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Team Building for Corporate Workspaces to Reduce Stress

Stress in the workplace keeps rising.

Yep, you read that right.

Even after so many years of de-formalizing the workplace and hiring design gurus to create workspaces that are brighter and less severe.

A survey conducted by the Korn Ferry Institute in November 2018 revealed that 2/3rds of respondents said that stress at the workplace is higher than it was 5 years ago. A poll conducted by CareerCast saw almost 4 in 5 respondents select a ‘stress score’ of 7 or higher when asked about their job.

And stress at work has real consequences.

For one, stress kills creativity. Literally, if Dr. Wendy Suzuki, NYU Neuroscientist, professor, and author of Healthy Brain Happy Life, is to be believed. Forbes reported, and according to Dr. Suzuki, stress slowly destroys an area of the brain called the hippocampus which has recently been linked with creativity.

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Two, stress can lead to all kinds of unfortunate consequences – a generally unhappy life, broken marriages and relationships, health problems…and in at least one case even death (the 2013 death of Moritz Erhardt, an intern at Merril Lynch was partly due to stress at work).

Now that you know workplace stress is rising which may have serious consequences, what can you do about it?

Many workplaces try out the ‘open workplace’ concept, which refers to a workplace without too many cubicles or private offices. Some supplement that with bright colors, origami, innovative meeting rooms (such as a disused VW bus) and so on.

Now, this might seem to be the perfect solution…except there’s strong evidence it isn’t.

There are a number of experts who opine that an open workplace may actually be making the workplace toxic. Secondly, all an open workplace, bright colors and all the rest of that does is promote genteel conversation and harmony, at best. While that may be great for barbecue parties, it’s not what’s suitable for a business. As it turns out, just like stress can kill creativity, too much harmony can also kill creativity. I didn’t make that up. That’s what the Harvard Business Review said.

The best way to combat toxic stress while maintaining creativity would be by throwing people into situations where there is wholesome, non-toxic stress to innovate and conflict is natural but teamwork is essential.

Team building exercises at escape rooms fit the bill rather neatly. In case you don’t know, an escape room is a game that involves the players getting locked in a room and they have to find their way out by playing games which require innovative thinking and a range of skills.

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First of all, since the escape games are a simulation of a dramatic situation (stave off an epidemic, defuse a time bomb and so on), they clearly offer an enjoyable experience and generate what may be called eustress, a form of stress that’s beneficial for people. This can easily promote creativity to resolve the dramatic situation and accomplish the escape mission…as opposed to workplace stress that destroys creativity. Secondly, many escape rooms design their games carefully to hone qualities like respect for the rules, mutual respect among players and critical insight into issues.

These are qualities that are greatly beneficial for workplaces.

And, once again, it’s not just me who thinks this way. According to foxinabox.us, a whole host of businesses choose to hire escape rooms to organize team building programs and office day outs.

So, what do you think? Do escape rooms provide the solution to workplace stress? Can they kill toxic stress while imbibing qualities that keep workers productive?
Be sure to let us know!

9 benefits of Meditation

As people discover the benefits of meditation, its popularity is rising more and more. Meditation is a habitual process, which includes training your mind to focus to redirect your thoughts. Many people think it is a good way to reduce stress, and you can use it to raise awareness of yourself, the people around you, and your surroundings. People tend to practice it to develop other beneficial habits and feeling, and some of the benefits might include a positive mood, a healthy sleep pattern, self-discipline, and even increase the tolerance to pain.

If you are wondering about the benefits of meditation, take a look at this list:

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1.It reduces stress – one of the most common reasons that people take up meditation is stress reduction. In today’s busy world, both mental and physical stress can increase the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. The effects of the hormone can disrupt your sleep, prompt depression, and anxiety, as well as increase your blood pressure.

2.It reduces anxiety – less stress automatically means less anxiety. Mindfulness meditation helps people reduce their anxiety levels. It also reduces disorders related to anxiety, such as social anxiety, paranoid thought, phobias, and panic attacks. The meditation benefit in professional life is that you will be able to control-job related anxiety, especially in an environment where there is a lot of pressure.

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3.It promotes emotional health – some forms of meditation can provide you with a more positive look on life, as well as an improved self-image. It can improve depression and by maintaining an ongoing habit, like meditation, it can help with gaining these benefits for a longer time.

