Now, more than ever, we are aware of the importance of promoting Wellbeing at work in Ireland. The COVID-19 pandemic has created huge stress among our workforce, with many businesses closed during lockdowns, others having to radically change behaviours and many people now remote working. As an early signatory of the Law Society of Ireland Professional Wellbeing Charter, Callan Tansey Solicitors LLP is committed to actively supporting the health and wellbeing of every member of our team.
This year, to mark National Workplace Wellbeing Day (NWWD), Callan Tansey Solicitors LLP hosted a virtual seminar on Healthy Habits for Peak Performance. Aoife Clancy, Performance Nutritionist, spoke to our team on the importance of building good habits around exercise and healthy eating. Her focus was on making a few small changes that would help form healthy habits. These in turn could boost our mood, enhance our immune systems and make a positive impact on our wellbeing.
- Schedule a few minutes, about 3 times per day, to take a short break. If you have been working on a screen, perhaps do some shoulder, back and neck stretches. Take a short walk around your home, or outside if the weather is good. These short breaks will help boost your focus and productivity, as well as relieve muscle stress and strain.
- Plan healthy meals and snacks to avoid reaching for sugary snacks or meals that don’t provide the nutrients you need to support your immune system and maintain a healthy weight.
- Keep well hydrated. Keep water with you while you work, set a target to drink a certain amount each morning, and by the end of your working day.
- Create a weekly habit tracker. Include 30 minutes of exercise, proper hydration and a healthy snack. Aim to achieve two of the three for a few weeks as you build in your good habits, then aim to achieve all three each day.
- We all work better in teams, so arrange to meet a friend or family member for a socially distanced walk, run or swim. After more than a year of homecooked meals we are all looking for inspiration in the kitchen, so why not share healthy recipes with colleagues and friends, and ask them to inspire you too.
The event finished with a Q and A, with some great questions on portion sizes, nutrition in pregnancy, the merits of paying more for organic food, and modifying your diet if you have a sedentary role at work. Aoife then kindly shared some of her tasty and healthy snack recipes with the team.
Find out more about our commitment to Wellbeing in the Workplace here.