Tips to Create Mindfulness & Manage Stress in the Workplace

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Our theme for July, is a discussion around Corporate Wellness Week which is promoted from 1st – 5th July but as it is such an important topic, we will focus on and provide some tips over the month on how to create Mindfulness and how to Manage Stress in the work place.

We spend so much of our life at work and with today’s tough business climate there are more challenges and stresses than ever before.
We’ve all had the experience of feeling scattered, and perhaps a bit overwhelmed at work.

Everyone who has a job has, at some point, felt the pressure of work-related stress. Any job can have stressful elements, even if you love what you do. In the short-term, you may experience pressure to meet a deadline or to fulfill a challenging obligation. But when work stress becomes chronic, it can be overwhelming — and harmful to both physical and emotional health. We will discuss some coping mechanisms later in the post.

Maybe you’re inundated with projects or feel a sense of de motivation to complete assignments. Directly linked to motivation in the workplace is what is known as mindfulness. This is our ability to stay focused yet flexible and is a way of reprogramming the mind to think in a healthier, less stressful way. It is not uncommon for mindfulness to take a turn when things feel hectic at work, which may be related to tight deadlines, or other life events.

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Mindfulness

How can you take action on practicing mindfulness?
How can we create a more positive work environment when we have no authority to make changes? The reality is, The ATTITUDE we bring to work plays a BIG part. Our colleagues and especially our boss, have a huge impact on our work experience, and one of the best ways to improve their attitude is to model the behavior we want to see in them.

If we show Respect, Trust, Patience and Encouragement we are more likely to receive them in return.


What else can we do in order to influence others to make a more positive work environment?

LET US EXPLORE THESE tips for creating a more positive work environment!

Give Positive Reinforcement

  • I appreciate the way you…
  • I’m impressed with…
  • I really enjoy working with you because…
  • Your team couldn’t be successful without your…
  • I admire the way you take the time to…
  • You’re really good at…

Show Gratitude

Thank Someone for something they did but weren’t expecting to get thanked for – be specific about what it was and why it was helpful or important; be sure to copy their boss.

Spread Happiness

Smile and say “Hi” to twice as many people as you normally would – but be genuine in your smile.

Coping With Stress at Work

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Support System

Find a Support System

Find someone to talk to about your feelings and experiences. – Sometimes we just need to “vent” or get something “off our chest.” As difficult as it may be, expressing our feelings can be relieving, we can feel supported by others, and it can help us work out our problems.

Change Your Attitude

Find other ways to think about stressful situations.
“Life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it.”
Talk to yourself positively. Remember, “I can handle it, ” “this will be over soon,” or “I have handled difficult things before, and I can do it again.” Practice acceptance. We need to learn to accept things we cannot change without trying to exert more control over them.

BALANCED HEALING can assist with providing a list of beneficial foods and supplements that will relieve your stress.

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+Unless actions are taken now, the global prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions is predicted to increase greatly due to increasing life expectancy, changes in risk factors and availability of appropriate prevention measures.
+Musculoskeletal conditions can lead to significant disability plus diminished productivity and quality of life.

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Building healthy bones is extremely important. Minerals are incorporated into your bones during childhood, adolescence and early adulthood. Once you reach 30 years of age, you have achieved peak bone mass.
If not enough bone mass is created during this time or bone loss occurs later in life, you have an increased risk of developing fragile bones that break easily. Fortunately, many nutrition and lifestyle habits can help you build strong bones and maintain them as you age.
Joints form the connections between bones. They provide support and help you move. Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with your movement and cause a lot of PAIN.

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Despite what we know about the impact of food choices on our health, overweight and obesity are still on the rise in South Africa, alongside a host of preventable diseases that can be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles.

The message that a coalition of health professionals, including the Department of Health, is highlighting in October during National Nutrition and Obesity Week (9 to 19 October) is that, thanks to our industrialised food system, and far greater, ultra-processed and fast food choices aimed at our ‘convenience’, we’ve got further away from eating the whole foods that are really good for us.

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+Eat dry beans, peas, lentils and soya regularly.
+Plan and prepare healthy home made meals rather than buying ready to eat food meals/snacks or eating out frequently.
+Always check food and beverage lables to read what your food and drink consists of.

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As it is International ADHD AWARENESS Month - let’s kick off this week with a topic close to my heart, as I too have a son that falls within the Autism spectrum. Many moons ago when he was little and struggling to meet his developmental milestones and causing havoc in his nursery school, we began the long & torturous road to trying to find out what was going on in his little mind & body…. The first LABLE was ADHD.

So it was test after test, therapy session after therapy session, Occupational, Speech you name it and of course the dreaded DRUG REGIME….We tried quite a few. I might add this did very little for him if anything at times made it worse… So here is a little input from my side as a mother and nurse, with many years of research and actually being in the trenches with other parents and teachers…. Here’s my 5 cents worth this week:

According to the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa ADHASA), ADHD is understood to appear in 10% of the South African population and is found in all ethnic and socio-economic clusters.

Imagine what it would be like to realise that your child:
acts and thinks differently;

+says and does whatever comes to mind,
+Constantly interrupts while they are talking.

Imagine what it would be like to learn from his teacher that your child:

+is ‘rude and disruptive’,
+not capable of paying attention or following simple instructions in the classroom.

The frightening realisation that your child’s schooling career might be in jeopardy could drive you into the arms of a doctor. And when you take your child there, instead of a comprehensive medical assessment and blood tests, you may end up having a conversation about your child’s behaviour, and, after a few minutes, you could leave with an Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis coupled with a prescription. You can bet that there’s a pharmaceutical solution offered up as a standard reactionary medical response.

I am not suggesting that some kids do or don’t have ADHD or that some kids might not actually be served well to take a medication. As a mother & practicing integrative nurse..dealing with this issue, it's clear that a small percentage of children will, in fact, do better in terms of socialization and academic performance when they are appropriately medicated. But the notion that we should accept the idea that medications should be given to all those who “act out” of the conventional mold in the academic measurement system….should be challenged on scientific, medical, and compassionate grounds.

Here’s the checklist of what I believe should happen before children get drugged:

First off "CUT THE SUGAR!!!"

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