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Reiki: Be Honest In Your Work

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Some time ago I started writing a series on Reiki, taking a break to share with you about Meditation and also healthy eating. The last Reiki article looked at humbleness. This time we explore being honest in your work…

Being honest does not mean you have to tell someone straight out that you would not be seen dead wearing that jacket, but it does mean you need to be honest in your day and how you present yourself at work (and in life), and that includes the content of your CV/ social media. It is nice to have some good stories to share about past experiences, but we live in a world that is getting ever smaller, and whilst the glory of the story is fun, the weight of the fall when you get caught out can cost you your career path. Here are a few other examples:

  • Speak your truth – if someone asks your opinion, respectfully share your thoughts – you will need to use wisdom in how you speak and how much you choose to share, especially if it is not what you feel the other party wants to hear – but it could be important in their decision making. Make sure feedback is constructive and you share the good points first, appreciating their line of thought.

“The more honesty you use in your day, the more you attract truth and honesty from others.”

  • Do not make promises you cannot keep – a broken promise may be interpreted as a lie. This creates an appearance of dishonesty and mistrust. By being seen as a person true to your word you become seen as an individual with integrity and become respected – this is good for your career as you will earn a reputation for your honesty. It is also good for staff management as you will be looked upon as a sound leader.
  • Do the work you love – if you are not in a job you want to do – consider your career options and path carefully. You need to be honest with yourself as well as with others.

The more honesty you use in your day, the more you attract truth and honesty from others. Furthermore, if you are not telling mistruths, it is easier on your memory, you do not have to remember what you have told others, you will have a sense of your word and will not be having to cover anything up. As you become more truthful and honest in yourself and your life you reduce political issues and with time any backstabbing that may go on around you will reduce too.

Do remember, Honesty is not about revealing everything about yourself, so do use your judgement wisely, it is about being true to yourself and your being. Daily practice of honesty is important. You will need to check yourself – ask yourself, am I being honest and true, persevere with the goal to be honest in your work and all that you do. Do not give up when you are faced with challenges. The challenges will help you grow and be stronger in your ability to be honest, making you a more credible person with wise experience.

Next time we explore the importance of compassion…

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How To Find An Extra Hour’s Activity In Your Day

1000 664 Clare Evans, Personal and Business Coach

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A recent report in the Lancet says an hour of exercise a day can counteract the many hours we spend sitting at our desks, in front of a computer or watching TV.

Long periods of sitting increase your risk of premature death more than obesity (another good reason to get moving) and smoking. Inactivity increases your risk of stroke, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
50% of women and 30% of men fail to achieve even the recommended 30 minutes a day.
But we’re all so busy, how can we find time to fit in an hour of exercise?

It doesn’t have to mean going to the gym or joining an exercise class, although that can help. Just get more active throughout the day and it all adds up.

• Get up from your desk every half an hour. Use the Pomodoro concept of 25 minutes of work and a 5 minute break. You’ll be more focused, more productive and spend less time sitting.

“50% of women and 30% of men fail to achieve even the recommended 30 minutes a day”

But we’re all so busy, how can we find time to fit in an hour of exercise?

• Take a walk at lunchtime. Avoid the temptation to eat at your desk. Find some green space if you can, walk to the shops or just around the block.

• Get up and go and talk to your colleagues face-to-face rather than pinging them yet another email or using the phone.

• If it’s a short meeting – stand don’t sit. Not only will this keep it to time but you’ll avoid adding to your sitting time.

• Walk or cycle to the station instead of taking the car. Even better if you can walk or cycle to work or …

• Get on or off the bus, train or tram a stop earlier and walk the extra distance. Whether it’s work, a trip to the shops or just around town.

