For hundreds, if not thousands, of years people have taken time out to relax. It’s just a case of finding out what works for you. In this fast-moving world, people can become overwhelmed and unable to cope. Often these feelings can come and go, but they could be long-lasting for others.
Just talking to my colleagues at Haith’s bird food centre reveals how what we all do to relax is varied; from talking to family members, listening to music, reading, watching TV, to walking in nature - we all have our ‘thing’.
A pleasing environment can reverse any feelings of anxiety or helplessness, and this goes for workplaces too. We spend so much of our life at work that it makes good sense to create healthy working spaces; for example, a simple plant on top of the office cabinet can help to relieve stress but that's just scratching the surface. Some companies go out of their way to make a positive difference.
Even though our premises are in the middle of an industrial estate, we have worked hard in the last decade to create a wildlife haven and to encourage displaced birds and animals from other parts of the commercial zone to take refuge at Haith's.
In 2008, we set out to hand over more of our commercial space to nature and that's what we have achieved. We have planted trees, shrubs and we're now in the process of digging out two wildlife ponds and investing in our feeding stations. We want nature to feel safe at Haith's. We don't ever want to be one of those companies who don't walk their talk! And that's why everything we do at Haith's, I'm proud to say that we aim to make a positive difference. So much so, that the wildlife is now well catered for and with all this wildlife visiting us daily we have now extended the healing power of nature to an outside wellness area for employees. It's a quiet corner of our yard that has been transformed into an oasis, a seating area to encourage colleagues to enjoy a break outside with the birds - right next to nature.
It turns out we humans are genetically programmed to find trees, plants and water, and now we have handed over more of our commercial space to nature and Haith's greatest asset - its people. Not that we are looking for an escape hatch from talking to our amazing customers or processing and packing orders. It's an area where we can take time out to relax and have daily contact with nature; space to chat to our colleagues outside of the office and factory environment. This seems to me to be the definition of wellness at work.
Below are some photos of the area under development.
Our wellness area is open to team members to help provide a tiny haven for overactive minds and bodies to relax and refresh.
‘Self-care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation' by Andre Lorde, one of our favourite quotes.
Time spent outdoors is never wasted, you just have to find your special place, your sanctuary.
Over the coming weeks and months, we will keep you updated on our fantastic new green space and wish you well in your journey connecting with nature.