Charles Benayon

Founder & CEO of Aspiria

Time for Mental and Physical Spring Cleaning

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health-wellnessSpring has finally sprung and with many Canadians believing that good emotional health is just as important as good physical health, it’s time to kick off the season with my personal list of key areas of your life to look at.

Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
When I refer to health, I mean mental and physical health as they have a symbiotic relationship. While most of us know that the state of our physical body deeply affects both how we think and feel, i.e. our mental state, few of us can absolutely pinpoint which came first. If you skip exercise and overload your body with processed foods and chemicals, you won’t feel as energized, inspired and alive as you could, and our mood can be affected. With mental health issues affecting 1 in every 5 Canadians, it is imperative that we look at how we treat our physical self to ensure our mental health is also taken care of, and reducing the risk of physical illness, injury, behavioural problems, absenteeism, and low productivity. Speak to your doctor, coach or partner about how you’re feeling and take steps now to cleanse your mind and body.

Financial

With tax season completed, what are you planning on doing with your return OR how will you pay what you owe? Finances are becoming more and more complex as Canadians take on more debt every year. Think about consulting a financial advisor or ask your employer if your EAP offers any financial education solutions that can help you prepare for a brighter financial future and secure retirement, reducing the negativity associated with financial stress.

Life Coaching

Whether personally or professionally, sometimes we get stuck. I have found coaching to be an excellent and proven tool for learning and building engaged lives. Coaches offer assistance for personal life stresses, but there is also professional and executive coaching, team coaching, conflict resolution/mediation and a variety of professional development workshops. A coach can help get you back on the right track by examining obstacles, developmental gaps, and creating a learning and action plan.

Career and Professional Life
If you’re struggling with personal issues, this can lead to absenteeism and poor performance at work, two of the biggest issues companies face today.

Identify if there is a problem and if it’s something your employer can help with then take action to move towards a resolution. They may be able point you towards their EAP counselling services or other support systems they may have in place. Do some preliminary spring-cleaning to clarify your source of frustration.

Take the time during this season to organize your mental, physical and emotional life. It’s a great way to create energy and momentum for the rest of the year.

I look forward to hearing what your spring cleaning plans are in the comments below.

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