Get Over The Hump

Wednesday Wellness

You Know What Day It Is...

Well, it is indeed Wednesday. It's typically classified as "hump" day, a day where we give that extra push to climb over into the weekend and over some big tasks that have to be done this week.

Getting over that hump, or hill in some cases, is not an easy task, and sometimes we need that spark of inspiration. Hence, the purpose behind Wednesday Wellness.

Let's dig a little deeper into the "hump". What do you do when your motivation has nearly stopped, your mojo is depleted, your passion for the mission is low and you have just lost that lovin' feelin'?

"If you're bored with life- you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things, you haven't set enough goals."

Lou Holtz

The "hump" is another word for "mound of stress"...

*"It's American's #1 health problem." - American Institute of Stress

*77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress, and 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress.

*69% of employees report that work is a significant source of stress and 41% say they typically feel tense or stressed out during the workday (American Psychological Association, 2009).

*51% of employees said they were less productive at work as a result of stress (American Psychological Association, 2009).

*40% of employees said their workload increased in the past 12 months
(Metlife, 2010).

*“Sandwiched” employees, defined as those who are responsible for child care and the care of parents, are at a greater risk for depression (Neal & Hammer, 2007, p. 208).

*The existence of programs that facilitate work-life balance is related to organizational commitment and job satisfaction (Scandura & Lankau, 2007).

*91% of employees surveyed agreed that employees are more likely to behave ethically at work when work-life balance is good and 60% believe that job dissatisfaction leads to unethical decision-making at work (Deloitte, 2007).

*A meta-evaluation of 56 peer reviewed journal articles on worksite health promotion
programs shows an average 26.8% reduction in sick leave absenteeism, an average 26.1% reduction in health costs, an average 32% reduction in workers' compensation and disability management claims costs and an average $5.81 savings for every dollar invested (Chapman, 2005).

*APA’s 2010 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award (PHWA) winners report an average turnover rate of 9% compared to 41% nationally, only 30% of their employees report chronic work stress compared to 41% nationally and PHWA winners report a 73% employee satisfaction rate compared to 65% nationally (American Psychological Association, 2010).

You can probably tell where I am headed with the progression of stats...

Let's tackle this topic and reduce its potency in our lives! Each week we will take away its power, rebuild our internal engine and recreate how we look at our surroundings!

Topics for Next Week as We Dive Into A Series on Stress & Its Reduction:

*What happens to your heart when you are stressed?

*Differentiating between healthy and unhealthy stress.

*Happiness lies first in mental health.

*Practical "to-do's" in turning the mound into a molehill, shoveling one scoop at a time.

*Exercise & stress- with every calorie burned we decrease a little stress.

*Contentment is an internal action before an external viewing.

How do you reduce stress? Email me with some pointers that you would like to share!

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

~ World Health Organization
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