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December 12, 2009 – Work Babble
Wellness – An Interview with coach Jenny Gallagher
December 6, 2009 – Workplace Wellness and the Holidays
Ready or not, here come the holidays, and if you have a hectic lifestyle then the added pressure may leave you feeling anything but jolly. To make the most out of this time of year it’s important to stop on occasion. The saying “stop to smell the roses” is a great reminder that it’s the simple things in life that can bring the most beauty and joy. Holidays are meant to be joyful but ironically the feeling of joy can easily shift to bah-humbug if you are not careful.
Wellness comes from a sense of well-being and if you are stressed out then you, and probably the people around you, won’t have much fun. Here are some wellness tips to get you not only through the holidays but to be more happy, healthy and productive throughout the year at work and at home.
Prioritize. If you are already overcommitted then taking on more will add stress. Make a list (and check it twice) of all the things you would like to accomplish and prioritize them in order of importance. Start at the top and don’t worry if you never make it to the bottom of the list.
Delegate. Santa doesn’t do it all and neither should you. Look at your list and see if anyone can help you with it. It’s important to get the entire family involved but make sure they get tasks they would enjoy. If someone enjoys wrapping presents or decorating then let them, even if they won’t be done exactly the way you would do it. If no one in the family wants to do a task then re-examine its importance.
Moderation. We all know too many rich foods can pack on the pounds, which is one gift most of us do not want. Whether it’s the traditional foods are that you enjoy during Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Years, or just the extra treats in the office, remember to go easy. These foods can be hard on the digestive system and if you are already feeling stressed then the central nervous system is operating in the sympathetic response which is known as ‘fight or flight’. This means less blood flow goes to the digestive and immune systems, and makes it easier to get sick during this time of year.
Relax. Even if it means scheduling some time to do so. Just 10 minutes of relaxing in a hot tub, reading a good book, or playing with the children or pets can rejuvenate you. The central nervous system has two ways of responding and the other is the parasympathetic response. This is known as ‘rest and digest’ and when you relax more blood flow is diverted to the digestive and immune system. If you want to feel well this is the best way to do so.
Get some exercise. It doesn’t need to be a lot. Maybe just enjoy the long walk from the back of the crowded parking lots or take the stairs at work.
Have some fresh fruit and vegetables. These foods will give you energy and nutrients plus they are easier to digest than heavy, rich foods.
Be aware. Noticing how you feel is so important because negative feelings are like the caution lights in your car. If over doing it makes you feel resentful, tired or angry then take a moment to stop and breathe. Just a few moments focusing on the breath can help you to move into the parasympathetic response and that may be all you need to feel better. Or see if you can cancel an appointment or reschedule the trip to the mall.
Take advantage of fewer meetings. Since many people take time off during the holidays this can be a great time of year for you to do so as well. Or if you do have to work maybe you can spend some time getting to those tasks you normally can’t get to.
Gratitude. Good feelings make you feel well. Take time to feel gratitude for the things you have in your life. Everything is a gift. When you realize you are entitled to nothing you appreciate everything, even the old cell phone, computer or smaller bonus.
Give. When you give you receive and giving can come in many simple ways. Give away a few smiles, donate some money, or volunteer some time if you can. You’ll be amazed how much better you will feel.
The New Years Intention. As you move into New Years it’s a great opportunity to think about the future. Consider setting an intention versus a resolution because resolving means solving; which makes your goals seem like problems. An intention on the other hand is what you want to bring about. Simply shifting from problem to promise can make all the difference in your success. Planning is an important next step to success; and so is action. If there are several things you want to accomplish then create manageable steps in your goal setting. You don’t need to start everything on January 1. If you are not good at planning then consider working with a life coach to help you.
On February 19, 2009 Jenny was the guest speaker for Portland Community College at Multnomah Central Library titled “Plan for Success”. To listen to this lecture click on the words “Poscast (Plan for Success)” below. For a copy of the Strategizing Worksheet please contact Jenny.
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Click on the words “Podcast (Plan for Succes)” to listen at your computer. (It may take a few minutes to download.) or, Right-click on thos same words “Podcast (Plan for Succes)” and choose “Save Target As…” then choose a folder on your computer and click on save. You can listen on your computer or save to an MP3 player. (Windows)
On October 22, 2007 Jenny was the guest on KKNW AM 1150. The topic was living a life of passion and promoting her new book called Four Steps to a Better Life.