Work, mental health and me

When I started suffering from anxiety three years ago, I knew that getting a job would be one of the hardest things I had to do. All my friends who suffered from mental health issues such as anxiety, depression or panic attacks had said to me that they found work hard, especially on bad days….

The astonishing facts about what motivates us

It is not primarily about more money.  In everyday work life, there is still a unanimous opinion that the more bonuses, premium payments or other material rewards a person gets, the higher the individual motivation. But, these extrinsic rewards rather “deliver a short term boost. Just as a jolt of caffeine can keep you cranking…

How to get certified in plant-based nutrition

“Heart disease, diabetes and obesity can be reversed by a healthy diet… various cancers, autoimmune diseases, bone health, kidney health, vision and brain disorders in old age (like cognitive dysfunction and Alzheimer’s) are convincingly influenced by diet. The diet that has time and again been shown to reverse and/or prevent these diseases is the same whole…

Loving your job while coping with mental illness

I have always been “fine, thank you”. And a lot of times I really am. I’m generally someone who loves life and enjoys working. But I also struggle with depression, chronic anxiety and acute panic attacks due to past trauma. And when issues come up in my private life and pressure starts building up, it…

Coping with burnout

You have too much on your plate; you’ve bitten off more than you can chew; you’re up to your ears in demands, stressors, pressure, and an overwhelming workload. The word ‘burnout’ is not a pleasant word. The image of a flame burning out, when applied metaphorically to the individual, reflects a kind of exhaustion and…

Drivers of the corporate wellness movement

The corporate wellness phenomenon, since its inception mere decades ago, has since skyrocketed in hype, popularity and market value. Employers are spending more than ever before on investments in human capital. A recent Fidelity and National Business Group on Health (NBGH) survey found that “employers spent an average of $693 per employee on wellness-based incentives…

What is organizational citizenship behavior?

Organizational Citizenship Behavior is a term to describe the behavior of an individual that goes beyond the expectations or requirements of their job. It is a voluntary way of thinking and acting in a company or organization, whereby one does not simply consider what is in their own personal best interests, but what is in…

3 key components of a corporate wellness strategy

Corporate wellness programs generally aim to address several key areas of health and wellness, while tailoring the specific offerings of these programs to the needs of their workforce. At the same time, planning and evaluation steps are taken to ensure that the wellness strategy of the organization meets its top strategic priorities and is otherwise…

What your bank account balance says about you

For some, the connection between financial wealth and a rich spiritual life is anything but obvious. Cultural beliefs seem to tell us that the two states are mutually exclusive, or at the very least incompatible with each other. We often accept lower salaried jobs in order to ‘do good’ and live out our passion. We…

Introduction to cross-cultural communication

From just a small amount of personal research, one can learn invaluable lessons and reminders from the work that has been done in the cultural sciences, which will serve you on your journey to international destinations. Not only that, but they can help you navigate the tricky waters of cultural clashes in your own backyard!…

How to fight chronic stress

Originally featured as a guest post on iamYiam‘s health blog. Stress is a natural feature of life – a programmed biological and psychological response elicited when we are confronted with threatening stimuli. This innate reaction is life-saving in some scenarios; but what are the consequences when a whole society is living, habitually, in fight-or-flight mode? The American Psychological…

The Benefits of Workplace Wellbeing

Originally featured as a guest post on iamYiam‘s health blog. Work – it can be a passion or a pain in the neck – literally – but more and more companies are catching on to the workplace wellness trend, also known as workplace wellbeing, and are realizing reproducible health benefits for employees that come with lucrative financial savings….

Nonprofit Professionals: Prone to Wellness Risks?

In her book, The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit, Beth Kanter explores the tendency of nonprofit professionals to prioritize work over their personal wellbeing. Nonprofit professionals tend to regard their work as highly important and likewise derive immense meaning from what they do. In many cases, they have sacrificed bigger paychecks and more prestigious careers for a…