I am really looking forward to a leadership retreat that I’m facilitating later this week for 50-60 adults. The theme of the leadership retreat is “Wellness: How Taking Care of Ourselves and One Another Can Lead to Improved Outcomes at Work.”
We will be taking a full day and staff members will be abandoning their desks to dedicate to brainstorming about better wellness at work. The hope is that participants to walk away energized and hopeful for the New Year.
In order to hit the ground running and make the most of the precious time of the staff, I managed a pre-retreat survey (only 6 questions) that provide the Staff Board and me with important insights about our group’s current mindset.
The idea behind a survey is to seek first to understand our staff’s wants and needs before creating our agenda for the retreat.
A tangible deliverable we expect from the staff retreat is a set of work streams and action items (SMART goals) with accountability partners that fit with the theme of How Taking Care of Ourselves and One Another Can Lead to Improved Outcomes at Work.
Wellness is a multi-faceted theme, and in the retreat we will be covering everything from healthy eating to movement to stress management to communications, to programming to environment and more. One of the favorite sections I have covered in past retreats is “15 stress busting tools”. I will summarize them for you here, and add a few links for more information. Feel free to ask a question about of the the tools if you have one.
1. Smile! Read more about the benefits of smiling here.
2. Follow the principles of the Losada Line. Read more about the Losada line.
3. Amygdala re-set breath. Or try Dr. DeMaria’s 3 Breaths to De-Stress.
4. Hit the re-set button (music, affirmation, sun salutation, funny YouTube video, walk around the block). An example of pushing the reset button.
5. Golden light showers.
6. Zip up the centerline.
7. Daily appreciation shout out email.
8. Grounding exercise.
9. Shield the antennae.
10. Tapping (EFT), head, face, chest, wrists while processing through emotions and installing new/positive ones. Listen to this interview with EFT specialist Deb Finch.
11. Finger squeezes.
12. Gamut point on chest.
13. Gratitude moment.
14. Loving kindness meditation.
15. Reach into the Jar of Awesomeness.