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D9 wellness and self care for service providers

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