Self-Care and Vulnerability in the Workplace: Insights from a Counselor and Coach

2023 dominate your day podcast self-care wellbeing Apr 20, 2023
Dominate Your Day: Self-Care and Vulnerability in the Workplace: Insights from a Counselor and Coach

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Annie Tam is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of MEND Counseling. While working in France after college, she discovered her passion for helping others MEND their brokenness and uncover their potential. Since then, Annie has spent the last 17 years working in schools and private practice doing just that—helping individuals connect to themselves and rock their lives with authenticity, grit, and intention.

Annie specializes in supporting working mothers, entrepreneurs, and perfectionists in building self-confidence, embracing their identities, and creating a wholehearted life rhythm. She has an active, humorous, and direct approach to counseling and is motivated by seeing change and growth in her clients. Annie is also certified in EMDR which she uses to address trauma, and disordered eating, and enhance performance.

On episode 62 of the Dominate Your Day podcast, Annie Tam emphasized the importance of self-care and vulnerability in both personal and professional settings. She discussed her own experience of working in the school system and experiencing multiple autoimmune issues due to stress and lack of boundaries. She emphasized the need for individuals to be aware of their body's signals and prioritize self-care in order to prevent burnout and illness.

The conversation also touched on the importance of vulnerability in building meaningful connections with others. According to Annie, we should be open and transparent with trusted friends and colleagues in order to foster deeper relationships and create a culture of growth and support. In the episode, she also shared tips for companies looking to promote employee wellbeing, including creating a culture of growth, offering professional development opportunities, and providing spaces for self-care and meaningful connections.

In this episode, you’ll learn… 

  • The need for individuals and organizations to prioritize self-care and vulnerability in order to create healthy and fulfilling personal and professional lives.
  • The importance of prioritizing and supporting mental health in the workplace, given the long working hours, high stress levels, and productivity-focused culture that can negatively impact mental wellbeing.
  • Taking the time to identify their own physical and emotional needs, and to create a self-care plan that supports their overall wellbeing. This can include activities such as meditation, exercise, and spending time in nature.
  • Yes, employers, too, have a responsibility to support the mental health of their employees.

Click here to listen to my conversation with Annie Tam.

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Episode Overview: 

9:15 Tips for combating loneliness and isolation.

11:45  Description of a retreat for moms focused on self-care and personal development.

14:15  Advice for companies on promoting employee well-being

Episode Links:

Annie Tam LinkedIn

The Strengths Journal

Dana Williams Co. Website

Unstoppable Cultures Website

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