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Thank you to the many clients, associates and friends of Guidelight, who kindly took the time to respond to and support our social media release recently - highlighting National Mental Health Week ! In particular it is very heartening to see that our articles and strategies about building up “mental fitness” & physical well-being rituals for people at work received such a great response from our business readers in the early part of October.
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Mental Health Week is 4th October to 10 October.
Lunchbox Workshop Series
For more information contact us on 07 5527 0123.
As a manager, are you concerned about Staff Health and Well-Being?
Recently, Guidelight introduced our Staff Health & Well-Being Lunch Time Workshops and are achieving great results.
Do you and your staff suffer from:-
High stress levels?
Underperforming at work and at home?
Workplaces in the Brisbane CBD who wish to ensure that reduced stress levels and a good mental health focus are maintained for their staff are benefiting from our flexible one hour workshop series.
Typically we meet with between 6 to 15 people participating in a group together over a light lunch in their own workplace to learn about powerful tools from the fields of positive psychology and nutritional health.
By way of concrete example, a recently completed Lunch Time Series was held for the motivated administration team of 10 staff members at Scottish Pacific Finance. Across four consecutive Tuesday lunch hours we met in their offices to engage in a relaxed and powerful learning process that built high levels of trust and camaraderie among the participants.
Furthermore by utilising their individual workbooks, each staff member gained expanded skill sets around the “ Shrinking Your Worries” approach and physical, emotional and intellectual strategies to reduce stress and improve positive mental health focus in all aspects of their lives.
Evaluation ratings at the end of this program by the participants were consistently in the very good to excellent range.
Even more exciting was the increased energy, positive thinking and workplace harmony that flowed from completing this flexibly designed luncheon series. T
Talk to us soon about how we can smoothly design a Health and Well-Being lunch time workshop series specifically shaped to meet the needs of your own workplace.
Read more about the Workplace Programs Guidelight offers http://creatinghealthierworkplaces.com.au/staff-training-workshops
A core part of our work for the past 20 years has been assisting individual clients with the tools of positive psychology and more recently including guidance for people on their nutritional well-being. The mind and body are self evidently connected. In a recent program, called “ Happy Body At Work “ delivered to people at work at Sydney University by physiotherapists, two thirds of participants had become much more aware of how physical things affected their mood. In our own Guidelight Psychology “ Creating Healthier Workplaces “ program we see significant growth in the self belief and ability of our clients to better cope with the stresses of their home life and workplace demands.
Check out our specialist website www.creatinghealthierworkplaces.com.au for more interesting background information on the power of these programs to positively transform a persons life and enhance business outcomes. A study by Medibank and KPMG estimated that across Australian workplaces, staff showing up to work feeling physically and/or mentally unwell cost our economy an estimated $34.1 billion per year.
Whether as a client on one of our workplace programs or as an individual seeing us privately, please remember that investing in tools to maintain your positive psychological and nutritional health is worth it – both for yourself and for your career.
For the past 20 years, Guidelight Psychology has had the privilege of assisting thousands of individuals on the Gold Coast around work and career issues and challenges, which have been affecting their wellbeing and peace of mind.
What are the Main Work Issues?
In one particular calendar year, we asked every new client who was currently employed, to identify the key issues that would typically restrict them from thinking and feeling at their best in dealing with work and home-life balance issues.
More than half these people, a staggering 53% of everyone we asked, said that the number one reason they were seeking our assistance was to better deal with relationship difficulties that were interfering with their sense of wellbeing.
Difficult Relationships Affecting Work
For some, these relationship issues were primarily centred around people in their workplace like a colleague, boss, customer or suppliers.
Other clients indicated that relationship issues with spouses, children or extended family, were their primary concern.
And others identified that both work and home relationships were collectively under pressure to the point where the person could no longer think or feel at their best.
It is heartening to be reminded that most of these relationship difficulties can be improved with the assistance of an empathetic psychologist. In counselling, you can:
- develop broader perspectives and insights;
- improve your communication skills;
- learn advanced positive psychology techniques;
- identify and practise useful workplace strategies;
- and stress management techniques.
To begin to change your life for the better, come and talk to a Gold Coast Psychologist at Guidelight Psychology. We would love to work with you to find the positives in your relationships at work and home, as well as ways to deal with the negatives, to improve your outlook and wellbeing.
A recent newsfeed from Every Day Health Matters, Why Workplace Suicide is on the Rise, succinctly highlights some statistics relevant to people who risk suffering serious mental health deterioration from work pressures. Dr. Tiesman is a US based authority on the health of people at work, who thinks that some of us are literally dying from our jobs (suicide) because of the increasingly blurred lines between personal and work life.
At Guidelight Psychology we agree with Dr. Tiesman.
Our experience with a diverse range of clients who attend our Psychology practice for individual assistance, is that an overloaded work-life balance, coupled with increasingly unstable long term economic job security within many industries, can generate extreme mental health deterioration quite rapidly.
Seeking to engage a professional consultation sooner, rather than later, is frequently a very wise (and life revitalizing) move. It is a sign of wisdom and inner strength (not weakness), to seek out appropriate psychological tools and strategies, if you workplace mental health is under siege.
