We’re hearing a lot at the moment about how mental health is suffering as a result of the pandemic. This is a great time to shift the conversation in organisations towards championing wellbeing and resilience.
What does it mean to champion wellbeing in your organisation?
- What would it be like if members of your team knew how to support colleagues who were experiencing worry and anxiety?
- What if we didn’t need to be an expert and didn’t need to learn new techniques and strategies to support those who are stressed or struggling?
- What if team members realised that their natural ability to listen was in and of itself a powerful starting point to wellbeing?
Throughout our Wellbeing Champion programmes, we share three simple truths:
1. People want to be heard – they aren’t looking for solutions
2. Natural resilience and wellbeing are in-built to the psychological system
3. When we are in touch with our own wellbeing, we naturally help others to get in touch with theirs
Let me share two simple examples, both pointing to what it means to champion wellbeing.
The first involves someone who was deeply upset by some harsh words spoken in a conversation with her boss. At that moment, she was caught up in the emotion and was not in a position to see what to do next. My simple advice to her was to acknowledge the emotion she was feeling without trying to find a solution then and there. I suggested she could trust that her subconscious would work gently in the background and that a new perspective would emerge. She phoned the next day to say that she had slept surprisingly well and had woken with greater clarity and a calm sense of what she wanted to do next.
The second involves someone who wanted to talk through a decision she needed to make about changing roles within the company. Her intellect was working overtime, she had drawn up mind maps of the pros and cons for each role, so it was pretty clear that the answer she was seeking wasn’t in more thinking. I asked her to explain how she felt about each role, the answers highlighted quite different feelings but still no obvious decision emerged. Again, the simple advice was to put the decision to one side for the rest of the evening, to trust that no more thinking was necessary and to see what emerged in the morning. She woke the next day with clarity about which role to take. Interestingly, it wasn’t the one her intellect had previously been leaning towards.
These two examples show our natural, innate wellbeing in action. You will notice that it wasn’t what I did that encouraged the individuals to find the solutions they were seeking; it was more a case of not doing! I didn’t get caught up in their stories. I didn’t try to offer them solutions to their problems and I didn’t try to make them feel better. I acknowledged what they were feeling and helped them to see that the answers they were seeking didn’t lie in more noisy, agitated thinking or in those uncomfortable feelings. Clarity, wisdom and intuition come to us in the quieter moments when we’re not doing so much thinking and we can listen in our own intuition.
What are the benefits to you and your organisation of championing wellbeing?
- Overthinking and needing to be ‘right’ are often the culprits behind why some decisions appear harder to make than others – understanding the power of thought to create additional complexity means that decision making is easier
- Emotions can sometimes appear to be ‘messy’ or best avoided altogether – understanding that our emotions are just useful information about our state of mind and that the answers we seek lie elsewhere is incredibly helpful. We experience emotions without getting trapped by them
- When we stay grounded in our own natural wellbeing, we have freedom to create powerful connections with others and are able to see beyond the boundaries of what we already know, we’re not trapped by our own egos!
Join us 31st March at 11.00 – 1.00pm for a free introduction to Wellbeing Champions in organisations. This introduction is targeted at managers within organisation who are interested in putting a spotlight on wellbeing.
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Liz Scott and Caroline Brewer of Inner Compass Guide are facilitating this introduction. At Inner Compass Guide we’re unlocking mental wellbeing in communities, schools and teams. Our approach is simple. Through online and in-person programmes you’ll discover how to cut through mental noise, and you’ll understand how to recharge from mental exhaustion. You’ll see how easy it is to tap into a natural inner resource of wellbeing. And best of all there are no tools, techniques or concepts to learn. You’ll see how listening for wellbeing unlocks it all.