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Wellbeing – CSR

There may be times in our careers when life becomes unmanageable and our wellbeing is compromised. We may find that we are suffering fatigue, finding that the most basic tasks overwhelm us and leave us feeling a little drained. It is at times like this that we need to assess our way of living and identify the cause, and recharge the battery to improve our quality of life.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.” – C.S. Lewis. This can be as simple as taking a few days holidays to recover and build up our immune system again. It can be a time to assess what is working and what isn’t. A good place to start is to evaluate what is causing this fatigue with life. For some it may be that work life and our personal lives have interruptions on the boundaries between the two, the work-life balance just isn’t working. This can be especially true when work requires us to operate our duties from home. External incidents such as the current covid pandemic have created this dilemma for many employees.

During a time of reflection, we may identify that discipline is needed and a schedule will help with completing tasks more efficiently, leaving us with more time for family activities in the evening. Upon speaking with colleagues, we may identify that we are not alone in this situation. They can provide useful techniques to help create sustainable solutions that can help with rebalancing our lives.

Other solutions can include:

  1. Saying ‘yes’ to family support, to allow for some much needed me-time during stressful times, or to catch up on important tasks.
  2. Saying ‘no’, for now, to extra tasks that eat up our valuable time.
  3. Creating plans for fun activities with family and friends. This can be a great stress reliever and certainly help lift a tired spirit, even though at first the thought of it might create resistance. Getting active also helps take our minds off any stresses that we are going through in life right now.
  4. Seek the support of employers and colleagues. If they understand that life is difficult at this time, they can provide useful suggestions that really help with providing a great solution and outcome.
  5. Start a new wellbeing regime; batch cook dinners for a healthier eating lifestyle, join a local or online community with similar interests, invite friends over for a fun night or start journaling, which can improve clarity on creating additional solutions.
  6. Seek the expertise of a counsellor. This can provide relief from personal issues, conscious or unconscious, that may be restricting our natural flow.
  7. Realise new potentials by asking lots of questions; why is this happening, how can I change to improve, what do I need in my life right now, who can best support me through this time or what do I need to do to make this situation better long-term?

There are many ways to improve our wellbeing. The first step is to know and understand any blockages, and to start the change to a better way of living as soon as it becomes a problem. Most often it is not an easy process. Remember lots of supports and the help of family, friends and colleagues can be a real treasure to help us overcome times of change and self-development.

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Creativity to Explore a Career Change

We are creative beings. Creativity is at the core of our very nature. For millennia, humans have been inventive and innovative in the way that we live and work. We have evolved exponentially in the last few decades. For some of us, the explorer within was restricted due to our parents wish to protect us which may have inhibited our self-exploration. Our very core can sometimes create a deep inner desire, which we may not immediately understand, to reroute our career. Identifying this protective boundary can be the first step to our breakthrough, and exploring unknown territory to our creative self.

At times in our lives, we may find ourselves at a crossroads in our career. We may feel that there is a deeper search within for something that is at that time unknown. It is only when we ‘test the water’; step out in faith and dare to explore, that we can discover other opportunities available to us which can enrich our lives. To follow such a path requires inner strength and determination to follow it through. The search can also benefit from much creativity on our part.

Techniques that can help with the journey of exploration:

  1. Quiet the mind; find peace; allow the mind to search and the answer may come. This can be achieved by practicing a mediation process that works for us. It can be as simple as doing some breathing techniques at the start of the day or taking a walk in nature.
  2. Ask family and friends for feedback and insights on new work opportunities that we may not have explored yet.
  3. Improve or develop networking connections that will help us such as signing up with a recruitment agency. This can open the door to new jobs and provide insights on areas to up-skill.
  4. Experiment with new-found ideas for a career change. One way to identify if it is right for us is to volunteer in a similar role with a local organisation or charity.
  5. Create a vision-board to help start the process and bring it all together. This will take time, so be patient with the process.
  6. Set goals to avoid becoming stuck in the process.
  7. Identify and implement healthy values that can become part of the metamorphosis.

Do more in your life than just merely exist, explore and have some fun on the journey!” – 3Q Perms & Temps. Remember to experiment and take the opportunity to learn while exploring. Enjoy the process of being creative on the journey of self-discovery; it just might lead to a better and more creative life!