34 kilograms got in the way of a better connection with my son and now is the time to enjoy healthy leisure and fun outdoors playtime during the upcoming holiday season.
What will inspire YOU to make a change?
Over the last few weeks I have shared my transformational personal journey that I have taken during this year.
Last week we ran our final leadership forum for the year, where I unveiled our new program – Creating Healthier Workplaces, an integrated health and well-being program combining the psychological aspects as well as the physical aspects of making health changes.
As we head towards the holiday season, I thought I would share with you an insight into a major change I have experienced which cannot be accounted for by a waist measurement, weighing scales or the time to complete a run.
Too often in life, we can default to accepting the mediocre and end up living a life of limited and partial enjoyment. Most likely this is because we forget the fundamental benefits of an integrated commitment to our long term health and well being practices.
This pattern, of limited focus on personal health routines, coupled with our negative capacity to psychologically minimise, justify and rationalise away any slackness or poor decision making; simply habituates us to our less than optimal stateof well-being.
We justify it thus…
It’s just because I am busy at work and getting closer to fifty that I have put on all this extra weight and one day.......in the never, never land of some mythical, fanciful retirement future......., I will then finally be able to work less and enjoy more relaxing leisure time.
My anecdotal story below is a small personal example of the bounty that unfolds when we give ourselves permission to make health and well-being a priority in our lives - NOW !
My 20 year old son recently moved back into the family home to relax on his holiday break for a couple of weeks, after a big year of living out of town & ( allegedly ) studying hard as a full-time university student.
To my delight he has stayed reasonably healthy while living on campus and playing lots of college sports throughout the year, in between a few social drinks no doubt.
He has always been a much better surfer than I, and as a born and bred Gold Coast boy, a big priority on his holidays has been to catch up on a few waves. Luckily for me, I get invited to come along for a paddle as well sometimes, and here is where the tale of our recent beach trip early last weekend morning gets really interesting...
Thanks to my transformational health & wellness journey throughout 2013, I am now 34kgs lighter than I was in January.
In the past, with that much extra bulk pushing down on my mini-mal board I would have typically been pounded in the break, paddled desperately hard like a panting dog struggling to get through the break and maybe eventually staggered out the back in an exhausted state to rattily catch two or three rides before I was spent!
However what a magnificent difference this time, pacing smoothly with my athletic son and flying effortlessly out the back together. Next, powerful full strokes with easy breathing as I paddle joyfully onto wave after wave after wave and almost no fatigue!
Just pure fun that had been missing for me for far too long!
Remembering my out of shape body and limited strength, coupled with easily losing vitality and quickly fatigued - from back in January - I laughed about how after even catching one wave in to shore back then, would have resulted in: an out of breath; poor recovery struggle as I got washing machine pounded back in the dump zone like a big, fat, floundering fish.
My point is that my hard work of the past 11 months to get fit, lean and healthy again was fully repaid in just that one joyful shared experience last weekend of surfing effortlessly for an extended time in a graceful, relaxed fun activity with my son.
Whatever health and wellness goals you are currently working on, may I respectfully encourage you to focus on the benefits, pleasure and delight you will experience as you become, fitter and stronger and playfully step up into more and more fun outdoor healthier activities....this makes the journey so rewarding, satisfying and worthwhile... just keep going and enjoy the rewards !
What will inspire you to make a change?
I’d love to hear you comments, and what precious activity you would like to claim back, please feel free to share with us in the comments.
Sometimes a psychologist needs help too!
The fourth in a series of posts, sharing my personal journey from a fat and grumpy sad sack during nine months of personal training sessions ... to something much better!
At the beginning of this year, I embarked on a new lifestyle path because I finally became so sick to death of myself that I knew I needed to do things differently.
Having tried and failed many times before, I finally came to terms with the main saboteur in my life – ME! By doing some intense self-reflection whilst consistently working with my trainer, I was able to make a major breakthrough that unleashed my inner light.
The biggest bonus from this stage is the energy I now exude which I can focus on almost any task – mental or physical. I seem able to achieve more than I had previously allowed myself to dream possible.
Every aspect of my life is reaping the rewards. My family find me more present, as I share special times with them I could only dream about before, and my work life is vibrant and exciting once more.
I have discovered a fresh enthusiasm for helping others reclaim their own energy, vibrancy and joy.
For many years we have encouraged our own staff in their healthful endeavours, but now my attention is focused on creating cultures of healthier workplaces within our client base of small, medium and large employers. I am equally excited to be applying our health and wellness approach to assist both profit and not-for-profit organisations.
I am finding this to be a win-win-win scenario for businesses who participate in our programs, with the benefits stretching far wider than can even first be imagined.
While many people are bemoaning the stresses of modern living, imagine a workplace that:
- supports healthier choices,
- creates a nurturing community,
- has reduced absenteeism,
- sees boosted productivity,
- and has the ability to retain staff with incredible loyalty, because it is such a desirable place to work.
This is my vision for healthier workplaces, and my passion is to help management and business owners to create them.
