Did you know that by increasing communication and understanding among your employees and teaching them a few simple relaxation techniques,
you will experience:
* Increased creativity and job satisfaction
* Fewer sick days and improved performance
* More patience with customers and co-workers (and at home)
The costs of stress are high.
HealthMiles, a workplace health engagement company and part of Sir Richard Branson's Virigin Group, surveyed about 1,300 businesses and 10,000 employees for its annual survey. The study found a strong link between the wellness and vitality of an organization, and the wellness of the employees. The result of which was increased job morale, satisfaction, commitment and performance.
-American Institute of Stress
Almost to the point of sounding cliché, the levels of stress in our lives have risen like never before. In a world where we are 'on' 24/7, finding the room to breathe and let go of distractions has become much more difficult - and often leads to irritability, insomnia and even physical manifestation (in the form of illness).
How can you help your employees to reach their potential, not only at work,
but in all areas of their lives?
A Communication & Well-Being Workshop
We will begin with
an Overview of Personality
COME INTO A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF OURSELVES & OTHERS...
* a look at four different temperament types and where you find your 'comfort zone'
* how our own particular preferences can strengthen us (in balance) or increase stress levels (out of balance)
* how our interactions and miscommunication with others can become main sources of tension
* specific areas where ALL types can face imbalances
By understanding who WE are, we can more easily accept, appreciate (and learn from) our differences.
We will continue by looking at some hands-on 'Wellness Techniques'
to reinstate and maintain balance thereby reducing stress:
BREATHING EXERCISES -
The 'simple act' of breathing has a multitide of both physiological as well as emotional benefits:
- enhances immue system
- increases flow of oxygen
- aids digestion
- reduces muscular tension
- diminishes anxiety
- enhances sense of self and inner power
- renews sense of clarity
and many other benefits...
Breathing exercises can reduce stress, improve mood, and help you feel energized. Better yet, they are simple, easy, and can be done anywhere. - Dr. Andrew Weil
ACUPRESSURE POINTS -
Acupressure is the simple application of finger pressure along invisible lines of energy (meridians) in the body restoring the proper flow of this energy (qi) thereby bringing renewed balance. While beneficial for any number of physical ailments, acupressure also addresses the following expressions indicative of a stressful lifestyle:
- muscle tension
and many other symptoms...
"Acupressure was developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago. Using the power and sensitivity of the hand, Acupressure Therapy is effective in the relief of stress-related ailments, and is ideal for self-treatment and preventive health care… " - Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D.
SIMPLE QIGONG MOVES -
Qigong is an art and science that combines breathing and gentle movement that results in improved general health and well-being as well as:
- tranquil mind.
- deeper sleep
- increased energy
- improved circulation
- elimination of body toxins
- increased optimism
- regulation of breath & heart rate
- increased intuition
To be inflexible to the change around you is to live in fear. Qigong is a useful tool to improve your flexibility, both mental and physical. ~Garri Garripoli, Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance
How long does the workshop last?
The Communication & Well-Being Workshop is scheduled to run for between 90 minutes and 2 hours. This is short enough to allow an opportunity for even the busiest of workplaces to participate but long enough to share vital information that can and will foster the ability to deal with the stress that so many are experiencing.
What is the ideal size group?
Groups of up to 25 are probably the most ideal because I find that smaller gatherings encourage participation at deeper levels. We can, of course, accomodate much larger groups if that is the scenario that works best with your company.
What rewards can my company expect to reap from this experience?
When a company is willing to invest in the well-being of it's employees (essentially the 'lifeblood' of the organization) the rewards are countless. Increased communication and lowered levels of stress will invite a rise in productivity, a healthier staff, reduced friction among workers and an overall more congenial atmosphere for everyone. When employees feel valued, it becomes a win-win for everyone.
What can my employees expect to 'take away' from this experience?
Attendees can expect to learn more about themselves and their interaction with others in their lives. This knowledge along with the wellness techniques that we will be practicing in the second part of the workshop will give them hands-on tools that will restore vitality and therefore increase their ability and willingness to communicate with SELF and others.
Is the personality/communication segment of the workshop based on the MBTI® ?
This workshop is based on a temperament theory and attendees will have the opportunity to fill out a brief assessment at the beginning of our seminar. There is also an option to include the entire Myers-Briggs® as the opening segment. This would require participants to fill out an indicator in advance and the time of the workshop would be extended to 3 hours (1/2 day).
Even short periods of silence, reconnection and release can optimize our own health
as well as the health of our relationships in all facets of our lives.
.... and also never underestimate the healing power of LAUGHTER. Perhaps the most important of all.
(We'll be doing some of that, too.)
The benefits of a practice in mindfulness can not be underestimated. Whether you refer to Scientic American magazine ("The Neuroscience of Meditation"), Financial Times magazine ("The Mind Business") or the Times magazine seen below ("The Mindful Revolution") a huge change is underfoot. People are waking up to the importance of this thing called 'meditation' and mindfulness practice.
This cover of Time Magazine illustrates the awareness that many who have come to me have voiced:
A deep desire to return to a quieter, more centered existence.
Stress less, breathe more...
" U. S. industry forfeits $300 billion each year for stress-related accidents, absenteeism, employee turnover, medical, legal, and insurance costs, worker's compensation and legal judgments.
- Performance Management Magazine
Having taught more than 3000 yoga classes, each culminating in a meditation to bring attendees into a balanced, peaceful mode to continue their day, I experience first-hand the benefits of mindfulness personally and in my students.
Corporations across the states and the globe are getting on the bandwagon in introducing mindfulness practices to their employees. As stated above, the benefits range from increased performance on the job due to a more present and therefore creative state of awareness to improved relationships both at work and at home.
Here are just a few of the benefits one can expect when practicing Meditation/Mindfulness:
* Increases mental strength and focus
* Increases memory retention, cognitives skills and creative thinking
* Imroves immune system and energy level
* Increases well-being (less anxiety, depression, feelings of loneliness)
* Lessens fear levels in the body
* Enhances self-esteem and self-acceptance
* Helps develop positive social connections (without wireless devices…)
* Improves mood and social intelligence
* Reduces blood pressure, improved breathing and heart rate
(For a detailed report on 76 Scientific Benefits of Meditation, click here.)
Some myths around the practice of mindfulness/meditation:
Myth 1: You must practice at least 20 minutes a day. I don't have time.
Truth: Even moments of being mindful can foster huge changes.
Myth 2: I must be in full lotus position to practice mindfulness.
Truth: Being mindful is a a practice that can take place at any time in any location.
Myth 3: I can't stop my thoughts so I could never practice mindfulness.
Truth: We NEVER stop our thoughts until we stop breathing completely (i.e. die.)
The ability, however, to be aware of when our mind has wandered is priceless and this is MINDFULNESS.
Myth 4: I am an atheist/agnostic. This kind of 'thing' isn't for me.
Truth: Mindfulness is a nonsectarian exercise that can benefit you no matter
your spiritual beliefs (or lack of them.)
Marianne Williamson, author/teacher shares, "The most powerful way to take responsibility for your life is to take responsibility for your thoughts."
Reap the benefits... Offer your employees access to either an on-going mindfulness practice or a workshop that introduces them to how they can instill this in their own lives resulting in a more balanced life both on and off the job.
Please contact me to learn how I can assist in either role.
Below is an excerpt from CBS 60 Minutes segment on Mindfulness Meditation, featuring Anderson Cooper and Dr. Judson Brewer. They explore the benefits of mindfulness and it's positive impact on the brain and our overall state of emotional health - especially now in our world of technology overload.
For more information or to schedule a workshop for your company, please contact Maureen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (360) 920-1125.