“One day can change your whole life”
Global Wellness Day is a day dedicated to adopting a healthy lifestyle, hopefully leading to long term change. It is usually held on the second weekend in June and has grown considerably since it was first introduced in 2012.
Being a wellbeing company, Dröm UK decided to encourage the employees to take part this year and to photograph their efforts. Most of the staff are well aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and incorporate them into their everyday life anyway, but it was good to see them venture out of their normal wellbeing routines!
The basic manifesto for the day is simple:
But not all of us do simple ………..
Our Director and Co-Founder Barry Smith headed off to Prague for the IAAF Kladno Decathalon.
He was supporting Dröm sponsored decathalete Ashley Bryant and the GB team in their quest to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio. Athletes understand the importance that healthy living plays in their lives, enabling them to train harder and gain better results when competing. As well as eating the right foods they also realise how beneficial it is to utilise ice baths and thermal wellbeing bathing practices to help recover after exercise. (See our previous post – Competitive Wellbeing).
Meanwhile Kev and Simon from our Projects team decided to head off to Oslo to experience all that renowned Norwegian spa The Well had to offer.
The Well is the largest Spa and Bathhouse in the Nordic region with both indoor and outdoor bathing experiences. Here the boys could focus on their spiritual and physical wellbeing for the day. They started off in the various thermal rooms, where they bathed with a Sauna Master. They then moved on to the Urte sauna where rose petals were scattered on a tray above the heater filing the room with their scent. Rose essential oil is an antidepressant and helps to reduce anxiety and everyday stress. Perfect for their relaxing day!
They then ventured to the plunge pools and ice fountain area and performed a ritual of rubbing ice on themselves, delving into the plunge pool and then relaxing in the warm pool before doing the whole circuit again. The benefits of this form of bathing are many, with the extreme cold directly after the warmth of the pool causing blood vessels to contract, stimulating blood circulation and oxygen intake, whilst boosting the lymphatic and immune systems.
We will cover their visit in more detail in next week’s blog.
Back home other staff members were taking part in their own way. Many were supporting their children in outdoor activities. It is important that children are encouraged to be active and understand how to live a balanced life from an early age. Instill good habits early! Zoe in our Accounts Department cheered on her daughter’s football team and our Projects Director Erin spent the day with her two young children whilst they went on an obstacle course in the woods!
Sales Manager Lewis headed to the hot tub for some relaxation time with the family.
Our CEO Kicki Carlsson indulged her love of meditation and mindfulness. Whilst meditation is a personal journey, different for everyone, studies have shown it to be associated with reducing stress levels and anxiety and improving cognitive function and mental clarity. Peace of mind can lead to better focus, better relationships and less worry. We will cover this further in a future blog.
And finally, our Office Manager Sarah, not known for her love of fruit, went strawberry picking at a local farm and made a fruit salad with her fresh produce adding some organic fruit from the farm shop, a lemon from a friend’s orchard in Spain and some homegrown mint from the garden!
All staff agreed that they would continue to pursue a healthy lifestyle, eating better, drinking more water, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep. It doesn’t have to be boring, as we have all discovered. That one little change can lead to bigger changes, which in turn becomes a habit. Don’t wait until next year’s Global Wellness Day, start today!
For more information on Global Wellness Day and The Well, please click on the following links: