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January 13, 2020

What if a routine was as simple as committing to a sequence of habits?

The holidays have come and gone, family has left to go back home and the Christmas lollies have all but disappeared. And with 2019 a thing of the past it’s time to look ahead now to 2020 and a brand-new decade. For many people, this time of year involves thinking about dreams and goals for the future as well as plans for changes – new job, new health plan, new exercise routine. And at the root of much of it is exactly that: a new routine.

What is a routine?

A routine is defined as a sequence of actions regularly followed. This can be as simple as the routine you follow when you brush your teeth to the routine you follow when you get to work in the morning. In each of these, you can likely think of each of the actions you perform, and in what order. These are examples of routines that have already been established . . . But what about when it comes to establishing a new routine?

In many ways, routines are synonymous with habits. The series of actions you perform as part of your routine are habitual and you know that performing them sequentially will yield a certain result.

Why should I establish a routine?

Old New Habits

The habitual component of routines is the essence: establishing a routine means you create habits. Once you have actions that are a habit, there is less brainwork and energy involved – fewer decisions, reduced cognitive demands – and hence, it becomes easier to execute. For example, you don’t think about brushing your teeth and how to do it, or put off doing it because it is hard. But at one point, you did and it was!

This simplicity of habits in a routine translates directly to other behaviours you want to adopt – exercise more, drink more water, eat less processed food. When you can establish a routine around your desired change, you will be more likely to inflict said change due to increased automation and decreased opportunities for you to deviate from the routine or fail to follow the sequential steps.

What defines a good routine?

Healthy Routine

It is clear that routines are beneficial, and in many cases, are critical in helping you adhere to desired behaviours. But what defines a good routine, and how do you establish one that you can count on to become habitual, and hence help you reach your goals?

The Reason and the Why – Start with why. Your reason for creating a new routine or changing a current one needs to be really strong and compelling. Choosing to establish a routine because a friend did or because you saw it in a magazine is likely not a good enough why to push you forward when times are difficult or you do not want to perform the actions. If for example, you are looking to establish a new routine around your diet, what is at the root of your desire to change? Get really clear on this aspect, write it down and put it in a visible place. Each time you start to fall off track with your routine, read your why and be reminded of the success you are capable of.

Laws of Habits – Since a routine is a series of habits, the basic laws of habits, as established by James Clear in his book, Atomic Habits, are important to abide by. In order for an action to become a habit, Clear recommends it follows the flour laws of habit change:

  • Make it easy
  • Make it attractive
  • Make it obvious
  • Make it satisfying

If you were trying to drink more water for example, you should make it easy and obvious to get water, by regularly having a full water bottle nearby. You should make drinking water more attractive and satisfying, by occasionally substituting it for herbal teas or by adding lemon and mint.

Sustainable and Reasonable – The purpose of establishing a routine is so that you can start to carry out actions that you will be able to do for a long time, and that will ultimately put you on the path to achieving your goal. This is not possible if you have an unsustainable component in your routine. For example, if the routine is not financially viable and you will run out of money; if the routine is not time efficient and requires too much time to complete it. If the routine is not sustainable given your living, relationship, or job status. You can think of the routine as something which you are trying to seamlessly slide into your life, with minimal disruption, and hence minimal chance that there will end up being a reason you can’t carry on.

Establishing a new routine does not have to be time consuming or difficult. With a clear understanding of what a routine entails and some basic principles to follow,  you will be launching into a new decade already experiencing success.

Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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May 27, 2019

Wondering why your employees are present, but lack presenteeism? Feeling like you are constantly finding covers for sick employees? Thinking about adopting a workplace wellness program, but not sure what to do? Here’s what you need to know about programs that work . . . and those that probably won’t!

Workplace wellness is a multi-million-dollar industry. When done right, those millions of dollars spent earn far more than that in return. When done wrong however, workplace wellness focuses around a reactive instead of proactive approach and leads to millions of dollars in workplace productivity loss, employee absenteeism and loss of company ROI.

If you want to find yourself in the latter category it’s time to stand up and get real about what your employees need and how you can get there.

What’s Wrong With my Workplace Wellness Program?
Here’s the thing: it might not be that there is anything outlandishly wrong about your program, as much as it is outdated. Heck, even something you started last year could be outdated by now with the rate of advancement of technology and wellness trends. And while some of it is indeed trends that will always be on again, off again, a lot of it is backed by science and research. And when it comes to that, there are a few areas of your program that researchers know are no longer best serving your employees:

  1. Symptoms over Cause
    Employees show up to work (or are absent from work) with symptoms of compromised wellness: fatigue, gut distress, poor concentration, no energy, lack of focus.But wellness programs that only address these symptoms instead of helping employees get to the cause of them will only go in a vicious circle of getting rid of symptoms temporarily, and then seeing them return.
  2. Trends over Sustainability
    Similar to addressing a symptom instead of a cause, programs that just jump on trends an don’t offer their employees the resources and education to make sustainable changes will never see long term progress. For example, encouraging employees to do a challenge of 3 weeks meat free is not as effective at promoting enhanced long term heart health and diabetes reduction as if employees are educated on what it looks like to adopt a plant based diet.
  3. Short-Term Over Long-Term
    Quick fixes and plans with a short turnaround are less effective than setting down a foundation that will allow your employees to adopt habits that they can maintain over the long-term.

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How can I fix it?

Let’s start with the hard part: you have to make a change. Change is indeed hard – logistically, financially, physically, and emotionally – and as a result is often avoided. In fact, the reality that things have to change is often the primary hurdle in the way, and why workplace wellness programs remain the same for so long. But now that you know you are going to have to make a change, let’s jump in and figure out what you need to change.

  1. Answer the Why
    One of the biggest issues surrounding wellness programs is adherence and consistency: employees start a program, but fail to see it through or fail to engage in it consistently. You can help address this issue by relating the program to their real life: why what they are doing is important for their everyday functioning. For example, how drinking the energy tealets them be more productive at work, but also have more energy for their kids. How the night-time tea, which improves sleep, will allow them to more easily get up and exercise before work and help them have more patience for their family.
  2. Break Down Barriers
    In addition to answering the why, find out the why not. What are the hurdles in the way of your employees’ adherence or starting the program? What is holding them back from committing? Things such as lack of knowledge, feeling unsupported or uncomfortable, or not able to connect with other employees to form a network and feel part of a team can all be contributing factors.
  3. Cultivate a Community
    Addressing the issues surrounding making employees feel comfortable, supported and part of a team can largely be addressed by working to create a community. Make workplace wellbeing an integral part of weekly happenings at the office and something that everybody participates in. Cultivate a culture of positivity and encouragement and encourage employees to reach out to each other to aid in maintaining accountability and adherence.

If you’re ready to make a change and create a wellness program that works, we have just what you need to get started: a Health Tea Box! Complete with energy boosting teas made with science backed ingredients, it might be just the answer you are looking for!

Laura Peill
Registered Holistic Nutritionist

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