Gong baths are the latest trend today to battle againststress and other dragging mental states due to work. Gong baths are said to be spiritualnourishment by creating long, and calming sounds using a substantial metallicpercussive instrument. Most people who consider this wellness trend arestressed-out employees, but generally, it’s for people who seek their peace ofmind and relief over their mental, emotional, and spiritual situations.
The sound produced by gong baths induces a mental escapethrough the sonorous resonance. It calms the mind, similar to being in anultra-zen state. No wonder large corporations rush to fully embracing thismethod. Reports say top firms book for gong baths under established masters asone 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, JeffreyPfeffer, stress, depression, and anxiety from modern workplaces are behind the$200bn (£160bn) cost in healthcare in the US alone. Pfeffer adds work stress isresponsible for the 120,000 deaths of workers each year. Furthermore, Mondayheart attacks continue to peak due to escalating cortisol levels in response tohighly demanding work and toxic bosses.
Studies suggest, the time emails arrived on smartphones, theaverage working hours increased from 7 1/2 hours to 9 1/2 hours a day;consequently, increasing stress levels. Instead of focusing on reducing theamount of work or finding a balance between life and job, employees oftendistract themselves with wellness trends, which aren’t yet fully proveneffective.
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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