GIVE is one of the 5 Ways of Wellbeing and is the one thing that costs nothing and can make a huge difference to the wellbeing and motivation of self and others.
Demonstrating gratitude and appreciation is scientifically proven in Psychology Today, Forbes, Harvard Health and Positive Psychology who regularly write articles about the positive impact being grateful and giving can have on our physical and mental wellbeing.
Today is World Kindness Day as well as Friday 13th 2020!.
I wanted to share some ways in which you can GIVE and support those you care about, who may also be running a small business and finding the current pandemic and lockdown a real challenge and needs some inspiration.
1. Write a recommendation on Linked In - If you have had an interaction with someone and they've made a difference to your life of business then share with the rest of the connections your experience. Here is a link to my profile and reviews that I'm grateful to have received and given https://www.linkedin.com/in/claire-cahill/
2. Leave a google review - A great opportunity to share the experience that you've had with an individual or organisation and these really help businesses get noticed as they move up the google ranking to page 1. If you've never done one before then reach out to the business owner, I'm sure they would be delighted to send you their link. I've currently got 10 reviews which has given me great insight and allowed me to engage further with the people who have given me them. Here is my link so you can see what people will send you https://g.page/accendo-coaching-training/review?rc
3. Leave a book review on Amazon - These all help the potential reader get a feel for the book that they will be purchasing and help the author remain higher on the list when readers are searching for topics. When authors get the reviews they provide valuable insight. https://amzn.to/38DXCtK and https://amzn.to/3kuLAFc
4. Send Random Acts of Kindness - I've sent copies of my books to potential clients or as a thank you gift or birthday/Christmas gift, I've also sent my branded scented candle which was designed and produced by Jane Helliwell at Scent Styling Company to clients whom I've worked with for a period of time as a thank you for making an investment and trusting in the coaching process. It's also really special when you receive things in the post, examples of gifts I've received are clotted cream fudge, a peace lily, flowers, prosecco, thank you cards, gift vouchers, the list is endless when you start to think about it. My children have also made cards which they have then sent to family and friends or left in library books for the person who reads the book to receive.
5. Provide Feedback - This is a gift, which when accepted with open arms can support personal growth. I have clients that frequently ask me for open, honest and constructive feedback that enables them to improve. This empowers them to be their best self which supports their mental wellbeing. It also opens up the conversation further to allow them to give me feedback which supports my personal growth. We all have blind spots and it's helpful to raise awareness to the strengths as well as potential pitfalls.
Claire Cahill is a Confidence & Leadership Coach specialising in Employee Engagement and this gave her the material to write her books
On Monday 23rd April 2020, the UK found themselves in the middle of the Covid-19 world pandemic, resulting in the government implementing a lockdown to help save lives and prevent unnecessary pressure on the NHS. We continue to be asked to follow the government guidelines of only going out for necessities ie food and medication, to not travel unless it is essential, however we are allowed to exercise daily to maintain our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Social distancing must be implemented though when we go out which means we must stay 2 metres apart from everyone unless they are part of your family and they live with you.
With these challenges and restrictions in mind how have you been keeping active?
Here is the list of top 10 activities that me & my family have completed or want to complete and continue to include in our daily routines.
1. Walking - On average we complete 5000 steps per day and the goal we've now set is to increase this to 10,000 steps per day.
2. Bike Riding - My husband, Martin and my eldest son, George are exploring lots of new places, woodland and waterways being out on their bikes for approximately 30-60 minutes every other day. The challenge now is to get me & my youngest son, Henry out on a bike!
3. Virtual karate class - George normally attends his karate class every Thursday & Saturday totalling 4 hours per week plus travel time so being able to complete 3 classes per week for 40 minutes a class via zoom has been a fantastic alternative to maintain his skills.
4. Football in the garden - Not quite the same as 3 times per week for Henry, however every day he is practising his football skills and shooting in the goal.
5. Cricket in the garden - This has taken me back to family holidays as a child where we used to play cricket at the side of the caravan, on the beach or in the park so being able to throw a ball and hit it has been great. We've just had to be mindful of the windows on our house and our neighbours!
6. Running - I used to love cross country and long distance running as a child so now is a great opportunity to get me from couch potato to 5km and it's not that I don't know anyone who could help & support me because one of my coaching clients, John Cannon is only a phone call away aswell as the option of a downloadable app, so what's stopping me?
7. Badminton in the garden - I have been watching my neighbours play this and occasionally I'll throw the shuttlecock back over the fence. We have a badminton set in the garage so now is a great opportunity to get it out and compete with the neighbours over the fence.
8. Dancing & Exercise DVD - I love dancing and as a child was always in the studio, I can even remember some of the tap routines. I also used to complete an exercise dance DVD twice a week in my living room saying to my brother in law "I will get a Kylie bum even after children" where did the motivation go?
9. Riding a scooter - Henry went out on his scooter when we had a walk to the shops and on the way back he was busily eating an ice cream so my inner child burst out of my body and I rode his scooter. It was hilarious and we have video footage too. I didn't realise how much vibration comes through the handle bars depending on what surface you are riding on.
10. Virtual Yoga - I once attended a pilates class and really struggled so never went back, however now I am practising being more present maybe now is the time to try again so that I can strengthen my core.
What are the activities that we are missing during the lockdown?
Claire Cahill is a Confidence and Leadership Coach specialising in Employee Engagement which gave her the material to write her books