Self-Care in the Workplace

Of the different places I’ve worked, I had some places that were laid back and relaxed and just generally good environment, and then I’ve had places where I was surrounded by stress, unrealistic expectations, tons of redundant paperwork, and attitudes to match. Your environment really does make a huge difference in how you feel and how you function. I hope that each of you are in a relaxed, laid-back environment, but in reality, I know that it’s not likely for all of you to be. So it’s important to learn how to take care of yourself so you can get your job done and not let the job bring you down.

1. Prayer
Here at everyday incredible, we focus on achieving life balance in all areas of wellness through finding balance in spiritual Wellness. Basically, finding Christ-Centered life balance. In Matthew, chapter 6, we read about many common worries. What we’ll eat, what we’ll drink, what we’ll wear… But Matthew 6:33 says to seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness and all of these things will be added to us. When we are truly focusing on living rightly and on God’s Kingdom rather than the world around us, things are just going to go more smoothly. We need to be focused in the right direction. Starting off your day with prayer, even when you’re busy, is the best way to start. Put on your Spiritual armor before you put on your makeup. Your workplace self care begins before you even get to the workplace.

2. ‎Focus on the truth Channel
As you are learning to identify those core beliefs we’ve been talking about, you are much more prepared to recognize them when they rear their ugly heads. As soon as you recognize them, and I encourage you to ask God to reveal them to you through the Holy Spirit, change the channel. One channel is filled with lies from the enemy, such as that you’re not enough, or that you can’t do your job, or that nobody likes you… or maybe your channel of defeat tells you that you’re not allowed to take a break or you don’t have time for anything other than work. The other channel is focused on the truth. What does Scripture say about who you are? What does Scripture say about who God is to you? What does Scripture say about your priorities? Philippians 4:8 tells us to focus on those good things – things that are righteous and pure and true. We all have an innate tendency to treat ourselves as if certain things are true because they feel true even though we know that they are not. As soon as you catch those are the true thoughts invading your mind and bring you down, change the channel.

3. ‎Set goals
When you have prayed on your Spiritual armor, turn the channel to The Truth Network, and you’re prepared to start working, resist the urge to move forward without a plan. I say this to myself as much as I do to each of you. I know that I have been guilty of allowing myself to feel overwhelmed and just trying to do a little bit of this and a little bit of that to try to get everything done. That just adds to your sense of being overwhelmed and will not help you be as productive as you would like. So before you do anything else at work, make your plan. You wouldn’t build a house without one, and you wouldn’t go into battle without one. Each day needs a plan with SMART goals. I encourage you to go back and check out the post on smart goals for more information on what that means.

4. ‎Take breaks
When you feel overwhelmed and have unrealistic amount of work to do, it can be tempting to work through lunches and breaks. Those breaks are really important though. If you’re not scheduling and taking breaks, it can be tempting to get sidetracked by other things, such as chatting with co-workers, and you may end up spending more time with distractions than you would have with a scheduled break. A break at work, whether you work in an office or at home, may look like taking a short walk, closing your eyes and doing controlled breathing or imagery, taking time to work on crafty project or coloring page, some yoga poses or anything else that allows you to focus on something else for a while that’s not work related. One good idea to help you focus on Truth while having some time to decompress would be to find a scripture coloring book. Check here for some examples. I’ll also include a website link I have given many clients with some great and free relaxation downloads. They range in length, and with some headphones would be easy to do at your desk or in your car. On a grander scale, don’t forget to take regular breaks from work. A wise man once told me that it’s a good idea to take at least three days at least 3 times a year to go somewhere away from home if possible.

Come join our discussions in the Every Day Incredible Ladies facebook group. Does something not make sense to you yet, or is there a topic you’d like to see discussed here? Just let me know! I’m here to help you find Christ-centered life balance. I look forward to hearing from you and want to remind you that there are opportunities every day, so make Every Day Incredible!

Setting SMART Goals to Stay Motivated

How long has it been since you took the time to revisit your goals. We’ve been talking about figuring out where you’re going, what your personal mission is, and more, so today I wanted to dig a bit deeper into goal setting.

In the grand scheme of things, where do you want to be in 6 months? 6 years? What are the big goals you want to achieve?

If you could really nail it down, looking into your future, what are your top priority goals that, when you reach them, you can look around and think, “This. This is what I wanted to do. I have succeeded.” Obviously, we always have goals, but what big goals are next?

When you are setting goals and finding motivation to move forward, it is very helpful to be very clear, and use “SMART” Goal-setting.  SMART goals are goals that are:

S- Specific  M- Measurable  A- Attainable  R- Realistic  T- Time-based

When your goals are SMART, it gives you more of a road map with a clear path highlighted.

