Emotional Wellness

Meditation: The First Step to Calmer, Clearer Minds

November 11, 2022
The Wellness Tribe Team

We live in a world full of distractions and stimulations. But imagine if there was a way to slow things down for the mind to unwind and for our body to let go of that stress.

What was the last time you devoted some time to being still, putting down your phone, and getting rid of all the distractions around you?

When was the last time you didn't do anything? 

Today, let’s discover how meditation can benefit us in our life. Whether you are new or have done some meditation before, you will find this guide very helpful. 

Meditation: What Exactly Is It?

So you may be asking, Well, what is meditation? Honestly, it's actually a really simple thing. In essence, meditation is a skill that trains our minds so we can maintain a calmer, clearer mind and feel more at ease mind body soul.

Thus, we're taking a few minutes out of our everyday routine and training our minds to be less distracted and more present. No need to become a monk or nun to meditate. 

Many people assume that meditation is meant to control the mind, change the mind, and get rid of thoughts and distractions. There is more to meditation than that. If you've been introduced to meditation through a workplace wellness program or other employee wellbeing program, you can make it easy at home without any help. 

Here’s an Example to Make It Easier

Begin Your Journey Towards a Calmer, Clearer Mind With Meditation
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Look at meditation in this way. Imagine that you're sitting on the side of the road. Now, you have just to sit there and watch the cars. The cars are your thoughts. Sounds easy, right? We tend to feel unsettled when the traffic moves.

So to stop the cars, we run out into the road. Perhaps we even forget the point of sitting there in the first place, chasing after some. Obviously, running around all the time only increases our restlessness in mind.

So by training the mind, we can transform our relationship with those passing thoughts and feelings. Having a different perspective on things allows us to find the peace we need for prosperous mental health.

Is it possible to get distracted from the idea of the exercise sometimes? Indeed, as soon as we remember, we're back on the roadside, watching the traffic go by, entirely at ease, body and mind. A fundamental method of cultivating a sense of peace is focused attention.

"Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity." - Voltaire

The Art of Meditation

It's important to have something to focus our attention on when we're training our mind body soul. It could be a visualisation, a question, a word, a phrase, or maybe even something external. The most common thing to focus on is the breath.

Our focus of attention gives us an anchor. We can turn to it when we suddenly realise our minds have wandered. That, of course, will happen sometimes.

It's not that we're trying to block out thoughts or isolate ourselves from the world we live in when we focus on an object like our breath. But, rather than getting sucked into that type of thinking or distraction, we're learning to step out of it, let it go, and return to our calm, focused attention.

The Science Behind Meditation

‍The Science Behind Meditation
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The concept of focused attention is not new. Thousands of years ago, Buddhists practised meditation to achieve inner piece and happiness. People who have practised meditation for years have felt the benefits but don't necessarily know how it works physiologically.

The last 20 years have seen scientists rigorously measure blood pressure, heart rate, stress levels, and even brain structure to see what's happening.

There is something called "neuroplasticity." It explains that the brain is flexible and malleable, that it could change, and that scientists were actually witnessing this by putting monks through an fMRI scanner and noticing what was happening to the brain before, during, and after meditation.

It is now known that when we meditate, we are training a muscle, just like when we go to the gym and work out. We build it up. The same goes for that part of the brain linked to happiness and well-being.

It's getting thicker. It's getting stronger, so we actually spend more time in that place. Meditation's been proven to reduce stress, frustration, depression, and pain and also to increase happiness, heightening levels of patience, acceptance, and compassion. So even if you feel like nothing is happening when you meditate and practice mindfulness, you can be assured that it can improve your personal as well as wellbeing at workplace.

So if you wish to embark on a journey through mindfulness, let’s get started. with our Mindfulness Matters: How to Stay Steady during Storms guide.

Workplace Diversity

Why Embracing Diversity Could Be Your Best Corporate Move Yet

January 11, 2024
Nitesh Padghan

In the heart of every thriving organization lies a commitment to diversity. It’s not just about ticking boxes or meeting quotas. Diversity is about enriching your corporate landscape with a spectrum of perspectives, experiences, and ideas. A recent study by McKinsey & Company highlights that companies with diverse executive teams were 33% more likely to see better-than-average profits. This isn't a coincidence. When different voices are heard and valued, innovation thrives.

But how do we move from mere acknowledgment to active appreciation? It starts with creating a respectful culture. A respectful culture is the bedrock on which the pillars of diversity stand. It’s about ensuring every employee, regardless of their background, feels valued and understood.

