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Mental Health and Wellness at Work: It’s time to grow

Meeting increasing demand for mental health and wellness at workPart of any success strategy is knowing when you need to increase the resources to meet demand. And that’s where A-HEAD for Success is at the moment. Mental health and wellness at work are becoming increasingly recognised as a high priority for businesses. Not just because it’s just sound business sense (you want your most important asset to be functioning at its best, whether that’s you or people who work for you) but also to meet legal obligations.

Mental health and wellness are essential components of the A-HEAD for Success 5D Coaching Model: Clarity, Skillset, Mindset, Stress Resilience and Health/Energy.

When your team are firing on all cylinders, 

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Signs you may be close to burnout

BurnoutBurnout is that state you get to when you are so stressed and exhausted that you are no longer able to function.  At it's extreme level, you won't even be able to work at all.   You could argue that high performers and perfectionists are more at risk than most.  Why?  Because they power through and ignore signals that show they are at risk.  The problem is that the more you power through, the more at risk you become until you shut down completely.  Like your body has had enough and decides that if you are going to ignore its needs, it will just stop working so you can't ignore it any more.

So, what are the warning signs?  Everybody is different but the following are a few:

  • You veer between high energy and deep fatigue.  A sign that your adrenals are keeping you going but when you stop, you really stop
  • You are more irritable than usual
  • You suffer from brain fog
  • Problems seem bigger
  • You are suffering from palpitations
  • You feel tearful
  • You are more sensitive to noise
  • Your memory isn't as good as it usually is
  • Your sense of humour has gone
  • Your mind races at night
  • You have difficulty sleeping
  • A reliance on caffeine or other stimulants to keep going
  • You withdraw into yourself
  • You suffer from IBS symptoms
  • Your motivation is low
  • You consistently ignore your own needs

Of course, each of these may be symptoms of something else too, so it is always worth getting checked out.

In the meantime, here are 5 tips to help you:

  1. Make sure you have a balance between being and doing
  2. Say no more often
  3. Set clear boundaries at work and at home
  4. Now is the time to take greater care of your health:  eat well and exercise regularly really can help
  5. Practice mindfulness, meditation or self-hypnosis (all helpful in different ways - do feel free to call me if you want to know more)

It may be tempting to take sleeping tablets to help you sleep but these only increase the quantity of sleep, not the quality.  In fact medications in general tend to deal with symptoms rather than causes.  It's always important to deal with these issues at cause so that they aren't easily triggered in the future.

If you want an MOT, why not call to arrange one?  I can be reached on 0845 130 0854.  Alternatively, my new book Ultimate Energy (from tired to inspired) is out soon and, if you order before 29th December, you can get some bonuses:  Affirmations mp3, Overcome Fatigue mp3 and Personal Insights:  Performance and Productivity.  To order, visit Amazon and then send your proof of order to me at tricia@pw-consulting.co.uk to enjoy your freebies.

 

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How much is stress costing you?

Overwhelm StrategiesStress and Wellness - Priceless?

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development have published research which shows that if you are not actively managing employee wellbeing, it is likely to cost you £554 per employee per year in sickness absence alone.  But what is the cost of stressed out employees who do turn up day in and day out?  And what is the cost if you run your own business?

Pressure on performance

With most people working longer hours than they ever have before, chasing tougher targets and meeting tighter deadlines, the continued stress levels affect not only the wellbeing of the individual, but can significantly impact teamwork, performance, productivity, customer service levels and, of course, the bottom line.  It also means that managers are spending much more time managing performance than they are managing the business.

Is ignorance bliss?

Ignoring the problem does not make it go away.  If anything, it makes it worse.  One way or another, your business will pay the price.  And stress does not isolate neatly around the individual - it can put pressure on others who have to pick up the pieces.

Prevention or cure?

Although 97% of employers believe in the link between wellbeing and organisational performance, only 8% have a wellbeing strategy.  That may be because it isn't a priority until it results in your star performer in hospital following a heart-attack as happened with one of my clients.  Or it may be because you just don't know where to start.   Or perhaps you are the one who's stressed and you are in denial? Either way, the earlier you start to deal with it, the easier it will be.  Prevention is a more cost effective option, although its never too late to start.  Good employees are hard to come by and, when you consider the cost of hiring and training, as well as the downtime while you get someone new up to speed, it makes sense to take good care of those you have.  You will be rewarded with high performance and employee loyalty - something you can't buy.  And if you are managing your own business, you will enjoy more clarity, more energy, the ability to solve problems more effectively and greater flow in both productivity and finances.

What are the culprits?

Factors such as leadership style, effectiveness of communications, the degree to which employees feel empowered and motivated, and the always-connected impact of technology are the biggest culprits.   People need clarity, skillset, mindset, and energy to become stress-resilient.   For those who are self-employed, it is becoming more and more difficult to operate in a market which is still challenged and where competition is fierce.  It is important to remember too that stress may be impacted by factors unrelated to work such as health, financial worries or relationship/family problems.  But that doesn't mean that the business doesn't bear the consequences.  It is almost impossible to compartmentalise to the degree that one does not affect the other.  In the same vein, too much stress at work can impact home life and health.

And the answer?

Whether you want to help an individual in crisis or take a more systemic approach, a health and wellness assessment is a huge step in restoring wellness, stress-resilience, performance and engagement.

Call 0845 130 0854 to find out how this could work for you and your business or email me, Tricia Woolfrey on tricia@pw-consulting.co.uk.

 

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A-Z of Business: H – Health – How Can Your Business Be Healthy If You’re Not?

To succeed in business you need to be firing on all cylinders.  In fact, you could say that the health of your business is a reflection of your own health.  If you are tired all the time, or run down with frequent bouts of colds and flu, suffer frequent headaches or if you are at the mercy of IBS, can you really be functioning at your best?

Health is more than just an absence of symptoms.  When you are healthy in every sense of the word (physically and emotionally), you will have more stamina and energy to deal with the stressors of business life; mentally you will have clarity of thought and direction, the ability to solve problems quickly and your memory will be more reliable; you will feel more motivated and less irritable; health will also mean that your immune system is strong to safeguard you from colds and flu as well as more serious illnesses.

If you’re feeling tired-all-the-time, or low motivation, it could well be as a result of your body needing to be stronger and healthier.

Your health can be affected by many factors including:

  • Food choices
  • Depleted nutrition in foods
  • Cellular health
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Cigarettes
  • Stress
  • Negative emotions
  • Environment
  • Lack of exercise

Taking care of yourself is taking care of business. We take great care of our cars:  fill them with petrol, make sure there is enough oil and water, take them for a regular MOT, but are you doing this for yourself?  For a health MOT, call 0845 130 0854.

© Tricia Woolfrey 2012

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