22 minutes | Apr 15, 2020

3 Key Components For Employee Wellness

In this episode, I am joined by John Rebol, a Corporate Wellness Specialist and Employee Benefits Advisor for REAL HR, A Higginbotham Company.John shares his 3 key components for employee wellness.We discuss the following:Physical Well BeingSpiritual Well BeingFinancial Well Being JuvoHub Podcast Transcript Email Download New Tab Jonathan: Hello everyone, and welcome to episode one of JuvoHub. JuvoHub is your Helping Hand In Property Management, a true hub for all training and HR professionals in the property management industry. So I am really, really excited to launch this first episode for our industry, and I'm even more excited about our first guest that we have on today's show. I have with me today Mr. John T. Rebol, Corporate Wellness Specialist and Employee Benefits Advisor at the Higginbotham Company. John, welcome. Nice to have you with us.John: Nice to be here, Jonathan. It's a thrill to be part of the very first episode. I'm really happy to be here with you.Jonathan: Thank you for taking the time out for us today. So let's just get started. Today's topic is about wellness, and how there's just so many components to how we as professionals have to embrace that as part of our culture today. But tell us a little bit about yourself. What brought you into the wellness component of the industry?John: Yeah, sure. I did a lot of work in the financial services industry, and specifically was working in the 401k market. About two or three years ago, I started seeing a lot of talk about financial wellness. I'm like, what is financial wellness? I need to take a closer look at that. Then it really made me dive into even more so about wellness, overall wellness. It really made me look even deeper into financial wellness. As I was doing my research in wellness I kept on hearing so much talk about stress, and stress is what causes all of these problems. People to drink too much, and to overeat, and live sedentary lives. I'm like, what in the world is causing this stress?John: My research showed me that a lot of this stress comes from financial stress, that people are concerned about their finances. But it also goes through my research into many other different things. I think there's three components to it. It's not only financial, but there's also a spiritual aspect to it, and a financial aspect. So over the last three years I have really dug into it. So that's that background.Jonathan: Beautiful. Beautiful. So timely, so timely. Sometimes we get so focused on what is it going to take to make the money? What is it going to take to have that retirement fund? What is it going to take to get my kids through college? We forget the other components that really help facilitate that. Those are fantastic goals to have. We need to have them. But there's so much that's part of that.Jonathan: You shared with me that you wrote a nice, concise ebook about wellness. You called it KISS, and you dive into those three components of physical, spiritual, financial, and how simple things that we can think about that contribute to our overall wellness. So let's hit each of them. You start off with physical. How does physical wellness, what does your book talk about? What's your take on that?John: You touched on it a little bit. Most people are familiar with the acronym KISS, Keep It Simple Stupid. If stupid is a difficult word for you, can also put Silly in there. So it's however you want to look at it. I just had a Jerry McGuire moment, if any of you are familiar with the movie. It seems like a lot of people tend to make things just a little bit too difficult. If you can really keep things simple, it really helps out. In regards to the whole physical side of things, in regards to being physically well, it doesn't require all that much work. Some very simple things, like just a mild amount of exercise is a very good thing. Maybe just walking. Some other things in regards to physical wellness is how you eat. It doesn't have to be an elaborate diet or meal plan. Maybe just keep an eye on what you're eating, staying away from sugars, and maybe not eating late at night.John: These are things that are very simple and easy to to do, and could really, really pay big dividends in regards to just being physically fit. The whole idea of just going forward and spending the time to watch what you eat, it actually makes you feel better. I feel better if I'm conscious of what I'm eating and how I'm exercising. So it doesn't have to be elaborate, just very simple things. It can help you sleep better at night, and let's just keep it simple.Jonathan: Yeah. That's great. So would you say, I guess we'll use the analogy, what happens every new year's. Every new year's people, they have that on their mind. I want to eat better and exercise more. It lasts, for many of us a month, and then we get back into the grind of our life and we start forgetting that. What have you done? Or maybe what can you share that would help people maintain consistency in their physical wellness? Any thoughts on that?John: I honestly, Jonathan, I think a lot of it comes back to the simplicity factor. I think a lot of people, what happen is, is they decide at the beginning of the year they're going to do this exercise program. They're going to do all this eating, and I think that they set themselves up for failure, that they just do too much. Let's just start slow and get into it. Just kind of one step at a time. I don't think any one type of exercise program is better than any other. Let's just start. Let's do it. So I really think it's just baby steps. Get into it, and just, you'll start feeling better. It takes some time, but just, you got to try and stay with it.Jonathan: Right. That's beautiful. I remember all the times I went crazy and joined the gym and got some magazine and had all these 30 days to this, and 90 days to that, and always failed. So I'm with you on that. It's been, for me, it's been a personal journey for the last few years just to maintain that consistency. Your advice is what I've done my best to apply. Just steady, simple, consistent. It's opened up a world for me. I've opened a new business. Things are going good for you and your family. You and I sidebar and chat about that all the time. So great tips. That's awesome, man.Jonathan: So let's get to the next component. You talk about spiritual and spirituality, so to speak, and how that helps with wellness. Tell us about that. How does that contribute to overall wellness?John: I think it's really important to be okay with yourself. You need to find a way to be happy with who you are and what's going on. The whole spiritual side of it is, I think it's a way to just reflect and find some time to be quiet. I know that there's a lot of talk these days about mindfulness and yoga and just meditation. I think these are all good, and I think it's critically important to just time to be quiet. I just think it's really important. It has helped me to try and find some time in the morning just to be quiet before I get the day going. Actually, I think it's important even on the physical side of things, as well as with the spiritual, is to find other people that you can communicate and talk with and be open with.John: So I think it's really important to find some quiet time to reflect on, just slow down, and take a look at what's going on. I think it's really important. There's tons of books that you can read. Once again, keep it simple. Find something that makes sense to you and just slowly dive in. Maybe you read a few pages out of some type of motivational book or a spiritual book, whatever works for you. Once again, really stay in tight with the keep it simple.Jonathan: Yeah, that's beautiful. What's your take on, I see this all the time, where, especially on social media, people will be like, "I need to go through a detox, like a technology detox," because there's just so much, and we get it. There's just so much negativity. Any thoughts on that? We talked a moment ago about keep it simple with physical exercise. What do you think people can do when it comes to social media or technology? Anything that you think would be beneficial from a balance perspective, I guess? Go ahead.John: Well, as you were talking about technology, I was really thinking about unplugging and finding quiet time. I'm sure, and I know that there are apps out there that help with meditation and things of that nature. I think that they're probably great. I've toyed around with a couple. But my experience and the way I do it is really try to unplug, is I wake up in the morning and I go into actually our living room, and I typically get up before anybody else in the family, and I just read out of some books, and I'm just quiet and try and see what these books are saying to me. It just really helps me to get my day going forward.John: I really also work on just a spiritual thing, believe it or not, is I think just living one day at a time is big. If I start looking out into the future, oh boy, I can get anxious. If I get into taking a look at the past where I may have made some mistakes, it can be depressing. Right now, today as you and I speak, even amidst all of this crazy coronavirus that's going on, I am okay. Right this very second I am okay. So just some examples that I do personally.Jonathan: Yeah, what a timely subject too, because it can easily get overwhelming on the media with what's happening in the whole world with coronavirus. We could easily get off on a banter here right now with all of the things that could happen. But wonderful. Yeah, focus on today. But it's all part of that process of we need to be problem solvers. Being industry leaders, that's our responsibility for our viewers, listeners to this episode, that we're all taking that away, that there's no reason to just wave the white flag and give up. We're only going to be successful for our industry if we continue to try and help each other. Continue t
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