Yes, I realize it sounds like the ultimate oxymoron BUT in the quest to cope with job stress, time is limited so strategizing is required. This plan played out quite well for me on this Victoria Day long weekend. The weather cooperated and I am feeling grateful.
This may be the recipe… at least for me!
- Starting the weekend in a noisy, hip hop and happening hot spot like Local Bar and Grill.
- Finishing an entire book that I WANTED to read, as opposed to one I SHOULD read. This requires reading in bed. Curled up in a favourite chair. In a great coffee shop (like 49th Parallel) with a sunny deck.
- Biking around the Stanley Park Seawall before the tourists have set out for the day.
- Breakfast at the perfect hole in the wall spot, yes called The Spot.
- Halsa Spa float in an ocean room. Thanks for the introduction to this, Celia!
- Golfing. Working out the angst on little white or fluorescent balls. Soaking up the beautiful sounds and sights.
- Self designed Semperviva One day Yoga Retreat – Hatha in the am at the Sea Studio. Restorative in the afternoon at the Kits Beach Studio. Yin before bed at the Sun Studio.
- The promise of a good sleep 🙂
- Reaffirmation that there is life beyond work!
The Fitbit. Call it a fad. A conversation starter. Big brother. A motivator. Health and Wellness is a well chosen initiative for many school districts in British Columbia. The focus on pro-active measures to support staff is a simple way to decrease absences by increasing the focus on physical health and stress management. It is a well developed program with support services and educational materials to provide staff with the required supports to address the high stress levels, exposure to EVERY virus around for employees of the population of educators and support staff.
I resisted the FITBIT initially. I did not need a device to impact my decision to take the stairs or the elevator. To enjoy a good walk along the beach. To go for a bike ride or hunker done with a pot of tea and a good book. The reality is I don’t need it when I’m relaxed and making deliberate decisions about balance in my life. When I need this handy little device is when time is in short supply and my focus is on my Things To Do list. The Fitbit not only provides the incentive to strive for 10,000 steps a day but also is a reminder to go to the gym and NOT to stuff that amazing cookie or delectable chocolate into my mouth. It has also inspired me to do more take a greater interest in health and wellness of my staff and to read and share more resources. The Fitbit crew on our staff is steadily growing. We compare steps and equate the busyness of the day with the multitude of steps or complete lack of steps. It’s fun.
I like THE MANAGEMENT TIP OF THE DAY: Harvard Business Review. The tip on November 6, 2015 provides a good active idea for very small or very large meetings that require some processing time.
Get the Full Benefits of Walking Meetings
Walking meetings are a growing trend, replacing a traditional sitting meeting in a coffee shop or boardroom with a little exercise. The benefits are plentiful: Research has found that walking leads to increases in creative thinking, and anecdotal evidence suggests that walking meetings spur more productive, honest conversations. Here are some tips to help your next walking meeting go well:
Include an “extracurricular” destination. Passing a point of interest provides more rationale and incentive for the walk.
Don’t add unneeded calories. A meeting that ends with a 400-calorie beverage undermines its health goal.
Stick to small groups. Walking meetings work best with two or three people.
Don’t surprise colleagues or clients with walking meetings. Notify people in advance so they can dress appropriately.
Have fun. Enjoy the fresh air – research has also found that people who use walking meetings report being more satisfied at work.
Adapted from “How to Do Walking Meetings Right,” by Russell Clayton et al.