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How coworking can help your wellbeing.

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Author since:
October, 2015
106 blog posts

Can coworking be good for your wellbeing? It is excellent that mental health is now a topic of healthy conversation and not a taboo.  Many areas of life can cause issues with our mental health, and not least is the modern way of working.

Many people are now working remotely or as solo entrepreneurs which can come with great benefits.  However, the loss of the camaraderie on the daily commute or around the coffee machine can cause immense loneliness and isolation.  Isolation, in turn, can affect many peoples mental wellbeing.

It’s well documented that we need 3 simple things to keep our minds healthy:

  1. safe sun every day
  2. to exercise and get a sweat on
  3. to be with people regularly

Unfortunately, life in 2020 doesn’t make this easy.  Many daily activities made us get outside mixing with life. Today, shopping, watching films and even going to the post box can and are done from home on a computer.  Life is faster, more immediate and more stressful, often leaving little time for exercise or the opportunity to get in the sun and socialise. Isolation will get worse as school children who have never know life without screens enter the adult world.

Working out what works for wellbeing

Recent trends tell us that more and more people are starting up in business or remote working.   Many people entering the workforce are trying to avoid the Monday to Friday 9-5 economy and have more freedom. But is this necessarily good for our wellbeing? Although this lifestyle gives more flexibility and freedom, it can also make life more isolating.

In our discussion on this subject at Workplace,  we all talked about times when we had been sad, unhappy, lonely or isolated but none of us wanted to say this was a “Mental Health” issue, we try to avoid this as the word “mental” seems to have such a stigma. However, all of these feelings do affect our mental wellbeing and can end with serious problems if they are not cared for and treated.  Our discussions led us all to say that we need to take much better care of our minds, as well as our bodies.

 Your environment and wellbeing

People talk lots about coworking, and how the sense of community can improve wellbeing, but we think it’s more than coworking, the environment too can benefit your mental health. Workplace offers a venue for a number of different workers to get together and form a community while they are working.  This helps to form relationships that are supportive and nurturing.  Since Workplace opened its doors on 2015 we have seen people join together in our yoga classes, chat about the ups and downs of business around the coffee machine, and share experiences, both business and personal.

 

Working in a coworking space means there are plenty of opportunities to network and meet people in other businesses who are doing similar roles. Being able to communicate, seek support and see that someone is experiencing the same challenges can take a huge weight off your shoulders.

If you are interested in this subject, it is worth following Sir Cary Cooper, the American-born psychologist and professor of Organisation Psychology and Health and Manchester Business School on Twitter (@profcarcooper).  He often mentions the benefits of coworking on wellbeing and has also developed the 6 essentials of work place wellbing.

 

 

 

Workplace is a 5 star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester and is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers great flexibility with  day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

 

 

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We all need a little head space

Workplace
Author since:
December, 2016
33 blog posts

“Andy puddicombe is doing for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food.”
Alex Williams, New York Times.

Head Space is an app for meditation that has been around for sometime now and there are others like Calm and Stop, Breather  & Think that are also popular. We have written quite a lot about healthy living and mindfulness in our blogs. If you find it hard to keep on track with this, we’ve found the perfect app for you. In the past we’ve shared a great TED talk by Andy Puddicome about mindfulness (you know the one where an ex-Monk juggles through the talk!) Head Space is an app designed by Andy which, as the title says, helps you to find head space.

Having used this app for the past few year we agree with the above quote from the New York Times; Andy is revolutionising the world of meditation and taking it mainstream – from something only monks or very spiritual people do, to the business man sat on the bus, the mum walking her kids to school and the entrepreneur trying to juggle family, accounts, sales, and the VAT man all at the same time!

Getting started with Head Space

There is a free ten-day trail for the program so you can try before you buy. Once you sign up, either monthly, annually or for a lifetime, you get access to all sorts of different directions in which to take your mind. Despite the annual cost of £79, we can’t recommend this app enough for changing your mental attitude and thought processes towards becoming calmer, more productive and frankly, nicer to be around.

Visualising a calmer mind

The first ten days consist of just ten minutes a day and Andy recommends you do this at the same time every day, preferably in the morning. His soothing English voice guides you through how to empty your mind for your ten minutes and how to guide you back when your mind wanders. This is much harder than it seems, but Andy keeps you on track by helping you to visualise the people that will benefit from your calmer mind. When you move onto the higher levels you can choose different areas that you want to work on such as stress, relationships, productivity, and many more. My particular favourite has been ‘the walking meditation’ – something you can do walking the dog or on the way to the bus stop.

Andy says…

“Headspace is your very own personal trainer, here to help you train your mind”

There are numerous benefits of taking time out for yourself, but you can expect to see great changes in the following areas especially:

– Stress Less

– Sleep Better

– Have happier, healthier relationships

– Manage anxiety

– Sharpen Concentration

image from headspace app - headspace.com

 

A couple of years  down the line…

I’ve been working with this app on and off for over 2 years now.  At first I feared I was going to think it was all a bit silly and too bohemian for a city girl like me, but I can honestly say it has completely brought my mind back on track. I had become a real hypothetical worrier – give me a real problem and I could handle it and solve it, but my mind was full of “What if”s that were taking over. Working with Head Space has given me the opportunity to evaluate these, determine what’s important to me and as a result, I am now a habitual Head Spacer.

Stop exercising your worry muscle

Andy has helped me to understand that the brain is a muscle and the more you add stress and worry, the stronger the cortex muscle (which is basically your worry muscle) gets until eventually it is all encompassing. Using Head Space has helped me to stop exercising my worry muscle, and switch to making my positive muscle stronger and more in focus.

That simple lesson was a light bulb moment for me and completely changed my way of thinking – turning me back in to the positive, happy person I have always been in the past. Go and try it – and please share how you get on!

 

Workplace is a 5 star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester and is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers great flexibility with  day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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