Being Well is about taking care of ourselves.

At Be Well @ Work we like to call you our corporate athletes. Professional sports athletes constantly fine-tune their body and mind to be primed for their next performance. Corporate athletes need and deserve this balanced attention between wellness for the body and the mind as well.

Improve your performance in all areas of life and well-being. Go into training just like an athlete. Improve your health and happiness with high performance habits to improve your: Physical capacity, Emotional capacity, Mental capacity and Spiritual capacity.

Be Well 360 corporate athlete principle

Above all we are human beings and perfectly imperfect!

When we’re stressed out or feel as though there are too many things to do in our lives, many of us stop paying attention to the things that might make us feel better and restore inner and outer balance.

When stressed or overwhelmed, we stop being engaged in our own lives and well-being. As you consider your own stress levels, it’s worth taking a minute to see how well you’re taking care yourself right now.

Doing the Be Well Self Assessment might help you decide how to take care of yourself going forward.

Fill out the Be Well Self Assessment checklist by putting a number from 1-5 next to each item.
1 = FREQUENTLY
2 = OCCASIONALLY
3 = SOMETIMES
4 = RARELY
5 = NEVER

Be Well - Physical

  • Eat regularly (i.e., breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Eat healthy, whole and natural unprocessed foods often (think whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, fruit, vegetables, lean organic meats etc.)
  • Avoid use or misuse of tobacco and alcohol
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Exercise regularly
  • Dance, swim, walk, run, or do some other physical activity that I enjoy
  • Get enough sleep, 7-9 hours for adults
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Make time away from phones, electronics, sources of wifi and EMF’s
  • Avoid or limit time in places where the noise is excessive

Be Well - Emotional

  • Spend quality time with people whose company I enjoy
  • Maintain contact with people I value
  • Treat myself with love and respect by reflecting on my good qualities and accepting that I can’t be perfect
  • Take time for comforting activities, people, relationships, and places
  • Allow myself to feel and express emotions (i.e., laugh, cry)
  • Discover and take action on what makes me feel the most alive inside
  • I take time to do what my heart most yearns for - what does my heart yearn for?

Be Well - Psychological/Mental

  • Make time for self-reflection (i.e., think about my values, experiences, and future plans)
  • Engage in personal psychotherapy (i.e., think about who I am, what makes me behave or think the way I do, and what I might change to be the person I want to be)
  • I have identified my unique talents and skills (list them)
  • Write in a journal
  • Read books or magazines that are unrelated to work
  • Do something in which I am not an expert or the person in charge
  • Let others know what I need and want to feel happy or secure
  • Let others take care of me occasionally
  • Say “no” to extra responsibilities when I already have enough
  • Try new things

Be Well - Spiritual

  • Spend time with nature
  • Cherish my own optimism and hope
  • Value the non-material aspects of life
  • Cultivate my ability to identify what is meaningful and its place in my personal life
  • Meditate/pray
  • Support causes I believe in (i.e., by volunteering)
  • I contemplate my purpose in life or my deeper WHY
  • I allow time to do what I love to do

Check your numbers

If you scored most statements with 1 or 2, congratulations! You are taking good care of yourself, something that will fortify you as you take care of others.
If you scored most statements with 3, 4, or 5, you probably are approaching stress overload and may need to find a healthier balance between your needs and those of everyone around you.

Create a plan

The next exercise will allow you to commit to taking care of yourself and reduce your stress.

Based on the results of your Be Well Self Assessment, make a list of activities that you can do that will help reduce your stress. Try to make the activities as specific as you possibly can.

For example, if you had a score of 3, 4, or 5 in “Eat healthy foods,” you could modify that activity to be “eat one piece of fruit or add a new veggie at lunch each day,” to make it as clear and actionable as possible.

Being Well means that you find time to care for yourself and the activities that will keep you healthy and in balance as you face the demands of work, home, and life in general.

Refer back to your self assessment. Look at the areas where you scored a 3 or above.

Where can you fit activities that are important to you into your schedule?

Consider adding activities from all the areas in the self-care assessment: physical, psychological/mental, emotional, and spiritual self-care.

ONCE A DAY
ONCE A WEEK
ONCE A MONTH
WHENEVER I NEED IT

Adapted from Vibrant.org

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