Workplace Wellness Whisperer – (October 8)
Hello Workplace Wellness Seeker,
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.
Did you know that practicing gratitude on a daily basis can literally rewire your brain for positive thinking and help you during challenging times?
What is one thing you like about your job?
What can organizations can do to improve well-being at their workplace?
For any company, its workforce is the largest and most important business asset, and the focus on wellbeing should be a key priority for any employer. Employee wellbeing results in multitude of benefits for the organization – improved productivity, better team engagement and cohesiveness. According to a workplace wellness 2017 survey report from International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IFEBP) on wellness programs offered by employers, 67% of surveyed employers reported increased employee satisfaction, 66% of employers noticed an increase in the productivity levels, 63% of surveyed companies found an increase in financial sustainability and growth and close to 50% reported decrease in absenteeism.
My Workplace Wellness Calendar can guide you with some ideas for implementing your wellness strategy.
Here are 3 ideas to help you bring out change to employee wellbeing measures at work:
- Offer Fitness Programs
Facilities such as guided yoga or zumba classes, sit-stand desks or having a full-scale on-site fitness centers can help in raising the level of physical fitness of the employees and hence the overall productivity.
- Encourage Flexible Employment
Encouraging a flexible employment option helps employees to achieve a better work-life balance, leading to a more positive outlook, energy and enthusiasm for achieving their goals and also provide a mental and emotional break from a long commute and being in the office.
- Access To Healthy Food
Given the hectic schedule in office, employees generally tend to either skip their meals or end up snacking on unhealthy food and caffeine to get through the day. Easy access to fruits and putting up a healthy vending machines makes it easier for employees to snack healthily and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
I invite you to visit my YouTube channel for regular amazing and practical workplace wellness tips here.
Here’s a summary of this week’s 5 tips that can help you personally and professionally.
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Tip #1. Try This Herb To Support Your Liver
Do you know how you can support your liver? Milk thistle is a flowering herb related to the daisy and ragweed family. It is native to Mediterranean countries. It is also called Mary thistle and holy thistle. I recommend you use milk thistle for problems with the liver and gallbladder . Silymarin is the primary active ingredient of the herb. Silymarin is an antioxidant compound taken from milk thistle seeds. It supports the liver function by supporting protective glutathione levels. It also optimizes the production of bile that makes fat digestion and absorption easier on the liver. Milk thistle is particularly beneficial if your liver is damaged by industrial toxins, found in your personal care products.
You can take small cup once or twice a day. It odourless and easy to consume. Try it out and incorporate this in your daily routine for improving digestion and for detoxification.
Listen to several of the Self-Care Goddess Podcast regarding different breathing techniques and subscribe to my YouTube channel for some demonstrations.
Tip #2. Rhythmic Breathing Is Good For Your Mental Health
Did you know that slowing down, paying attention to your breath, focusing on the timing and pace of your breath does to your brain?
A recent study in the Journal of Neurophysiology revealed that several brain regions that are linked to emotion, attention, and body awareness actually get activated when we pay attention to our breath. Paced breathing involves consciously inhaling and exhaling according to a set rhythm. For example, you might inhale for four counts, hold for 2, exhale for six, and hold for 2 and then repeat. These findings represent a breakthrough because, for years, we’ve considered the brain stem to be responsible for the process of breathing. By tapping into these networks using the breath, we gain access to a powerful tool for regulating our responses to stress. Quick breathing rates may trigger feelings like anxiety, anger, or fear and we tend to be more attuned to fear when we’re breathing quickly. Conversely, it is possible to reduce fear and anxiety by slowing down our breath and engaging our diaphragm. Different types of breathing (rapid, intentional, and attentional) are linked to activation of brain structures involved in thinking, feeling, and behaviour. I invite you to use breathing strategies as a tool to help you manage your thoughts, moods, and experiences.
Check out my amazing delicious ‘Healthy Granola Bars’ recipe.
Tip #3. 5 Ways To Maximize Your Team’s Potential
Listen up managers this video is for you – are you truly maximizing your team’s potential?
For most employees, while compensation is important, there’s more to effective talent management than paying a high salary. In fact, 94% of employees would stay with an organization that invested in their career development. Cultivating and harnessing employee potential through genuine and transparent interactions in the workplace has been shown to benefit both the employer and the employee in the long run. There are 5 proven ways to maximize your team’s potential.
1️⃣ Be a good mentor to your employees
2️⃣ Give them your ears
3️⃣ Get them to hep you solve hard problems. Doing this would help launch them out of their comfort zones and bring out hidden potentials they didn’t realize they had in the first place.
4️⃣ Remind them of the bigger picture. When they see the big picture, life has a special kind of energy and meaning. Focus on establishing that. Become clear about what you want them to achieve and why.
5️⃣ Help them manage their time. If we have zero time management skills, 15-minute tasks can turn into 45 minutes, or even longer. Share a time management tip with your team and recognize those who implement them. I invite you to focus your energy on executing these ideas so you can maximize your team’s potential every day.
Listen to the Self-Care Goddess Podcast episode #22 & #23 to know how toxins are compromising your health and wellbeing.
Tip #4. 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.
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Tip #5. Go Herbal to Combat Stress
Chronic stress can cause brain inflammation as well as constriction of blood vessels and lead to poor circulation of the blood to the brain, causing you to experience symptoms of brain fog & fatigue.
Understanding the root cause and addressing it will be the first step, however, these herbs can work on the stress pathways in the brain as a powerful support when chronic stress is a problem.
– Panax Ginseng (Korean) Extract – very hot and very stimulating
– Ashwagandha – for “tired but wired” symptoms
– Holy Basil Extract – nervine relaxant
– Rhodiola Rosea – strengthens the nervous system
– Siberian Ginseng Extract – not stimulating helps with physical stress
– Licorice Root – reduces the workload of the adrenal glands
– Oats – nervine relaxant & lowers inflammation
– St. John’s Wart – nervous system tonic I always recommend working with a professional certified practitioner to help you modify the stress-inducing lifestyle habits to benefit from the amazing results of using these herbs synergistically.
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