I always encourage my clients to forgo their weight-loss goals from now to New Year’s. Putting that expectation upon ourselves when the next two months center around food is a recipe for disappointment. This doesn’t mean, however, that we gorge ourselves and go hog-wild. Our focus should be maintaining not only our weight but our exercise routine. It is usually the double whammy that gets us in trouble: less exercise combined with extra calories.
As we enter this holiday season, perhaps we can change how we view food a bit to help us in our efforts to maintain a healthy weight. Food is, in essence, our fuel. You don’t put garbage in your care expecting it to run, right? Our bodies require proper fuel to perform. If we decide to provide it the top grade, we may make better choices as to what we put in our mouths. We also need to eliminate the word diet from our vocabulary. Diet as defined by Merriam Webster is simply food and drink regularly provided or consumed. Unfortunately, diet is a four-letter word for most people because they have tried fads and trends in hopes of bypassing the hard truth: calories in; calories burned. If “diets” truly worked, we wouldn’t continually need the next-best one. Stop chasing them and stick to a normal, balanced meal plan.
We are all made uniquely and have different activity levels, so the amount of fuel my body requires may be more than yours. We need to be in tune to our hunger pains. If we ignore them, we have a tendency to overeat. That being said, check in with your emotions to be sure you aren’t stress-eating
If you struggle with thinking about food all the time, you might need some help shifting your mindset by dealing with the real issues behind it all. Journaling can help as can a wellness coach. When you find yourself saying “I deserve this piece of cake” flip that around to “I deserve great health and don’t need this.” You are worth it, after all.
As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I hope you pause to reflect on all you have. If you are reading this, then you have been blessed with another day of life on this earth. People near and far are woven into the fabric of your life, bringing joy, happiness, and love. Whatever your Thanksgiving meal looks like, you have food to eat and shelter from the elements.
How easy for us to focus on what we lack and don’t have. The modern era affords us the luxury of thoughts, but our mind can betray us. Negative ideas can hold us capture, creating a dark cloud over us, leaving us feeling unfilled and unsatisfied. Some setbacks are real: unemployment, health issues, and broken relationships. Yet I believe that even in the midst of these trying times, we can remain hopeful. It’s all in the state of our mind.
What we chose to concentrate on will rise to the surface. We must fixate our eyes on the good, however small it might be, and walk by faith, not sight. As someone who has lost much, every day I work with what I have. Instead of grumbling about what I used to have, I move forward with gratitude that I am where I am because it could be worse.
What are you grateful for today? Celebrate it with great joy and be thankful.
Today’s pace of work is intense. We are asked to manage, supervise, and deliver all while we communicate with multiple channels. The more overwhelmed people feel, the less productive they become, not to mention unhappy. This can negatively impact one’s mental health, so it is imperative that we take burnout more seriously in the workplace.
Certain departments/roles may require more connectivity, but this doesn’t apply straight across the board. Expecting employees to be available 24/7 is unrealistic and unhealthy for all parties. If the work isn’t getting done, an investigation into processes and procedures needs to be implemented.
The answer may lie in efficiency or time management improvement. In many cases, poor communication can be the culprit. Leaders must be willing to explore the possibilities rather than demanding more from their already over-worked staff. Employees need to feel they can have down time where they can be device-free. Certain hours should be set for email or text exchanges, and “Do Not Disturb” notifications need to be honored.
Cultures that pride themselves on change need to know where the tipping point is by monitoring team members. Change can be exciting, but too much of it creates massive uncertainty. Some sense of security is essential for all employee’s well-being. Think twice before your next big announcement and ensure the timing is right not only for your customers but your employees. A product launch that feels like a steamroller over the people may be completed but a huge expense of lost talent in the end.
Unsure how your team is doing? I can conduct a stress assessment with an online survey that pinpoints where the bottlenecks and stress points are in your organization. Give me a call so we can keep the trains running on time without burning anyone out.
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