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WORLD’S LARGEST TRIAL IN THE UK: 86 PERCENT WANT TO KEEP 4-DAY WEEK…

The world’s largest trial of a 4-day week in the UK has got off to a successful start and is already showing very positive results. So positive, in fact, that 86 percent of the companies surveyed are considering retaining the reduction in working hours with full pay after the trial phase. Back in the summer, CNN Business checked with employees and participating companies: The new daily routine is “phenomenal”.

Since June 2022, 3,300 employees in 70 companies and organizations in the United Kingdom have been working 80 percent of their normal working hours and receiving full pay. The trial is one of a number of experiments investigating the effects of shorter working hours. For example, the biggest trial to date of a 4-day week in Iceland was an overwhelming success. Field trials also started in Ireland or Scotland. CNN Business checked in with the participating British companies in early August and found similar success: The majority of employees want to keep the reduced working hours even after the end of the test phase. This is because employees are already feeling the benefits after the past eight weeks, or as one participant in the trial describes it:

“THE FIVE-DAY WEEK IS A 20TH CENTURY CONCEPT THAT IS NO LONGER SUITABLE FOR THE 21ST CENTURY.”

Now, a survey conducted by 4-Day-Week-Global confirms this: 86 percent of the companies that took part in the survey (41 companies) are considering keeping the shorter working hours after the test phase. For 88 percent, the new model is working “well” and 95 percent said productivity has remained the same or improved.

UK 4-day week trial: Work shorter hours for the same salary

The trial is organized by 4-Day-Week-Global, together with the think tank “Autonomy”. Researchers from the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and Boston College are accompanying the field trial. They are studying the impact of shorter working hours on productivity, employee well-being, the environment and gender equality. Employees are expected to follow the “100:80:100 model.” They receive 100 percent of the pay for 80 percent of the time. In return, they are expected to try to maintain 100 percent productivity. The trial is to run from June to November, when companies can decide whether to stick with the new working hours model or return to longer hours.

The companies are very diverse, both in terms of size and fields of activity. These range, for example, from education, IT and online retail to automotive supply services, skin care and the hospitality industry.

“ESSENTIALLY, THEY ARE LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR THE FUTURE OF WORK BY PUTTING THE FOUR-DAY WORKWEEK INTO PRACTICE IN COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES AND NEARLY EVERY INDUSTRY, TELLING US EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE FINDING IN THE PROCESS,” SAYS JOE O’CONNOR, CEO OF 4 DAY WEEK GLOBAL OF THE SURVEY RESULTS.

The new daily routine is “phenomenal”

After the first eight weeks, CNN Business checked in with several companies and learned from some employees that they are already “feeling happier, healthier and doing their jobs better.” Lisa Gilbert, a manager at a credit provider, for example, describes the new routine to CNN Business as “phenomenal” and “life-changing.” She says she can really enjoy the weekend because she can now use Fridays to get housework or other obligations done – without feeling guilty. 

Other respondents say the extra day made it possible to “pursue new hobbies, fulfil long-standing ambitions or simply invest more time in their relationships,” according to CNN Business. While some employees used the time to take cooking classes or piano lessons, others went fishing, exercised or devoted themselves to volunteer work. For example, Mark Howland, marketing and communications director at a charity bank, told the online magazine:

“ON MY DAY OFF, I’D GO FOR PRETTY LONG BIKE RIDES, TAKE CARE OF MYSELF, TAKE TIME OFF, AND THEN HAVE THE WHOLE WEEKEND TO DO THINGS AROUND THE HOUSE AND SPEND TIME WITH FAMILY.”

From a corporate balance sheet perspective, the shorter hours also have benefits. For example, Claire Daniels, CEO of Trio Media, said in the 4-Day-Week-Global survey:

“THE FOUR-DAY TRIAL WEEK HAS BEEN EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL FOR US SO FAR. PRODUCTIVITY HAS REMAINED HIGH, WITH AN INCREASE IN WELL-BEING FOR THE TEAM, ALONG WITH A 44% IMPROVEMENT IN OUR COMPANY’S FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE.”

