Encouraging wellbeing in 2021

How can we focus on wellbeing?

Recent studies conducted on the test group doing active breaks with Pleaz showed that using the platform can increase Mental Wellbeing by even 20%!
In order to understand what you can do for yourself, your colleagues and the company we are going to talk with the Professor from The Copenhagen University and find out:

  • What is the purpose of Pleaz and why is it a science-based startup
  • How you can use Pleaz to work with mental, social and physical wellbeing
  • How scientific design can measure wellbeing
  • Results from the pilot study (Study A) and what is the next step

What is mental health and wellbeing?

All you need to do is step out of the front door and head to work. No big deal right? But for some reason, there’s dread in the pit of your stomach because it’s finally the day of the deadline. If you think about it, you haven’t had a great run lately. Maybe it’s something you’re doing wrong. Or worse, maybe it’s just you. You put your head in your hands, frustrated. It must be because you lack confidence, you tell yourself. You’re just not good enough. Maybe if you called in sick instead, you’d get an extra day to check everything over thoroughly. Then you’d be ready by tomorrow right? Yeah, that sounds like a plan. So, practicing your best ‘sick voice’ impression, you call up your boss and tell them you can’t make it in after all. 

Goodness, that spiraled quickly didn’t it? And just because you told yourself you weren’t good enough.

The good news is, this negative thinking doesn’t have to become a pattern in your work life. Did you know you can be your own superhero when it comes to your mental health? Sometimes it can be difficult to know how to deal with stress or problems that crop up in the workplace, but it is definitely possible to get yourself feeling better again with a little bit of insight, care and most importantly, patience.

How to prevent back pain at work?

Do you have a sore back causing you pain?  

If so, you are not alone – in fact, studies show that throughout a year between 23% to 38% of office workers have experienced lower back pain (1). 

One of the main ways to decrease lower back pain caused by excessive sitting during the working day is to regularly move the lower back (2).

Try out video instructed exercise below to loosen tension in your back and keep reading to learn more about:

  • What is causing the pain in your back?
  • Why should you prioritize this during your working day both as an individual and employer?
  • What can you do to prevent it during your working day?

What is physical health?

Physical health is not just looking thin and not calling in sick to work that often. It’s a state of being free from illness or injury and being able to maintain a healthy quality of life and get the most out of our daily activities without undue fatigue or physical stress. This state of wellbeing can be achieved and maintained through a wide range of our daily habits and behaviors such as dieting, sleeping, relaxation, physical activity, personal hygiene, dental health, and much more. (1)

There is no single perfect formula to achieving this. Humans has individual needs in regards to these elements and responds differently on our physical health. 

However, the purpose of this blog post is to present the science behind and general guidelines on some of these elements which are considered essential to maintaining good physical health- then you can decide for yourself how you want to prioritize your time.
– then you can decide for yourself if you are prioritizing your physical health with your current habits 

– and maybe you can recognize some of your daily behaviors that could be changed to improve your physical wellbeing. 

How can mindfulness decrease stress?

SUMMARY: The day has started just like any other, but you can already feel your heart racing as you walk through the office doors. Is the presentation you made up to scratch, you wonder. Will you need to stay back again after 5pm this afternoon? Wait, how many meetings were scheduled today? Oh no. Did you remember to answer that email from your boss or not?  

Whoa, slow down! You’ve only just made it to your desk and already your mind is filled with questions and anxiety about the work day ahead. But don’t worry- there’s one easy way you can stop those racing thoughts from holding you captive. And that’s to take a few minutes to yourself.  

It might sound counterintuitive to do this, but whenever you are feeling a little overwhelmed during your work day- whether it’s at the start, middle or end of the day- take a quick break to reboot your mind. In this blog post, we’re going to teach you how to do this using one easy trick- mindfulness. How? Read on. 

What is social wellbeing?

The workday is in full swing by the time you arrive at the office. Your colleague Mark catches you in the lift and you chat with him about the soccer season beginning at the end of the week. Later, your boss Lucy dashes past, but quickly stops to check in about your partner because they had been sick earlier in the week. You make a mental note to text your partner to see how their day is going too. When it’s time to go in for a midday meeting, your team do a quick five minute yoga session before heading into the boardroom. 

After lunch you’re standing at the copy machine when Kirsti approaches. You want to tell her how well the last sales call went because she’s top of the ladder and you’re always trying to learn new tips and tricks from her. Then, just as you’re ready to pack up for the day, your partner replies to your text to tell you they’re enjoying their first day back at work. Success! 

Now it may not seem like it, but these are all simple examples of how you’re working on your social health without even knowing it. How? Just by conversing and doing team activities or events with other people during your workday. And while it is often overlooked, it should actually rank equally with your physical or mental wellbeing. 

So what exactly is social wellbeing and why is it so important?

How to turn stress into your advantage

Can you relate to the feeling of being stressed? Most of us can, and it is most likely an unwelcome part of our daily life. However, stress is important for your mental and physical development. To take advantage of stress and your body’s stress responses, you need to know what stress is, how it affects your body and how you can cope with stress.

We have invited Dr.Stefano De Dominicis, Assistant Professor of Sport and Health Psychology, for a 30 minutes webinar to help us understand how we can cope with work-related stress – especially in a hybrid workday. Stefano is conducting research into the effects movement has on our minds, personality and behaviours and will help us understand why stress is not necessarily bad.

Why should you participate? Our host, Matias Welsien Thomasen, will make sure to ask Stefano questions about work-related stress to give you a new understanding of stress as something important to your mental wellbeing and give you actionable tools to use in your workday.

Mental health at work

Wednesday, October 13th 2021 14:30 (GMT+2)

At Pleaz we want to create a common ground and give all viewers a framework for coping with work-related stress. Bjarne Toftegaard, has a vast experience from a long and stressful career. He worked as an engineer, a Project Director with building Øresundsbroen (Easter Sea Bridge) and a Technical Director at the National Police Department.

Bjarne has experienced severe stress himself and after the sick leave he dedicated himself to further education specialised in stress management. Now he’s one of hte most impactful experts in Denmark working with companies, leaders and stress coaching programs.

In this webinar Matias will ask questions about work-related stress and how we can cope with it. Throughout the webinar we will bring specific cases from our customers and provide actionable tools.

How did 1 year with Corona affect our wellbeing?

Wednesday April 16th 13:00 (GMT+1)

What has COVID19 taught us about the Future of Work?

Stefano De Dominicis, PhD, PsyD from The University of Copenhagen and Matias Welsien from Pleaz will talk about human behavior and the implementation of health strategies at workplaces. This will be held against some exclusive data from studies conducted with employees during pandemic. All of this will be covered with Matias asking the professor 10 questions on how to succeed with a health strategy, despite The New Normal. This is a unique chance to understand how companies can start the dialogue about contributing to wellbeing at work.