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There were times when we all believed that wellbeing is just something we have to take care of on our own. But international organizations communicate more and more intensively, how workplace wellbeing is also an important aspect of one’s health. Learning from many amazing leaders in India, Dubai, and Europe, and also through my own experience convinced me that wellbeing in general actually starts within ourselves but has to be supported and promoted at the workplace.
Therefore, as leaders, part of our mission is to respect two main workplace wellbeing aspects. First, to make an example by taking care of ourselves and our own health. And second, but just as important, to provide a working environment and conditions that support the effort of keeping good health for all employees. Today, let me focus on the first one and tell you a bit about what I learned.
Setting a Healthy Example by Finding My Own Way to Wellbeing
Many leaders say that they do not really think about their health unless there is a strong indication that it could be endangered. Neither did I. For a long time, I have been pushing myself to the limits of my body. Working hard without paying attention to my wellbeing, helped me achieve great things, but was not really benefiting for my health. Fortunately, life itself has brought me the challenges I had to face and overcome by focusing on lifestyle improvements.
Through Coaching, I Have Learned to Respect and Follow the 4 Pillars of Wellbeing
How did I manage to take this massive turn in my life? It was not easy, but coaching sessions helped me get in tune with myself and find my own balance. On top of that, the program I took to become an executive wellbeing coach taught me how to set a good example to people around me – in my personal and professional life.
To keep fit, make my body move, and my blood speeds up through my veins. Did you know that at least 30 mins of workout a day can help us prevent many diseases? That’s at least what professionals in healthcare say. So I tried it, and today I keep my daily routine of trekking up a nearby mountain when I am at home. Or having a suitcase-fitting stepper when I am on the go. The sports routine clears my mind and raises my serotonin and helps me focus on my daily tasks.
Relaxation goes hand in hand with sports. It is necessary to know how to calm your body down to find balance when being psychologically stressed. Also, when I am physically active but want to take some rest right after, I learned relaxation techniques that help the adrenaline settle and lead my physiological processes into a calmer state.
Our body needs fuel to be active. And this fuel has to be in accordance with all the expectations we have for ourselves. When I am extremely stressed in the office, I am focusing on food with fewer simple carbs and more beneficial vitamins and minerals. Working out a lot? Replace all the lost electrolytes with functional fluids and gain muscles by eating more protein-rich foods. Ballancing body weight to improve health? Combine proper workout with a diet that suited my taste and goals. But most important of all, I try to listen to my body. I eat when I am hungry and keep a bottle of water with me whenever possible.
A Good Night Sleep
I remember that at the beginning of my personal transformation I was focusing on all three: sports, relaxation, and healthy nutrition. But following them didn’t work unless I took take time for a good night sleep. The body needs to recharge and brain needs to reset – at least this is what I learned. Today I like to say that I give my brain a break when I am asleep. The break it needs to process all information, received during the wake time and get ready and refreshed for another morning and another day of new personal and professional adventures.
Application of 4 Wellbeing Pillars to the Workplace Wellbeing and Efficient Business
When projecting all the four pillars of personal wellbeing to the work situation, let me confess that I am more efficient and successful if I had a good night sleep and didn’t skip the breakfast. How about you? I suggest you to try to pay attention to your own work performance after a sleepless night. Or try to work on an empty stomach. Do you see what I mean?
Also, let’s take a brief look how being physically fit and mentally relaxed also benefits ourselves. Pointing out just a few positive effects, physical activity helps us build our immune system and reduce glucose and cholesterol levels in our blood. Relaxation, in general, helps the body find its natural balance and heal if needed. Besides that, can you picture yourself in a situation where you were very stressed and had to go to an important meeting? To point out just a short-term effect of knowing how to relax on a very representative example, let’s just say that people being nervous never helped to find a consensus. 🙂
A Question for You, as a Leader
For today, let me conclude this post about workplace wellbeing with a question. Could we agree that reducing the chance of going on sick leave also benefits overall work performance? When employee you rely on the most is forced to lay down and take a few days off to overcome the flu, it really can be inconvenient for the whole team. Can you imagine what happens when the chronical health problem kicks in? And this is only one of the reasons, why leading a healthy team is so important.
Understanding the workplace wellbeing is a great opportunity for all of us, leaders, to offer more to our teams. If you’d like, I can help you find ways how to offer your employees all they need to take care of their own health and thus, to benefit to your company.