7 February, 2018

Finding peace in a busy life

Kate has been with us for 8 years and she’s enjoyed a varied and exciting career. Throughout her career journey Kate has been active in supporting and promoting wellbeing at M&S, including running mindfulness workshops. Why? Because we are a company that believes that we can only truly be our best when we take care of each other.

“Wellbeing is something I’ve been passionate about for 15 years, when I started to practice yoga following a stressful time in my life. Through yoga and practicing mindfulness I’ve started to see the enormous benefits of balancing my body and mind. In a world of endless to-do lists and constant communication, I believe it’s important to set time aside to be active and also find moments for the mind to be calm so we can gain a greater sense of perspective on our lives.

Through my time at M&S I’ve seen our definition of wellbeing shift and find it reassuring we now take a more holistic view. It’s no longer just about physical health; it’s also about mental, emotional and financial wellbeing.

Today we all have great resources for promoting physical and mental wellbeing at our disposal. Anyone who works at M&S can easily find tips on being more mindful and examples of short exercises they can do to reduce stress levels. Our resilience toolkit shares advice and practical activities to help our people cope with those things life throws at you, at work or home.

I believe by focusing on our own wellbeing we can all be at our best more often – surely that makes a happier, healthier and more fulfilling world for everyone.”

Thanks to Kate and others who are working with M&S, there is plenty of support available to help us prioritise the wellbeing of our people.


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