Enid R. Spitz / Heartmanity Contributor

Enid R. Spitz / Heartmanity Contributor
Enid Spitz is a writer and yoga instructor based in Charleston, SC. She previously lived in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA, where she was a newspaper editor and researched yoga for Traumatic Brain Injury. Heartmanity combines Enid's passions for social wellbeing, neuroscience and yoga. When not writing or on the yoga mat, she is an avid traveller, enjoys a good whiskey, and loves being outdoors. Twitter: @enidrosalyn, Instagram: @littleyogibird.

Recent Posts

Know the Difference between Healthy vs Chronic Stress

May 22, 2018

When stress hits, the human body responds. The reaction is fast—we adapt without even making a conscious decision most of the time. We humans are hard-wired for survival. Knowing when chronic stress has taken hold of you is critical.

Think about coping with stressors in your daily life, especially with the most recent threat to our health with Covid-19. Children at home, work deadlines, getting dinner done, taxes! Most of us are probably more stressed about getting enough sleep and making enough money than any human in other eras were.

Posted in Habits for Health, Emotional Intelligence

Parents Need Self-Care to Be Their Best Self

May 11, 2018

You put the oxygen mask on yourself before others.

We hear that lesson reiterated often. But in practice—when a parent thinks their child needs help—what is their gut instinct?

Self-care for parents is a challenging issue, and yet parents need self-care to be their best self. Balancing work and home life with a career, socializing, financial issues, a marriage or relationship, and raising kids makes being a parent a difficult juggling act.

How can parents find time for their own wellness amidst the hustle?

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Why Self-Care Matters for Both Employers and Employees

May 01, 2018
Today, as I was reading a professional company manual, I came across this self-care instruction: “Take time to care to your own self needs. Adequate rest, hydration, nutrition and sleep are vital to your success, as well of that as your clients and your organization. If you have a need that is not being met, excuse yourself to tend to it or talk to your supervisor.” 

This was not advice. This was instruction. “Take care” was right there on page 5, just after the table of contents and mission statement.

Posted in Business and Leadership

The Three Kinds of Empathy: Emotional, Cognitive, Compassionate

April 19, 2018

Do you know what the three kinds of empathy are and how to express them? Empathy is a must-learn skill that brings more ease and understanding to your life and relationships!When a student tells you they’re overwhelmed or your partner is working from home and stresses—do you respond with empathy? Or do you react?Or how would you respond if your partner expressed fear, sadness, and anger telling you she got put on furlough or lost her job? And right after you dipped into savings to build an addition on your house! The ideal would be to respond thoughtfully and empathetically, but many of [...]

Posted in Most Popular, How to Build Empathy

Eliminate Clutter and Tackle that Spring Clean-Up for Good

April 12, 2018

A clean house or office, free from clutter and perfectly organized—isn’t that the dream?

There are thousands of resources out there with techniques for organizing, tips for decluttering, or a process for cleaning your closet. The list runs the gamut from “150+ Things to Throw Away Today” to “30 Ways to Instantly Declutter” and “The 4-Pile Strategy for Simplifying Your Closet.”

I have another idea: clutter is a mindset.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness, Habits for Health

Teenage Rebellion and the Teen Parent Connection

April 10, 2018
With no hesitation, I can proudly say that my mother is my best friend in this world. And I remember detesting her. If you put a snapshot of my teenage years next to life today, they would probably look like two different people.

While adolescents are not a different breed, they might at times seem like it. This portrayal has only been heightened by media and movie portrayals. Teens get stereotyped as hormonal, socially lost or explosive.

Let’s put all that aside for a moment though to look at why teenage “rebellion” is actually perfectly in line.

Posted in Perfectly Imperfect Parenting

Employee Attrition: Why Companies Are Losing Dedicated and Talented Employees

April 05, 2018

We’ve all seen it happen: A worker is excelling on the job. Her skill set is an ideal match, she understands and excels at her tasks; she takes initiative, actively furthers company goals, and genuinely seems interested in the work. Then she leaves. Everything seemed like a wonderful fit, and at the same time, no one feels they can fault her for wanting to explore her potential elsewhere.

As an employer, employee attrition is a hard—and often discouraging—situation to watch happening inside your company. Whether you run an industry office, cutting-edge software company or a startup, hiring [...]

Posted in Business and Leadership

7 Ways to Infuse Love into Your Marriage

March 20, 2018

The love is there—it just might have ebbed to the fringes a bit.

It happens. Not just after a “honeymoon” phase, the literal honeymoon, the first child or the third, but possibly throughout it all. The feeling of love in a marriage can naturally wax and wane.

Here are seven ways to welcome it back to the heart of your relationship.

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships

Technology and Relationships: How Technology Affects Relationships

March 01, 2018

You are now competing with pixels for the attention of nearly everyone you know. And you are probably losing.

Technology addiction, screen time, the black hole of the internet, Reddit and the endless scroll of Instagram—not to mention those notifications every time an email slides in... the widespread influence of tech is a thing of daily life for most American families. There are more ways for screens to suck people in than there are people to be enticed.

The other day, even my dog got so caught up in a Game of Thrones episode that she wouldn’t come when I called (there were wolves on the [...]

Posted in Love, Marriage, and Relationships, Brain Fitness, Mindfulness and Perspective

The Spaces in Between Are Just as Important

February 27, 2018

We are essentially just moving our bodies around in space. I remind my yoga students that from time to time, not to diminish the importance of yoga to them or to make it seem trivial. In fact, operating in space is exactly the opposite.

Open space is, in my mind, incredibly under-appreciated. So often we spend our days rushing through space, whether that’s hurtling through traffic from point A to B in our car or hastening to complete the next bullet point on our never-ending to-do list.

Posted in Emotional Intelligence & Fitness

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