Stress is always the forgotten health hazard, with no social or political constituency to champion it. Let's make stress prevention a normal, covered service and insure that everyone has the tools to avoid adaptation to self-destruction.
So, should we have fun in business? I think so. All research points to happy employees being productive employees. I haven't seen any research that specifically looks at the amount of laughter emanating from corporate offices, though.
Now in the healing process, and as an advocate for managing work stress in a conscious way, I wanted to share a few lessons that I learned. First, work-life flexibility and acceptance are the greatest keys moving forward when sudden acute health care issues arise.
Despite productivity levels reaching an all-time high, morale is flagging and more and more people are just going through the motions. There are fewer people doing more work which leads to fewer breaks, longer hours and less sleep.
With all the thinking go on, what chance does our heart have to breathe, feel, and experience life, no less make contact with our significant others? The crowded mind makes for an overcrowded heart with little room for ourselves and less room for anyone else.
A company is only as healthy as its employees. Mindfulness creates healthier and happier workers, healthier and happier people. As I state in my seminars, mindfulness at work isn't just a work skill or a life skill -- it is a new way of existing.
There seems to be a trend here. Illness and stress. Spending wild amounts of money and stress. The culprit behind so many of our health problems is staring us in the face. Want to cut chronic diseases and health bills? Start with stress, the crisis at the heart of the health care crisis.
For two weeks I put myself through a mind/body experiment -- no iPhone or iPad usage after 8:30 p.m. or before 45 minutes of waking up in the mornings.
Can we find a middle ground here? Maybe not so far back as kicking tumbleweed down Main Street, but at least spending some quality time with the people in our lives and putting down our devices sometimes so we can be present with others and ourselves?
Women and men can redefine what it means to be successful, but first they need to be honest with themselves.
have survived without my computer for 20 days. I feel free... light. Actually, I prefer writing with pen and paper in cafes. I am more connected to my surroundings and I am not compromising the ambience.
As we Tweet, post, like, share, and pin, are our brains registering our digital frenzy and shapeshifting accordingly? Preliminary research suggests yes.
In our materialistic society, our quality of life tends to be measured by what we have and produce in the outside world, rather than the experience of our inner world -- our sense of peace, fulfillment and joy.
Is it convenient to check email anywhere, any time? Yes. Is it helpful to be able to confirm arrangements, check locations, or find someone I am meeting? Of course. But I eschew these kinds of ease for the sake of something that means more to me.
No matter whether you are an intern or a CEO, all of us have moments where we feel overwhelmed at work. The trick is to know what to do when you feel this way so that you can make smart decisions that are intentional and not based merely on alleviating your discomfort.
When we live our life in the limited world of thought and some feeling, is it any wonder that many do not believe there is a soul, no less know our soul for the treasure that it is?
Think about all the non-work, non-school screens and digital devices we all use in a give day: TV, Internet surfing, social media, texting, cell phone cameras and uploading, iPad apps. We cut out these and replace them with screen-free, offline activities and the week will be a success.
I woke up one morning about four weeks ago and realized in a flash that I'd hit a wall. Most days I can't wait to get to work. On this day, I struggled to get myself out of the house.
I've found that checking out, taking time away from my phone rather than burying myself in it, has given me a new ability to focus on one thing at a time.
April is Stress Awareness Month (yes, there is such a thing!), and although stress finds its way into our lives in a range of capacities, we undoubtedly find it most often in the workplace.