The INHALE EXHALE SMILE® PROJECT "The Optimal WorkLife Mindset" was founded by AnJenette Afridi, MA, an expert in occupational health psychology, master trainer, storyteller, and optimistic realist. For three decades, AnJenette has examined how biological, social, environmental, and psychological variables impact both physical and mental health. AJ delivers virtual and onsite trainings that equip professionals with science-based tools for managing stress, preventing burnout, developing resilience, boosting productivity, establishing boundaries, expanding their vision, and flourishing.
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY (OHP): is an interdisciplinary field of psychology that focuses on the physical and mental health of workers within organizations. On the surface, OHP is a combination of organizational psychology and health psychology principles.
HUMAN PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGY: is the systematic application of psychological principles and techniques to performance that assist clients in the development and expansion of their skills, the acquisition of new behaviors and habits, and the promotion of optimal human performance. Tried and tested principles and techniques are focusing/concentration, extrinsic/intrinsic motivation, goal setting, vision development, self-talk, meditation, mindfulness, reframing, imagery, visualization, pre-performance routines, triggers, anchors, modeling, reflection, lifestyle medicine, stress/anxiety management, thought stopping, and mental toughness.
FLOURISH: Flourishing transcends the boundaries of mere happiness and wellbeing. The pursuit and participation in an authentic life that provides inner satisfaction and contentment can lead to flourishing. You may do this by challenging yourself to grow and develop, and then celebrating your successes through life’s peaks and valleys.
STRESS: Daily physiological or psychological response to internal or external stressors increase the likelihood of developing heart disease, anxiety disorders, and depression. For optimal wellbeing, it is essential to minimize chronic daily stress as much as possible. We use a variety of stress-reduction methods supported by scientific research.
BURNOUT: is physical, emotional, and/or mental exhaustion accompanied by decreased motivation, lowered performance, and negative attitudes toward oneself and others. Burnout results from performing at a high level until stress and tension, especially from extreme and prolonged physical or mental exertion or an overburdening workload, take their toll.
BOUNDARIES: Elevated levels of blurred work-life boundaries are significant predictors of negative changes in happiness due to increased emotional exhaustion. As the boundaries between work and life become more permeable, employee wellbeing is crucial for fostering resilience, contentment, and productivity.
RESILIENCE: The capacity to recover quickly from challenges: a resilient mindset. Resilience is the key to overcoming obstacles and achieving success.
CREATIVITY: Producing or developing original work, theories, techniques, or thoughts. A creative individual typically displays originality, imagination, and expressiveness.
COURAGE: is not the lack of fear but the ability to act based on your values and purpose despite your fear.
VISION: When we lose focus, others' agendas take priority. Vision clarifies the future while focusing on the present.