Balance of Body and Mind: Corporate and Personal Perspectives
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I don’t want to brag, but I exercise every morning. It keeps me productive and focused, at least until lunch. But then comes the coffee. These stimulants are a must for everyone, but especially for us with our dynamic working environment at Scale Final.
This article is not about science and science-based tools for daily life and work, but about giving our team members real-life examples of how we maintain that balance – of Body and Mind.
Before we begin: Did you know that your manager has a greater impact on your mental health than therapists and doctors? 69% of 3400 people from 10 countries surveyed by The Workforce Institute at UKG said so.
If you’re a manager, you should know how to mitigate stress and create the healthiest possible atmosphere for your team.
As an employee, you should choose who you work for and who you work with.
Or you can start by buying cacti and putting them on desks like we did recently.
Balance of body and mind: Corporate guidelines
A healthy mind in a healthy body. Our team has not only heard this saying many times, but has also seen it in practice. For example, we have a partial gym membership and health insurance.
Since we spend so much time working, we have to move our bodies somehow. That’s where the presise office space organization comes in handy. Things like table tennis and table soccer are another must for healthy teams, both literally and figuratively.
In our old office in Kiev, we also had a ping pong table near the buffet wall. I can’t tell you how popular that was.Every time several people met for coffee in the kitchen, it ended with a game of table tennis. We even had little competitions.
A few words about the office environment
Think about it again: We spend ⅓ of our time at work.
In our new office in Limassol, we don’t have a table ping pong table yet, but we do have cacti. One plant per desk to reduce stress and increase productivity, and lots of plants throughout the office. Something to take care of and grow together with.
In the kitchen, we’ve tried to keep treats and fruit/vegetables/organic snacks in a 50/50 ratio.
We still have cards up our sleeves:
We’re big fans of action sports. Paintball. We even did it at a company event. We went quad biking and jet skiing, played bumper ball, billiards and bowling and took part in active quests.
But above all, of course, we’re fans of board games and Sony PlayStation
And we were lucky. A developer and a former tester, a powerlifting coach and a wrestling trainer. Both gave us tips on nutrition and training equipment and even arranged private training sessions.The developer even created a nutrition plan for David Atias, one of our co-founders.
Body-Mind Balance: Personal Perspectives
Top Advice: Calendar is your best friend
To balance body and mind, I’ve to use my calendar. I set aside time for different things – for example, barre workouts (try it!) and even eye exercises to relax from screen time. I also make time to learn new things to keep my brain active. It really comes down to finding what works for you. Remember that your calendar is your best friend for keeping track!Anastasiia, Product Manager
Top Advice: Treat yourself regularly
I’m a creative person and I need to be constantly inspired to be productive, but at the same time keep a balance so I don’t burn out. It’s tricky, but I’ve found my pattern. Sleep is an important part of success: when my body is rested, it performs better. It’s like before an exam – there’s a category of people who study everything at night, and there are those who sleep well and pass everything with a fresh head. I belong to the second category. Physical exercise – I love running and it’s one of the best ways for me to clear my head and improve concentration) Jogging after work is perfect. Also an invisible rule – before I go to bed I always take time for myself, read a book, watch a movie/series and on Fridays I always order junk food to celebrate the working week.Mariia, Graphic Designer
Top Advice: Meditate and find something to be thankful for
My girlfriend and I always start our morning with 3 things we’re grateful for. We thank the universe for 3 precious moments, lessons or people we love.
We have a coffee and tea limit. We don’t drink more than one specialty coffee and no tea before bed.
We go to yoga every day. Flow is our favorite because it allows us to feel our bodies, ground ourselves and free ourselves from stress and stuckness.
We do meditation in the evening. A variation of a good meditation, the candle contemplation, Trataka (you can read about it on the internet).
In the first hour in the morning and in the hour before going to bed, we also do without gadgets, which is important.
We write down all the things that accumulate during the day in a notebook so that we don’t keep them in our heads.
It’s mandatory to go to the water once a week. This can be a river, the sea or the ocean.
It’s mandatory to meet up with friends at least once a week, at least for a cake after work) social contacts are very important.Sviat, CMO at Scale Final