Hello Workplace Wellness Seeker,
Happy Self-Care Sunday! What are your self-care plans for today?
Showing gratitude can make you more optimistic. Studies show that those who express gratitude regularly appear to have a more positive outlook on life.
Recently at work I have been grateful for . . .
Are you offering a wellness program?
92% of employers with 200 or more employees reported offering Wellness programs in 2009. Survey data indicate that the most frequently targeted behaviours are exercise, addressed by 63% of employers with programs; smoking (60%); and weight loss (53%).
Corporate wellness programs play a vital role in forming holistic development within your organization. A survey by Harvard Business Review shows that 79% of employees confirmed that wellness programs created a positive impact on them.
My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you with some ideas for implementing your wellness strategy.
According to a study by the American Psychological Association, the five elements that determine a healthy working environment are:
- Work-Life Balance
- Health and Safety
- Employee Growth and Development
- Employee Recognition
- Employee Involvement
Hence including all the aspects of wellness must be an essential factor while designing wellness programs.
I invite you to listen to several of my podcasts on Self-Care and subscribe to my YouTube channel for amazing practical daily workplace wellness tips that can help in your wellness program.
Here’s a summary of this week’s 5 tips that can help you personally and professionally.
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Tip #1. 80/20 Rule for Productivity
You will never believe how easy this one is to do.
Hara hachi bu – the 2500 year old Confucian mantra spoken before meals in Okinawa – reminds people to stop eating when their stomachs are 80% full.
The 20% gap between not being hungry and feeling full could be the difference between losing weight and gaining it.
People in the Blue Zones eat their smallest meal in the late afternoon or early evening, and they don’t eat any more the rest of the day.
In the workplace the 80/20 rule, also known as the Pareto Principle, is a motto which asserts that 80% of outcomes (or outputs) result from 20% of all causes (or inputs) for any given event.
In business, a goal of the 80/20 rule is to identify inputs that are potentially the most productive and make them the priority.
Let me guide you on how you can apply this rule at your workplace.
(1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on.
(2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those.
(3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest.
(4) Repeat the steps
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Are you stuck with a decision and don’t know what to do? Here’s a really interesting technique that works, every time. It is my honor to lead you through a freeze frame technique from the HeartMath Institute.
The freeze frame technique is a multi purpose technique that can be used in the moment for gaining clarity and stopping energy drains. It also helps balance your mind and emotions so you can think more creatively and make better choices.
This technique helps you gain a clear and balanced perspective. By accessing your intuitive intelligence. Clear clarity or insight may not come right away. This could have a lot to do with the complexity of the issue, past history and the intensity of any emotion that may or may not be related to the issue or situation. That’s okay. Be patient with yourself. Repeat the process later or the next day, it will begin to feel more natural with practice. Often solutions are inspired through communication or input from others.
Be sure also to notice any subtle shift in the way you feel shifting from feeling anxious but an issue to feeling calm significant. You’re not only plugged that energy, but you also shifted your feeling experience and opened the door for a solution to emerge at another time.
This technique is designed to use regardless of whether or not stress is present by bringing heart qualities to the forefront can help with mental clarity, decision making and creativity.
Check out my amazing delicious ‘Vitality Elixir’ recipe
Have you tried fasting yet? The benefits are incredible and the research is astounding.
Fasting helps to reduce inflammation, lose stubborn weight, increase energy and mental clarity, and even boost your immunity.
My Hot Tip: If you want to try fasting, begin slow and try pushing back your breakfast by 30mins-1hr and ensure that you don’t eat anything 3 hrs before bed. But I always recommend working with a certified professional.
Keep following me for the unique benefits of the different types of fast. One type of fast is called The Fasting Mimicking Diet®, or FMD®, is a high nutrition, low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan in which calories are restricted for 5 days out of a month.
The fasting mimicking diet has the benefits of fasting without depriving the body of food. This diet has been proven to beneficially change biomarkers associated with aging, inflammation, and poor health.
I love FASTING. It saves me a lot of time in the morning. I skip breakfast & just have a Bulletproof coffee or my mushroom morning elixir. Imagine how much time, money, & energy you could be saving if you started fasting, today.
Contact me for more details if you’re ready to start your fasting lifestyle.
Listen to podcast episode #8 for more details on how to adopt a fasting lifestyle.
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Do you even know what is the source of your stress?
According to Dr.Datis, a mental health expert and author of one of my favourite go-to-books – Why Isn’t My Brain Working? The most common stressors for most Americans is a sugary, high-carb diet. Other common stressors that contribute to brain degeneration include: Smoking, Food Intolerances and Food Allergies, Anemia, Bacterial Gut Infections, Gut Parasites, Autoimmune Diseases, Joint Pain & Inflammation, Poor Digestion, and many more.
It is important to work with a certified practitioner that can help you identify the source of these stressors and address it. Because what many people fail to understand is that any time your body must struggle to compensate for imbalances and poor function, it creates a physiological stress response. Datis, argues that if any of these metabolic issues go on unattended long enough, the brain becomes the ultimate victim.
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Tip #5. Do Yoga for Brain Health
Have you given a Yoga class a try?
Yoga with its emphasis on breathing practices and meditation brings mental benefits, such as reduced anxiety and depression. What may be more surprising is that it actually makes your brain work better. When you lift weights, your muscles get stronger and bigger.
When you do yoga, your brain cells develop new connections, and changes occur in your brain structure as well as function, resulting in improved cognitive skills, such as learning and memory. Yoga strengthens parts of the brain that plays a key role in memory, attention, awareness, thought, and language. Think of it as weightlifting for the brain.
The easiest way to begin your Yoga journey is with sun salutations. It is preferred that you face the sun as you work, and expressing your gratitude to the higher power of the Sun, the life source of the Earth.
If you’re ready to leverage your workplace wellness strategy and explore how to optimize individual, team and your company’s performance, book your complimentary Workplace Wellness call with me here.