Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (June 18)

Happy Saturday! I had an amazing podcast interview with Jennifer Stevenson who has more than 13 years of experience delivering a variety of yoga, meditation, self-development and leadership training programs internationally with the Art of Living Foundation. Check out my post on the 5 Essentials for Self-Development on  my Instagram or Facebook

Did you know that increasing gratitude at work improves employee mental health, fosters relationships between colleagues, and creates a positive work culture? 

🙏Gratitude Practice🙏

What is one thing a colleague has done for you recently that you’re grateful for?  

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In the last few years, the whole world has experienced an event at the exact same time; the pandemic gave every country a crisis, and we all watched on as everyone managed it in differing ways.

One of the many ripple effects of Covid-19 led to a laser-beam focus on the world of work like never before.

Many employees want to work at a company that aligns with their values and ethics while also respecting their work-life balance. The pandemic proved how fragile life is and how quickly everything can change. As such, many people want a job that can happily coexist alongside their personal life—not something that competes with it.

Workplace wellness within an organization has become a global priority at present times. My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you how to chart your course to success.

According to Workplace Intelligence, “Since April 2021, more than 15 million people have left their jobs in what is being called the “Great Resignation.” All signs point to the quit rate continuing to accelerate in 2022, and 55% of workplace professionals say they expect employee turnover to increase.”

These factors have led to companies addressing their working culture as they scramble to retain their talent. But in my view, it has never been easier to find out what employees want: We have an impassioned workforce who are all loudly saying what they need from their employer. The question is, what are you going to do about it?

I can help and guide you re-architect work, with human focus at the forefront, so you can thrive today and for years to come.

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 videos.

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Tip #1. How to mitigate the harmful effects of artificial “junk” lighting?

Are you aware of the harmful effects of artificial “junk” lighting?

I’m a Certified Nutritionist and a Holistic Wellness Coach so I’m always looking for amazing self-care hacks to recommend to my clients to improve their wellness.

One of my Self-Care pillars is sleep, and what I love most about VivaRays Clip’N’Go glasses, is that I get such an amazing good night sleep when I put them on at sundown. I definitely notice the difference when I’m not able to put them on because I don’t get that much needed deep and restorative sleep, I don’t wake up as energized and I’m not as focused the next day. Because my brain seems like it’s constantly in thinking mode, I had a difficult time shutting down and falling asleep, it would literally take me hours, just laying there in bed, my body was tired but my brain was not. But once I started using the VivaRays, it’s so much easier for me to fall asleep, just like that, and I feel so refreshed in the morning.

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Listen to the podcast episode #42 with Philipp Humm on the Self-Care Goddess Podcast titled ‘How to build YOUR confidence with Constructive Embarrassment’.

Tip #2. Are your habits serving you or working against you?

Habits are automatic choices that influence the conscious decisions that follow. Once completed a habit can shape the actions that you take for minutes or hours afterward.

According to James Clear, habits are like the entrance ramp to a highway. They lead you down a path and, before you know it, you’re speeding towards the next behaviour. How do you develop good work habits? It’s often best to start small with one or two areas you want to improve. If you try to change all of your work habits at once, you may feel overwhelmed. Focus on one area that can have a significant impact on your overall work.

For example, if your disorganization is slowing you down, putting into place a few organizational strategies such as making a daily to-do list, may help you to be more productive overall.

Every year The 24th of January is actually celebrated as clean your desk day. Organization is super important.

Having good work habits does not mean keeping your eyes glued to your computer. It includes knowing how to take care of yourself. Getting proper sleep. Eating right. Taking time to relax and recharge.

As Maya Angelou said, “Nothing will work unless you do.”

Tip #3. Breathe To Increase Your Energy

Are you always reaching for a coffee during your mid-afternoon energy slump? Try this breath technique instead.

Bhastrika Pranayama consists basically of forced, rapid, deep breathing. We use our chest like that of the bellows, to get active inhalations and exhalations, in a very dynamic synchronised way.

There are many benefits but the most important physical and mental benefits derived with the practice of Bhastrika Pranayama are:

1. Strengthens the respiratory system, while keeping the passage clear of toxins and blockages.

2. Helps to improve the blood circulation in the body.

3. This kind of dynamic breathing helps to purify the blood, by detoxifying.

4. Keeps the nasal passage clean and clear of dust and allergies.

5. Helps to reduce fat, as it is a dynamic way of breathing.

6. This dynamic way of breathing helps to boost immunity.

7. Calms the body along with the mind, reducing the stress and anxiety completely.

8. Helps to improve awareness with deep focus.

9. Improve memory, keeping the mind clear of unnecessary thoughts.

10. Reducing the gastric fire, helping digestion.

Contact me if you would like an accountability partner and help you establish a Yoga and Breathwork routine.

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Tip #4. Eye Exercises for Computer Eye Strain

We are using digital devices more than ever and my computer eye strain is REAL and can lead to dry eyes, blurry vision and even headaches.

When working on a computer it’s a good idea to follow the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. You can also try rolling your eyes in a circular motion with your eyes open and then closed.

To help lubricate the eye try slowly blinking every 5 seconds, I know it sounds easy but we often forget to blink as often as we should.

And my favourite one is rubbing your palms to create some heat, then gently cover your eye without pressing hard, open your eyes in the darkness and hum on your exhales to relax your eyes and your mind. Try these exercises a few times throughout your workday.

Check out my amazing delicious Matcha Protein Smoothie recipe

Tip #5.STOP Watching Stressful News

Can watching the news be bad news for your mental health? YES! And the research backs it up.

Watching stressful news causes acute stress (feelings of anxiousness, nervousness, aggression), depression, sleep issues, and many other serious lasting consequences.Is it worth it? Of course not, but most of us have a natural negative bias that makes us respond quicker to negative words and viewing traumatic media coverage attractive.

My suggestions to reducing news-related stress for better mental health:

✅Limit your time – set a frequency and stick to it – preferably once a day.

✅Consider whether the piece of news is worth your precious valuable time consuming it (most often it’s not).

✅Get the news second hand from someone else.

✅Take time off from watching, reading or listening to the news.

✅Find a replacement activity such as reading a book, going for walks, taking a bath, talking to a loved one, exercise, meditate, journal, etc.

✅Make an effort to balance watching negative news with some positive form of journalism.

So dear wellness seekers stay away from the stressful news at home & the workplace. Follow me for more stress-busting tips.

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.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2022/04/01/the-growing-importance-of-employee-wellness-how-are-you-responding/?sh=45c5271a7afa