Stress is usually associated with not being in control of a particular situation or an environment leading us to feel uncomfortable in body and/or mind.  It is a part of life and it affects everyone at one time or another.  Stress is normal, a certain amount of stress energizes people consequently improving performance and efficiency. 

Quite often as blokes we have been told to get in touch with our feminine side. What an affront and insult to our intelligence, over time this has been part of the language barrier that has put blokes positive approaches to wellbeing issues in reverse.

As we enter the month of February, for most of us, we have returned to work, the kids are heading back to school and the holiday season is well and truly behind us. So, let’s ask ourselves the question, “how am I feeling”? Am I happy to be back, energised and ready to tackle another year? Or maybe feeling a little “out of sorts”.

What is wellbeing?  It is often described as a state of being content, healthy, secure, safe, and happy. We all aspire to have the ducks lined up so that good wellbeing falls into place. This usually requires planning, making decisions and then some luck.

December is a good time to reflect on the past year and to start planning for 2015.  After a busy period, like harvest or simply as an “annual weighing” up before Christmas, conducting a review with ourselves and/or our team is good for our wellbeing.  We need to acknowledge, value and reward ourselves individually and our team’s work efforts.