Your way to find meaning
Meaningful work is about doing something that connects with our values, piques our interest, and engages our moral compass. It describes a job where workers feel fulfilled and valuable and where their day-to-day efforts are both appreciated and connected to something that transcends their personal interests.
At SHE we offer unique ways in which you can enjoy the benefits of various ways of working, because we are constantly making efforts in defining "meaningfulness" as being both the work itself and the context within the work is performed is perceived as purposeful and significant by all the workers involved.
Our strength is being engaged in diverse projects
Having diverse projects simply means we have a group of people with different backgrounds, experiences and personalities, who are nevertheless able to cooperate in the best possible way.
It is crucial for us to make sure the customer's overall experience with the product, from beginning to end, is exceptional.
Meaningful work should also be about overcoming different types of crises
In times of crisis, it’s important to self-regulate our inner states. Many of us feel drained and overwhelmed, threatened by illness, and uncertain about the future. We may wonder how we can cope with these situations and manage our personal and professional relationships. Financially, we may worry about what we can afford during and after a crisis. If these fears take a turn for the worse, our psyche can become fragile due to immense stress.
What can we do and how can we manage a crisis situation?
A crisis is often unexpected and unwanted, even if we receive early warnings. It’s easy to neglect things we don’t like and hope that things won’t be that bad, but almost every time we’re dismayed. A crisis comes like a bomb and all we have to do is intervene, but how? History tells us that there will be winners and losers. The most interesting analysis is inner state management and deciphering the mind games we all play with ourselves and others.
What do we do when we are in the "heart of the storm"?
First and foremost it's important to create a strategy with which we feel able to cope given the stressful situation we find outselves in. Strategy means a suite of automatically chained behaviours. So be careful what behaviours we cultivate during this period.
Many of us have become accustomed to being rushed and busy all the time. It’s important to take a step back and appreciate the people around us. If we see this period as a lesson, it’s important to know how we want to be at the end of it. We need to find a meaning that will lead us to personal growth in order to face a crisis with success.
This is a great time for reflection and reassessing life experiences. It’s important to decipher what helped us in the past to move forward and overcome hard times. To keep our minds healthy, it’s important to feed them with daily, healthy and useful thoughts, emotions and activities.
Whether it’s anxiety, panic attack, nervous breakdowns, depression or something else, the challenge is to keep our thoughts and emotions safe. To do that, we need to focus our attention and engage in useful activities that can be done regardless of the circumstances and bring us satisfaction. We also need to accept that we have limited space for action but unlimited space to play with our minds and emotions. Take this type of period as an internal self-regulation training camp of discipline, responsibility and exercising self-control. And fantasy. Creativity has always gotten us out of the most fierce times.
What activities can influence our well-being? Use this time to learn something new or improve in a desired area. Ideas are plenty, so let’s look within ourselves for the dreams or desires we have been waiting for.
Pay attention to your routine. It’s important to reiterate it as much as we can. For this, we need an internal resource, discipline. The schedule we create for ourselves should contain as much as possible the concerns of our ordinary life. Routine gives us security and meaning, a purpose to which we are committed. And it makes us feel useful, which is how we respond to deep intrinsic needs that exist in each of us.
Bring personal value to your community. It makes you feel useful and valuable. You can do this remotely by talking on the phone or using technology that allows you to have online interviews. Opt for officially recognized voluntary groups that have a manager and follow a rigorous procedure for intervention. Volunteering is not just about doing good, it’s also about being highly disciplined, responsible and able to adapt.
It’s important to stay connected with others through social media and other forms of communication. We should take this opportunity to reconnect with our loved ones and spend more time with them. Let’s make an effort to regain balance in our lives by sharing our thoughts and emotions with family, friends, and colleagues.
Laughter is good for us! It activates the cortex of the brain and expels negative energy from the body. Endorphins and dopamine are released, which are linked to states of calm and tranquillity. At the same time, levels of cortisol drop considerably. Children laugh about 300 times a day, while adults typically laugh between 15 and 100 times a day. It’s a pity that we laugh so little as adults!
Intimacy is one of the basic needs according to Maslow’s pyramid and has both physical and psychological benefits. During personal interactions, our inner tension is turned into energy, and our self-image and self-esteem are strengthened. The body produces dopamine, which acts against stress, and the oxytocin released into the body gives us a deep and restful sleep.
Watch out for signs of possible burnout
Burnout is a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion that occurs when someone accumulates chronic stress in their personal or professional life. It can affect anyone and is most commonly associated with people who work in demanding, high-pressure jobs. If you experience burnout or any other type of imbalance, it is important to seek help and support. This may involve talking to a therapist or counsellor, taking a break from work or other responsibilities and making changes to your lifestyle and routines to reduce stress and increase self-care.
Within SHE, we have the honour to collaborate with two important specialists who have helped hundreds of people over the years to recover their well-being.
Cristina Varo - Therapist, Relationship Coach and Trainer
She is passionate about the human psyche and relationships. She has specialized in various international schools of psychotherapy and has always sought to broaden her area of expertise and skills. She trained in Systemic Therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis and NLP with the Kutshera Institute in Austria, in order to master non-violent communication and to understand the dynamics of relationships. She also trained in the ESPERE Method (France), Neuro-Dramatic Play (UK), Psychodrama, Narrative Therapy and Transgenerational Psychotherapy (Romania). And she was trained in Sport Psychology (Smart Psi Romania) so now she also works with high performance athletes.
Dragos Pop - Senior Communication Writer, Actor, Director, Owner
Dragos Pop is a writer and communicator with 20 years of professional experience designing stories and characters for different projects.
He specializes in creating narrative content, including storylines branched in meaningful ways, characters grounded with history and personality, and prose that balances brevity with clarity. His skillset combines an education in theatre and film development, training in fiction writing, and an enduring passion for communication.
Maintaining Mental Hygiene
Cristina and Dragos have been assisting people in their journey to themselves for over 20 years. They help people maintain mental, emotional, and relational hygiene through 1:1 sessions and trainings on topics such as communication, leadership, coaching, well-being, emotional and relational intelligence. They are also known for their ability to entertain people and lift up their spirits.
With the help of Cristina and Dragos, many people have evolved to a much better state of mind that has lasted over time and brought them closer together, forming relationships based on trust.