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Story behind the self care cards

Self care is one of the most important things you can do for your mental fitness and wellbeing, and for living a balanced life. Yet, I know from my professional and personal experience, most of us struggle to make the time. Recognising there was a need for a resource that would make self care easy and accessible, I set about designing something I would happily give to friends and family during times of celebration, and times of stress and sorrow. I wanted the resource to be compassionate, welcoming, thoughtful and practical, and something that could be used anywhere. After much thought, the pack of 30 self care cards was born. The self care idea on each card is drawn from my psychology background and experience as a wife, mum, friend, colleague, sister, and...

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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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Fuel your fire to ignite your career

Being on top of your game is essential at work. However, you need to feed your focus in order to deliver your best. I once worked with a workplace leader who was, by all accounts, very talented. She made strong decisions, had a clear vision for success, and she took a practical and realistic approach to her work. Let’s call her “Sue”. Sue was also a mum, a wife, and a friend. Sue won promotion, leading a considerable change project. However, shortly after taking up the role, the wheels started to fall off.   What prompted this failure to gain traction? Suddenly, Sue had to deal with a difficult manager, a huge workload and a workplace culture where there was very little room for error. The cumulative effect was enormous. Sadly, I watched a...

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Why you should be working like an athlete

As an athlete taut with exertion steps onto the winner's podium and grasps the golden moment, the sense of achievement is palpable. Months, years, even decades of training have gone into reaching that apex. It has been a long and arduous road, full of detours and delays, littered with hurdles, but they've won.   Getting to the top Elite athletes employ a variety of training methods to gain that edge that will take them to the pinnacle. Many utilise a “highs” and “lows” approach to allow for “challenges” and “recovery”. High-performance coaches term this approach “periodic training” - short, high-intensity exercise periods alternated with periods of rest. Sometimes, using sport as a metaphor or guide to high performance at work can be misaligned (elite athletes are highly motivated people, whereas the...

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Christchurch’s best kept secret and why you’re missing out

Take a seat – any seat – as I reveal Christchurch’s best kept secret. Or perhaps glance out the car window as you remain stuck at the lights while another one goes past. What is it? It's the city’s bus service. I know. “Accessibility” might be the buzzword but to many people (including me up until recently) a bus is more like a giant obstacle on wheels. Under a drive for a more “accessible city”, the council plans to upgrade the travel network. With glorious green spaces, Manchester Street will “support key bus routes”, while “enhanced one-way systems” will get us around the city more efficiently. We will even have “super stop” bus facilities to complement the new Bus Interchange. Sadly, for now, the bus service remains a secret. Why? Because...

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