Transforming lives in the workplace and beyond
A heavy workload, long hours and work related stress had taken their toll on Sarah’s lifestyle. Sarah decided to take up some of the health and wellbeing initiatives on offer at work.
Equipped with new knowledge and motivation Sarah has been able to make healthy lifestyle changes, benefitting both her and her family.
“I was not getting any exercise and was eating badly. My high levels of work related stress meant I was drinking a little too much and not sleeping well.
I was worried about the consequences my unhealthy lifestyle could have on my health. My father had a heart attack at the age of 59 and there is a lot of heart disease on my mother’s side of the family. When the opportunity to get support to improve my health came, I knew I had to take it.
This programme has transformed the quality of my life and I believe it’s made me much more productive at work
Associate Professor in Older Persons Care
I attended healthy lifestyle sessions at work. These looked at diet, exercise, mindfulness meditation and maintaining a good work life balance.”
Sarah has now made many healthy changes to her lifestyle.
“This programme has transformed the quality of my life and I believe it’s made me much more productive at work. I now feel fitter, stronger and healthier and have much more control over my working life. The benefits have also extended to my family and I’m passing on healthy ways of living to my children.”
Sarah’s top tips
- Walk to work if you can or have a lunchtime walk
- Bring your own healthy food for lunch
- Practice mindfulness meditation
Sarah works for the University of Nottingham in the School of Health Sciences. Read more about the school’s Health and Wellbeing programme.