Shorter meetings, more concentrated work

The changeover was not smooth everywhere. At one London PR agency, it was even “really chaotic,” as Managing Director Samantha Losey recounts. But after two weeks, her team has developed successful methods to achieve the same results in the shorter time available. These include shorter meetings and periods for more focused work. She expects 75 percent of the company will be able to maintain productivity over the course of the six-month experiment – allowing them to keep the four-day work week.

“THE TEAM IS FIGHTING INCREDIBLY HARD FOR THIS SO FAR,” SHE SAYS.

According to the 4-Day-Week-Global survey, the transition was smooth for 78 percent of companies and a major challenge for only 2 percent. Nicci Russell, managing director of Waterwise, for example, said, “It wasn’t a walk in the park at first, but no big change ever is, and we were well briefed and prepared by the 4-Day-Week-Global team. We’ve all had to work at it—some weeks are easier than others, and things like annual leave can make it harder to fit everything in—but we’re much happier with it now overall than when we started.”

This finding is also consistent with the evaluation in the Icelandic experiment. There, it was also shown that the most effective methods were very specifically adapted to the respective workplace: for example, fewer or shorter meetings or a better distribution of tasks between the staff members. The nursing staff changed shift patterns and some offices closed earlier on Fridays because there was less to do.

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THE PAINED REGION MAY NOT BE THE PROBLEM AREA…

The kinetic chain theory.

The concept of the kinetic chain came about in the year 1875. A mechanical engineer named Franz Reuleaux stated that if a series of overlapping segments were connected via joints, these interlocking joints would create a system that would allow the movement of one joint to affect the movement of another joint within the kinetic link.

It is usually assumed that having knee pain is because of a problem with the knee joint. This may not always be true. The kinetic chain theory can explain how an injury to one part of the body can lead to pain or discomfort in another part. Knee pain can be due to a knee condition or a pinched nerve in your lower back.

How The Spine Can Cause Knee Pain

The nerves that give the sensation of pain to the lower body are found in the lower back. Sometimes because of a bulge in the discs located between the vertebrae, these transmitting nerves are pressed upon. A pinched or pressed nerve sends out pain signals in distress. The magnitude of the pain depends on how much the bulge press’s the nerve.

The second, third, and fourth vertebral discs lie in the lower back area, which is responsible for sending signals to the knee. A disc bulge in the lower back causes lower back pain and also can lead to knee pain, proving the kinetic chain theory accurate.

Arthritis can also lead to a compression on the nerves in the spine. When the second, third, or fourth vertebral discs suffer from arthritis there may be immense knee pain caused. These conditions can lead to many symptoms apart from knee pain;

• Pain in the front of the thighs
• Numbness or tingling in the thigh and leg region
• Weakness in your hips
• Muscle weakness in the affected area/s

Knee pain and lower back pain can cause lots of discomforts and pose as a hindrance to your everyday life, so pain management becomes necessary. Here are some ways that can help you reduce your pain:

1. Physiotherapy – The most common way to reduce knee pain, as well as lower back pain, is physiotherapy. It’s a therapy where you learn to regain your normal mobility slowly through certainly prescribed exercise. It is the most reliable method to get rid of back pain.

2. Acupuncture – This is a method that has slowly become popular over the years. They target pressure and pain points, and this helps decrease the pain on an overall basis. You can consult your doctor before getting an acupuncture treatment.

3. Proper diet – Yes, diet does have an impact on the degree of the pain you’re facing. So, it’s important to have a proper diet plan for yourself, preferably with fewer carbs. Also, eat more anti-inflammatory herbs and food such as lemon, garlic, parsley, etc.

4. Posture training – The most important thing is to keep in mind your posture. You can take all sorts of treatment and therapy, but if you don’t improve your posture, then your pain will have a chance of coming back, maybe it won’t leave in the first place. So, concentrate on getting your body posture right.

It is highly recommended that you get yourself checked by a credited doctor if you experience any kind of a pain in your bones or joints, as it has a chance of becoming worse not right now, but in your later years, which can pose huge problems for you.

Jyoti Verma is a renowned author in the field of wellness. In this article, she aims to provide information on Pain Management.

