Building Resilience Through Workplace Wellness – Choose Your Perspective

Building Resilience - Choose your Perspective

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Introducing you to Resilience for Every Day – Tools, Tips, and Exercises for Wellbeing produced and hosted by Leah Skurdal, Resilience Event Leader, and co-hosted by Janette Stuart.

Now let’s introduce you to ….

JoAnn Wenner

Choose Your Perspective

Here are six things my life has taught me about resiliency.

  •       Resiliency is a state of BEING.
  •       Building resiliency from within takes practice, and there is no shortage of opportunities to practice.
  •       Being in a resilient state often includes our ability to practice Grace, Forgiveness, Courage, and Compassion.
  •       Resilience is about Being Okay with Becoming Undone.
  •       Sometimes, Being Resilient is about Being Okay while we exist in a state of Not Knowing.

 And, here is what it’s NOT.

 Resilience is not about making due; it’s not about mindlessly muddling through.

Resiliency is not about continuing to kick the brick wall that’s in front of us (and perhaps even constructed by us).

What I can’t stress enough is that resilience is a practice. It is a practice that shifts our focus from the pain, suffering, loss, or heartache (or whatever it is that’s hurting and has our complete attention) into a larger view with a deeper perspective.

Standing too close to the situation we often only see the problem, and here, we are frustrated and stuck. In our overwhelm, we feel isolated and alone. However, if we can shift our perspective to a wider lens, we often find that solutions exist. Perhaps what we need right then is in close proximity. It may be just off to the left, right, or even above us. It may be in the helping hand extended toward us that, until now, we couldn’t see.

Something as simple as taking a step back to make sense of where we’ve ended up (and maybe even why we’ve ended up here) is what’s needed.

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It’s like standing too close to a Pissarro and only seeing colored dots. But, when we take a step back, an entire landscape – complete with people, fields, and trees comes into our view.[1]

It’s like seeing a scary monster standing right in front of the only door we can see. However, if we could just step back, we’d see that there are other doors for us to consider – in fact, there may even be a door that’s been opened and showing a bright sky beyond it, or someone in the doorway to help us move through whatever it is we’re wrestling with that has us tied up in knots. Taking a step back in order to take in the whole view often creates enough clarity to take a small step forward and perhaps even to allow a leap.

If we never step back to see the full number of options before us, we will miss this opportunity to choose differently – to choose in our favor – to choose to be supported – to choose movement into ease and joy.

Resilience is a continuous practice. Accepting that we are VULNERABLE and CREATING A TEAM around us can hold us up when we can’t seem to find the way to do this on our own.

ASK for support. You don’t have to go it alone. I am here to support you. The Wellness Universe is here to support you.

Thank you, JoAnn!

Join us and be enriched by the strategies and conversations during our 90-minute special event, Resilience for Everyday: Tools, Tips & Exercises for Wellbeing. You will have the opportunity to participate in self-care and resilience-building exercises in our interactive and workshop-style event. Saturday, June 4, 10-11:30am ET/7-9:30am PT.  

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This donation-based event is supported by pay-what-you-can donation upon registration, during the live event, or anytime as this will be available as a recording. Available to all who would like to attend.

JoAnn Wenner is a Certified Holistic Coach (GAHP), trained as a Co-Active Transformational Life Coach with CTI, a Certified Reiki Master Teacher and Practitioner (IARP), and Certified Spiritual Teacher. She has an MS, Science and Technology Studies, and an MA-T. She has worked in the corporate world in HR Management, Training, and Project Management for several Fortune 500 Companies. Jo Ann coaches through Compassionate Conversations for a Courageous Life™ working with clients through grief and loss, while bolstering resilience and rekindling a love of life. She leads workshops, is a speaker, and is an international best-selling author for The Wellness Universe and bLU Talks (Business, Life and the Universe). 

You can connect with JoAnn through her Wellness Universe profile. 

 Written by: Jo Ann Wenner

[1] This painting is an example of “Pointillism”, a method of painting perfected by Camille Pissarro in his Neo-Impressionist era. This painting technique relies on the viewer’s eyes and minds having the ability to make sense of the individual points of color – to mix the individual color spots into various tones and images and construct a whole image. When standing too close to the painting, the viewer is only aware of individual dots of color and loses the perspective of the grand image and the whole. (Image taken from Shutterstock.)

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