Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (Dec 10)

Hello Workplace Wellness Seeker,

Happy Saturday! I’ve been coming across a lot of information on self-image and self-confidence and in a post I share with you 6 affirmations that can help develop a
positive body image. Creating a positive body image starts with how we relate to
ourselves. Check out my post on my Instagram or Facebook for daily gratitude affirmations. 

Did you know that practicing gratitude on a daily basis can literally rewire your brain for positive thinking and help you during challenging times? 

🙏Gratitude Practice🙏

What is one thing you like about your job?

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How does Workplace Wellness Work?

Corporate wellbeing is a tool for empowerment to thrive on and off work. An effective program provides actionable insights to handle common obstacles for mental health and how to lead a healthy and productive life. As your employees progress through wellbeing programs, you get real-time metrics on engagement levels, workplace wellbeing & productivity. Use it to identify trends or patterns, and make informed decisions moving forward.

My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you with some ideas for implementing your wellness strategy. 

Here are 4 stages of a Workplace Wellness Program:

1. Reflect: Assess the status quo. As your staff makes private mental health check-ins as well as monthly corporate wellbeing surveys, you get engagement and wellness data in real-time.

2. Create Direction: Based on the personal and company reflections, your staff sets private and professional wellbeing plans to create an actionable direction that leads to both wellbeing and productivity.

3. Take Action: Your staff becomes self-leading by syncing their to-dos with personal and company goals. Mental health coaching makes sure no one is overwhelmed.

4. Repeat: Repeat the process to raise resilience on individual and organizational levels. Use metrics, insights, and provided resources to create a positive wellbeing culture.

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Here’s a summary of this week’s 5 tips that can help you personally and professionally.

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Tip #1 – Mental Health Hacks

Do you want to improve your Mental Health, especially during these times? Ensure you’re taking care of your GUT! But what does taking care of your GUT actually entail? On my blog post I have explained in detail, 7 Ways that I believe contribute to a healthy Gut and ultimately a healthy brain. Our brain is made up primarily of FAT! So it makes sense to eat healthy fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts and seeds, coconut oil, ghee, and the oils naturally occurring in fish that are anti-inflammatory and promote the natural production of Serotonin – more on this later. These healthy fats also have high amounts of antioxidants that protect your cells from oxidative stress and are essential for brain health and development. My favourite way to ensure I’m supporting my Gut Health is through eating lots of greens (fiber), Intermittent Fasting, activating the Vagus Nerve via gargling, nature walks, gardening, and of course meditating.

Listen to the Self-Care Goddess Podcast #21 with Fiona Campbell titled “How to focus on what you want using NLP”. In the podcast we explain how reframing can be an effective NLP tool. 

Tip #2 – 5 Tools to Help You Reframe A Stressful Situation

There are several ways to manage stress, however, they typically fall within these two types. Cognitive = Change how we perceive stressors or distract ourselves from stressors via mindfulness techniques. Physical = Activating vagus nerve to enter Parasympathetic Nervous System via breathing exercises or bodywork. In this video we’re going to talk about the cognitive ways. Changing our perception of stressful events is known as ‘reframing’. Here are 5 Tools to help us reframe a stressful situation: 1. Question your thoughts: Are they real? Are they true and accurate? 2. Shift threats into challenges: Does this experience give you an opportunity to grow? 3. Expand time: Will this event matter in a year? 5 years? At the end of your life? 4. Increase your sense of control: You can’t control events, but you can can ask for help, find creative solutions, draw on resources, influence others involved. Focus on what actually do have control of. 5.Recognize that not all stress is harmful: Can you reframe the experience of a rapid heartbeat or butterflies in your belly as excitement? As a thrill and not a threat? Reframing is a magical tool to practice everyday.

Tip #3. Reduce Your Sitting Time

The typical American sits an average of 9.3 hours a day–an entire 90 minutes longer than we sleep each day. According to researchers, people who sit for more than 6 hours a day are 40 percent more likely to die within 15 years than people who sit for fewer than 3 hours a day. So I strongly encourage if possible to work outdoors, or have walking meetings to make the most of fresh air, but also to energize you, helps you feel more calm and reduce stress. Researchers at Stanford University found that the creative output of people increases by an average of 60 percent when they are walking. Indoor walks were found to be just as effective for boosting creativity as outdoor walks. So if you’re a manager I highly recommend you encourage your team to take a break go outside, or work outside if you have the right set up of course, or encourage walking meetings.

Download my FREE morning routine here and learn how to: Increase Energy, Improve Sleep and Decrease Mood Swings.

Tip #4. Breath Awareness Meditation

Breath awareness means paying close attention to the breath as you allow it to come and go on its own, you become an observer of the breath. Practicing breath awareness can be a key factor in learning how to become more self-aware of our emotions. When we are more self-aware of our emotions we can begin to self-regulate our stress response and truly respond to stress and avoid reacting to it. The objective of this meditation is to you relax and become aware of your breath. This simple breath awareness meditation is a mindful practice and is a great way to train your focus and concentration. Learning to notice your breath without judgement, just being with the breath.

Check out my amazing ‘Chocolate Pumpkin Fudge’ recipe.

Tip #5. How To Achieve Your Goals?

Did you know that 90% of new year resolutions fail by February? This is because when goals are difficult and challenging, people go off track. Most of us have a mission for ourselves which are goals or objectives we want to achieve in the next six months. We write down these SMART goals. But to be authentic I advise you to have accountability for yourself and also be accountable to someone else to ensure you are on track. Rather than having 50 goals that are vague and without self-direction, look at something tangible and make yourself accountable in order to move forward. Pick just one goal but that one goal should be so brilliant and clear that you can see it, touch it, feel it, smell it, and go towards it. Take personal responsibility and focus on what you want to achieve. In the beginning of the year, I don’t like to set goals, but instead set intentions by asking yourself the question – Who do I want to be by the end of the year? And then what actions, behaviours, and habits will support that.

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 here.

References:

https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/tools-and-samples/how-to-guides/pages/howtoestablishanddesignawellnessprogram.aspx