Embracing change in order to grow
Have you ever wondered why the concept of change can be unsettling? Is it because of the changes we see in our personal lives, or the way we interpret and question the changes occurring within our environment? Whatever the reason, change remains undeniably an integral part of your personal development journey and for the most part should be embraced.
Stagnation is real
Stagnation is a prolonged period of little or no growth.
Growth is evidence of life. There are times in life when we thrive and shine. We have so much energy to reach our goals and even surpass our expectations. Then there are times we don’t feel up to the task – times when it seems that every aspect of life has come to a standstill, and there’s an unseen force holding us back from moving forward.
Stagnation, simply put, is the lack of growth and development. Even without a broad scale for measuring stagnation, there are signs to look for, such as:
- Lingering procrastination of your goals
- Lack of enthusiasm to do anything
- Retreating into sleep, entertainment, and other mindless activities for comfort.
- A feeling that you are living under your potential
More often than not, stagnation in your life is a sign of underlying issues.
Addressing those issues will help you get back on track. It won’t be an overnight transformation, but you can move out of stagnation step by step.
People who experience stagnation are often prone to slip into depression. Low self-esteem or being self-critical are risk factors for depression. Feeling like there is no clear direction forward in your relationships, friendships, work, or self-development can do a number on your self-esteem. You know it makes you unhappy, but it still feels like there is no other option.
Stagnation or creation?
You need to give yourself permission to make new decisions about your life for the better. Learn how to create a mindset of wellbeing and make things happen instead of waiting for the situation to get better on its own. Make an effort to regain control of your life, and do it with ease. Nothing can turn your life around and make you happier than living it more consciously.
It is beneficial to break down your tasks into small steps. This way, you can get one step closer to your goal with each attempt you make. Having the support of wellbeing professional can help your transition to be faster and smoother. Imagine having the support in a safe, non-judgmental environment of someone who can guide you and help to transition into living and working well.
Importance of learning from change
In a rapidly changing world, it has never been more important to ensure we are learning from change. The latest Global Wellbeing Survey explores the importance of wellbeing and the role of new trends becoming present in our daily work life.
The survey found that the majority (82%) of organisations globally believe that wellbeing is important, and a key focus, within their company. Additionally, while 87% have wellbeing initiatives in place, just over half (55%) don’t have a strategy.
It also shines a light on the future of work and what skills will be most important for our future workforce.
Fast-paced way of living and working, including unpredicted changes caused by the pandemic, have created new challenges such as burnout, stress, anxiety and physical inactivity. Last year, mental health conditions accounted for 51% all working days lost due to ill health and this number is rising. The pandemic has led to an increase in stress, anxiety, depression, grief, fear, and isolation. In turn, there has been a surge in suicides around the world and a growing rate of divorce and relationship breakdown.
Employers, as well as leaders, need to embrace that change, learn from it, and implement the right actions. Without addressing those issues the performance and profitability of the business will be endangered.
Change means progress and wellbeing needs a strategy.
Wellbeing in a small company
You can create wellbeing change in your organization, even if your company isn’t ready
A few examples:
-Mindfulness and emotional intelligence programs can improve energy levels and empathy skills. From resilience workshops to relaxation techniques and encouraging regular breaks at work, simple programs can make a big difference in overall wellbeing and performance.
-Leadership development programs can help people grow their skills in wellbeing, so that they can share them with others or simply be a good example.
-Employee resource groups (ERGs) can provide a platform for people who already have relevant skills such as yoga or meditation teaching experience to meet and exchange those skills for mutual benefit.
- Mental health resources for employees. From access to mental health professionals, webinars, and workshops that can help elevate stress, anxiety and bring tools to cope during challenging times.
Human beings are adaptable creatures. We are capable of embracing new situations, overcoming challenges, and developing to become better versions of ourselves. Over time, we have found ways to improve the foods we eat, the places we work, and the products we use every day. As a result, people are living healthier and more fulfilling lives than ever before. As a Wellbeing Strategist, I believe that change is not just inevitable – it’s progress. I am always looking for ways to make my client’s progress more enjoyable, less challenging, and stressful and resulting in creating a more balanced and healthier life.