Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (July 9)

Hello Wellness Seeker,

Happy Saturday! Part of a healthy lifestyle is eating what is in season, and preferably locally grown. I always try to eat local fruits and vegetables and that usually means I’m eating what is in season. Check out what’s in season in the Northern Hemisphere this month on my Instagram or Facebook

🙏Gratitude Practice🙏

People that practice gratitude consistently report a host of psychological benefits including: being more helpful, generous, and compassionate, more forgiving, more outgoing, feeling less lonely and isolated.

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 One way I have been trying to slow down is ________, and it has allowed me to appreciate _______.

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In today’s highly interconnected global economy, employees spend a large portion of their time in their offices. An unhealthy, unhappy employee will lead to inefficiencies, which directly affect your organization’s outputs. Ensuring a company invests in the wellbeing of its people is one of the primary purposes of the People function.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had far-reaching and long-lasting implications for individuals across all aspects of life – health, family, work, and more. According to Gartner’s 2020 Well-Being Benchmarking Survey, over three quarters of the 77 U.S. organizations surveyed reported that supporting employee well-being increased in importance in 2020.

As an employee advocate, HR should focus on keeping workers motivated, engaged, and happy. The key to achieving this is prioritizing employee health. When done well, these employee wellness programs can lead to an 80% improvement in organizational performance.

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

At a time when worker burnout and turnover is a major problem, companies can reduce both by redesigning work in ways that promote employee well-being and health.

New research from Gartner reveals that although 87% of employees have access to mental and emotional well-being offerings, only 23% of employees use them.

Here are 3 strategies to boost employee participation in wellness programs and maximize their investment in employee well-being:

1) Increase employee understanding of well-being needs and offerings

2) Reduce well-being stigma and apathy

3) Reduce the time and effort needed to participate in well-being programs.

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. Pay Attention to Your Inner Voice and Self-Talk

Worrying is like a rocking chair – it give you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

We all underestimate the power of our self-talk that inner voice usually over exaggerating making things worse than they really are because our amygdala – which is a part of our limbic brain – love to deal with fear.

I recently experienced this, I was going to turn down an awesome opportunity for fear of failing and luckily I surround myself with pretty awesome people that encouraged me to take the opportunity because hey what’s the worst that can happen. Believe or not this changed my perspective and now when I hear that inner voice – I tell it to bugger off!

So next time you’re faced with tough circumstances just pay attention to what you tell yourself and remind yourself that often times things are not as bad as they seem.

Listen to the Self-Care Goddess Podcast episode #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. 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.

Download my FREE Morning Routine and learn how to: 1. Increase Energy 2. Improve Sleep & 3. Decrease Mood Swings.

Tip #3. Do you know what is causing your STRESS?

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.

Are you making your health and wellness a priority? Reach out and I can help you manage stress and become more Self-Aware!

Tip #4. 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.

Check out my amazing delicious ‘Zingy Avocado Key Lime Pie’ recipe

Tip #5. Begin Your Yoga Journey With Sun Salutations

The easiest way to begin your Yoga journey is with sun salutations. It is preferred that you face the sun as you work, and express your gratitude to a higher power for the Sun, the life source of the Earth.

A regular yoga practice that includes sun salutations can have an amazing  effects on muscle strength, general body endurance and body composition.

Studies show that sun salutations can be an ideal exercise to keep oneself in optimum level of fitness.

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://hbr.org/2021/10/7-strategies-to-improve-your-employees-health-and-well-being
https://hbr.org/2021/10/how-to-get-employees-to-actually-participate-in-well-being-programs