Did you know that your number one asset is not your fleet of trucks, not your equipment… not even your reputation… it’s all about one thing: Your people.
That includes the health, wellness and well-being of you, your family, co-workers, employees and customers. But is everyone’s health up to the task of working in the professional cleaning and restoration industries?
With cleaning and restoration, we talk about the care and use of equipment, how to handle clients, how to provide great service, how to build a great business, how to increase profit and productivity and the list goes on.
But how often do we talk about how to “clean and restore” ourselves and our people? How often do we talk about how to keep ourselves and our people running at 100 percent? Without healthy people, we have no business, no clients and no quality of life for ourselves and our families.
It’s time to talk about health, wellness and well-being.
I have been an entrepreneur involved in this industry for over 40 years, and the one thing I know from experience is that if I am not healthy, balanced and running near 100 percent, my business and my life suffer. If the same is not true for my employees or my family, my business and my life suffer. The same is also true for my clients and others I come in contact with.
When I am healthy, balanced and running near 100 percent, my people are too; and when I add joy, fun and excitement, great things happen!
I’d like to present issues and ideas, discuss concepts, and offer suggestions, solutions and tips to keep all of us “cleaned and restored,” healthy and balanced and enjoying and contributing to life.
As human beings, we are a complex mix of organic compounds, electromagnetic impulses, chemical signaling and reactions, systems working, bodies in motion, constant thoughts, pulsing emotions, and life spirit, intuition, passion….and the list goes on.
Parts of us seem to run with no conscious direction, like our breathing, our hearts, our digestion, our reactions, even the chatter that goes on in our mind. On the other hand, much of what we do is run by our choices, like what we eat, learn, how we care for ourselves and each other. All of this contributes to our state of health and wellbeing.
Much like the equipment, chemicals and processes used on the job which are interrelated and critical to the successful completion of the job, so too are all these parts of ourselves that are critical to how we live our daily lives. Just as we have had to learn about the equipment, chemicals and processes to have the knowledge and expertise needed to do our jobs, we have to learn about ourselves to gain the knowledge and expertise needed to live full, healthy, balanced lives.
So, to simplify, we are comprised of four basic components: physical body, emotions, mind and spirit. Each plays a critical part in how we live our lives, and work and play each day.
Our physical body is how we move about and move matter on this earth. It is our piece of equipment to get the job done. It must be cleaned and functioning in order to move and complete tasks each day. When we or our people have physical ailments, it can slow or stop production.
Our emotions are key to how we act or react. They drive our attitude for the day, how we show up and how we relate with others. They trigger and fire, and send chemicals that cause reactions in the body and thoughts in the mind. Many times, they are driven either by innate reactions, like fight or flight, or learned reactions, like beliefs or past experiences. Mood has tremendous impact.
Our mind is how we think, sometimes logical and controlled. Other thoughts are wild, repeating and seemingly uncontrolled. Some are driven by chemical reactions in the body and by emotions, and some are driven by intuition and creativity. Some are driven by choice and focus, and others are driven by the subconscious mind. All impact the choices we make, and we are constantly making choices, conscious and unconscious, from the time we get up in the morning until we sleep at night. You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequence of your choice.
And the final component is our spirit. It is also complex. It can be described as our life force, our soul. It can be described as our passions and intuition. It can be described as what drives us, that inner energy, our true self.
Physical body, emotions, mind and spirit, simple and complex, each must be balanced and functioning, and we must know and understand them to be effective, creative and productive.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The first wealth is health,” and that couldn’t be more true. A strong, healthy body is key for our productivity, or our wealth.
Unfortunately, most people today are suffering from “thirst disease,” a progressive state of dehydration in the body. Dehydration is the loss of water and salts from the body. The human body needs water to maintain enough blood and other fluids to function, and to remove toxins from the body. Toxins and waste need to be flushed.
Warning signs that your body is lacking water include headaches, lightheadedness, bad breath, dry mouth, constipation and other digestive issues, fatigue, lethargy, joint and muscle pain, and accelerated heartbeat.
The simple solution is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Or as some have said in this industry, dilution is the solution. But the key is to use healthy hydration. Drink plenty of water. It helps with weight loss, stops hunger pains, purifies the body from toxins, supports better digestion and nutrient absorption, promotes healthy bowel movements, increases energy, raises cognitive function and more.
Also, avoid sugary drinks that trigger weight gain, raise blood sugar levels, increase the risk of heart disease, raise cholesterol and increase inflammation in the body. Remember, energy drinks include sugar as well.
Numerous sources, including WebMD.com, recommend drinking 1/2 oz to 1 oz of water every day for each pound you weigh. So reach for the water when needing a drink, or when you stop at your nearest convenience store.
Drinking more water is just one of many ways to keep yourself and those who are important to you up to the task of working in the cleaning and restoration industry.
We’ll get deeper into this soon!
Tryna Giordano Cooper is a business leader, lifelong entrepreneur, solution-based community activist, new-thought leader and passionate sacred activist. She is a co-owner of several small businesses in Colorado, including Meetings & Events, Experience Events and Journeys For Conscious Living, and was the co-owner of The Professional Cleaning Network in Denver. She is a winner of the Blue Chip Enterprise Award for small business and Adams County Capital Development Award.