Author: Angela Derks

Mar
18

Thriving organisations proactively support the wellbeing of their people

When individuals collectively thrive in a workplace then organisations as a whole, are more likely to thrive. At the Australasian Sustainable Wellness Academy (ASWA), we believe that healthy, happy employees are the key to creating thriving organisations. When we talk about wellness, what we’re really talking about, is living life at your best; having consistent […]

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Jan
20

Why do managers and leaders need wellbeing skills?

Every day, people are promoted into management roles, many of which never intended to actually become managers. They agree to their new responsibilities to stay employed, make more money, or to forge a pathway for their next career move. As we move into 2020, with increasing conversations being had on the topic of mental health […]

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Aug
18

How to review, measure and track your wellbeing efforts

You’re committed to a healthy lifestyle to be the best version of you, but how do you know if you’re making any real progress? Taking a daily stock of your energy level, stress level, sleep quality, mindfulness and nutrition choices, is important for everyone who is trying to live a healthier life. It will help […]

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Jul
13

6 ways to move more and sit less

Just over two hours of moderate exercise a week could help stave off a host of medical conditions, researchers say simply breaking up sedentary periods is not enough – overall time spent seated must be cut to lower the risk. Such periods could be as short as a minute in duration. Here are six ways [...]
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Jun
23

5 ways to boost wellbeing and reduce your tax

The end of the financial year has traditionally been a time to recognise and reward staff achievements and efforts. This year’s end of financial term however, isn’t like the ones that have come before. Many businesses are keener than ever to support their teams’ mental health and wellbeing. In recent months, we’ve seen the personal […]

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Jun
10

What employers need to consider about the Coronavirus Vaccine

As researchers across the world work to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, community leaders are hopeful that its creation may help facilitate an easier and quicker transition back to “normal life” while minimising the effects of the virus’s continued spread. Still, many more wonder about the safety, effectiveness, and impact of a potential immunisation. A recent […]

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Jun
01

Survey: Current Workforce Values Mental Health and Wellbeing, Professional Development

Recently, Ernst & Young conducted their “Better You” survey  to examine how employee benefits are valued by both the current and upcoming workforces. By collecting responses from 1,000 employees across different generations and 1,000 current undergraduate students in the US, they examined what benefits people favoured the most and how benefits were actually being utilised. […]

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Mar
25

The Impact of Online Education For Africa’s Spa and Wellness Industry

In recent years, online learning, also referred to as virtual or e-learning, has been all the rage in western countries such as America, Great Britain, and Canada. It allows working professionals to earn degrees and new skills, study on their own schedule, and not have to commute to a far-flung campus for classes or advisory […]

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Feb
19

12 Quotes about Mindfulness from Jon Kabat Zinn

Inspired by Kay McGrath OAM’s keynote at the Bond University Women’s Network event for International Women’s Day and her timely mindfulness quote from Jon Kabat-Zimm, I reflected on my own mindfulness journey and resources that support greater inner calm, particularly during external chaos. As a passionate wellness advocate and the course developer of the nationally […]

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Dec
03

How to cultivate a healthy relationship with wellbeing and performance

Mental health and wellbeing at work needs to be much more than a box-ticking exercise. Here’s how companies are getting their people on board. Sometimes organisations take a tokenistic approach to mental health. They’ll host a morning tea around R U Okay? Day or run a one-off resilience workshop as a way to remedy rising stress levels. […]

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