• Walk to the shops. How many of you jump in the car to pop to your local shop? Many of my neighbours do it – it’s less than a 10 minute walk to the nearest ‘corner’ shop and only 15 minutes to a larger supermarket (OK, even I drive when I have more than a few items to buy).
• Use the stairs at work rather than the lift. While you might not want to walk up every floor, if your office is on the 20th floor, taking a few stairs to go up or down a couple of floors will get you fitter.
• Walk up escalators. They’re not just for standing on, unless it’s really busy and no one is walking up them.

“Use the stairs at work rather than the lift. While you might not want to walk up every floor, if your office is on the 20th floor, taking a few stairs to go up or down a couple of floors will get you fitter”

• Download and play PokemonGo – this game is being credited with getting people out and about outdoors and walking. [Warning – download this at your peril, it’s likely to be addictive and you’ll actually ‘waste’ more time playing it!]

• Get a pedometer or use an app like MapMyFitness (Walk, Run or Cycle apps) or activity tracker – Fitbit or Garmin to monitor your activity. Even if you only use it to see how much you do, you can also benefit from working with your friends and seeing how you score. The competitive element can be enough to motivate you to move more.

• 15 minutes of stretching or yoga is a good way to ease out those muscles and joints which have been in one position for hours at a time.

It all adds up. 15 minutes at the beginning and end of the day and 30 minutes at lunch time is more achievable than finding an hour to go to the gym. Several ‘5-10 minutes of activity’ throughout the day can make up the recommended one hour.

Make the most of the longer hours of daylight and the warmer weather to get out and about. Get away from your desk, increase your activity and feel the benefit.

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How Staying Active Can Benefit Your Work

1024 576 Rachel Le Feuvre, Reset Button

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Finding the time to keep fit while doing a busy, sedentary job is something that many find tricky, if not impossible, to do. However, exercise is easier to build into your routine than you may think.

It is all about getting into the habit of doing something every day whether walking/cycling to and from work, jogging or going for a brisk walk around the block during your lunch break, skipping, walking up stairs instead of taking the lift, playing a game of tennis after work ……… it doesn’t matter what you do but try and do something!

Exercise has many proven benefits. Here are ten particularly relevant to the workplace:

1. Improved memory & concentration levels – numerous studies have found that regular exercise helps improve both memory and concentration.

2. Better Sleep Quality – exercise has been proven to help you go to sleep faster, sleep better and wake up feeling properly refreshed.

3. Improved Self-Esteem – helps improve our sense of well-being, personal value and self-esteem.

4. Boost in Energy – regular exercise will help increase your energy level – very helpful when it comes juggling between work, home and everything else a busy life throws at us! Experts have found that low intensity exercise (for example a leisurely walk) will result in a drop in fatigue as well as increasing energy levels by 20%.

5. Stress Reduction – exercising helps to dissipate hormones and other chemicals that build up during stressful periods.

6. Prevention of Cognitive Decline – regular exercise, especially between the age of 25 to 45, helps boost the chemicals in the brain that support and prevent the degeneration of the hippocampus (memory and learning).

7. Greater Brain Power – studies have shown that cardiovasculor exercise can create new brain cells and improve the overall performance of the brain. A tough workout will increase levels of BDNF (a brain derived protein) believed to help with decision making, higher thinking and learning.

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8. Decrease Anxiety & Depression – it is well known that exercise releases endorphins that create feelings of happiness. In fact, in many cases exercise can be as effective at dealing with depression as anti-depressant pills. And, for anyone prone to anxiety it will help them to calm down.

9. Increase in Creativity – a good workout will boost creativity for up to two hours afterwards!

10. Less Long Term Health Issues & Diseases – exercise has been proven to lessen the chances of having long term health issues and diseases. In fact, studies have found it will even help to lengthen your life by as much as 4 years when you do five hours of exercise per week.