Nurturing an Inclusive Environment

Creating an inclusive environment is about proactive engagement. It’s not enough to have diversity in your team; what matters is how these diverse elements interact. Google's re:Work initiative provides a fantastic framework here. They emphasize psychological safety - an environment where everyone feels safe to express their thoughts without fear of ridicule or backlash.

Why does this matter? A study from the Center for Talent Innovation found that employees in inclusive companies are 3.5 times more likely to contribute their fullest innovative potential. When you nurture an environment where differences are not just tolerated but celebrated, you unlock a treasure trove of creativity and problem-solving abilities.

Leadership's Role in Advocating Diversity

Leadership sets the tone for corporate culture. When leaders actively advocate for diversity, it sends a powerful message. It’s not about issuing a statement; it’s about embodying the values of diversity in every action and decision. Leaders should be trained to recognize their unconscious biases and understand how to foster an inclusive atmosphere.

Moreover, leaders need to be visible in their support. This might mean participating in diversity training sessions alongside employees, ensuring diverse representation in decision-making processes, or simply being approachable and open to conversations about diversity.

Encouraging Open Dialogue and Feedback

A culture of respect is a culture of open dialogue. It’s crucial to create channels for employees to voice their concerns, experiences, and ideas about diversity. This could be through regular feedback sessions, anonymous surveys, or open forums. The key is to listen actively and respond constructively.

Feedback isn't just about airing grievances; it's about continuous improvement. When employees see their input leading to real change, it reinforces their value to the organization. Moreover, these discussions can uncover hidden biases and provide insights into how to make the workplace more inclusive.

Measuring and Celebrating Diversity Success

Finally, what gets measured gets managed. It's important to set clear, tangible goals for diversity and track progress against them. This might involve metrics on recruitment diversity, retention rates of diverse employees, or the number of diversity-focused initiatives implemented.

But beyond metrics, celebrate your diversity successes. Whether it's a successful project team with diverse members or an inclusive event that brought different parts of the company together, celebrating these moments reinforces the importance of diversity in your corporate culture.

Corporate Wellbeing

Health for All: A Call for Action on World Health Day

April 6, 2023
The Wellness Tribe Team

Today on World Health Day, we celebrate the remarkable progress made in global health over the past 75 years. This year's theme, "Health for All," highlights the importance of ensuring everyone has access to quality health services regardless of their income, location, or social status. While there is still much work to be done, it's important to recognize the significant strides made in improving public health around the world.

In the past 75 years, life expectancy has increased by 25 years globally. This is just one example of the many achievements made possible through advances in healthcare and public health initiatives. However, as we celebrate the progress made so far, it's also essential to address the challenges that remain in achieving health equity for all. 

In this article, we will explore the current state of healthcare in India and how digital transformation is driving progress. We will also provide actionable steps that employers can take to support employee well-being and promote a workplace health culture. 

Transforming Challenges into Opportunities

India's healthcare sector has been facing several challenges for a long time, including limited access to healthcare, low healthcare spending, and inadequate healthcare infrastructure. However, these challenges have paved the way for digital transformation in healthcare, making healthcare services more accessible, affordable, and effective than ever before.

According to the National Health Profile 2019 report, India had only one government allopathic doctor for every 10,926 people, one government hospital bed for every 2,046 people, and only 0.8 nurses per 1,000 people. These figures reflect the challenges that India's healthcare sector challenges, leading to a lack of access to basic healthcare services for many.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst for digital transformation in healthcare, enabling healthcare providers to adopt innovative approaches to healthcare delivery. According to the National Medical Commission, there were 13 lakh allopathic doctors and 5.65 lakh AYUSH doctors as of June 2022, with a doctor-population ratio of 1:834, better than the WHO standard of 1:1000.

Moreover, the Indian government has launched several digital initiatives to transform the healthcare sector, such as the National Health Digital Mission (NDHM). 

The NDHM aims to create a national digital health ecosystem, providing access to health services, electronic health records, and other health-related services through a single digital platform. The initiative has already seen considerable success, with over 1.4 million patients registered on the platform by January 2021.

"Health is a human right. Every person deserves to live a healthy life regardless of their age, gender, ethnicity, or economic status. On this World Health Day, let us reaffirm our commitment to achieving health for all by ensuring equal access to quality healthcare services." - Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

5 Key Trends in Human-Centered Healthcare

At The Wellness Tribe, we have observed several key trends in data that are paving the way for a more human-centered approach to healthcare. These trends are transforming the healthcare landscape and enabling better outcomes for individuals. Let's take a closer look at these trends:

1. The Rise of Personalized Health

The healthcare industry is moving towards personalized medicine, which means using data to tailor treatments to each individual's unique needs. Personalized health is becoming a reality due to advances in genomics, artificial intelligence, and wearables. With customized health, doctors can make more accurate diagnoses, and patients can receive more targeted treatments.

