Each individual employee, from the lowest person on the totem pole to the Board Chairman is a critical contributor to the creation of a healthy work environment. The following steps are three key ways that you can take control of your relationship to work and contribute to a healthier workplace for everyone.
Social media is much lamented for being destructive to our well-being - and with good reason. The comparison trap, the ease at which fake information can pass itself off as real, and the unrealistic expectations that curation and filters put on our lives can be detrimental. However, it doesn't have to be this way. You…
Chronic stress is the worst. It kills our productivity, limits our ability to think creatively, and wreaks havoc throughout our bodies. To help keep minor stressors - like an "URGENT" email from a supervisor - from turning into chronic stress, I employ a few stretching and breathing techniques throughout my day. These stretches can all be done at your desk, in your work attire, anytime you need to hit the reset button on your stress response.
Whether you are the CEO or the janitor, you can cultivate self-compassion and subsequently bring it into your workplace, contributing to a healthier culture. When we treat ourselves with compassion, we not only strengthen our own ability to deal with stress and adversity, but we become better at supporting those around us with their challenges.
The end of the year is a great time to reflect. We learn, experience, accomplish, struggle and celebrate so much in the course of 12 months. I won't bore you with the intimate details of my year, but I wanted to share some of the most valuable - and surprising - things I learned about wellness this year. While not groundbreaking, I hope they'll offer you an insight or two that resonates as you look forward to a happy, healthy 2019!
While reading through some research on workplace stress and its effects on health, I came across an alarming comparison. The effect of workplace stress on health is as large as the effect of secondhand smoke on health. That’s right folks, your workplace could be as toxic for your health as sitting in a bar full of tobacco smoke every night. Scary, right?
So we know it's important to set boundaries when we love our work, but how do we do this? In the same way that it can be tempting to go for a cookie when you're feeling that 4pm energy dip, it can be tempting to log in to your computer to do just one more thing for work at midnight. How do you fight the urge and set up healthy working habits? The same way we make any habit change: reframing our understanding, making small changes, and setting up the conditions for success.