World Wellness Weekend is a global movement that was celebrated in 100 countries across all continents on September 21 & 22, 2019. The premise is to introduce millions of people with FUN & creative activities to encourage people to shift their mindset and joyfully take better care of their body & mind in a preventative way to induce sustainable change in their lifestyle to live longer, healthier & happier! Sounds good right? Here are 3 simple ways that you, as a leader, can improve your own wellness and1. Give away positive feedback...
- Make it a daily practice to give someone positive feedback, be specific about what you see them doing well and/or the impact of their contribution to the team/business.
- Positive feedback eliminates uncertainty for the person about how he/she is doing. So not only does the giver get a positive emotional boost, it can also alleviate a lot of stress for the receiver!
- It might be a co-worker, your boss, your direct report, your customer or it might be someone in your community.
- A wide range of research has linked different forms of generosity to better health. In his book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Stephen Post, a professor of preventative medicine at Stony Brook University, reports that giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness, including HIV and multiple sclerosis.
- Universities found that spending time in nature significantly reduces stress levels (Song. Ikei. Miyazaki) while researchers at Stanford University found that listening to the sounds of nature, (i.e. water falling) increases a feeling of serenity.
- Nature sounds can also decrease a feeling of “fight or flight.” (Gould van Praag et al.)
- Those subjects who felt the greatest amount of stress prior to listening to natural sounds in a study, were the most relaxed after hearing them (University of Sussex, 2016).
- Beyond relaxation, being with nature also helps your brain do better.
- Researchers at the University of Melbourne found that looking at natural vegetation restores a person’s attention span (Lee, Williams, Sargent, Williams, & Johnson) and woods walkers had a 20% improvement on memory tests vs those who walked down a city street (Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan) https://bit.ly/2mBCFcZ
There are many studies that have shown focusing on wellness has numerous personal and professional benefits and as executives and leaders, people are watching and taking their lead from you!
What are you doing to model your commitment to personal wellness?
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