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Happy New Year! Whether you’re the sort of person who makes resolutions or not, the new year is a great time to think about our well-being, and whether our habits and routines are supporting our life-work integration. If you find yourself needing to make some changes, the great thing is they don’t need to be big. At Thrive, Microsteps are the foundation of behavior change. They’re based on the truth that the best way to make healthy changes in our lives is to start as small as possible. As the Chief Well-being Officer of Deloitte, one of my favorite things about my job is hearing about all the unique ways people find to nurture their well-being. 

A great source of ideas is Deloitte’s Well-being Wizards program. The Wizards are an incredible network of passionate employees who are empowered to act as a kind of in-house well-being platform. (You can read a recent interview I did with the founder of the program, Jaime Ledesma, here.)  I’m continually inspired by the creative ways the Wizards both take care of themselves and support others in their well-being. I recently asked the group for some of their favorite Microsteps. Here is just a small selection – for both individuals and teams. 

If you’re looking for ways to up your well-being game, try one – or more!

  • “I have 15 minutes of ‘write down’ time every day; this allows me to clear my head and put things in perspective. I write about what seems to worry me and what I need to accomplish each week.” — Maria Neira
  • “I find some time during the last hours of the day to reflect on the day and who helped me. I then try to send a quick ‘thank you’ to them. Nothing detailed, just ‘thank you for your help unblocking that issue earlier, I appreciate it!’” – Mikey Cooper
  •  “Each night, my husband and I separately write down three things we’re grateful for from the day and share those three things with each before we go to sleep. It’s especially powerful to reflect on what we’re grateful for when the day has been tough.” — Anna Adams
  • “I change my computer background weekly to something that will make me smile. That way when I log on in the morning, or if I close all my windows throughout the day, I get to see something to quickly make me smile and it relieves a small amount of stress.” — Ashley Scott
  • “To quickly calm down, execute a ‘physiological sigh’: Two deep inhales followed by an extended exhale. This dumps C02 from your lungs, relaxing your body.” – Louis Dewitt-Hoeger
  • “I keep a notepad in my nightstand, so anything that I’m thinking about that I need to do the next day I can write down, instead of worrying about it all night. This definitely puts my mind at ease and helps me fall asleep faster.” — Suzanne Seraine
  • “I have a mini trampoline in my home office. If I need a quick burst of energy or need to release some frustration, I ‘bounce’ it out! It never fails to make me smile and flip my mood.” — Adriane Wong
  •  “My incoming emails serve as a reminder to correct my posture. When an incoming email dings or Teams pings, my back swings back into proper place.” — Keivyn Reyes
  • “When I feel overwhelmed, frustrated or like I just need a break during the workday, I get up and look at pictures of my family on my phone. That always brings a smile to my face and reminds me of what’s important in life.” — Brenda Arends
  • “I inform my teams live and in my calendar when my working hours are to ensure I have periods for myself and family to recharge/connect.” – Shane Hamman
  • “We do tech-free dinners so that we can connect as a family and engage in distraction-free conversations. Our two-year-old loves asking mommy and daddy how their days were.” — Joanne Barela

I hope some of these ideas will inspire you to make 2023 a year of greater well-being, connection and joy.


  • Jen Fisher

    𝗩𝗼𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘄𝗲𝗹𝗹𝗯𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗴 + 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝘀𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 | 𝖡𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗌𝖾𝗅𝗅𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖠𝗎𝗍𝗁𝗈𝗋 | 𝖳𝖤𝖣𝗑 𝖲𝗉𝖾𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗋 | 𝖧𝗈𝗌𝗍 #𝖶𝗈𝗋𝗄𝖶𝖾𝗅l | 𝖳𝗁𝗋𝗂𝗏𝖾 𝖤𝖽𝗂𝗍𝗈𝗋

    Jen Fisher is a leading voice on the intersection of work, well-being, and purpose. Her mission is to help leaders move from the legacy mindset that well-being is solely the responsibility of the individual to the forward-thinking idea of human sustainability, which supports the long-term, collective well-being of individuals, organizations, climate, and society.  

    She’s the co-author of the bestselling, award-winning book, Work Better Together: How to Cultivate Strong Relationships to Maximize Well-Being and Boost Bottom Lines, the Human Sustainability Editor-at-Large for Thrive Global, and the host of the WorkWell podcast series.

    As the first chief well-being officer of a professional services organization, Jen built and led the creation and execution of a pioneering holistic and inclusive well-being strategy that has received recognition from leading business media brands and associations.

    Jen is a frequent writer on issues impacting the workplace today, including the importance of mental health and social connection to workforce resilience, happiness, and productivity. Her work has been featured in CNBC, CNN, Fast Company, Fortune, Inc, Stanford Social Innovation Review, and Harvard Business Review, among others.

    She’s a sought-after speaker and has been featured at events including TEDx, World Happiness Summit, Out & Equal Workplace Summit, Acumen Global Gathering, WorkHuman, The Atlantic Pursuit of Happiness event, and more. She’s also lectured at top universities across the country, including Harvard, Wake Forest, Duke, and George Mason.

    Jen is passionate about sharing her breast cancer and burnout recovery journeys to help others. She’s also a healthy lifestyle enthusiast, self-care champion, exercise fanatic, sleep advocate, and book nerd! Jen lives in Miami with her husband, Albert, and dog, Fiona.

    You can find her on LinkedIn or on Twitter and Instagram @JenFish23. You can also receive her personal insights and reflections by subscribing to her newsletter, "Thoughts on Being Well" @jenfisher.substack.com.