Benefits from A2W

The Aspiring 2 Wellness programme reveals the “wellness” debt people may be in, and accumulating, as life becomes increasingly pressurised, and helps them balance the mind, body and emotional foundation helpful for .

People on the Aspiring 2 Wellness programme discover that achieving mind, body and emotional balance is possible, and they leave with tools which allow them to take personal responsibility for achieving this balance.

Why it works

Many people are starting to look into options as to how they can improve their personal resilience and improve their quality of life.  The evidence base for mindfulness as an effective tool for this has now been well established. A similar evidence base for the benefits of coaching is evolving.

Dr Caroline’s personal experiences have helped her to identify the benefits of bringing together these two practices in a complementary way.  Using this approach and her own recovery experiences she has drawn out the distinct features of each and coupled them with an approach that encourages peer support and participation to create a practice that is more powerful than any of the individual elements alone.

Participants in the course to date have reported a range of benefits from both the content of the course and the way it is delivered. The Masters study at The Institute of Psychiatry where A2W was the intervention backs these findings up. These include:

Content benefits:

  • Increased personal resilience and ability to cope with demands of work and home
  • Increased satisfaction with life
  • Increased energy and concentration
  • Positive changes in attitude
  • Increased awareness of thoughts, emotions and feelings and being less overwhelmed by them
  • Reduced anxiety /symptoms of depression

Delivery benefits:

  • People who choose to attend the course take personal responsibility and are motivated to participate
  • A practical approach to delivery means participants learn and “know” the benefits, rather than being told about them
  • Optional “homework” between sessions enables participants to build tools and skills to integrate into their daily lifestyle, continuing with them after the course
  • Peer learning and sharing supports increased knowledge and understanding

Organisational benefits:

Where A2W has been provided, or enabled, by an employer it has also not only provided benefit to the individuals attending but also the organisation. A2W has the potential to provide organisational benefits such as:

  • Helping the workforce feel valued and appreciated
  • Reducing absenteeism and reduced effectiveness in the workplace
  • Improving productivity and performance
  • Increasing staff retention

Evidence suggests that each £1 spent on multi-component interventions to promote mental well-being at work delivers £9.7 a year from lower absenteeism and improve productivity (Knapp et al. 2011).
The cost of absenteeism in the workplace in England is huge.  A2W provides an opportunity to help both organisations, as they tackle the need to support their staff, and individuals as they seek to manage their own stress.