Did you read the blog post last week on how to avoid giver burnout? There are some good tips there for setting boundaries and not getting overwhelmed by saying yes to everything, but what if it’s too late, and you’re in recovery mode rather than prevention mode?
Stress and burnout are costing companies $300 billion per year; factoring into absenteeism, reduced productivity, and employee turnover, according to the American Psychology Association.
I feel this has larger implications than we realize. Not only does stress kill productivity, but it prevents employees from tapping into their creativity.
With the future of work right around the corner (i.e. robots changing the world of work), we need individuals’ creativity – it’s where a lot of our untapped potential lies.
Personally, I committed to living a life from a place of health when I started writing a little more than two years ago. I went through my own period of burnout, and started writing about working bigger.
From personal experience, I learned that mental health, wellness and inner peace are critical for success.
This means asking for help when I need it – not feeling like a burden and reaching out for support. It also means giving to others at work and in my personal life only from abundance and not from sustenance.
To go even deeper with my own wellbeing and tap into sustainable personal transformation that we can bring to our clients, I’ve been exploring several modalities.
All of the modalities are focused on increasing self awareness (because that’s where real sustainable change starts) and tapping into our own inner voice.
Here are six tools I’ve experimented with, which you can bring into the workplace to create healthier and more engaged teams.
RTT is a new therapy method that includes hypnosis. The idea is that during hypnosis you identify periods of trauma in your life where you picked up a certain belief (i.e. the belief that we’re not worthy of success or love is a common one).
As you identify where these beliefs stemmed from (likely from your childhood), you work to change them.
I worked 1:1 with Master Coach Jessica Geist for a 30-day intensive. This work was the catalyst to leaving my gig at the AP to run Work Bigger full time.
Theta healing is another modality that allows you to go into a deeper state of meditation where you can tap into your intuition. I feel strongly that we don’t listen enough to our intuitions and instead rely too much on external sources for answers.
I participated in a meditation session at Theta Healing NYC. After the meditation, we broke up into smaller groups and talked about what came up for us in terms of anything that was holding us back.
What came up for me?
My belief around motherhood and work and that I can’t be successful at both.
I’ve talked a lot about this in the Work Bigger Community – my struggles with marrying the two in our society when for me personally, they are completely connected.
Having the space to identify this roadblock and then talking about it openly with a small group, was healing in and of itself.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
EFT is a form of counseling intervention that draws on acupuncture, neuro-linguistic programming, energy medicine, and Thought Field Therapy (TFT).
I did a session with Simrit Kaur, a healer and Kundalini Yoga teacher, and it was focused on releasing money blocks. During this session, we reflected on our views around money and then through EFT worked to change those beliefs.
It was another opportunity to dig deep and think through what holds us back. What beliefs do we carry about money? And where do those beliefs stem from?
If you’re not familiar, the LoA is the belief that positive thoughts bring on positive things and negative thoughts bring on negative things. (It’s not as simple as this, and I actually feel this meaning does the LoA a disservice.)
And if you’re thinking “oh this is some woo woo talk” – hang on.
I’ve been understanding LoA more and more as I’ve been following Jess Lively.
She breaks down the LoA so that it’s really practical.
My biggest takeaway is to learn to tap into joy and happiness – and that’s it.
Life is easier this way, and for me – I’ve been able to shift my day from “I need to achieve X goal” to “I’d like to feel at peace today – and what will help me do that?” In turn, I focus on activities that bring me more peace.
I’m new to yoga. I dabbled a little with Bikram in my twenties and didn’t get it. Then when I got pregnant, I thought some exercise would do the body good. So once a week I’d take a prenatal yoga class. I still didn’t get it.
This year, I said I’d give yoga one final try. You can’t work on the mind without tapping into the body.
It was hard in the beginning of the year, but it’s starting to click.
Today during yoga, I realized how uncomfortable I get when I’m in class.
When will it end?
Is the hour almost up?
What’s that about anyway? I realized I’m doing the comparison thing.
My poses are far from perfect, and being imperfect doesn’t feel good.
Does this comparison thing show up in other areas of my day to day?
Which brings me to…
Leadership Training with Coach Dominique Mas
I recently got together with a group of women in Central Park for a workshop on changing habits.
During some journaling and identifying which habit I want to change (mine is negative thinking), I identified that my negative thinking is triggered when I compare myself to others.
That person is way ahead of me.
I felt embarrassed sharing this at first. But our strength lies in sharing and opening up, not in hiding.
The group of women I was with helped me to find ways that I could track my thinking around this, and create ways to move past it.
Now I journal it, I name it, I move on.
In Conclusion: To Cultivate Mental Health
Mental wellness (for me) has been a process. It takes practice and patience. I’m grateful for all of these tools exist to help me learn and grow and better understand myself.
We now integrate many of these principles in our coaching and our curriculum because we understand the power of digging really deep to create sustainable change.
Guest blogger Belma McCaffrey is the CEO & Founder of Work Bigger, a career development platform with the mission to redefine work. Work Bigger partners with fast-growing companies looking to build employee engagement and reduce turnover. Learn more here.