Corporate Wellness Program Strategy: 3 Ways HR Teams Can Recommit to Their Employees This Fall

by Kasey Stewart, UB Team Member and Yoga Instructor

As we welcome September and the change of seasons, it is clear that we are heading into a fall like none other. How are you pivoting your employee wellness strategy to compensate?

Of course, there are still many unknowns that may pose challenges for your company, but what can your corporate wellness program strategy look like despite these unknowns? This transitional time is a great moment to acknowledge what is possible, given the circumstances.

Here are a few tips to help you prioritize employee wellness this fall:
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4 Ways Yoga Can Help You Feel More Connected in Your Life

The word “yoga” is a Sanskrit word meaning to yolk, unite, or connect – and it’s not a wonder so many people have begun turning to yoga in recent years, since this definition names the primary benefit that many yoga practitioners experience.

It was predicted several years ago that something like 55 million people worldwide would be practicing yoga by 2020. A significant portion of that growth has occurred in the last decade alone. According to a Yoga Alliance study, there are over 36 million active yogis in America. Between 2012-2016, the number of Americans practicing rose from roughly 20 million to 37 million, raising the participation rate by around 50% over those 4 years. People are practicing in settings from studios to on-site corporate wellness spaces, to even their living rooms, especially here in the age of Covid. Read more

Cultivating Spiritual Wellness In Challenging Times

Cultivating Spiritual Wellness In Challenging Times

Spiritual wellness, one of the 8 dimensions of wellness, asks us to consider how we make meaning of life’s events, including those that are difficult to process. Perhaps the most common association made with spirituality its link with religious practice, but this is certainly not the only path.

The word “spirit” is derived from Latin root word inspirare, meaning to breathe or blow into. The word “inspire”, meaning “to influence, move our guide” happens to share the same root. (Read more about the word origin here). And isn’t it so often the case that when we find what it is that “breathes life” into us – what inspires us — our spirit sings? What if we all followed that call in every aspect of our lives? What might the world look like?

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4 Tips to For Simpler Living in the “New Normal”

4 Tips For Simpler Living in the “New Normal”

As we settle further into what has been dubbed “the new normal”, with finances tight or uncertain for many, the wisdom of simple living is once again rising to the top of our collective awareness.

Regardless of the state of the world, we already know that embracing a simpler life can contribute positively to one’s sense of well-being. In fact, a recent study found that living a simple, minimalist lifestyle is often correlates with a sense of autonomy, competence, mental space, awareness, and positive emotions. And the good news is, you can start right where you are. There are no prerequisites and the definition of success is relative.

If you find yourself seeking a greater sense of clarity and ease during this uncertain time, here are 4 areas where you might look to simplify:

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Live or Pre-Recorded Wellness Classes: Which is right for your company?

Live or Pre-Recorded Wellness Classes: Which is right for your company?

Here in today’s corporate wellness landscape, companies everywhere are transitioning their on-site employee wellness offerings to virtual programs, or they may be seeking this type of programming anew as a means to support their employees through this challenging time.

If you’re in the field of human resources or employee benefits and are exploring virtual wellness solutions for your team, the number of choices available out there can seem a bit daunting. One question that often arises is how to decide between livestream and pre-recorded classes. Here are a few benefits of each:

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5 Tips to Help You Embrace the “Pandemic Pause”

5 Tips to Help You Embrace the “Pandemic Pause”

The Covid-19 pandemic has put many aspects of life as we know it at a stand-still and required us to quickly adapt to a change in routines. Many people are finding themselves with more time on their hands, while others may continue to have a full slate of obligations to fulfill related to work and family. Perhaps you are still trying to figure out what self-care looks like for you in this “new normal”. Fortunately, there are many ways to stay connected with the 8 dimensions of well-being, even while navigating this challenging time.

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How an Emphasis on Wellness can Reduce Isolation at Work

How an Emphasis on Wellness can Reduce Isolation at Work

In the modern world, we are more connected than ever. Our friends, family and co-workers are just a text, email, or social media comment away. Yet still, according to one study, 72% of American adults feel some sense of loneliness, while 31% identify feeling this way at least once per week. Though older/retired individuals, a population we might more readily think of as being affected by loneliness, may be included here, a significant portion of this population is in our workforce, including corporate environments.

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Tips for Working with Habit from the Yogic Tradition and Beyond

Tips for Working with Habit from the Yogic Tradition and Beyond

They say it takes 28 days to change a habit… (or sometimes 21, or more) – it all depends who you ask. And while there may be some evidence to support these claims, the truth is – it’s different for everyone.

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The 8 Dimensions of Well-Being & How to Stay Connected with them at Work

The 8 Dimensions of Well-Being & How to Stay Connected with them at Work

“Well-being” – it’s a somewhat ubiquitous term that describes the state of being characterized by one’s overall degree of health, prosperity, and contentment. Often preceded by an even more universally understood term, “health”, well-being is about making adjustments to your routines that allow you to live life to its fullest capacity. It’s about cultivating positive self-regard and making conscious choices, not only for ourselves, but also for the benefit of others and the world we live in.

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Restorative Yoga for Winter Wellness

Restorative Yoga for Winter Wellness

As we move head-on into the holidays, it’s not uncommon to hear colleagues, friends (and even ourselves!) talk about a heightened experience of busy-ness.

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