Gong baths are the latest trend today to battle against stress and other dragging mental states due to work. Gong baths are said to be spiritual nourishment by creating long, and calming sounds using a substantial metallic percussive instrument. Most people who consider this wellness trend are stressed-out employees, but generally, it’s for people who seek their peace of mind and relief over their mental, emotional, and spiritual situations.
The sound produced by gong baths induces a mental escape through the sonorous resonance. It calms the mind, similar to being in an ultra-zen state. No wonder large corporations rush to fully embracing this method. Reports say top firms book for gong baths under established masters as one of their strategies to attain workplace wellness.
A gong bath is only one of the many wellness trends, proving that workplaces, especially in high-pressure sectors such as technology, finance, and media, are becoming increasingly toxic.
According to the author of Dying for a Paycheck, Jeffrey Pfeffer, stress, depression, and anxiety from modern workplaces are behind the $200bn (£160bn) cost in healthcare in the US alone. Pfeffer adds work stress is responsible for the 120,000 deaths of workers each year. Furthermore, Monday heart attacks continue to peak due to escalating cortisol levels in response to highly demanding work and toxic bosses.
Studies suggest, the time emails arrived on smartphones, the average working hours increased from 7 1/2 hours to 9 1/2 hours a day; consequently, increasing stress levels. Instead of focusing on reducing the amount of work or finding a balance between life and job, employees often distract themselves with wellness trends, which aren’t yet fully proven effective.
There’s nothing wrong with opting for these spiritual healing methods or wellness trends to battle against work-related stress. It could be working for most people. However, we couldn’t shrug off the fact that there are mentally damaging environments in many modern offices, and these damages cannot be undone by these wellness trends. According to debates, instead of adhering to faddish trends for wellness, a shift to a four-day workweek for employees must come into consideration.
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