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SIMPLE TECHNIQUES TO RELEASE STRESS, TRAUMA, ANXIETY, and PAIN…

Chronic stress and trauma contribute majorly to physical, mental and emotional diseases. The reason for that is because both stress and trauma lead to dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system and correlate with poor Vagus nerve tone (think of the Vagus nerve as the CEO of the autonomic nervous system).

Importantly, trauma is a somatic experience, not an event. In other words, it’s not about what happens to us, it’s about how we experience it (i.e. how we “embody” it). Thus, the same event can prove very traumatic for one person, while someone else might be totally fine with it. The experience itself is recorded (embodied) as a physiological response (with or without a corresponding psychological imprint) and can have a long-term dysregulating effect on our autonomic nervous system. Interestingly enough, traumatic experiences can be passed down through several generations, so we can be dealing with a nervous system dysregulation as a result of someone in our lineage having experienced trauma.

Similarly, chronic stress also leads to nervous system dysregulation and poor Vagal tone. We experience chronic stress when we constantly worry (about paying the bills, losing a close one, getting sick, not being loved, not being fulfilled in our personal life or career, etc.). Again, it’s not about the situation we are in, it’s about how we see and embody it. Thus, the same situation can be considered a stressful experience by one person and a beneficial opportunity by another. Consequently, these two people will have very different autonomic nervous system responses (the first one going towards disease and the second one staying healthy and resilient).

On the face of it, it’s important for all of us to “tone” the Vagus nerve as that not only helps release trauma and stress already stored in the body but it also improves our autonomic nervous system resilience (so we can deal with future stress in a more empowered way). Subjectively, improved Vagal tone correlates with release of neck and back pain, better digestion, improved mood and sleep, inner peace and calm, weight loss, and much more.

Now, before we get to the actual exercises that help tone the Vagus nerve, let’s look at the Vagus itself and understand how it works. The Vagus nerve has three main functions: the parasympathetic – rest, digest, connect and socialize; the sympathetic – mobilize, fight or flee; and the dorsal – freeze, paralyze, depress (called dorsal because the corresponding branch of the Vagus nerve goes to the back).The parasympathetic mode is the relaxed state. The other two are states of stress with the sympathetic being the healthier one of the two since we are at least able to do something about our stress, i.e. we are mobilized and able to take action. Admittedly though, the sympathetic is the also the state in which we gain the most weight (because of cortisol and insulin elevation). Lastly, the “freeze” mode can be very dangerous as it paralyzes us and we get depressed, despondent, disconnected, disengaged, withdrawn and unable to do much. Back pain and neck stiffness as well as mood disorders often (though not always) correlate with this freeze mode.

Of course all three states of the autonomic nervous system are needed and each one can be beneficial depending on the circumstances. The important thing is that we flow from one state into another in a flexible way. Resilience is all about being able to move through those states as needed (instead of staying stuck in any one of them), and that’s precisely what the exercises for Vagal tone aim at.

Crucially, the Vagus connects the brain and the gut and this communication is bi-directional with only 20% of the information going from the brain to the gut and the other 80% of information flowing from the gut to the brain. Hence, we can appreciate the importance of maintaining optimal gut health for the autonomic nervous system functioning but equally we can understand how autonomic nervous system dysregulation can disrupt digestive functions.

With that said here are some simple techniques to tone the Vagus nerve which can help you release stress, trauma and pain and amplify your flexibility and resilience in the face of future stress. Use these simple exercises instead of abusing alcohol, food, drugs or caffeine to cope.

  1. The 5-2-8 breathing: breathe in for 5, hold for 2, and exhale to the count of 8.
  2. Eye movement: keep your head straight and move your eyes to the right for 30 seconds; then bring the eyes briefly to the center and move them to the left for another 30 seconds.
  3. Massage and stretch your ears as well as behind the ears.
  4. Splash cold water on your face.
  5. Take a cold shower.
  6. Gargle, sing and hum.
  7. Laugh, stretch, meditate, and listen to calming music.
  8. Eat right for your gut and never go to bed on a full stomach.

Vyara Bridgeman is an Advanced Certified BodyTalk practitioner who works with patients from all over the world suffering a variety of physical, mental and emotional conditions. To find out more about Vyara’s BodyTalk practice, what her clients say about her, and how she can help you achieve a balanced body-mind, visit: http://www.BodyTalk4Life.com

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