretch for a few minutes.
• Go for a quick 10–‐minute walk on your lunch break.
• Initiate walking meetings.
• Take phone calls standing up.
• Walk to your colleague to deliver a message (instead of phoning or emailing them)
• And finally, encourage team involvement! Get others to join you, so the habit becomes instilled among the team.

“Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going”. Jim Rohn
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