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Meet Anna-Marie our June Wellbeing Story of the Month who has restored her work-life balance

From her own admission; ‘I am a Duracell bunny; I never stop. I’m a wife, Mum, carer for my Mum, I work full time for Golding Homes and I’m involved in lots of clubs outside of work.’

Anna-Marie first heard about the Recalibrate Wellbeing® Programme through a work initiative at Golding Homes she says;  ‘I knew something was not right in my life but I didn’t know what. Apart from feeling exhausted at the end of each day and my clothes not fitting that was the only signs.’

Her main motivation (besides the exhaustion and clothes) was to find that elusive work-life balance that so many of us crave; ‘I knew I wasn’t spending enough time engaged with my family. It was functioning but there was a lack of connection.’

Watch the full interview with our Wellbeing Director, Pip Lawrence:

Since completing the Recalibrate Wellbeing®Programme, how have you personally benefited?

It was 12 weeks that will help me for the rest of my life. It was invaluable and I will now have this learning forever. It’s like having a superpower.

The programme has turned my life upside down in a great way and restored my work-life balance. Every evening after work when I had completed a session with our Wellbeing Coach my husband and sometimes my daughter would watch the video again. I bought them on the journey with me. I also shared my learning at Golding Homes with my colleagues. As a family we would do the 1% progress experiments together. We introduced putting our phones away at meal times, no electronic devices after 8pm, walking for 10 minutes after our evening meal and even had a competition about who could come up with a recipe that would contain the most vegetables. We made it a challenge and a game. This really helped us connect as a family; we now go to badminton together once a week; my husband and I retook up dancing; I joined a choir; I also now belong to our local community Orchard. The Recalibrate Wellbeing® Programme has enriched our lives together and this learning then inspired me to become a Recalibrate Wellbeing® Ambassador at Golding Homes.

What has the impact been at Golding Homes?

I have just taken several colleagues through the Recalibrate Wellbeing® Programme as an Ambassador and it has been a great success. Colleagues have put themselves first with their health and wellbeing. They have introduced new habits from a personal trainer to planning their allotments. I encourage movement medicine and have even set my team a goal to complete it every 40 minutes and have introduced 10 minutes of mindfulness a day. This programme also fits perfectly with the culture of our organisation. Golding Homes has introduced ‘Think Shirley’ training for all staff. This training is based on the Mary Gober ethos using mindset, language and a tool kit to help us serve our customers and colleagues by providing excellent services. We also have our Golding Gold Standards which outlines the behaviours that we want to see in our colleagues and Leaders – a positive can-do attitude; bringing your whole self to work and encouraging a growth mindset.

We now have a waiting list for the next ambassadors to take another group through!

Congratulations Anna-Marie and everyone involved at Golding Homes. Your dedication to prioritising your own wellbeing, then leading by example to cultivate a culture of wellbeing is inspirational. We can’t wait to read more transformational stories from the team at Golding Homes!

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