Consequences of a Lack of Communication in the Workplace

October 20, 2020

Communication is a skill at the root of all relationships. Good communication is essential for healthy relationships. Professional relationships are no exception. Whether between a customer and an employee, a company president and an employee or between co-workers, professional communication in the workplace is a crucial part of the health of any business culture.

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Feeling Anxious? Practice Mindfulness to Calm Your Emotions

October 15, 2020

The year 2020 has set a record level of anxiety among Americans, due largely to the COVID-19 pandemic and an election season charged with unprecedented political polarity. According to a recent study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the US Census Bureau, 41 percent of Americans report symptoms of anxiety or depression — an increase of 30 percent over last year.

With fears of disease, climate change and a global economic recession at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to brush up on methods of self-care. Feelings of anxiety exhaust the [...]

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

Bringing the Preciousness Back into Family Time

October 13, 2020

Our family, comprised of my husband, two sons, and myself, has historically gotten along pretty well; we are generally close-knit, open with conversations and emotions, and enjoy one another’s company. However, the truth is, after months of COVID forced lifestyle changes, we are sick of each other, really sick of each other. The weirdest thing about it, though? Even though we are sick of each other, we miss each other. What a contradiction!

We miss the preciousness of togetherness.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Deep Breath: the Best Yoga Poses for Anxiety

October 10, 2020

With its unique combination of spiritual, athletic and breathing practices, yoga has now fully conquered the West. For many people, yoga offers a chance to stop and slow life down amid a hectic schedule. Yoga has made it to mainstream for its positive and profound impact on health and well-being.

Here is a compiled list of the best yoga poses to combat anxiety. When entering a yoga pose, it’s important to concentrate on your breath, with long inhales through the nose and exhales through the mouth. Honing your focus on your breath can help quiet your mind, taking you one step closer to [...]

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Why You Need to Replace People-Pleasing with Kindness

October 01, 2020

Most people think when they please someone, their action is kind. Yes, their action may impact others positively. It feels good for a person to do things for us, to help us out in a time of need, to volunteer on a committee, or watch our kids for a couple of hours. However, if this act of supposed kindness is wrong or even hurtful to the giver, it’s not kindness. It’s people-pleasing. People-pleasing is a habit that undermines authentic connection in relationships and cuts the pleaser off from their true self, limiting individual potential. Each of us needs to set boundaries to be at our [...]

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

How to Deal with a Disrespectful Grown Child

September 29, 2020

Being a parent is difficult and complicated. On top of parenting being a full-time job, it costs an estimated quarter of a million dollars to raise each child to the age of eighteen. We dedicate ourselves to keeping our children safe and healthy for nearly two decades—a huge feat in this crazy world. Even after they’ve grown up, we have heartstrings connected to them 24/7, no matter where they live or what they’re doing.

You’ve done your best as a parent. Maybe you’ve made a few mistakes; perhaps you didn’t have great parenting yourself. Nonetheless, you loved and still love them, and your [...]

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Blame: A Lazy Response to Avoid Responsibility

September 26, 2020

We are all too familiar with the blame game. When we’re upset or exasperated in life, blaming our spouse, child, friend, or boss is an easy route to relief. You know the drill: “If you wouldn’t procrastinate fixing things around the house, then I wouldn’t nag.” Or if you weren’t so sensitive, we could discuss things calmer.” And sometimes a person moves to name-calling: “You’re so frustrating or selfish or hurtful or ….” In the moment, we feel a release of pent-up energy and uncomfortable emotions. But the thing is, I’ve never heard anyone say they enjoy being blamed or that they liked [...]

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Skills to Be Culturally Responsive in the Workplace

September 24, 2020

I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “We are all connected.” Such a simple phrase, yet with so much more depth than just those four words. This year more than ever, “we are all connected” is a reminder that in a time of great unrest and disruption, our actions and words have far-reaching and lasting effects on those around us. Our world is more culturally diverse than ever, which calls for greater responsibility to tolerate others. Therefore, empathy, acceptance of diversity, and the ability to treat others with respect and dignity are crucial. All skills that can be learned.

Diversity [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership

Minimalism: Is It Bad for Your Business and Your Life?

September 22, 2020

Is the concept of minimalism a limiting framework? To me, minimalism appeared simply to be the denial of our desires. Since our brains are built on the premise of more, better, and always transcending yesterday, the concept seemed like a trendy girdle to hold back the grand expressions of self-expression. At the very least, I viewed a minimalist life as boring because of my love affair with abundance, flow, variety, and beauty.

Posted in Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective, Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

Are You More Emotionally Intelligent Than Your Boss?

September 17, 2020

The role of a boss comes with great responsibility. Along with responsibility also comes many assumptions and expectations—one of which is that bosses have high skills because of their role. However, employees answer to their boss, a manager, or supervisor, based on their role, not their skills. Another assumption is that just because a person is a boss that they are also leaders, which is not necessarily true. Leadership requires many skill sets and an authentic way of moving and leading. It’s not just a title. And when skill differences vary dramatically in the workplace between [...]

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