Workplace Wellness Whisperer – Weekly Tips Summary (Jan 10)

Hello Workplace Wellness Seeker,

We all agree that today’s remote work conditions have reduced opportunities to build and maintain positive and supportive relationships with colleagues, which can boost job satisfaction.

Research conducted by Oracle and Workplace Intelligence found that 2020 was the most stressful year people have ever experienced in their working lives.

  • 78% of the workers surveyed said that the pandemic has negatively affected their mental health.
  • 76% indicated that companies should be doing more to protect workers’ mental health.
  • A staggering 85% said that newfound work-related stress is affecting their home lives.

This week I have shared with you 5 amazing workplace wellness tips that will help you succeed personally and professionally. Watch the videos on my YouTube channel here and remember to hit the SUBSCRIBE button, so you don’t miss any videos.

TIP #1– Heart Healing Meditation

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. Watch my Youtube video for more details.

Tip #2- DONE Is Better Than Perfect!

Are you a perfectionist at work? Is it stressing you out? Perfectionism is a personality trait characterized by the need to strive for flawlessness, often accompanied by critical self-evaluations. Setting such high-performance standards for ourselves can be damaging to our health. Often perfectionists will procrastinate because they are looking for the perfect timing to take action. One way I’ve learned to overcome my perfectionist nature is by being content with the outcome even if it’s not my level of perfect. My new motto is “”DONE is better than PERFECT!”” Of course, without compromising quality, and the beauty of this motto is that you can always go back and make the necessary tweaks, but the key is to get it done and stop procrastinating. 3 ways to get your work done on time include:

#1. Create a daily planner

#2. Keep a time limit for each task

#3. Start your work early.

Tip #3- Breathe To Increase Your Energy

Try this breath technique called Bhastrika Pranayama. It consists 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. The most important physical and mental benefits derived with the practice of Bhastrika Pranayama are:

1. Strengthens the respiratory system

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

3. 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.

Tip #4 – STOP Watching Stressful News

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.

Tip #5 – 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. 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 behaviours 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. 

Get started with your workplace wellness strategy with my Workplace Wellness Calendar here.

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://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/how-organizations-can-promote-employee-wellness-now-and-post-pandemic/