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Empowering Leaders: creating your Personal Wellness Toolbox

Empowering Leaders: creating your Personal Wellness Toolbox

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to neglect our own well-being amidst the demands of work, family, and other responsibilities. Yet, taking care of ourselves is essential for maintaining balance and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. One powerful way to prioritize self-care is by curating a personalized toolkit of resources to support our body, mind, emotions, and soul.

This is a practice that I started years ago when life was busy (working full-time, single-mom, teens with busy activity schedules, studying for my Masters, long commute to work, oh! and a good few long-haul business trips each year!).

Why Create a Personal Wellness Toolkit?

Daily life is tiresome and to avoid burnout, we need to actively resource ourselves. As leaders, there are additional demands. Being your best-self is a necessity for creative thinking, making decisions, having energy for others and leading change – to name a few.

On top of that, life often throws curveballs, leaving us feeling drained and depleted. When we’re in the thick of it, it’s not necessarily the best time to start thinking about our wellness and coming up with ideas or figuring out some options to recover and restore some precious energy.

During these times, having a go-to list of resources can be invaluable. Here’s why:

  1. Immediate Support: When you’re feeling overwhelmed or depleted, you may not have the energy to search for ways to recharge. Having a pre-assembled toolkit ensures that you have easy access to resources that can help you feel better right away.
  2. Tailored to Your Needs: Everyone’s wellness needs are unique. By creating your own toolkit, you can include resources that resonate with you personally, whether it’s a calming meditation practice, a favorite exercise routine, or a comforting book.
  3. Consistent Self-Care: Consistency is key to maintaining well-being. A curated list of resources serves as a reminder to prioritize self-care even during busy times, fostering a habit of regular wellness practices.
  4. Empowerment: Building your own toolkit puts you in control of your well-being. Rather than relying solely on external sources for support, you become proactive in managing your health and happiness.

What to add to your Wellness Toolkit

In my previous article Navigating Wellbeing Diversity I talked about the 4 bodies that we all have, and all of these have needs.

It makes sense to construct your own Wellness Toolkit so that you have a list of resources in each to match your needs at any time. Here’s some ideas:

  1. Body: Physical well-being is the foundation of overall health. Wellness Toolkit resources can include exercise routines, healthy recipes, relaxation techniques, and self-care practices like massage or aromatherapy.
  2. Emotional: Emotional health involves recognizing, understanding, and managing our feelings.Include resources like mood-tracking apps, guided visualization exercises, therapy or counseling services, and supportive communities or friends who can provide empathy and encouragement.
  3. Mental: Mental wellness is essential for clarity, focus, and resilience. Incorporate activities such as mindfulness meditation, journaling prompts, brain-training exercises, or educational podcasts and books on topics that interest you.
  4. Spiritual: Nurturing the soul involves connecting with your innermost self and finding meaning and purpose in life. Consider adding practices such as spiritual rituals, nature walks, creative activities, or volunteering opportunities that align with your values.

Tips for Building Your Toolkit

If you are prone to energy depletion, burn-out or just have a busy phase approaching….

  • Start Small: Begin by identifying a few resources for each aspect of wellness that resonate with you. You can always expand and refine your toolkit over time.
  • Check off your list! Set a weekly / monthly or quarterly goal to spend time on your wellness activities. When complete, give them a check mark. This can be particularly satisfying dopamine hit for those who love to cross off lists but is also a way to hold yourself accountable while you create new wellness habits.
  • Experiment and Adapt: Be open to trying new things and adjusting your toolkit based on what works best for you. What works during one season of life may evolve in another.
  • Keep it Accessible: Store your resources in a convenient and easily accessible format, whether it’s a digital document, a dedicated app, a physical journal or a sheet of paper pinned where you can see it in your office.
  • Regularly Review and Update: Schedule regular check-ins to assess the effectiveness of your toolkit and make any necessary updates or additions as your needs change.