6 Months – A Different Me Emerges
Meanwhile, I have been making progress on my own journey to health and vitality ...
July 2013: How magnificent, rewarding, invigorating and inspiring to myself, do I feel, each day?
I am amazed as my physical speed, strength, power, endurance and flexibility almost effortlessly continue to increase. It is a far cry from the sad, fat, tired me of January!
This committed focus on my health, exercise and nutrition routines has become a delightful new way of life.
Most importantly, these positive changes in behaviour have become an integrated and habit-based part of my identity.
In particular, I now have the confidence and self belief to visualise myself as a developing athlete.
Yet again, the initial daring and guidance to step into this deeper identity has come from my gifted personal trainer - an athlete whom I have recently, come to see as “just like me”.
In other words, I know I am good enough, after our 6 month journey together of reshaping my body and coaching my deeper mental discipline, to train and perform at a similar level to this fitness industry professional.
Even better, the sincerity, wisdom and openness with which my trainer has modelled the behaviours and patterns of their own healthy ways to me, means I routinely now think a lot like an athlete would.
I can immediately tell the difference that proper rest and nutrition and right training technique makes to my physical results and appearance.
I will always make time for my proper health
Psychologically, I now understand within every fibre of my being, that I will always make time for my proper health, and that this needs to be my first foundation or fundamental priority.
My trainer still has to guide me on tolerance, patience and acceptance of my current physical limitations and self distractions, that can occasionally take me off track.
Otherwise the “little boy” born again youthful excitement of pure athletic activity, just for the fun of it, might lead me to over training, injury and/or frustration in trying to overreach too far too soon.
I Am An Athlete
So with the proper guidance, I tap patiently and respectfully into my body’s own wisdom and patterns at a deeper and deeper level. Becoming more aware, that I am retraining my brain patterns, muscle receptor triggers and neurophysiology at a profoundly significant level.
Indeed, I have the very clear realisation, that I have already mentally created and visualised the feel and delight of being an athlete. An athlete, not to compete against others, but to just powerfully feel energetically alive.
My work with my trainer is now a much more equal partnership, as we seek out how to bring forth from within myself, the beautifully strong and inbuilt physical capacities of my own body.
I sense that my body is like a fine marbled block of granite - very strong and with deep potential.
The fun work for us, is to sculpt, chisel and fine tune. To bring clearly and more translucently to the surface, the personal delight of living in a fit athletic body.
This is a truer body that has always been mine. Simply hidden over the years by layers of poor choices and misinformation, that I previously falsely held onto for far too long.
I now see it as normal and routine to consult with allied health professionals ( eg physiotherapists, nutritionists).
In partnership with my trainer, I tap into a network of motivated professionals who are part of this great new world to me of health, wellbeing and athletic fitness/higher performance, as a natural part of everyday life.
Yet again, I am delighted, and appreciate at a pure instinctive level, that I have found the right personal trainer for me, a professional who can resonate with and guide me into stepping deeply into my true potential. Seeing these capabilities in another, is profoundly changing my life for the better!
The Transformation continues...
You would think my transformational journey is finished with this new inner belief and patterns I have embraced. I have already achieved more than I believed possible just six months ago … but my transformation is NOT finished.
There is one more stage beyond my realisation of my own physical capabilities, latent potential and new core inner beliefs. It has taken me to places I really did not dream possible. The final blog will share my insights into this final stage of my ongoing transformation and I will reveal my progress to date as well as the raw insights I have thus far seen.
The momentum of my transformation has almost become exponential and would have thought it was nearing an end … but now I realise… this is just the beginning …
My personal transformational journey with its highs, lows, successes, failures, intense reflections and massive education in the realms of health and allied concepts from my personal trainer, along with the my professional expertise, psychological insights, knowledge and business focus, mean that I am now more than ever impassioned to create a committed and integrated health, wellbeing and coaching offering for businesses.
This unique modular approach marries healthier lifestyle practices into a business or workplace setting, to create real and enduring change.
Ritualising the approach to a whole, participating individual through physical, emotional, mental and spiritual wellbeing, the objective is to create enhanced communication, higher functioning and thinking, and an environment that nurtures creativity, cements loyalty and overall creates a healthier workplace for all.
Stepping out and beyond traditional workplace health programs, our modular program is more than just a personal trainer, membership at the gym or coaching sessions. Aside from my own results, we are seeing real results in workplace settings.
Please feel free to comment below, or contact me directly for more information on our innovative new program especially designed for forward thinking workplaces looking for the edge in human resourcefulness.
Health & Wellness Studio
Whilst there are still two more blogs to go to catch up to where Peter is now on his journey, here's a sneak peek at what is to come.
Peter and Nikki are, pictured here, relaxed and energized, outside their Health & Wellness studio, as they await the arrival of 18 staff from one of their valued workplace client groups to participate in their Creating Healthier Workplace Programs.
The 18 participants are now solidly into week six of their invigorating eight week coaching program with outstanding workplace benefits and powerful personal results already evident....very rewarding for all of us involved together !
Read about Peter's amazing transformational journey starting in Janaury 2013.