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  • 1. Inderjit Grewal
  • 2. Agenda Wellness and Self Care
    • Welcome and Introductions
    • Review of Agenda
    • What is wellness (small group exercise, discussion,
    • large group exercise)
    • Break
    • Threat to wellness, Stress discussion (small group exercise)
    • Compassion Fatigue, Burnout
    • Wellness and Self Care Planning
    • Overview, Closure & Evaluation
  • 3. Share with your partner
    • Share one positive thing you’ve learned about yourself since you started working in the settlement sector
    • Share one thing you’ve learned about yourself that you would like to change
  • 4. Learning Objectives
    • To broaden your understanding of wholistic wellness, the factors that support wholistic wellness in and outside of the workplace and strategies for evolving these.
    • To introduce you to new ways of thinking about the concept and practice of self care.
    • To reinforce self care as a professional right and responsibility.
    • To expand your understanding of the differences between positive and negative stress, the effect of chronic stress, indicators of distress and strategies for managing this.
    • To alert you to signs of distress, burnout and compassion fatigue and introduce strategies for preventing these.
    • To promote self-management strategies and self care planning as a means of achieving better work-life balance.
  • 5. Competencies At the completion of this training curriculum, you will be able to:
    • Describe “wholistic wellness” and identify the factors and circumstances that contribute to one’s well being
    • Identify stressors that compromise wellness and threaten to impede one’s optimal functioning both within and outside of the work environment, and identify strategies for managing stressors
    • Understand the origin of feelings of anger and rejection that are evoked when clients don't live up to one’s expectations; when feeling alone in dealing with families; and when feeling overwhelmed and hopeless about a family and their circumstances
    • Differentiate between chronic stress and burnout, identify symptoms of each; and identify preventive strategies
  • 6. Competencies cont’d
    • 5. Understand the importance of personal safety as a component of wellness, identify circumstances in which personal safety is threatened, and take necessary steps to prevent feelings of vulnerability
    • 6. Understand the concept of boundaries and the importance of maintain personal and professional boundaries
    • 7. Indentify self-management strategies that include setting realistic and achievable goals
    • 8. Develop a plan for achieving wholistic wellness and identify appropriate self care strategies
  • 7. Group Guidelines
    • Keep what is shared in the group confidential
    • Speak one at a time
    • Respect and value differences in experience, background, and identity
    • Take responsibility for creating an environment that is safe for everyone
    • Listen with the intention of understanding and appreciating all in the group
    • Please turn off your cell phones or switch to mute or vibration ring
  • 8. What is wellness
    • What constitutes wellness?
    • What are the characteristics of a well person?
    • Why is maintaining wellness important for professionals?
  • 9. Wellness as a State of Living
    • “ The state of living at one’s highest possible level as a whole person (and) maximizing one’s potential while enjoying the process and maintaining optimal health along the way” (Schafer, 1999)
  • 10. Wellness is a Process
    • Wellness is an interactive process of becoming aware of making choices towards a more integrated Successful, Wholistic and Balanced lifestyle.
  • 11. Characteristics of the “Wellest”
    • High self esteem and positive outlook
    • A foundational philosophy and a sense of purpose
    • A strong sense of personal responsibility
    • A good sense of humour and plenty of fun in life
    • A concern for others and a respect for the environment
    • A conscious commitment to personal excellence
    • A sense of balance and an integrated lifestyle
    • Freedom from addictive behaviours of a negative or health inhibiting nature
    • A capacity to cope with whatever life presents and to continue to learn
    • Grounding in reality
    • Highly conditioned and physically fit
    • A capacity to love and an ability to nurture
    • A capacity to manage life demands and communicate effectively
  • 12. High Energy Individuals
    • Get enough sleep
    • Eat fresh, low-fat foods
    • Are physically active every day
    • Are intellectually stimulated
    • Laugh often
    • Enjoy supportive, satisfying relationships
    • Have a sense of purpose
    • Are committed to the common good
  • 13. Six Dimensions Of Wellness
    • SOCIAL
  • 14. BREAK
  • 15. Threat to Wellness
    • What is the greatest threat
    • to Wellness?
  • 16. Leading Causes of Stress
    • Finances – 23 percent
    • Job/Career – 21 percent
    • Lack of control over their time – 12 percent
    • Issues with spouse or significant other – 12 percent
    • Child care/parenting issues – 8 percent
    • Personal issues – 7 percent
    • Home Maintenance – 5 percent
    • Medical issues – 4 percent
    • Elder care issues – 3 percent
    • Pets – 1 percent
    • Other – 4 percent
  • 17. STRESS
    • “ The nonspecific response of the body to a perceived demand or threat”(Selye)
  • 18. Two Types of Stress
    • Eustress: helps a person perform at a higher level and achieve his/her goals
    • Distress: overwhelms and hinders performance and overall well being
  • 19. Internal Stressors
    • Lifestyle choices: caffeine, not enough sleep, overloaded schedule
    • Negative self-talk: pessimistic thinking, self criticism, over-analyzing
    • Mind traps: unrealistic expectations, taking things personally, all-or-nothing thinking, exaggerating, rigid thinking
    • Stressful personality traits: Type A, perfectionist, workaholic, pleaser
  • 20. External Stressors
    • Physical environment : noise, bright lights, heat, confined spaces
    • Social (interaction with people): rudeness, bossiness or aggressiveness on the part of someone else
    • Organizational : rules, regulations, red tape, deadlines, oppressive culture
    • Major life events: death of relative, lost job, promotion, new baby
    • Day-to-day hassles: commuting, misplacing keys, mechanical breakdowns
  • 21. Personal Stress Management Strategies
    • Good nutrition to energize
    • Exercise to strengthen and sustain
    • Rest for renewal and rejuvenation
    • Self Awareness makes us wiser
    • Treat life skills as tools for living saner
    • Establish social connections for mutual support
    • Spiritual development that gives meaning and purpose in our lives
    • Random acts of kindness for our spirit
  • 22. Professional/Organizational Strategies
    • Supportive policies that recognize the stressful nature of your work
    • Meaningful supervision, consultation and peer support
    • Maintaining good boundaries
    • A comfortable, safe physical work space
    • Opportunities for and informal debriefing stressful events
    • Bringing humour, laughter, and celebration of successes into our work
    • An organizational culture that abundantly expresses appreciation and positive regard for its workers
  • 23. Compassion Fatigue
    • Another term for “secondary traumatic stress disorder”
    • The natural consequence of stress resulting from caring for and helping traumatized people
    • The lessening of compassion
  • 24. Strategies For Preventing Compassion Fatigue
    • Identify and work on healing your own painful life
    • issues
    • Learn to protect yourself from others’ emotional pain
    • Schedule time to simply relax and play
    • Learn that strong emotions can be tolerated and need not
    • be avoided
    • Treat yourself to laughter
    • Embrace your spirituality
  • 25. Burnout
    • What is Burnout
    • A state of physical, emotional, and mental exhaustion
    • Characterized by feelings of helplessness and
    • hopelessness and by a negative view of self and
    • negative attitudes toward work, life and other people
    • Marked by a loss of feeling and concern, a loss of trust
    • loss of spirit
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  • 28. Wellness and self care planning Relax, Renew, Rejoice
  • 29. Resources
    • (check free assessment)
  • 30.