In summary…

In today’s fast-paced world, prioritizing self-care is more important than ever. By creating a personalized wellness toolkit encompassing resources for body, mind, emotions, and soul, you can equip yourself with the tools you need to survive and even get to thrive. Remember, investing in your well-being is not selfish—it’s essential for leading a fulfilling and balanced life.

What are some resources you would include in your personal wellness toolkit? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

#Wellbeing #Leadership #PersonalDevelopment #WorkLifeBalance #Needs

Navigating Wellbeing Diversity: Strategies for Tailored Employee Engagement

Navigating Wellbeing Diversity: Strategies for Tailored Employee Engagement

Recently I had a conversation with a manager about a Wellbeing afternoon she had recently held for her Staff (30+ attendees).

Some of the staff gave negative feedback after the event, saying they would have preferred to have the hours spent at the event as free/off-work time.

This particular manager was quite philosophical about it, saying

you’re never going to please everyone all of the time”.

[To note in this business case, time off work is not an option].

It’s true – you won’t please everyone all of the time.

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So how to approach Wellbeing needs of your staff?

It’s important to keep in mind that Wellbeing has a different meaning to everyone at different times.

There are many models for Wellbeing, but the simple one I like is – addressing the Needs in our 4 different Bodies.

Examples of the Needs for each of the 4 bodies.

1. Physical: exercise, nutrition, sleep

2. Emotional: connection, support, empathy

3. Mental: learning, stimulation, mindfulness

4. Spiritual: reflection, meditation, inspiration

What fills those Needs:

  1. Physical: outdoor activity or walk in nature
  2. Emotional: group discussion and sharing circle
  3. Mental: mindfulness practice and gratitude journaling
  4. Spiritual: guided meditation and visualization exercises

Tips for Managers & Leaders:

  • Having a blend of Wellbeing events, structured as a program is hugely beneficial to your staff
  • Start small, low budget. Focus on consistency in a program
  • Ask for feedback and ideas for future wellbeing events
  • Bring awareness to the program and to which Body/Need is the focus for each session
  • Be cognisant that your go-to solution is not on ‘rinse and repeat’ and that your overall program has variety, so that over-time, everyone and every Body-Needs are met.

#Wellbeing #Leadership #EmployeeEngagement #WorkLifeBalance #TeamWellness #Needs

How Coaching Enhances Business Success

How Coaching Enhances Business Success

Sometimes, those of us who are into coaching struggle to explain why it’s so darn helpful. Whether we’re the coach or the one getting coached, we usually just share success stories to prove our point. But that doesn’t cut it. If you’re curious about coaching, getting coached, or introducing coaching throughout your organization, you should be able to spell out what’s really going on inside the heads and hearts of the folks being coached as they spend time with their coaches.

Research is now making this clear. Several recent studies show that coaching facilitates what’s called “psychological capital” (PsyCap for short).¹

Psychological capital contributes to increased overall well-being. Having hope, self-efficacy, resilience, and optimism can help individuals better cope with stress, enhance their emotional and mental health, and experience a higher level of life satisfaction.

It’s not just about having happier employees.
Psychological capital translates to business outcomes.

Change: friend or fiend?

Change: friend or fiend?

Change is inevitable. There is something unique about every day and life is constantly moving forward. But there is routine – about 75% of our actions, thoughts, habits, schedule is repetitive in nature. When change happens, it can feel seismic, regardless of whether it was expected or unexpected or if it is desired or unwelcome in out lives.



Creating Magical Momentum

Creating Magical Momentum

Is it already that time of the year when the New Year’s resolutions and promises are wearing thin or perhaps have disappeared completely? Don’t give up just yet or file them under ‘next year’ because it takes weeks if not months to create a new habit. And even when we do create more lasting and embedded habits, there can still be times when we just hit a slump in our motivation and seem to reverse the progress we have been making.

Momentum only really happens when our ‘why’ becomes greater than our objections.