Laura’s model for stress and lifestyle management is rooted in evidence and supported by 35 years’ experience of teaching of human physiology, pathophysiology and health sciences. She can explain the steps you can take to reduce your risk of the so-called ominous octet – including hypertension (high blood pressure), reduced sensitivity to insulin, visceral adiposity, raised levels of “bad” cholesterol – and the associated microvascular problems like heart attacks, strokes and dementia?
One of Laura’s strengths is her skill in group facilitation; she has the ability to create safe learning environments where people can share ideas, worries and fears about change and then problem-solve to find solutions that work. She loves working with families, seeing lifespan transitions – birth, early years, adolescence, new families, empty nesting and retirement – as challenges that provide exciting opportunities for empowering lifestyle change.
Influenced by the work of Walter Cannon, Hans Selye, Carl Rogers and evidence from sports physiology, laura has developed a homeostatic process model – a person-centred focusing approach that combines Laura Mitchell’s progressive muscle relaxation and ideas about ease with Howard Benson’s ideas concerning the human relaxation response.
Who knows what struggles go on behind closed doors? Living with a disabling anxiety disorder means Laura gained personal insight to mental health problems. Fascinated by the brain’s ability to make decisions, she trained as life coach, and began to combine these skills with her approach to stress management and health promotion. She firmly believes that we learn best by making mistakes, trying again and building personal resilience.
Laura aims to help people understand the links between mind and body, empowering them to set and achieve their goals in life. All work and no play is boring; it is essential for our well-being to laugh and have a bit of fun, too. She is passionate about helping people make better choices for sustaining our beautiful planet because it’s a win:win situation. What is good for us as individuals is usually good for the planet.
Workplaces benefit from active employees who lead a more balanced lifestyle because they are healthy, happy and less stressed.
Step One: look at the facts and the evidence
- Physical activity can help people to manage stress, back pain, weight and many medical conditions – all of which can lead to absenteeism and loss of productivity.
- Increasing activity levels helps to protect your team against coronary heart attacks, strokes, obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), colorectal cancer, stress, anxiety, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and low back pain – all of which are major causes of chronic disease and disability in our society.
- Studies have shown that employees who are engaged in physical activity initiatives have reported greater enjoyment of their work, increased concentration and mental alertness and improved cooperation and rapport with colleagues.
- Physically active employees take 27% fewer days of sick leave, which equates to over 2 days improved attendance and a saving of £135 per employee.
Step Two: look for ways of contributing to the wellbeing and profitability of your business. Here’s some of the ways that innovative approaches to health & wellbeing can help businesses:
- increasing productivity
- reducing absenteeism
- improving ability to return to work after illness
- better staff retention
- reducing workplace injuries
- improving workability among older employees
- creating a positive corporate image
- reducing industrial injuries
- improving the morale and health of the workforce
Step Three: Call me. I’ll show you that promoting physical activity in the workplace and by your workforce can be simple and cost-effective.
Next steps? Target healthier lifestyles and workforce well-being. What about going for Health at Work awards?
What’s stopping you?