It feels like the age of wisdom has come.
Kyla Tustin is a wellness coach. Not a psychologist. She has spent her career after banking coaching leaders in businesses on wellness, through her company The Greate Group. I had the chance to talk to Kyla and get some insight for our NMPE community, via her work with OneVue, who have the group on a long term contract to coach leaders in the business how to create a culture of wellness.
Kyla believes that getting everyone on the same page with the same language is very important for wellness to work. The leadership team, when trained, can become resilience coaches for underlying teams. Wellness is about teaching people positive behaviours that help them before they come to a point of stress leave and burnout.
Her top 5 tips for people in COVID-19 are:
- Design your wellness plan. Check in with clients about theirs too. We all need to plan and prepare more break time in our diaries, when everything is digital to avoid burnout. What can become part of your diarised day that is designed to get you away from your devices and into exercise, meditation, nature or downtime.
- Remember your value and your worth is not connected to what you do. Redesign who you want to be, and how do you want to show up during COVID19. What are your values? Did you do your best to live up to your values today? Kayla’s number 1 value is kindness - she tests herself every day before she goes to sleep - has she done enough to live up to her values?
- Celebrate at the end of the day what you have done well. There has to be celebration every single day. Kyla says people need to check what radio station their mind has tuned into. Is it kind? Is it useful? Is it helping you elevate your energy for what you need to do? If not, make a conscious decision to change the station in your mind.
- Build rhythms and routines - that is what gives you control over your environment . Being present today is all you can control. Thinking about an uncertain future creates anxiety. Dwelling on the past may drag up regret and guilt. We have to train our brain to be focused and present.
- Remember - stress is contagious. Mood is contagious. Design a partnership agreement with your family and put it on the fridge - what does each person need to have the right feeling in the household, when everyone is in close quarters? Hold each other accountable to this plan.
The upside is we have the time to get this right while working from home during the COVID19 pandemic. It may well mean we are happier, more productive and healthier on the other side.
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