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Self-Care, Self-Improvement and Resilience: Making Time for Yourself This September

September 4, 2020 / Corporate Wellness

Written By: Jordan Dunne

Resilience has evolved from an HR buzzword to the mantra of the post-pandemic world. Businesses and individuals alike are searching for a way to bounce back—emotionally, physically and financially—from COVID-19 and all that’s come with it. While finding the motivation and knowing where to start isn’t always easy, September is Self-Care Awareness Month and Self-Improvement Month, inspiring us to put our wellbeing first all month long.  

You’ve probably heard self-care and self-improvement used interchangeably, but it’s important to recognize the difference between the two. Self-care is the active engagement in activities that help to reduce personal stress and improve overall mental wellbeing. Whether that’s spending a night on the couch reading a good book, using your lunch break to go for a walk or socializing with friends, self-care can take on many forms and might look different for everyoneAlternatively, the goal of self-improvement is to become a better version of oneself through one’s own efforts. This may involve learning a new skill, establishing a new routine or setting goals to improve personal health, status or situation.  

While these are two separate concepts, they can work together to help us overcome difficult circumstances and strengthen our mental wellbeing. In many ways, self-care is the foundation of self-improvement. When we’re overwhelmed by stress, we may lack the resilience necessary to take the steps to work towards bettering ourselves and our situation. But when we take care of ourselves, we are better able to channel our energy to work on ourselves.  

For more self-care and self-improvement tips and resources to unify and boost the wellbeing of your remote workforce, download our September wellbeing calendar. 

So what does this mean for employers? Resilience is a key skill that workforces must develop in order to overcome seasons of uncertainty and change. By centering company culture around wellbeingorganizations give their employees the opportunity to put self-care and self-improvement first, boosting their mental health and resilience and creating a happier, healthier workforce in the process.   

As many employers continue to manage a largely remote workforce, they’re facing additional challenges with keeping employees connected, engaged and healthyThis physical distancing can leave employees feeling disconnected from the organization’s culture and can negatively impact mental health. A virtual workplace wellbeing challenge can help bridge that gap and kickstart a culture of health, resilience and engagement for a dispersed workforce. Team-based healthy habit challenges can help employees feel supported, encouraging them to prioritize self-care and build the foundation for self-improvement, resulting in a motivated, more resilient workforce.  

Ready to unite and empower your employees on the path to wellbeing? 

With daily content, habit tracking and company-wide challengesVP GO caters to the physical, mental, social and financial health of your workforceJoin our next 9-week destination challenge event starting September 9th! 

About The Author

Jordan Dunne is on the marketing team at Virgin Pulse, focusing on social strategy and health and wellbeing content. Outside of work, you can find her at the gym, hosting trivia, taking photos of food, or snuggling up on the couch with her dogs.

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