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Latitude Magazine: Be Kind to Yourself and be Realistic

Thank you to the lovely Latitude Magazine team for the opportunity to share self care in their gorgeous magazine! In this article, I offer some insights into behaviour change and suggest a simple activity you can do to help you overcome those wellbeing barriers to that crop up from time to time. "Change is almost never linear, it's more like a messy scrawl on paper." Am I right?? Check out the Feb/Mar 2019 print edition now to read the article and catch up on inspiring ideas and people in Canterbury. Take care x  ...

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Stuff My Sunday: Sarah McGuinness on why self care is not selfish

>>> Click here to read the article<<< It was a privilege to chat with Cecile Meier about all things self care, especially at this time of year. As a recap, here are the five self care tips I shared at the end: Brushing your teeth every day is something we all do for our physical health. What could you do everyday for mental health self-care in the same way so that it becomes a habit? The idea is to make it sustainable, so choosing something simple like reflecting on what has been the best part of your day can be a good place to start. Share self-care with others. Talk to your loved ones about making time for it – together and on your own. If you...

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Five tips to boost wellbeing this festive season

Those long summer days are so close now that's almost possible to taste the ice-cream and feel the sticky sunscreen mixed with sand. While the summer festive season can be a wonderful time to take a break from the pressures of work and other commitments, it can also be a stressful time for many. It can be tricky navigating the expectations of family, friends and colleagues, and managing the rituals of socialising with food and alcohol. Add in travel commitments, financial pressures, school holidays and the rest, and it's easy to see why most people look a little tired and in need of a wellbeing boost. Certainly, I know what it's like trying to juggle it all. And, just to add some extra fun, we've now thrown...

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NZ workplace wellness trends 2018

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M93PCtlZrKA[/embed] Over the past few months, I've interviewed a number of organisations about workplace wellness. I wanted to understand what was really happening out there - rather than what the stats were telling us. I uncovered some interesting trends, and those trends have, in part, changed my focus for the year. Watch the video to find out more, and if you can relate to my findings on workplace wellness champions - drop me a line! Love to hear from you. Join our champions group and get the support you need to make a difference in your organisation....

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What is wellness?

What is wellness? That’s probably the question I get asked most often. In my new ‘whiteboard sessions’ series for 2018, we’ll explore what it means to be healthy and happy – at work and at home. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO7YhZR-yM0[/embed] In this first session, find out what wellness means and why there is often a disconnect between what employees and what organisations view wellness as being. I hope these sessions will give you a chance to ask your burning questions on health and wellbeing at work and home. Have a question you’d like answered on a whiteboard session? Email us via the contacts page....

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Why 2018 will be the year for mental health

It’s that manic time of year again. The silly season at the start of summer. It’s that time of year when our brains are full, our bodies are tired, and everyone is in desperate need of a holiday. With that in mind, there wasn't a lot of Christmas cheer to be found in the recently released New Zealand Health Survey. The headline results reported that while Kiwis are smoking less, we’re “getting fatter and sadder” (headline on Stuff.co.nz). It’s a brutal headline, but the truth is there in the facts. New Zealand has one of the highest obesity rates in the world and one of the worst suicide rates.   The stories Over the past year, I’ve met with a good number of people from a range of industries to talk...

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Giving back through wellness

We all have a responsibility to inspire and enable wellbeing in our community. Here's one idea for your workplace wellbeing programme for 2018.   Wellbeing is not on the agenda One of the greatest challenges for not-for-profit organisations/social enterprises is that there is very little (or none at all!) money to spend on employee wellbeing. One colleague from a not-for-profit recently told me that they couldn’t even afford to buy pens for their employees to use. Yet, her organisation works in an area of the community that requires incredible effort, compassion and dedication. They deal with some incredibly complex situations and the staff desperately need some light relief for their own wellbeing. We know employee wellbeing is critical for organisational and individual success, so it got me thinking about what we could...

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Mentor for social enterprise

[embed]https://youtu.be/EExOMV9TSI8?list=PL229NLDDcsz2LDk7Dywwa1TVrj5qaedyf[/embed] The Social Enterprise World Forum, held in Christchurch in September 2017, was an amazing event for social enterprises to come together from around the globe to learn, share ideas, and network. As part of the Forum, I was privileged to be a mentor on the Kiwibank Mentor Bar. The Mentor Bar was an opportunity for social enterprises to get advice from experienced business professionals on a range different topics – including wellbeing. I met some incredible people doing some amazing work and I wish them all the very best as they start to create real, positive change in our world. Thank you to Kiwibank and ChristchurchNZ, and the many others, who made the event possible.  ...

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Why a fruit bowl is not a wellness plan

If I had a dollar for every time someone told me that wellness at their workplace consisted of a fruit bowl, I’d be able to buy an orchard and go into the fruit business myself. Obviously, a fruit bowl is not the juiciest segment of a wellness plan. Don’t get me wrong, I like a fruit bowl. It’s a great start to supporting employee health. However, the weekly fruit bowl doesn’t fulfil all of employees’ wellness needs. At best, it’s a tasty starter. At worst, it’s a “tick and flick” taste test that shows a company “cares”.   Go for larger fruit A fruit bowl can be a bite-sized element of a more substantial strategic approach to wellness. With a more satisfying strategy, you can achieve full organisational change. Ask yourself the...

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Self Care Cards: This year, give the gift that takes care. Dismiss