The films were launched to coincide with last month’s Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to promote the message of good mental health for all.
They are based on tried-and-tested wellbeing techniques and exercises that encourage staff to relax in order to alleviate racing thoughts associated with stress and anxiety. They also encourage physical activity at work.
Matthew Holder, head of campaigns at the British Safety Council, said: “Emotional resilience is important because it improves effectiveness at work. However, it also helps people gain greater immunity from certain illnesses. By making these exercises part of their daily routine, employees should be able to improve their wellbeing and resilience to stress.”
The breathing exercise film aims to help people control stress and anxiety with the help of breathing. The exercise aims to slow the overall activity of the brain and relax both the mind and the body.
The visualisation exercise is intended to release tension and improve concentration. Visualisation exercises combined with deep breathing are proven to reduce stress and relax the body, giving the person a moment of peace in the hectic work environment.
The chair exercises film demonstrates shoulder, leg, feet and stomach exercises for relaxing various parts of the body that may stiffen and ache due to spending long periods of time sitting at an office desk.
Matthew Holder continued: “The British Safety Council’s wellbeing videos are intended as a practical resource to help employees look after their wellbeing and deal with the pressures of everyday working life. We hope that they will become a part of the lunchtime routine, accessed in bite-size chunks and used when required.
“Workers’ wellbeing is a shared responsibility between employers and employees and a true reflection of organisational culture. For workers to practice wellbeing and mindfulness at work, they must be supported by their organisations, their senior leadership and by line managers.
“Our videos feature simple wellbeing exercises, which do not require any infrastructure investment from employers. However, workers’ ability to use them in the workplace is likely to be proof of employers’ commitment to their workers’ health and wellbeing.”
The films can be found at: youtube.com/user/britishsafetycouncil