2. Data Liquidity and Remote Care

The pandemic has accelerated the trend toward remote care and telemedicine. With the rise of data liquidity, healthcare providers can easily access and share patient data across platforms, making remote care and telemedicine more efficient and effective. In addition, patients can receive virtual consultations and care from the comfort of their own homes, improving access to care.

3. Interconnecting Data for Highly Personalized Care

Healthcare providers can connect, analyze, and share health data from multiple sources, including electronic health records, wearables, and social determinants of health, to provide highly personalized care by connecting, analyzing, and sharing data. 

It is possible to develop more targeted treatments for patients when healthcare providers interconnect this broad-based data.

4. Trusted Intelligence and Engagement

As healthcare providers gain more access to data, they also need to develop trust with patients and other stakeholders. As trusted intelligence systems emerge, healthcare providers can better serve patients and improve outcomes by fostering trust and engagement.

5. Embracing a Future-Ready Culture and Workforce

As healthcare becomes increasingly data-driven, it is essential to have a future-ready culture and workforce that embraces digital technologies. Clinicians must leverage medical, data, and behavioral science knowledge and skills to deliver the personalized care demanded by patients. To support this shift, healthcare entities must invest in education, training, and recruiting talent.

By embracing these trends, healthcare providers can create a more human-centered approach to healthcare that prioritizes the needs of patients. At The Wellness Tribe, we believe these trends will continue to shape the healthcare landscape in the coming years, leading to better health outcomes for all.

Taking Action for a Healthier Future

As we celebrate World Health Day this year, the focus should be on how to bring Health for All from a slogan to reality. As HR professionals and leaders in the corporate world, you have a crucial role to play in ensuring access to healthcare for all. Here are some action points for companies on this World Health Day:

1. Prioritizing Well-being Over Profit

The first step in creating a healthier future is to shift from economies driven by profit and pollution to economies driven by fairness and well-being. As HR leaders, we can take the lead in creating a culture that values employee well-being and prioritizes mental and physical health. By investing in employee wellness programs and creating a healthy work environment, we can set an example for other industries to follow.

2. Promoting Social Participation and Self-Care

Engaging and empowering individuals, families, and communities for increased social participation and enhanced self-care in health is key to achieving Health for All. As HR professionals, we can encourage employee engagement in wellness initiatives and provide them with the tools and resources they need to prioritize their health. By fostering a culture of self-care and promoting social participation in health initiatives, we can create a healthier and happier workforce.

3. Using a Primary Health Care Approach

Strengthening integrated national health systems using a primary health care (PHC) approach is crucial for delivering essential quality services with financial protection. As HR leaders, we can work towards creating a health-conscious work environment that emphasizes prevention and early intervention. By providing access to preventive healthcare services and encouraging regular health check-ups, we can help employees stay healthy and catch potential health issues early on.

4. Enabling Non-State Actors

Enabling non-state actors to participate in government-led planning, progress reviews, or implementation towards universal health coverage (UHC) is important in achieving Health for All. As HR leaders, we can advocate for government-led healthcare initiatives and encourage employees to get involved in social causes related to healthcare. By promoting awareness and advocacy around healthcare issues, we can contribute to the larger goal of achieving Health for All.

By prioritizing employee well-being, promoting self-care and social participation, and advocating for government-led healthcare initiatives, we can play an important role in achieving Health for All.

Together We Can

As we celebrate World Health Day 2023, it's important to reflect on the progress that has been made in global health over the past 75 years. However, it's also crucial to recognize the challenges that remain and the need for continued innovation and improvement.

At The Wellness Tribe, we recognize the importance of employee well-being in promoting overall health and happiness. By taking small yet significant steps to support employee well-being, companies can positively impact their workforce and, ultimately, their bottom line.

We encourage companies to implement unique and uncommon approaches to support employee well-being, such as offering healthy food options and mindfulness training. By taking action and prioritizing employee health, companies can create a culture of wellness that will benefit both employees and the organization as a whole.

If you're interested in learning more about how The Wellness Tribe can help support employee well-being through our customized corporate wellness programs, please reach out to us today. 

Let's work together to impact global health positively, one company at a time.

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