Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (July 23)
Hello Wellness Seeker,
Happy Saturday! Did you know that the ‘simple’ act of breathing properly is a terrific way of strengthening your immune system? Check out my post for more details on Instagram or Facebook.
Gratitude and appreciation are core positive psychology practices that have been shown to boost physical, mental, and emotional health.
My favorite adventure/vacation was __________ because. . .
Have you heard about corporate wellbeing?
Any workplace health promotion activity or organizational policy designed to support healthy behaviour among employees and to improve health outcomes is known as ‘corporate wellbeing’.
It consists of diverse activities such as workplace health education seminars, medical screenings, health coaching, weight loss, stress management, smoking rehab programs, wellness communities, fitness programs and facilities, nutrition counselling, yoga, company wellness competitions, web-based education and social platforms along with financial and other incentives for participation. The aim of Workplace wellness has been expanded over the past decade to encompass the creation of a “culture of health” within the office.
My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you with some ideas for implementing your wellness strategy.
Workplace yoga is found to be a useful, cost-effective and feasible intervention in improving stress, musculoskeletal pain, fatigues and quality of life among employees. Yoga may be implemented in the workplace as a wellness program at the workplace.
According to research employees with high stress levels are those who might most benefit from participation in wellness programs. However they may experience the greatest difficulty participating actively in wellness programs because of lack of support, low confidence, and numerous health problems. Offering tailored stress reduction programs for these employees would be beneficial. I can help you with that.
I invite you to listen to several of my podcasts on Self-Care and subscribe to my YouTube channel for amazing practical workplace wellness tips that I share everyday.
Here’s a summary of this week’s 5 tips that can help you personally and professionally.
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Tip #1. Choose Your Inner Circle Wisely
According to Jim Rohn “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
So who are the 5 people you hang around with the most from the office?
The world’s longest-lived people choose, or are born into, social circles that support healthy behaviours. Okinawans create moais – groups of 5 friends that commit to each other for life & support each-other throughout the years, even financially.
Research shows that smoking, obesity, happiness, & even loneliness are contagious. By contrast, social networks of long-lived people favourably shape their health behaviours. All but 5 of the 263 centenarians were interviewed during the Blue Zone research belonged to a faith-based community.
Research shows that attending faith-based services four times per months will add 4 to 14 years of life expectancy.
At the workplace I advise you to hang out with colleagues of similar life goals and urge you to participate with the community programs organized by your HR to nurture that sense of belonging and inclusion, not only will it add years to your life but also make you more productive.
Download my FREE Morning Routine and learn how to: 1. Increase Energy 2. Improve Sleep & 3. Decrease Mood Swings.
Tip #2. Harness The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Do you want to know how you can apply the powers of your subconscious mind to any problem or to help you live a life of your dreams?
Every thought is a cause, and every condition is an effect! Joseph Murphy, author of “The Power of Your Subconscious Mind” invites us to consider our mind as a garden and we are the gardeners.
We plant seeds of thoughts in our subconscious mind all day long, often unaware because of our habitual thinking. He argues that what we sow in our subconscious mind, we shall reap in our body and environment.
So begin now to sow thoughts of health, happiness, prosperity, career progression and accept them fully in your conscious mind.
Continue to plant these wonderful seeds of thought in the garden of your mind and you will reap a glorious harvest.
When you begin to control your thought processes, you can apply the powers of your subconscious to any problem or difficulty. You will be consciously connecting with the infinite power and law that governs all things.
I challenge you to create or choose an affirmation that resonates with you.
Make it the last thing you say before bed and the first thing you say in the morning before getting out of bed and watch the magic happen! Share this with a friend, family member or colleague who really needs to hear this.
Tip #3. Mindful Eating Breathwork
Taking the time to be more mindful before you eat allows you to better digest and assimilate your food so that you can nourish every cell in your body.
One way to do this is through a mindful breathing technique a few minutes before enjoying your meal.
Check out the Self-Care Goddess Podcast episode #30 with Anders Olsson where we go into more detail of why mindful eating is so important.
Tip #4. 3 Practical Ways to Manage Your Energy
Do want to learn how to manage your energy better? Here are 3 important practices to more effectively regulate your energy, increase your resilience and handle situations more effectively and help you with your self-awareness.
Every emotion you experience has an effect on your body and on your resilience, whether or not you are aware of it. Every emotion immediately causes changes in your body, affects your ability to build and sustain your energy and either renews or depletes your resilience. So the three techniques are from the HeartMath Institute – Prep, Shift & Reset, and Sustain.
1. The value of Prep cannot be overemphasized. The purpose of Prep is to ensure that before entering a challenging situation, you are in a more resilient and composed state so you are able to meet the challenge and respond optimally. This is not merely thinking about feeling more calm and composed, but rather creating the actual feeling of ease, calm or confidence, which creates coherence. You can Prep for anything. Prep to set the tone for the day, before meetings, before working on projects or meeting with a client.
2. Shift and Reset by practicing a HeartMath coherence technique in-the-moment when challenging events, big or small, occur to stabilize emotions and minimize energy drains as soon as possible. Shift and Reset before resting or going to bed to get the maximum benefits from rest or sleep.
3. Sustain your resilience throughout the day by establishing regular practices to Prep, and Shift and Reset on-the-go throughout the day. Using a technique even when you aren’t experiencing stress reinforces a more coherent and resilient state. It all adds up! With practice, you can learn to Shift and Reset much more quickly after any stressful event and save a lot of energy so you don’t deplete your resilience.
Check out my amazing delicious ‘Breakfast in a Glass‘ recipe
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.
Subscribe to my Youtube channel for some Yoga videos.
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