Showing posts from June 24, 2018

Inspirational Quote – June 30, 2018

“Take pride in how far you have come and have faith in how far you can go.”

We all doubt ourselves and our abilities at one time or another, maybe more times than we can count. However, this is normal so nothing to be ashamed of. The thing to remember is that, while it’s healthy to doubt ourselves as it gives us an opportunity to stop and think about what we’re doing and adjust things if we have to, it also pays us to be more ready to give ourselves a pat on the back. We all tend to be harder on ourselves than anybody else would be, so take time to recognize how far YOU have come and what YOU have achieved and what you know YOU can achieve in the future. Be kind to yourself, you’re so worth it.

Avoiding Volunteer Burnout With Mindful Self Care

Being a person who makes a difference in the world is a hope that most of us have, but being able to do so for any sustained period of time is the challenge. For many of us, making a difference takes the form of volunteering in challenging situations while working full time jobs. In the article "Avoiding Volunteer Burnout With Mindful Self Care," author Jennifer Jean shares a five step plan that she developed while teaching poetry to sex-trafficking survivors. By practicing compassionate and proactive self-care, Jennifer has been able to continue caring for herself and her family while sharing the hope of healing to others in need.

What Your House Says About Your Health...

What’s on the Kitchen Counter?Set yourself up for snack success. Stock up on the good stuff: Fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean meats, and healthy fats. If you get canned goods, go for fruits packed in their own juice (instead of syrup). Skip additives like salt or sugar. When in doubt, read labels. Or better yet, stick to whole foods that don’t need labels in the first place. Swipe to advance 2/15 Is Your Kitchen Table Dusty?Busy schedules and screens can butt in to dinnertime. That isn't good for your crew's health. Kids have better eating habits and teens are less likely to take part in risky behavior when mealtime is a family affair. Everyone benefits when you carve out time to sit at the table together. Swipe to advance 3/15 How Big Are Your Dishes?Did you know your plate size can affect your waist size? It’s true -- studies show that when people use larger bowls and plates, they fill them up. That means they eat more than they need. Try this simple switch at mealtime: Put hea…

Why Gender Stereotypes Are So Hard to Fight at Work

Here's what we learned from a failed gender equality training, and how workplaces can support women better.BY TIINA LIKKI
The police were concerned. They had investigated diversity in their large U.K. force and discovered that when female officers and staff reflected on their time being pregnant, only 39 percent felt supported by their managers.

In collaboration with the police, my colleagues and I at the Behavioral Insights Team were tasked with creating a more supportive environment for those female employees. In part, this would mean improving how managers communicated with and supported their female employees: Of the 44 percent of women who were moved to a different job after they announced they were pregnant, only half were consulted about it, and only 33 percent reported that they had a conversation with their line managers about maintaining contact throughout pregnancy. We hypothesized that stereotyping, prejudice, and bias might be at play. Perhaps managers assumed that their…

Inspirational Quote – June 29, 2018

“Procrastination is the thief of time.”

I am a guilty of being a procrastinator! If procrastinating includes not being able to make a decision then I’m your woman. “Would you like a biscuit with your coffee” throws me into a panic? Should I think of my gradually expanding figure and refuse’; would I be thought rude; what if it’s a biscuit I don’t like (very unlikely but you never know)? I guess what this really means is that to procrastinate is to hesitate, and time spent hesitating means less time actually “doing” so time lost. We need to aim to be more decisive or take action sooner rather than later to thwart the thief, procrastination.

The Spiritual Diplomat

Having witnessed the ravages of war in the 1940s, James George determined as a young man to be a peacemaker and harmonizer in the world by working as a diplomat for Canada for 30 years. Ultimately, George realized that only an inner spiritual practice could generate the peace he wished to carry into the world. He applied his spiritual practice by being aware of what is happening moment to moment in himself and around him. He made himself available to the life that was given to him and tried to help people living in various countries to find inner peace as a means of achieving outer peace.

Inspirational Quote – June 28, 2018

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”

Our experiences of and in life are what shape and mold us into the people we become. However, we too have a hand in shaping the malleable clay we represent when we are thrown on the spinning wheel of life to begin the shape we will become. It’s how we respond and move beyond what happens to us that shapes us. Using the tools we each have, i.e. free will, determination, confidence, the will to succeed and overcome, as the “hands” and “tools” of our choosing therefore taking control of who WE choose to become.

The Wisdom of South Korea's Garden Hacking Grandparents

Whether we wake up each morning under eaves beneath trees, or on the top floors of towers among a forest of more towers; whether we walk our children to school through a park, or drive our car down the traffic-clogged streets to the market; whether we spend our mornings closed in meeting rooms, or tending urban gardens, each of us are the potential builders of a new culture, and each of our actions offers opportunity for transformation. Consider the garden hacking grandparents of Dae-dong in South Korea, who have realized that there is inherent value in the action of tending a garden, and in the action of taking time every day to be with nature. Nurturing a love for nature is an indispensable part of life.

14 Ways to Make Your Feet Feel Better

Your Fabulous FeetThey’re easy to take for granted, but it’s hard to get anywhere without them. And when they hurt, it can be tough to concentrate on anything else. So pamper your feet to keep them at their best. Swipe to advance 2/15 Keep an Eye on ThemYour feet take a beating every day, and small problems can turn into big ones if you ignore them. Look over your feet each day for cuts, sores, loose or discolored toenails, swelling, or rashes. Swipe to advance 3/15 Wash ThemWhen you’re walking, they’re working -- and they sweat, too. When the cracks and crevices between your toes are trapped in your shoes, they’re a warm, moist place that’s ideal for fungus. And that can lead to things like athlete’s foot. When you wash your feet, the water shouldn’t be too hot -- between 90 and 95 degrees is best -- and don't forget to get between your toes. Swipe to advance 4/15 Keep Them DryThis may seem obvious, but many people don’t dry their feet the right way. It’s not just the tops and bottoms: Yo…

How ADHD May Be Affecting Your Life

Compulsive EatingHaving ADHD often means you struggle with the ability to set limits on your behavior (like eating). What’s more, ADHD often lowers your level of dopamine, the hormone involved in your brain’s pleasure center. Gorging on food is a way to temporarily raise your dopamine levels and get that good feeling again. Swipe to advance 2/13 AnxietyWorry that won’t go away and keeps you from living your life like you want to is a sign of anxiety. About half of adults with ADHD also have an anxiety disorder. Sometimes your ADHD symptoms cause that on-edge feeling. When that’s the case, treating your ADHD also helps your anxiety. Swipe to advance 3/13 Substance MisuseThe same “thrill-seeking” behavior that leads to out-of-control eating can play a role in the overuse and misuse of drugs and alcohol. Doctors think there may be a link between ADHD and drug or alcohol use disorders. Swipe to advance 4/13 Chronic StressYour ADHD symptoms can be stressful. It’s likely that your stress level stays…