4.It lengthens the attention span – According to howtobehappy.guru, mediation that focuses your attention will improve your attention span. It will help your attention to be more strong and to last longer. Even meditating for a short period of time can be beneficial to you.

5.It might help fight addictions – the discipline that you can gain from meditation can help you break dependencies by increasing your self-control, as well as teach you what the triggers for your dependence are. It will help you redirect your attention, control your emotions, and increase your willpower. Meditation can help you recover from an addiction, lose weight, or change other habits that might hinder you in your everyday life.

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6.It improves sleep – at some point in your life, you have probably suffered from insomnia. By meditating it can help you control the thoughts that often lead to insomnia. It can also help relax your body, placing you in a peaceful state which makes you more likely to fall asleep.

7.It helps control pain – the perception you have with pain is connected to the state of your mind. It can also be heightened in stressful conditions. Hence, meditating can help you with the chronic pain you might be feeling when used as an addition to physical therapy or medical care.

8.It can decrease your blood pressure – it can also improve your overall health by reducing the strain that is on your heart. Over a period of time, high blood pressure makes the heart pump blood fasted, which can lead to a poor condition of your heart and its functions. Meditation has the power to control the blood pressure by relaxing the nerve signals that coordinate the heart function.

9.You can meditate anywhere and at any time – there are various forms of meditation and people who practice it do not require any specialized equipment or space. You can practice it while spending only a few minutes on it.

Conclusion

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Meditation is something that everyone can do to improve their mental, emotional, and overall health. You will not need special equipment or a place to practice meditation, and you can do it for several minutes every day. Meditation is a great way to improve the quality of your life, even f you do not spend a lot of time on it.

Stress Management & Flotation Tank Therapy

Stress is among the most common ‘ailment’ that the majority of the global population suffers from. Even children are not spared from this ailment’s mental impact.

In most case scenarios people ‘appoint’ stress unto themselves either because of juggling their work-life balance, relationship-based stress, disappointment due to underachievement or because of a missed opportunity. Stress creeps into most people through the tiniest cracks and based on a report released by the American Medical Association, about 60% of illnesses that people are affected by could be directly linked to stress.

Stress is also directly associated with the top 5 causes of fatality in general which includes cardiac diseases, stroke, and various form of cancer. Some studies also indicate that stress is a major contributor towards work and automobile related accidents.

Research shows that in general, the global population spend billions upon billions of dollars to cope with stress, but to no avail as the ‘medication based solution’ to the problem is temporary and some think that this is done on purpose by pharmaceuticals in order to maximise profit.

Fortunately enough, dedicated medical professionals have turned their attention away from prescription drugs to handle the issue and often point their patients towards Restricted Environment Stimulation Therapy or R.E.S.T otherwise also known as Float Tank Therapy.

Based on empirical evidence, R.E.S.T or floatation therapy is a natural prescription for stress relief. It was found during clinical trials that float therapy is not just safe but also a natural and holistic approach to treating stress and anxiety. The weightless environment of a float tank combined with total darkness and quiet indices sensory reduction which ‘quietens the brain’ which means that the ‘floater’s mind and body ‘let’s go’, unplugs and go into a complete state of deep relaxation.

This decreases anxiety and depression significantly and enhances the production of ‘feel good’ chemicals in our bodies which includes serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins which naturally increases our optimism which in turn reduces stress levels due to the reduction of Cortisol.

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Based on scientific research, floatation tank sessions offers a form of meditation which enhances the ability for our bodies to relax point-to-point naturally. This causes the stress hormone Cortisol to be reduced significantly (cortisol which is a hormone that is produced internally and released in the bloodstream during stressful periods), this is the main issue with stress as Cortisol impedes biological functions which include among others the alteration of our immune system responses, digestive systems, reproductive mechanisms, and growth processes. Apart from that, floatation therapy also handles issues of magnesium deficiency which many people suffer from.

This deficiency is eradicated during floatation therapy simply because the Epsom Salt solution used in floatation tanks contain high levels of magnesium which is absorbed through our skin and replenishes the amount of magnesium in our bodies which enhances the body’s ability to produce serotonin which is a mood-elevating chemical in our brain that is critical towards combating depression and anxiety.

Last, but not least, flotation therapy is not just an effective and pleasurable option to combat stress, it is also much more cost effective!