Time to Get “Freezy”

Freezy /frEEze/ - noun

Operating from a state of mind that prioritizes freedom + ease.

Being ‘Freezy’ expands resilience, restores inner energy, and creates ease to be our authentic selves and to contribute fully and with purpose. 

“The more our authentic selves are celebrated, the better our mental health.”

With stress and demands on the rise, the state of ‘Freezy’ is disrupted. 

Energy reserves can be depleted and this leaves us feeling burnt out. 

Mindfulness is one way to monitor our energy levels, notice our triggers and stressors.

When we notice, we are capable of shifting and mobilizing restorative practices before getting to the burnout stage. 

Seeing ‘Freezy' through the Lens of Inclusion + Intersectionality

All people process stress differently. Stress is a highly subjective experience. For underrepresented groups, workplace stress is often disproportionate to their white cis-gendered counterparts. For marginalized groups, in particular, the impact of workplace stress is often disproportionately higher than their white, cis-gender counterparts.  Being ‘Freezy’ asks you to recognize the ways you may be experiencing stress and how that experience may look and show up differently in others.

Through an awareness of intersectionality, we can better acknowledge and ground the differences among us.”

Being an inclusive leader and colleague means having a commitment to being curious about the lived experiences of others and being courageous enough to utilize your own privilege to amplify marginalized voices. No matter what role or level of experience in an organization, grounding in an intersectional thought process increases innovation, collaboration, and expands the potential for solutions to drive equity, well-being, and FREEZY for all. 

Through active awareness of intersectionality, we can acknowledge our differences and commit to grounding ourselves in equitable thought processes....
‐ Rachael Gavin

(Getting) Freezy = (Asking) Questions

What keeps us from being FREEZY?

We experience thousands of moments and thoughts a day. We move between moments of feeling relaxed and connected to disruption, chaos and disconnection.

The next ‘normal’ requires connection and purpose. 

No single factor influences an employee’s job satisfaction, engagement and likelihood to stay at an organization as much as feeling connected and finding a sense of meaning and purpose in their work. 

Making Freezy a Choice. Here are a few questions to consider:

When does excitement for tackling a challenging shift to frustration?

What do you notice happening in your body when you’re feeling overwhelmed?

When demands are high, what practices do you use to restore your energy and recalibrate your mind?

Do you regularly consider how others around you who do not share your identities may be experiencing burnout?

How can you have honest dialogue with your teams and others about burnout?

How can you use mindfulness to expand emotional energy and resilience for yourself and others?

Meet Rachael Gavin, Chief Strategist of Equity and Advocacy

Rachael (she/her) comes to AWE as a strategist, facilitator & consultant, specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion solutions. She understands the complex dynamics underlying diversity challenges and opportunities within organizations.  She combines her strong analytical approach with her human-centric lens and vision for helping people to evolve their knowledge and the organization’s commitment to building an inclusive, varied workplace welcoming to people of all backgrounds.

Rachael brings a depth of experience to her role. The founder and CEO of PR(iSM) Resistance Coalition, Rachael has 10 years of experience working within the social justice and education sectors across the U.S., U.K. and Europe. Rachael has served as a researcher, facilitator, and educator for equitable practices in organizations nationally/internationally and utilizes her unique insight as a global citizen and a Black-multiracial, queer woman to drive her work forward and amplify the voices of others. Rachael is a first-generation college graduate, holding a Bachelors in Communication from the University of Connecticut and an MSc in Social Research from Goldsmiths, University of London; the United Kingdom’s leading college for radical approaches to the social sciences.

Rachael currently serves as a member of The Day Newspaper’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board and the Southeastern Connecticut Cultural Coalition’s Board of Directors, where she sits on the governance committee.

Rachael is an empath, herbalist, and strong believer in holistic health and communal healing. In her free time, you can find her traveling, farming, savoring vegan goodies, and spending time with loved ones.

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