As training coordinator, Cheryl McGranaghan works with our clients and facilitators to join everything and everyone up! 👯♀️ She manages diaries, contracts, invoices and more - fitting it all in whilst working part-time and alongside being a new mum, phew!
So, how does this busy bee manage her wellbeing in amongst all the above? Find out in our interview with the lovely Cheryl below.
I feel strongly about mental health and wellbeing. I’ve always tried to be there for others, if I felt they needed me, and actively work to help myself when times get tough. Now I am in the wellbeing world for work, I can see how much more is involved and am so proud to be part of a network that is getting the right messages and help to people. That was ultimately what attracted me… knowing that what I get up and do for work each day will result in helping others.
1. Sleep (although motherhood tends to dictate the quality and quantity I get these days, I make sure to plan in time for proper rest where I can, especially if I've experienced a long period of broken sleep)
2. A good catch-up daily with my mum (both in-person and over the phone)
3. A chat/check-in with my work colleagues (especially during busy periods when I can start to feel overwhelmed and/or anxious - talking about it helps me find clarity and a better approach)
Getting to speak to and interact with so many different types of companies and people, which results in me building lots of really great client/working relationships.
Shortbread (no more needs to be said)
I am only halfway through, but already finding the book ‘Four Thousand Weeks’ Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman really useful, in helping me change my mindset with regards to how much realistically I can get done each day (both work and personally). As a result of this, I'm planning and using my time better so as not to put too much pressure on myself.
This is a tough one as we deliver so many great topics! I am going to say ‘Wellbeing for Working Parents’ as the subject matter is super relevant to me right now.
It’s hard transitioning back into working life when (by becoming a parent) our lives suddenly center around meeting the needs of another human being. Throw into the mix the demands of our work, and it becomes all too easy to neglect our own needs. In this session, we look at how working parents can create a better sense of wellbeing for themselves and overcome the feelings of guilt and overwhelm that often come with this territory.
First of all, waking up in my own time, with no alarm and none of the usual demands from my son/no chores for me to catch up on.
Followed by a spa day with some of my favourite women. I’d start with a great massage, facial, and pedicure. Chill out in the sauna and jacuzzi, followed by some great food, prosecco/cocktails, and lots of chatting and laughing together.
Top it off with a good film (possibly Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts) and at least 5 hours of undisturbed sleep!
Anywhere that’s grassy and green - to sit, chill, and chat with a friend or even sit alone, watching the lives of others go on around me.
Personally… I have been in my house for 4 years now and in that time, lockdown happened, and I had a little boy. Both of which put a big hold on our decorating plans. So, we’re slowly (as much as the financial crisis allows) putting our plans into action. I’m very much looking forward to reaching the end result, along with my partner, and have loved the changes we’ve made so far to make the place more our own.
Professionally… I am going to continue being involved in growing a wonderful business with my lovely Luminate family and put in place some exciting changes as a result of our successes so far!