Hopefully these ten benefits will encourage you to keep active and enjoy a productive, happy and long life. If you would like more information, advice or help in putting together an exercise plan please get in contact with the fitness experts at The Reset Button via www.theresetbutton.co.uk

Why not try our Mindfulness Mini-Course : ‘Calm Your Mind’ available FREE on itunes: Calm Your Mind

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Wellbeing At Work Event 2016

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The Wellbeing at Work Event returns to central London on 19 October 2016 where over 150 HR professionals, business leaders and consultants will attend to hear from leading speakers who have made successful change in their workplace.

A limited number of early bird discounted tickets are available online at http://london.wellbeingatworkevent.com

Confirmed speakers at the event on 19 October include:
Brian Heyworth, Global Co-Head, Financial Institutions Group from HSBC
Jeremy Connick, Partner at Clifford Chance
Liz Nottingham, HR Director EMEA, Starcom MediaVest
Geoff McDonald, Former Global VP of HR, Unilever
Lawrence Mitchell, Global Marketing Director, Reed Business Information

For a full list of speakers click here and to see the programme click here.

The wellbeing revolution has had a huge impact on the workplace, with wide recognition that an engaged workforce can make a significant contribution to business performance but there is still a lot of work and education required:

• 72% of workplaces have no formal mental health policy, even though it costs UK employers around £26 billion each year and is one of the top reasons for long-term absenteeism (Shaw Trust independent report)
• Only 8% of UK organisations currently have a standalone wellbeing strategy that supports the business strategy (CIPD Report)
• FTSE 100 companies that prioritise employee wellbeing outperform their competitors and the rest of the FTSE 100 by at least 10% (Mind Report)

The Wellbeing at Work Event 2016 invites HR professionals and business leaders across the UK to a one-day conference on Wednesday 19th October at The Cavendish Conference Centre, 22 Duchess Mews, London W1 (5 minutes walk from Oxford Circus tube).

Tickets for the event can be booked via the website here.

For more information go to http://london.wellbeingatworkevent.com or contact the team:
Tel: 0333 011 8803; Email: contact@wellbeingatworkevent.com

 

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Surviving The Post-Holiday Blues

1024 683 Susan Carr

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The summer holidays have come and gone and, for most of us that well-earned break has been taken. But once you are back in the office, your holiday can soon become a distant memory. So how can you overcome the ‘post-holiday blues’?

1. Give yourself time to adjust

Accept that it may be normal to feel lower in mood following a holiday and so try to allow a period of transition between getting back from holiday and going back to work, for example, by taking an extra day if possible. If this isn’t an option then ease yourself back into work gently – allow extra time to check the inevitable deluge of emails received in your absence, minimise the number of meetings in the first few days back, prioritize your work and leave on time rather than staying late to “catch up”.

2. Incorporate aspects of your holiday into your everyday life
Technology makes it very easy to “capture” memories and so make time to look back at the photos and videos you took to remind yourself of the good times that you had. It may also be possible to relive some of these experiences by cooking some of the dishes that you tried or finding time to do some of the activities you enjoyed on holiday, such as swimming, playing tennis or simply going out for a meal. There may also have been some things that you did less on holiday, eg. watching television, checking emails and texts and so this could be continued when you are back home – only watch those programmes that really capture your imagination and limit the use of social media (which in turn could make more time for the activities referred to above).

3. Take regular breaks
Try to rationalize your annual leave by taking short breaks throughout the year rather than saving it for one big holiday (although there are some trips that necessitate a longer holiday). On a day-to-day basis try to make use of your lunch break by going out rather than eating at your desk and avoid staying late unless absolutely necessary.

4. Take stock of your life
Occasionally the ‘post-holiday blues’ may be more than just a passing phase and may highlight a difficulty in your life whether at home or work. Allow yourself some time before making any life-changing decisions but do take the opportunity to consider whether there are any aspects of your life that could be improved – maybe it is time to look for a new job.

5. Plan another holiday!
If all else fails then you could try planning your next holiday as this can go a long way to easing those post-holiday blues.

Whatever it is, taking action is most important, so those post-holiday blues don’t stick around for long.