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Corporate Wellness Week – Taking care of the Heart of your organisation

Corporate Wellness Week – Taking care of the Heart of your organisation

Corporate Wellness Week is here! This is not only a great opportunity to get your over-all health in check, but an opportunity to do so with the motivation and support of your colleagues.

The heart of your place of work, is the group of employees that keep it going. If you take every person out of the building, you sit with an empty, lifeless shell. Every employee that is unable to perform at their best, contributes to a “sick” working environment.

At Mopani Pharmacy, we are big into practising what we preach, so we are sharing our wellness tips with you!

Keeping the office healthy and sneeze-free

Keeping an office full of people healthy, is not only beneficial to general wellness but can minimise staff absenteeism and improve over-all staff morale. This in turn can help your business thrive, even when the rest of town seem to be plagued with colds and flu.

We’ve all been there; one fateful sneezer in the office, and all of the staff and the boss end up out of commission with the sniffles.

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All staff at Mopani Pharmacy are offered a yearly flu vaccine. This drastically minimises the amount of sickly staff in winter-time, and offers a sort of herd-immunity. This is not to say that no one in the group will get the flu, but it does reduce the chances of someone getting it, and spreading it. This not only benefits our staff, but also, the customers that our staff interact with. It is unfortunately a bit late to do them now, however, Mopani Pharmacy can visit your place of business next autumn, and do on-site vaccinations for everyone!

We are also able to do overall screening with regards to blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose. As heart disease remains at the top of the charts as the main threat, encouraging everyone in the office and motivating each other to pack healthy lunches can make all the difference.

Read more: Hypertension – Doughnut eat too much!

You can boost health and morale by supplying each staff member with a daily dose of vitamin C! Furthermore, a vitality sachet packed with vitamin B complex can help to keep everyone on the go and focused when it is crunch time.

It can be done without exhausting your entire budget, and it shows your staff that you care!

Mental Health and Burnout

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Working in a fast-paced, high-stress working environment can take a toll on one’s mental health. So many of us are faced with back to back deadlines or work that drains us either physically or creatively. More often than not, we have to do all of it, and do so with a smile for the sake of customer service. You can have a job you love, and do it with a passion. Unfortunately, every passionate burning flame, has the ability to burn-out to a small cinder.

As before mentioned, a vitamin B complex dose can do wonders to keep you focused and on-the-go, but proper self-care should be a priority. This is also where the support of your colleagues can come in.

Many workaholics will work right through lunch time – or the nature of your work may demand it. Communicate with your colleagues, and see who can cover for who, when, so that everyone can have a decent, uninterrupted, well-deserved break throughout the day.

Prioritising tasks and keeping everyone in the loop of who is doing what, and by when, will help to minimise stress and last-minute rush-jobs.

Keep your desk uncluttered – Too much stuff can add to anxiety of things that are in your way or left undone. Get rid of papers or file and stash them for later use, but do not leave too many things on your desk.

Heila Weiss, the Operations Manager at Mopani Pharmacy, I’langa Mall, said in a previous article, “Supplementing your Omega 3 intake may help with conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), depression and other things that hinder your concentration. We have supplements that contain a herb called Bacopa Monnieri that works as an anti-oxidant, and neutralises free radicals. As a result, it helps to prevent the damage caused by fat molecules reacting with free radicals. This damage is often linked to neurodegenerative disorders. It may also help to improve memory, focus, and impulse control. It is also said to help with your natural resistance to stress and reduce the effects of ADHD.”

If your mental health starts to take a toll, it is best to speak to your doctor and consider your options regarding possible treatment. There is no shame in this – and getting help, sooner rather than later will save you a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety.

The stigma around medications often tell us that they alter your personality or they take away from who you are. There are however many options and dosages available. Our pharmacists are fantastic with communicating with doctors, and between them, the correct treatment plan will come to fruition. This is not about ‘numbing’ you. It is about finding what your body needs, to get back to your true authentic self, with the ability to cope with everyday stress and anxiety.

This is one part you do not have to share with anyone at work if you don’t want to, but ultimately, your mental health will reflect in your work and in your personal life anyway. Your performance can be excellent or poor – based on where you are, emotionally speaking. Take control of this.

Last but not least – Evaluate your work environment. If it is toxic, speak to your HR department or your manager about possible team-building and motivational workshops. It is said that if there are positive vibes among a group, it will “rub off” on each other. Laughter is contagious!

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Ultimately, there are countless ways you can make a small, but significant difference in your wellness, and the wellness of your colleagues. Encouraging each other, to minimise quick-fix junk food, increase healthy snacking and working together to get a grip on the pressure can alter the course of your life – being healthier, and happier at work!

If you would like to chat with us about our Business Direct offerings available to help keep your office healthy, contact us on b2b@mopani.co.za

We can deliver your supplements and other Mopani online shopping, nationwide! More info: mopani.co.za | crossing@mopani.co.za | Tel: 013 755 5500 | WhatsApp: 066-192-1703

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