When I walked through the gates of Sukhavati in Bali, I entered a magical world of healing. 6 days later, I left that same world with new perspectives, new friendships, a clarity of mind and an excitement to recreate some of the Sukhavati wellness vibe in my day-to-day living. The week before I went to Sukhavati was a very stressful week for me. I’d just returned to Australia after a flying trip to the UK, and still suffering from jet lag, I jumped back straight into work, keen to complete a number of projects before the hard, year-end deadline. To be honest, I considered postponing the trip as there was so much to do, but in the end I went and boarded the plane bound for Bali, with a bag full of books and devices, and a few clothes. Just over 6 hours later, I stepped off
When the plane touched down at Sydney airport, I breathed a huge sigh of relief! You would think that after flying between Sydney and London 10 times over the last three years, I would be used to long-haul travel. And I am, but that doesn’t mean that I enjoy it. For me, flying is a necessary evil and a technology that enables me to live the life I do today. This time, I was in London for the Wellbeing@Work London Conference. It was an awesome experience and well worth enduring the 22-hour flight, crossing 11 time-zones, swapping summer for winter and experiencing some of the worst jet lag I have ever experienced! The 2019 Wellbeing@Work London conference attracted over 300 people from leading companies, a far cry from the first event I attended back in 2014 when I was just starting to learn about the concept of wellbeing@work.
Limited Places Available! The Wellbeing @ Work quarterly meet-up series returns on 28th November in Sydney. Join us for a FREE evening of wellness & education from 6:30-9:30pm OUR SPEAKERS Andy Thiss, Regional Vice President, DocuSign will be talking about their wellbeing offer and how it's applied throughout the organisation Adam Jadresic, EHS Lead, GSK will be sharing thejourney of wellbeing among the employees of a factory that's due to be closing Natalie Yan-Chatonsky, CEO and Co-Founder of Full Time Lives - sharing more on the story of healthy ageing and why we need to invest time to plan for productive transition from full time work Chibs Okereke is a Meditation Teacher, Mindfulness Consultant, and owner of Wild Mind Meditation will be giving us the opportunity to de-stress and unwind to counteract today's obsession with Doing. Lawrence Mitchell, Founder of Raw Energy & Chief Customer Officer of Sumo Salad, will be chairing
Losing sleep over your finances? Well, I’d like to start by reassuring you. Things CAN and WILL get better for you. Sometimes you read a massage by chance, but it’s the exact message that you need to hear right now. This is one of those messages. What do I know about you? I know that you have done your best over the years, and have made the best decisions you can, given what you knew at the time. I also know that you deserve better in life. And you can have it. You can have it all. Great wealth. More time. Fabulous relationships. Fun times with people you love. It starts with a thought. A wish. A goal. An intention. That intention turns into a strategy. A roadmap. A plan. That plan turns into actions. Behaviours and words. Conversations. That activity produces the results
Highlights And just like that, Wellbeing@Work Sydney 2019 is over! It was a fantastic day full of sharing, learning, connecting and thinking. Research shows that work, what you do every day, has the most significant impact on a person’s wellbeing and performance, so creating healthier workplaces is a key priority for us as we travel into the Future of Work. There were many insights shared throughout the day, here are just a few of the things that I took away: Focus on yourself as an individual first. Wellbeing starts with the individual. You can’t create a healthy team if you as an individual aren’t healthy on the inside. 'Poor Gut Health is the single biggest health issue confronting Australia today’ was the rally cry from Peter Dingle who encouraged us to eat more fibre and take probiotics. According to research, for every $1
'Work-life Integration: Buzz Word Bingo? 'Work-life integration' is the big buzz word at the moment, replacing the former ‘work-life balance’ concept that many people struggled with, as the balance always seemed to always be tipped in the 'work' direction! In truth, work is one aspect of a person's life, and the 'Work-Life Integration' concept acknowledges that we are whole people with whole lives and that our personal life will impact our experience and performance inside work, and vice versa. As leaders of self and others, being sensitive to our team's work-life integration will have an impact on a range of metrics, including engagement, retention and performance, a logical assumption supported by some hard, scientific data. Work in itself is multi-faceted and, of course, many aspects of work can be major sources of challenge and stress. Demanding customers, unreasonable expectations, lack of clarity, inflexibility,
Children are not usually included in discussions around the household budget or decisions around which stocks to invest in. And, it's not usually on your 'To Do' list to teach your kids about money. More’s the pity. Because, if they were, they would be set up for life. How do I know that? Because I was one of those kids that was involved in money discussions at home, and I learnt all about investing and saving during my formative years. I recall being around 6 or 7 and sitting in with the discussions between my Dad and his “financial advisor” from Allied Dunbar. At that time, I didn’t have anything substantial to contribute, but everything they discussed went in and this kind of thinking became the norm with me. I also remember my parents teaching me about compound interest when I was around 12.