Good afternoon

It’s lovely to meet you all, my name is Jean Kolb and I am the Director of Wellness for Kohler Co.

Based in Kohler, Wisconsin I work with the Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin, Chicago and of course in St Andrews. After 15 years in the spa industry I would love to share over the coming months some of the tips on wellbeing and living a healthy life that I have picked up along the way.

CHECK OUT SO YOU CAN CHECK IN

Sometimes when I’m in a queue at a supermarket, I can’t help but think my head is in a similar situation. Our minds are processing all day long, beep, beep… information continuingly flowing through our internal scanner. We can’t wait until the end of the check out (or in this case our day) for the transactions to be complete. The trick is to find small bites of time in your day to mentally check out, so you can check in with yourself emotionally. Are you making decisions based entirely on processing of information? I firmly believe that the best decisions are made with both your head and your heart. By taking a little time out (checking out!) you have the space to let your ideas and thoughts flow freely to allow yourself to make conscientious decisions and to be at your best. This doesn’t have to mean a 15 minute break 4 times a day before I receive any complaints from your boss! Five minutes is all you need.

When I’m at work at the Kohler Waters Spa, I have a sign on my door that I use when I need to check out. It simply states “deep in thought” enter if you need to. Everyone at work knows these little 5 minute mental breaks, help me to be a better leader at work. The same principle applies to our homes. If you are a parent, you know how hard it is to find 5 minutes of quiet time. Sharing with your family that you need these moments in order to be a more relaxed, level headed, loving parent will get your kids signed up right away! All you have to do is take the first step. Commit to 5 minutes at a time that is good for you and check out so you can check in with you – it will not only make you feel better – you will feel balanced, re-energized and ready for whatever challenges you may face that day. 5 minutes. Beep….beep….Start today.

I look forward to speaking to you all again soon.

Warm wishes

Jean Kolb