Welcome to July 2021
This month’s focus is “self-care”. We all need to make sure we are looking after one another and also ourselves and so we have some tips to help you. In addition to the following news:
- NSW COVID guidelines and new rescue grants
- Stories from our successful businesses
- NEW – Resilience Training workshop 15 July – email Phil now to book your slot
- Don’t forget, we are also offering a ‘confidence’ session for 6 people only to run in August. This is a support group to grow your confidence in a friendly environment, drop Ellie a note if you would like to be considered
COVID latest – we are operating within NSW COVID safe guidelines and offering Zoom for those that do not wish to visit the office. See you soon for your 1-hour advice session!
Ellie & Phil
Please make yourself aware of the COVID safe guidelines
How to protect yourself and others
- Always check in and out, wherever you can.
- Get a COVID-19 vaccination when it is available to you.
- Wear a face mask when required.
- Get tested if you have the mildest of symptoms or even if you have been vaccinated.
- Self-isolate until you get a negative test result.
- Stay home if you’re unwell.
- Practise good hygiene. Wash your hands often and well.
- Gather outdoors or in large well-ventilated indoor spaces.
- Physically distance where you can.
Rescue Package – grants (just announced)
A short time ago, the Premier and Treasurer announced a rescue package for NSW businesses impacted by the current lockdown (29 June):
Small Business COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to businesses and sole traders with a turnover of more than $75,000 per annum but below the NSW Government 2020 21 payroll tax threshold of $1,200,000 as at 1 July 2020. These businesses must have fewer than 20 full-time equivalent employees and an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in New South Wales or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in New South Wales.
(Full criteria will be available in the coming days on the Service NSW website)
Hospitality and Tourism COVID-19 Support Grant. Available to tourism or hospitality businesses that have a turnover of more than $75,000 and an annual Australian wages bill of below $10 million, as at 1 July 2020.
These businesses must have an Australian Business Number (ABN) registered in New South Wales or be able to demonstrate they are physically located and primarily operating in New South Wales. (Full criteria will be available in the coming days on the Service NSW website).
DID YOU KNOW?
A 5-Step Approach for Creating (and Getting Into) a Self-Care Routine
Examples of easy-to-adopt self-care practices include: reading a book to your toddler (or yourself) every night; taking a 10-minute walk outside; going to sleep earlier; powering down your devices in the evening; cooking with more nutritious ingredients; and surrounding yourself with things that make you happy.
- Find what makes you feel centred. Start by writing down as many things as you can think of that bring you joy, whether it’s the colour purple, receiving back rubs, springtime, certain smells, or essential oils.
- Brainstorm how you can incorporate those things into your daily life. It could be in the background (such as filling your space with the colours and smells you enjoy) or it could take up a more prominent space in your daily routine (such as designating a set amount of time for a certain activity). Starting small may make the habit easier to get into. Pick one behaviour that you would like to make part of your routine for the next week.
- Set goals for incorporating self-care behaviours every day. Once you decide what self-care practices you’d like to incorporate into your life, come up with goals for how often and when. Make your goal realistic and measurable. For instance, if you’re trying to unplug from electronic devices in order to be more present, start with a short amount of time, like 20 minutes during dinner. When you successfully stick to that for a week, you can set a more challenging goal.
- After seven days, evaluate. Once you’ve completed a seven-day streak, reflect on how you’re feeling and note any positive benefits. Use this as fuel to maintain the behaviour throughout the month.
- Adjust and tweak your approach as you go. It’s okay if there are bumps along the way. We’re talking about a practice, we’re talking about trial and error, and we’re also talking about our needs changing over time. What might be self-care in one period might be less so in another period.
NEW CLIENT UPDATE
Resilience at Work for Competitive Advantage
Workplace resilience is “the capacity to manage the everyday stress of work while staying healthy, adaptable and learn from setbacks and prepare for future challenges proactively.”
