wellness and wellbeing


Last week Rachel McGuinness, Chief Vitality Officer at Wake Up With Zest, led a webinar for the Netstar team. Rachel provided an insight into how to improve wellbeing, especially in light of remote working and social distancing.

Here’s what we learnt:

There are 4 essential Pillars of Vitality that contribute to an individual’s wellbeing. These are: sleeping, eating, exercising and resilience.

1. Sleep better

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Rachel spoke about the importance of getting a good night’s sleep, both mentally and physically. She gave us tips on how to combat mild insomnia and explained how vital it is to stick to a routine, even at the weekends.

Interestingly, since lockdown there has been a significant rise in people reporting sleeping problems and unusually vivid dreams.

2. Eat healthier

Rachel detailed the importance of a balanced diet. She emphasized that treats should not be off limits during lockdown, but that they should be consumed in moderation. She also talked through portion sizes, recipe ideas and long-life products to buy when the supermarket shelves are sparse.

Did you know that your vegetable intake at dinner time should be the size of your fist doubled?

3. Get fitter

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Everybody knows that exercise has a positive impact on mental and physical wellbeing. But, finding the motivation to exercise is often hard. Rachel recommended using your extra time in the morning, when you would have been commuting, to complete a daily exercise routine. This will ensure that keeping fit isn’t forgotten about and that you’re fully awake and ready to start the day at 9am.

Interestingly, 72% of Netstar employees said that they exercise regularly, but only 26% said that they exercise 5 times per week (the amount recommended by the government). To keep us motivated to exercise more frequently, Rachel recommended using YouTube videos because they’re free, fun and easy-to-follow.

4. Be resilient

Sticking to exercise goals, meal plans and sleep schedules will improve mental and physical wellbeing, which is particularly important during such a troubling time. But, it’s also important to factor in having fun. Rachel suggested planning to complete a small action or task each day aimed at having fun, reflecting or being grateful.


Company culture and employee wellness is fundamental to everything we do at Netstar. To learn more about our culture, take a look at our Netstar does Planet Earth video or head over to our About page.

Alternatively, for more information on maintaining positive wellbeing when working from home, we’ve complied our own 10 steps for a better working day.