Hello and welcome to your monthly dose of expertise from The Performance Club. As we embark upon Autumn, we might want to ask ourselves whether 'stressed' has indeed become our 'new normal. If so, you may be suffering from habitual burnout, which you can learn more about combatting this month. September 10 also brings us World Suicide Prevention Day, so we will also look at ways that we can prepare ourselves for more challenging conversations around this topic, and be brave when it comes to how we communicate. How are your workforce feeling this month? If you feel that your team (or your friends and families) need re-energising after a turbulent time then we have some tips that might help you inspire them to engage. If you would like help with ensuring your employees can focus on wellbeing this summer by introducing a workplace wellbeing programme tailored to your needs, then please contact us today to discuss how The Performance Club can become part of that journey.
Live Habitual Burnout - Your 'New Normal'? Does stress seem to be a permanent fixture of your daily life? If so, you may be suffering from habitual burnout. Habitual burnout is a severe form of burnout, caused by anything that elevates our stress levels for an extended period – from emotional demands that we feel unable to meet, to constant physical exertion on our bodies. Burnout is more than just a stressful week though, it’s an emotional and physical condition that can be detrimental to our wellbeing and ability to thrive, so it’s important to take it seriously. Workplace burnout is the most commonly known cause of habitual burnout, but parenting, relationship burnout, and even exercise burnout are all recognised causes of the condition. Just as it’s helpful to know the difference between stress vs burnout, being aware of what makes burnout and habitual burnout different will help you determine the best course of action to take. The good news is that our bodies are also incredibly resilient and, given the right care and attention, can heal and move back towards balance and harmony. If think you may be suffering from habitual burnout, then it’s important you seek help, set immediate boundaries, and prioritise rest. You can learn How to Tell If You're Close to Burnout from BBC's Worklife series, and also use this guide from Healthline, 11 Tips Tools and Strategies to Help You Reset.
Learn How to Have Courageous Conversations Observed on 10 September every year, World Suicide Prevention Day provides the opportunity for people across the globe to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. Suicide is a topic many of us still shy away from due to its stigmatisation. According to the WHO, one in 100 deaths is by suicide, and for every death by suicide, 20 more will attempt to take their lives. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families and communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind. Most importantly, suicide can often be prevented. One way in preventing suicide is by talking about it and reducing the stigma - but often the taboo is so great that we don't feel empowered to talk. Sadly, it is often only after the fact that people wish they'd had the confidence and the skills to approach this challenging topic with their loved ones. But how do you begin to approach this kind of conversation? First of all, it's important that you have the time and space, and that you feel able to listen. Starting with simply asking someone how they are feeling can help to break the ice, and asking open questions such as 'Tell me what happened?' or 'What do you think you might do next?' can be especially helpful in encouraging someone to open up. You can find out more in this guide on Helping Someone Talk About Suicidal Feelings brought to us from Mind. You may like to encourage your teams to complete a training course from the ZSA (Zero Suicide Alliance). This 20 minute Suicide Awareness Training helps you to gain skills and confidence to help someone who may be considering suicide. Most importantly - be brave - have the conversation and take action if you feel that someone may be at risk. Play How to Re-Inspire Your Workforce Google searches for 'How to be happy at work' are currently up by a staggering 105% - so it's clear that we need to be doing all that we can to try to make work (whether it be office life or home working) more enjoyable. It doesn't help that times are tough enough during a cost of living crisis, and most of us can’t afford to pack it all in and say goodbye. But there are things we can do to lift the spirits of our teams to ensure that engagement levels are high, and that individuals are as happy as they can possibly be. Asking your team for their thoughts - and acting on their feedback is one of the most important things that you can do if morale seems to be low. This can provide real insight for you and the management team and give you a great starting platform on where to go next. Supporting new ideas is also key to making people feel that they add value. Your team members will feel empowered if given the opportunity to suggest new ideas and make them a reality. Give people a chance to take initiative and we believe you will be very impressed by everyone’s ability to come up with great ideas. Make sure everyone understands the bigger picture by sharing and reinforcing the company vision and give a clear message of how the work they are doing fits in. If people can see the impact of their work on the organisation, it will help them feel more connected with the task in hand. Celebrating successes and saying 'thank you' can go a long way, and many people will appreciate praise as much as they appreciate material rewards. This month's video, 6 Ways to Re-Energise your Workplace is brought to us by Mindtools, and reminds us that when your workspace is fun and uplifting you'll likely find that it has a positive effect on your team, too.
Pause Our Book of the Month is The Interoceptive Mind: How to Become Your Most Effective Self by Improving Your Interoception and Microbiome by Dr. Nihan Altinsoy Marun Ph.D. It is believed that in 30 seconds, the human brain goes through roughly the same amount of information as the Hubble Space Telescope processes in 30 years. Part of that data comes from the world around us; another part comes from our inner world - namely, the body. Indeed, among the grandest feats of the brain’s spectacular repertoire is its ongoing conversation with the body. In this insightful book, we learn how our brain and other organs are constantly communicating with each other, and by learning to listen to this communication, we can better regulate our emotions and mental and overall health. Whether you're an individual wanting to improve your own interoceptive awareness, or a parent, a teacher, or a healthcare professional looking for ways to help those you care for, The Interoceptive Mind will provide you with the tools you need to understand your body and mind like never before. Happy reading, everyone!
As Summer turns to Autumn, there is a sense that time is passing by all too quickly. It’s great to have consistency, but if you follow the same routine day in, day out, it can also feel like time moves in a blur; there’s nothing in the day that distinguishes itself from any other day, and they all blend together. One way to combat this is to make a few small changes to your daily activities - whether this is by taking a new route to work, listening to a new genre of music or simply going to a different coffee shop. With enough of these slight changes, we can create an environment where our brain becomes more stimulated and new memories are created.
It’s those new memories - and changes to the status quo - that give us more awareness of the moment, and that helps slow down time and be more mindful of our experiences. If you'd like to find our how The Performance Club can work with you and tailor training packages to meet your individual needs - with a unique emphasis on performance - then please get in touch with our friendly team. Wishing you a wonderful month ahead! Stacy Thomson Founder of The Performance Club sent on behalf of all of the team