Being resilient at work means: – Managing the everyday stress of work in a healthy way – Rebounding and learning from unexpected setbacks – Being adaptable – Preparing for future challenges and change in a proactive way. Resilience is not just about better coping. It is being the best you can be in the current working environment. In this 60 minute webinar, led by Build Grow Run Facilitator and Coach, Phil Daly, learn about the Resilience at Work model and the seven characteristics for building resilience, and how to apply in the entrepreneurial environment today.
Date: Thursday, July 15 2021
Time: 10am to 11am
Location: Zoom online Meeting
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday 13/7/2021
Other events news…
To find out about other NORTEC courses on offer click here
To find out about The Australian Small Business Advisory Services (ASBAS) program provides services that help small businesses to make the most of digital tools and offers broader advice specific to your business needs. Northern Region BEC is the ASBAS provider that covers Northern NSW, with offices located in Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie. We run an extensive program of high quality workshops and training webinars, and have advisors on the ground speaking with clients daily. We have around 700 small business clients in Northern NSW alone – from Coffs Harbour to Tweed Heads, check out their training here
DID YOU KNOW?
Resilient People tend to….
The co-founder and Program Director of the Center for Learning Connections, Dr. Crow identified several further attributes that are common in resilient people:
- Resilient people have a positive image of the future. That is, they maintain a positive outlook, and envision brighter days ahead.
- Resilient people have solid goals, and a desire to achieve those goals.
- Resilient people are empathetic and compassionate, however, they don’t waste time worrying what others think of them. They maintain healthy relationships but don’t bow to peer pressure.
- Resilient people never think of themselves as victims – they focus their time and energy on changing the things that they have control over.
How we view adversity and stress strongly affects how we succeed, and this is one of the most significant reasons that having a resilient mindset is so important.
The fact is that we’re going to fail from time to time: it’s an inevitable part of living that we make mistakes and occasionally fall flat on our faces. The only way to avoid this is to live a shuttered and meagre existence, never trying anything new or taking a risk. Few of us want a life like that!
10 Ways to Build Your Resilience
The good news is that even if you’re not a naturally resilient person, you can learn to develop a resilient mindset and attitude. To do so, incorporate the following into your daily life:
- Learn to relax. When you take care of your mind and body, you’re better able to cope effectively with challenges in your life. Develop a good sleep routine, try out a new exercise or use physical relaxation techniques, like deep breathing or meditation.
- Practice thought awareness. Resilient people don’t let negative thoughts derail their efforts. Instead, they consistently practice positive thinking. This means listening to how you talk to yourself when something goes wrong – if you find yourself making statements that are permanent, pervasive or personalized, correct these thoughts in your mind.
- Edit your outlook. Practice cognitive restructuring to change the way that you think about negative situations and bad events.
- Learn from your mistakes and failures. Every mistake has the power to teach you something important, so look for the lesson in every situation. Also, make sure that you understand the idea of “post-traumatic growth” – often people find that crisis situations, such as a job loss or the breakdown of a relationship, allow them to re-evaluate their lives and make positive changes.
- Choose your response. Remember, we all experience bad days and we all go through our share of crises. But we have a choice in how we respond: we can choose to react with panic and negativity, or we can choose to remain calm and logical to find a solution. Your reaction is always up to you.
- Maintain perspective. Resilient people understand that, although a situation or crisis may seem overwhelming in the moment, it may not make that much of an impact over the long-term. Try to avoid blowing events out of proportion.
- Set yourself some goals. If you don’t already, learn to set SMART, effective personal goals that match your values, and that can help you to learn from your experiences.
- Build your self-confidence. Remember, resilient people are confident that they’re going to succeed eventually, despite the setbacks or stresses that they might be facing. This belief in themselves also enables them to take risks: when you develop confidence and a strong sense of self, you have the strength to keep moving forward, and to take the risks you need to get ahead.
- Develop strong relationships. People who have strong connections at work are more resistant to stress, and they’re happier in their role. This also goes for your personal life: the more real friendships you develop, the more resilient you’re going to be, because you have a strong support network to fall back on. (Remember that treating people with compassion and empathy is very important here.)
- Be flexible. Resilient people understand that things change, and that carefully-made plans may, occasionally, need to be amended or scrapped.