Wellbeing
Welcome to Living Well, the Innovation Festival’s wellbeing tent sponsored by AEON! 

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Based on our award winning Living Well wellbeing hub offered to all of our employees, this site is your one stop shop for wellbeing throughout the festival.

 

Roll your mouse over the image below to explore the wellbeing tent. We’ve got thought leading wellbeing science from across the globe including nutrition, exercise, mindfulness and reframing your thinking, all with content for you to view and experiments and exercises for you to try. So why not give it a go and see if you can find a new way to improve your wellbeing this Innovation Festival?

The Innovation Festival’s wellbeing tent sponsored by AEON!
The Blue Poop Challenge! Find out how healthy your gut really is

The Science

The Zoe Project looks at the gut microbiome and its links with an individual’s diet and metabolic health. The study has used a large range of participants and asked them to eat blue muffins to see how long in takes the food colouring to travel through the gut. A gut transit time of 14-58 hours suggests a good level of gut diversity, whereas a transit time of longer than this suggests poorer gut diversity.


Why gut diversity?

The Zoe research suggests a complex interplay exists, whereby our gut microbes are associated with our diet and state of health and mental health, and those microbes may also change the level of dietary host effects after meals, thus impacting long-term health and weight. So you will feel and look better if your gut microbiome are more diverse!


How can I improve my gut diversity?

The study suggests that everyone’s gut microbes are unique! Genetics affect your gut diversity to some extent but the way to improve your gut diversity is through the food you eat. As much unprocessed food as possible and aiming to eat 30 different plant based foods per week (this includes beans legume and pulses.)


Why not take part in the experiment to find out your gut diversity and see if changes to your diet can improve your microbiome! Check out the video!


Time for Action

You can find the recipe for the blue muffins here. Just whip up a batch, eat two and then set your timer to see when your poop turns blue! You can record your time here and compare with other participants. Then try exploring how you can increase your number of plant based foods to increase your gut diversity.

How can meditation help you deal with stress

According to the Mental 46% of us in the UK have felt too stressed to cope, with high levels of stress having a huge impact on our overall health.


Benjamin Shapero, an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes, have researched the effects of regular mindfulness on the brain, using MRI scans to establish that a change had occurred in the Amygdala of the brain as a result.


Mindfulness was also proven to be an effective tool for depressed patients too, as by focusing on mindfulness and being in the present allows the patients to disengage from negative thoughts. Studies conducted by the Headspace app have also proven that meditation can reduce stress and job strain and improve job satisfaction.

 

Check out the video 'Breathe with James'.

Change your thinking

The Science

Two facts and a strange word


Fact #1: you are amazing and you possess all the inner resources you ever need.


Fact #2: the modern world is really good at making you forget. It’s super-efficient at grinding you down.


Strange word: metanoia. It means changing your mind. Almost literally. In positive psychology it’s about transformation; a rethinking of your thinking. Get it right and your brilliant attitude and inner confidence become baked into your habits.


Research from the University of Kent has shown that positive reframing, acceptance and humour are the most effective coping strategies for people dealing with failures.

 

So watch on for this micro session from Art of Brilliance on how you can reframe your thinking.


Further actions

Why not complete a gratitude journal to really help you reframe your thinking.

AEON exercise: How everybody wins from innovative approach to health & wellbeing

Our main priority is YOUR health. Your mindset. Your happiness. Your life balance in and outside work.

 

There’s one clear goal for everybody we coach. To help you find the best possible version of yourself. We support people to take action, to help you bridge the gap from information overload to real, sustainable progress.

 

Through our innovative approach to coaching and supporting people as individuals, both the individuals and the companies they work for see benefits. Both win together.

 

Watch our video to find out how YOU can create a sustainable, flexible, healthy lifestyle and also a little bit about how our approach can benefit your teams and your business, or maybe you just want to try it for yourself! Everybody is welcome.

 

To join us press the link and enter code: INNOV100 for our free 5 day health & wellbeing trial, specifically for the Innovation Festival!

Exploring the Science of Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep?

Many effects of a lack of sleep, such as feeling grumpy and not working at your best, are well known. But did you know that sleep deprivation can also have profound consequences on your physical health? 1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed.


However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus. Regular poor sleep puts you at risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, coronary heart disease and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy.


It's now clear that a solid night's sleep, around 8 hours ideally, is essential for a long and healthy life.


How can you improve your sleep?

If you have difficulty falling asleep, a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed.

  • First of all, keep regular sleeping hours. This programmes the brain and internal body clock to get used to a set routine. Most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep every night. By working out what time you need to wake up, you can set a regular bedtime schedule.
  • Winding down is a critical stage in preparing for bed. There are lots of ways to relax including a warm bath, writing "to do" lists for the next day to organise your thoughts, or relaxing your mind by listening to music.
  • Composer Max Richter has created a ‘sleep’ album. The work seeks to examine the relationship between music and the subconscious mind: instead of giving the music full concentration, listeners are encouraged to experience it in a state of sleep.

Time for Action

Create yourself a bedtime routine and try out listening to Max Richter’s sleep to see if it can help you with your sleep.

Kindness Code

A recent study by Rowland and Curry reported on how people felt after performing or observing kind acts every day for seven days. The researchers found that being kind to ourselves or to anyone else — yes, even a stranger — or actively observing kindness around us boosted happiness.


Kindness has been linked to increased lifespan, energy and happiness, ad decreased blood pressure, pain, stress anxiety and depression. Kindness begets kindness so watch the video to find out how you can boost your happiness, wellbeing and productivity by being a little kinder.

Wellbeing videos

Whether you’ve been collaborating in Sprints from your desk, on your feet all day on site or on the telephone helping with our customers, these videos are here for you!

Chris from Yoga Therapies has created these exercises to stretch, strengthen and condition the key areas of your body you use whilst at work