Wellness Wednesday Issue #48

The Assist Newsletter
November 28, 2023
Wellness Wednesday

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” — Peter Drucker


How To Use Imposter Syndrome As A Superpower


Many high-achieving women suffer from imposter syndrome: the fear of being exposed as a fraud despite evidence of success.

The feeling that you don’t deserve your accomplishments or are not as competent as others can be crippling.

But what if you could harness those self-doubts and make them work for you, almost as a superpower?

Next time imposter syndrome creeps up, try reframing it as a superpower:

Rather than struggling against imposter syndrome, work with it. Let it push you to demonstrate your abilities.

With time, consistent effort and wins under your belt, what once triggered self-doubt can become a source of power. You’ve got this!


🛑 Stop For More Purpose & Meaning


Miro Career Goal Template

In our recent survey, we asked you “What would improve your experience at work?

A majority of you responded with this:

More purpose and meaning (a mission-driven job)

Finding meaning at work can be a journey, and the steps to get there will vary for each individual.

Luckily, this handy Career Goal Template can help you get your thoughts organized to figure out what drives you.

As you fill out your Career Goal template, do the following:

  • Reflect on your values and strengths. Think about what drives you and what you’re good at. Consider your values and how they align with the work you’re doing.
  • Identify what brings you joy. Think about the tasks and projects that you enjoy doing the most. What about them brings you joy? How can you incorporate more of these tasks into your work?
  • Set goals: Set career goals that align with your values and interests. Having a clear sense of direction can help you feel more purposeful in your work.
  • Seek feedback from others, such as mentors or colleagues, to gain insight into your strengths and areas for growth.
  • Be open to new opportunities. This could mean seeking out new projects within your current organization or exploring new job opportunities.

Fill Out Your Career Goal Here


Sitting All Day? Release Tight Hip Flexors


Do you constantly feel tension in your hips and thighs?

Tight hip flexors are a widespread issue that can cause discomfort and limit mobility.

Luckily, doing some simple hip stretches can provide major benefits:

  • Relieves Aches and Pains
  • Improves Your Posture
  • Increases Your Mobility
  • Prevents Injury
  • Enhances Athletic Performance
  • Reduces Lower Back Discomfort
  • Boosts Circulation

Overall, consistently stretching tight hips can lead to reduced aches and pains, better mobility, improved posture, enhanced athleticism, and decreased injury risk.

Aim to stretch your hips for a few minutes daily, especially after prolonged sitting.

Pay attention to your body and don’t overdo it. Over time, you’ll notice your hips feeling looser and moving with greater ease

👉 Want to give it try? Here are 7 Hip Flexor Stretches.


How To Be Mindful About Alcohol



You may have heard a lot about mindful eating, but what is mindful drinking?

Have you ever felt that your relationship with alcohol could be more balanced, but you’re not necessarily looking to quit drinking entirely?

Sunnyside can help you reach your goals in a flexible, judgement-free way that allows you to achieve a healthier relationship with alcohol on your own terms.

Some of the benefits of using Sunnyside to build better drinking habits include:

  • 🍷 Reductions in total number of drinks consumed
  • 😌 Fewer empty calories from alcohol
  • 💤 Improved sleep
  • 💵 More money saved
  • 😃 Greater sense of overall well-being
When you join Sunnyside you get a personalized plan and one on one support to help you become a more mindful drinker. Check it out today!

☀️ Try Sunnyside free today


Managing a team in a matrix organization


Matrix organizations bring unique challenges for managers trying to align goals, priorities, and resources across business units, functions, and geography.

With no direct reporting lines, influence becomes critical.

Consider these tips for effectively managing teams in a matrix structure:

  • Communicate often. With dotted line relationships, increase transparency through regular status updates both up and down chains.
  • Clarify roles. Document responsibilities across units and educate team members on who owns what in overlapping areas.
  • Unify behind common objectives. Identify shared goals that benefit all sides of the matrix and rally teams around collective metrics.
  • Resolve conflicts through compromise. Get creative in meeting both business units’ needs when competing for resources or priorities.
  • Influence through expertise. Build credibility on cross-functional teams by demonstrating value-add through skills, knowledge, and relationships.
  • Solicit 360 feedback. Gather input on management effectiveness from all matrixed team members and stakeholders.
  • Share successes collectively. Highlight matrix-wide contributions to reinforce interdependency and benefits of collaborative work.
  • Reward team behaviors. Reinforce matrices through performance incentives tied to cross-unit goals and peer collaboration.

With the right leadership approach, matrix structures can breed innovation but require managers who artfully listen, communicate, and bring out the best in diverse teams.

Adjusting leadership style and mindset are key to unlocking a matrix organization’s potential.


10 Fun Virtual Holiday Party Ideas For Your Remote Team


Don’t let remote work cancel your annual holiday bash.

With a bit of creativity and tech know-how, you can host a virtual event that makes employees feel connected, celebrated, and festive.

Try these ideas for online holiday parties your remote team will love:

  1. Mail party boxes – Send employees kits with small gifts, snacks, festive wear like Santa hats, and other decor to help set the ambiance.
  2. Cocktail making class – Hire a mixologist to lead a virtual interactive cocktail tutorial for adults to sip on signature holiday drinks together.
  3. Cookie decorating contest – Mail cookie kits and have teams design and decorate holiday cookies on camera for friendly competition.
  4. Ugly sweater and pet costume contests – Encourage silly outfits and reward the wackiest dressed pet.
  5. Holiday karaoke – Belt out classics on a karaoke app and award small prizes for top performers.
  6. Virtual secret Santa gift exchange – Use an online generator to assign each person a random recipient and mail gifts to surprise and delight.
  7. Holiday storytime for kids – For family-friendly events, hire performers to read classics like ‘Twas the Night or watch a virtual Santa visit.
  8. Charity drive – Organize a fundraiser for a local cause through fun activities like virtual 5Ks, raffles, or auctions.
  9. Holiday movie triviaUsing a Kahoot, test knowledge of favorite Christmas flicks with quiz games. Give virtual gift card prizes for high scores.
  10. Holiday photo booth – Use fun virtual backgrounds and digital props so attendees can take festive photos to remember the event.
🎉 Want more ideas? Get inspo here.


Stuff we’re loving this week


🎧 Headphones: Airpods are cool and all, but the Beats Studio Pro is still one of our top fave headphones for when you’re looking for quality sound and long battery life. Nothing says “leave me alone” like wearing headphones in the office (or at home).

💋 Beauty: Winter is coming….to dry out your ends. This deep conditioner from Daily Dose is not only hydrating, but makes your hair feel so soft. Enjoy 20% off with this coupon: 20V9FKQL.

📱Let Yuka scan your groceries and beauty products in a blink and cut through the marketing hype, so you can keep questionable ingredients out. We love that they aren’t influenced by brands, either, since they are ad free (100% independent).

📄 Report: CareerBuilder’s Job Seekers Report is the holy grail for anyone involved in hiring at work. They pulled together insights from 2,800+ job seekers to help hiring managers understand what quality candidates are looking for in their next role, making the hiring process easier and quicker.


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