Be well to do well.

Workplace Wellness

At Grants Plus, we prioritize personal wellness and a healthy work/life fit so that our team members can work to their highest potential. In fact, Grants Plus was recognized as a Psychologically Healthy Workplace by the American Psychological Association in 2016 and the Ohio Psychological Association in 2014.

Managing a grants program can be stressful, and too much stress can lead to burnout. That’s why we believe finding a healthy work/life fit must be a priority for every grants professional.

Workplace wellness becomes easier to achieve by building healthy habits that can become lasting practices. Where to begin?

“When we feel under pressure, our impulse can be to push, but it’s important to pause,” says Naomi Worthington, non profit professional and a trained yoga instructor. “A few mindful moments can recharge us and transform our ability to meet challenges.”

We have designed a brief yoga series to revive the busy grants professional. Whether you have just 30-seconds or a full five minutes, get up from your desk, shut your door, and hit the play button to experience a gentle series of restorative poses.*

Three Part Yoga Series For the Busy Grants Professional

With a few minutes of breath and movement, you can tap into your body’s natural ability to energize and rejuvenate—you just have to give it the chance.

Don’t have time to move through the full-length video? Address just what your body and mind needs with one of these short video segments:

Sequence 1: Breath of Joy

Sequence 2: Neck & Shoulder Tension

Sequence 3: Stress Relief / Breathing Exercise

American Psychological Association’s 2016 Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award 2016

“Employees notice when an organization legitimately cares about their well-being and are more likely to be satisfied with their jobs, committed to the organization and motivated to do their best,” says David W. Ballard, PsyD, MBA, head of APA’s Center for Organizational Excellence. “Organizations like Grants Plus recognize the importance of creating a work environment where employees and the organization can thrive.”

We're proud of the intentional investment we make in our health and wellness at Grants Plus and are excited to share these resources and videos with other grants professionals. If you have any health and wellness ideas or practices of your own you'd like to share, let us know!

 

* If you are experiencing pain in your shoulders, neck, or elsewhere in the body, please consult your doctor before exploring these poses.

Under pressure? Just pause.

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Managing a grants program can be stressful, and too much stress can lead to burnout.

Incorporate these healthy poses into your workday to help you manage stress and boost your productivity.

1) When you're prepping to make a first-time call to a funder

Wonder Woman. Stand with hands on hips, legs wide, and chest lifted. Take five deep breaths, extending the exhales as long as you can.

2) When your brain has turned to mush

Seated Twist. Place your feet flat on the floor and sit up straight with your palms on your thighs.  Leading with your chest, twist your torso to look over your right shoulder. If you want to deepen the stretch, place your left hand on the outside of your right thigh for leverage. Repeat the twist to the left.

3) When you've been sitting at your computer for too long

Chest Opener. Interlace your fingers at your low back, palms face down. Keeping your fingers laced and your palms facing away, slowly raise your arms until they are straight out behind you. Press back through the palms and draw the shoulders back to deepen the stretch in the chest and armpits.

4) When you receive a grant decline letter

Just Breathe. Sit up straight. Breathe in for three counts, filling your belly, then your chest, then your throat. Hold three counts. Exhale for five counts, expelling your breath completely. Repeat three times.