Let’s apply it.

Goal(s) – What is the dream, vision, hope, or desired change? What will it look like when you have reached the goal? What will be different than your current situation? For example, maybe you have a goal to be able to rate your anxiety as a 2 on a scale of 1 to 10 and it’s currently staying around a 7. Or maybe you want to meet a goal of improving your physical health, “as evidenced by” weight loss, loss of inches, improvement in bloodwork from your doctor, your self-rating of your energy level, or any other measurable goal. Do you have a professional goal, such as completing a certification? What goal or goals do you want to give focus right now?

Barriers What specific challenges stand between you and your goal(s)? Include challenges resulting from mental illness or addiction. Do you engage in negative self-talk? Hear a lot of criticism from others? Maybe you have a physical condition that keeps you drained and makes it difficult to focus. Everyone’s barriers will be unique in some way. What are yours?

Strengths  – What individual/family abilities, attributes, attitudes, past accomplishments, motivations, etc. can help you overcome barriers and reach your goal(s)? Be generous! Give yourself credit for your strengths! This is not the time to be modest, it’s a time to be real with yourself and acknowledge those strengths. What do you have going for you that is going to help you in your success?

Objectives – Specifically describe how you will be able to measure progress. Include action words and target date to complete your goals.         S- Simple M- Measurable A- Attainable R- Relevant/Realistic T- Time-based

What are the small steps you could take that lead up to the bigger steps? For example, if you want to complete the professional certification,  you may need to obtain a study guide, schedule time for review, complete necessary coursework, take practice exams, or organize a study group. Keep the steps doable so they aren’t overwhelming, and set a reasonable time-frame for each objective.

Interventions How can your support network help you? What specific things can others do help keep you on track and motivated?

 

Be sure to visit the Every Day Incredible Ladies Facebook group to find other ladies like you who are interested in supporting each other in their own goals. For a more personalized, private membership, check out “Take the Next Step” from the top menu at everydayincredible.net. I look forward to hearing about your goals!

Get Healthy, Find a Balance!

 

What is the first thought that comes to mind if I say, “Get healthy”? My guess is that the majority of you (though maybe not all) immediately associated the phrase with physical fitness and dieting. Did you have another association?
Physical wellness is only one dimension of many to take into consideration when you think of your overall wellness. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) promotes a national wellness initiative focusing on the 8 dimensions of wellness. Those dimensions are: emotional, financial, social, spiritual, occupational, physical, intellectual, and environmental. That’s a lot more than just exercise and dieting!

Ultimately, it comes down to giving each area of wellness adequate attention and keeping life balanced. Neglecting any of these areas can have a negative impact on overall wellness.
8 dimensions of wellness, SAMHSA.gov
SAMHSA describes each area as follows:
EMOTIONAL- Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.
FINANCIAL – Satisfaction with current and future financial situations.
SOCIAL – Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
SPIRITUAL – Expanding our sense of purpose and meaning in life.
OCCUPATIONAL – Personal satisfaction and enrichment derived from one’s work.
PHYSICAL – Recognizing the need for physical activity, diet, sleep, and nutrition.
INTELLECTUAL – Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills.
ENVIRONMENTAL – Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being.

We’re supposed to dedicate time and energy to each of those areas??
If you’re like me, stopping there would feel pretty overwhelming. Sometimes it’s just HARD to keep life balanced, am I right?? Sometimes it can be pretty tough to find time to do just the healthy eating and exercise alone, then adding in nurturing a social support system, dedicating time to your occupation, trying to balance the finances, fitting in time to focus on spiritual health… and we’re not even to the bottom of the list yet!
BUT… we are NOT stopping there. Instead, as you continue taking part here at Every Day Incredible, we’re going to explore the problem areas. We’re going to put our fingers on those barriers that stand between us and meeting our wellness goals. Like with any overwhelming problem in life, it is helpful to take a controlled breath, step back, gather our thoughts, and come up with a plan.

If we don’t have a plan to achieve whatever goals we set (wellness or otherwise), the big picture looks jumbled and discouraging. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” There’s something to that! We need to clarify our vision so we know where we are headed. Then we can figure out how we’re going to get there!
The first challenge I have for you is to examine your level of wellness. When you read through the list, you may have had an area or areas seem to jump out at you. I’d like you to go a step further and really assess each area. In our free membership area, you can find a worksheet to help you do just that, titled “Wellness Self-Evaluation.” If you have not yet joined the free membership group to gain access, click here.

 

 

 

 

Resource:

https://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness

 

 

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