Taking on the job in the public sector means being ready to be of service to the people. For those working as first responders, health providers, or law enforcers – service is further stressed. In these professions, the expectations and the highs and lows are extreme – there is profound honor when things turn out positively or as intended with the individuals heralded as heroes. But the backlash when things go south and less-than-expected can be just as intense. People working in the public sector are so used to giving their all in their jobs – being on call 24/7 and extending one’s self to help others outside the regular 8-hour hustle, that they sometimes forget to pay attention to self-care.
Dr. Miller is a renowned consultant, trainer, and speaker. She’s been enabling individuals and organizations to enhance performance and productivity for over 14 years through her strength and relationship-based approach in her workshops, one-on-one coaching, and organizational interventions.
On this webinar, Dr. Miller zeroes in on wellness and self-care, unpacking warning signs and strategies to cope with stress. Some of the particulars she tackled on this course are:
- Definition and differentiation of stress, burnout and compassion fatigue.
- Signs and symptoms to watch out for to identify stress and burnout in people.
- How the notion of identity plays a major role in how our energy gets depleted.
- Some of the consequences of lacking balance characterized by negativity and loss of empathy.
- The idea of energy as the central concept in self-care and the water bucket analogy that helps to illustrate the flow and dynamics of energy.
- Ways to strategically expend energy throughout the day.
- How emotions drive decision making and how negative feelings play a critical role in the rate that energy is used up.
- The importance of grieving, forgiveness and moving on in taking back your power and conserving energy.
- How setting boundaries is essential in energy management and without which, your bucket may drain unknowingly.
- Bucket fillers that help you refill your energy bucket.
- The importance of creating space for self-reflection, creativity, mindfulness, and self-improvement.
- How an internal intention to reframe perspective can alter experiences and outcomes.
- Strategies that workplaces can employ to manage the employees’ energy by:
- Managing the physical environment to make it more conducive for productivity.
- Providing avenues to destress within the office like a quiet room or fitness programs, among others.
- Leading by example that puts a premium on self-care.
- Miller clarified the questions from the audience related to:
- Energy management in the face of unexpected and critical events.
- Taking your power back through forgiveness.
- How negative feelings serve as an early warning system .
- Breathing, note-taking, reflection and grounding to help with focusing on one thing at a time.
- Overcoming self-doubt through self-care
- Miller’s retreats and self-care activities/agenda
- Making and taking time for self-care