Wellbeing: Can the Task of Doing Nothing Replenish Your Soul?

Wellbeing: Can the Task of Doing Nothing Replenish Your Soul?

Did you ever take a holiday and truly get away from the demands of a busy career? Wellbeing is important to our overall health and soul. Have we learned to keep busy almost 24/7, while not getting enough sleep or sat down with time to just be. Just be bored. Have no plan or action to consume our precious time, with ourselves and our family. Realising the importance of really charging our worn-out batteries is vital to restore our relationship with self and those we love. It can also result in reigniting the appreciation of our job and allow us to get motivated again.

It is probably true that we need to make a plan to just do nothing, to take me-time and family-time, and just admire the simple blessings in life. To surround ourselves with nature, good hearty food, plenty of blissfully boring free time and ‘Be’ in the present moment. The importance of self-awareness in looking after ourselves, our health and mental wellbeing, and our family cannot be over emphasised. Bringing it basic to basics and saying ‘no’ to unnecessary demands can help us see the wood for the trees.

Finding clarity on solutions that work for our new-found lifestyle and understanding that time goes so fast can create a fuller life. Recall hearing friends or family say that time goes so fast, or where did the year go?

Imagine booking a holiday where there are lots of non-technology activities to do, with no signal for wifi, to tempt anyone away from the joy of truly being present? Like taking a bike ride, going for a swim, eating lunch down on the promenade, fishing or water sports.  There may be a bit of questioning by others around us as to the changes we make but wouldn’t it be so worth it to truly connect and have some good old fashioned fun on our new journey? 

To truly enjoy life, we have got to look after our welbeing – the rest of the demands made of us and of our time can then be made easier to handle. Change isn’t easy for the best of us at first, but once we start to see its benefits we can come to the realisation that our new way of being may not be so bad after all. Plan for the boring days or holiday away from the busyness of life and say no to distractions during these personal moments. Release the guilt and start to recharge the soul to live a really good life and optimise performance in our career and personal life. Start to find true happiness in life and the rewards will be many, and might even include some unexpected rewards, such as a simple hug.

Wellbeing: Time to Relax

Wellbeing: Time to Relax

Is wellbeing important to you? Have you ever felt exhausted after a hard day’s work? Coming home to face another round of tasks in our personal life, and its demands, can leave us feeling a little overwhelmed. Wanting to be totally present to loved ones, but honestly feeling depleted of any energy, to truly give our very best. Knowing that the tiredness is really draining any stores of energy can affect our desire to give ourselves and others, in essence the love and support that is needed in family life.

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Sometimes we may feel so passionate about our work, giving our total energy to it and not taking care of ourselves in the process that we are only fit to find comfort on the couch for the rest of the evening. We decide to leave household chores for another day. Then the laundry and cleaning starts to pile up, and we wonder why our weekend goes by so quick.  If this is has ever provoked the thought that something needs to change in order to experience a more rewarding balance of a work-life kind of living, then maybe this advice may inspire into an action of change –for the better.

What advice would our better self, give to a friend going through a similar situation? Would we recommend any of the following pieces of advice to improve theirs and our wellbeing?

  • –  Set a little me-time in between finishing work and going home to recharge the soul.
  • –  Have a home spa treatment by have a long soak in the bath with loads of bubbles and a lovely cuppa tea.
  • –  Create a treat night at home, by ordering our favourite take-away rounded up with a movie, game of cards or have fun with a board game.
  • –  Enjoy a little me-time when we get in the door, by putting on our fluffy slippers and reading a good hearty book.
  • –  Go for a short walk
  • –  Phone a friend, an open and honest discussion that can heal the soul.

We may have all experienced that the demands that we face at work can leave us feeling depleted and less than motivated when we go home. The solution can be as simple as planning to go home and nourish our soul with healthy comforts, which are good for the soul. Simple acts can also relax weary bones after any demanding day at work. Reconnecting with loved ones can create a feeling of love and support that inspires us to get up again. This is why it is so important to remind ourselves to take care of ourselves by practicing acts of love, kindness and gratitude to ourselves, and those we love.

Small acts of self-care can really make a big difference in creating a healthier work-life balance, and bringing restoration of wellbeing and peace back into our lives. It’s worth trying and watching for the rewards in the results that follow, those we anticipated and also the unexpected ones too.