Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (June 11)
Hello Wellness Seeker,
Happy Saturday! I always try to eat local fruits and vegetables and that usually means I’m eating what is in season. So what’s in season in the Northern Hemisphere this month? Check out my post on my Instagram or Facebook.
Did you know that a regular gratitude practice is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness? Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships.
What is one book that you’re thankful you came across or was recommended to read?
Things just got real. What we thought was a few months of isolation, quarantine, and social distancing is now called the new normal. Ergonomically designed, swanky office spaces have now been swapped with living room couches, dining tables, and the bed! The shifts are not temporary, they are tectonic.
The current realities in the new normal have shown us that employee wellbeing is important – now more than ever! Employee wellbeing will play a role in defining an organization’s ability to make it through these tough times and beyond.
My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you how to chart your course to success.
What is employee wellbeing in this new normal? What can an organisation do to ensure their employee’s wellbeing?
Key areas that need focus in the new normal are:
- Emotional health
- Medical assistance
- Safety at the workplace
- Sleep and relaxation
- Financial security
- Social wellbeing
- Support for leadership/management
- Physical fitness
Employees need all the help that can be offered.
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. Who Is Your Energy Vampire?
Who is your energy vampire? An energy vampire is someone that drains your energy and causes you unnecessary stress. We all have that co-worker, friend or perhaps even a family member.
I know this is easier said that done, but if you cannot avoid this person altogether, make a serious attempt to limit your interactions with them. Or address their behaviour directly. At work, you can limit interactions between the two of you by not agreeing to lunches and not stopping by their desk to chat. Energy vampires demand a lot from the people they target. This continuous drain on your energy resources can have a noticeable effect on your well-being.
Over time, excess stress can lead to anxiety, depression, heart disease, and many more. That’s why it’s important to recognize the behaviors and then work to remove them. This may involve putting up walls to protect against an energy vampire’s efforts or removing the person from your life entirely.
Do you face any energy vampires? Who are they? What can you do to better deal with them in the future?
These ideas may not work for everyone. Try them and modify your approach as you go until you’re able to feel in control and protected.
I’m so excited about my special anniversary episode celebrating the first year of my podcast. I invite you to listen to Season 2, Episode #1 on the Self-Care Goddess Podcast.
Tip #2. Heart Healing Meditation | For the Loss of a Loved One | Coping with Grief
Coping with the grief of losing a loved one can be an extremely painful emotional, physical and mental experience.
I created this meditation because I was personally going through a painful experience it helped me cope with the loss and heal the immeasurable pain in my heart. I hope and wish that it will help heal your heart too.
Thank-you for sharing this space with me. Namaste
Tip #3. Is Green Tea Really Good for YOU?
“Green Tea” Is it a fad or are there any health benefits?
According to a report from the International Institute of Sustainable Development, tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world, after water. Green tea is used in traditional Chinese and Indian medicine and can help with several health problems.
A 2016 meta-analysis of observational studies suggested that daily green tea drinking is associated with a decreased risk of cognitive impairment. Green tea is different from other teas because it is made from unoxidized tea leaves and is less processed than most other teas.
When you begin your day with green tea it will help you replace other unhealthy beverages. It can be calming and reduce anxiety. It lowers cholesterol and improves the brain function. So make sure you get your cup or two today and every day.
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Tip #4. Guided Loving Kindness Meditation | Beyond Stress Management | Rest & Recovery
Alternate Nostril Breathing is balancing, calming, anti-anxiety, and very relaxing. It also sharpens focus and awareness, relaxes the body and mind, supports healthy lung and respiratory function and rebalances the left and right hemispheres of the brain.
This is how to practice alternate nostril breathing:
✔️Sit comfortably and cross your legs.
✔️Exhale completely and then use your thumb to close your right nostril.
✔️Inhale through your left nostril.
✔️Then close the left nostril with your ring finger.
✔️Open the right nostril and exhale through this side.
✔️Inhale through the right nostril and then close this nostril.
✔️Open the left nostril and exhale through the left side.
Basically, cover the same nostril after inhaling, and exhale through the other side.
Repeat 5 to 20 rounds.
Check out my amazing delicious ‘Celebration Choco Cupcakes’ recipe
Tip #5.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.
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.