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Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your Wellness?

Is Workplace Stress Sabotaging your Wellness?

We're hearing a lot about bullying these days - not just in schools and the twittersphere - but in our workplaces too. It turns out, this toxic behavior is much more common than we might think.

In fact, research has found that 75% of workers are affected by bullying at some point in their careers - either as a target or a witness. If you add in other kinds of counterproductive behavior -- like rudeness and incivility — the number would be even higher. Businesses are increasingly paying attention to what bullying and incivility cost them.

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Four Mindful Practices for Making Peace

Four Mindful Practices for Making Peace

Keep Calm and Carry On.

Often, that is easier said than done.

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Five Surprising Benefits of Drumming

Five Surprising Benefits of Drumming

Rhythm is contagious. It isn't hard to imagine why. Our earliest life experiences are linked to the comforting beat of our mother's hearts.

The word rhythm comes from a Greek word, rhythmos, meaning movement and flow - that which creates order, shape and symmetry to our lives. Every culture has its own way to articulate this flow, and to express it in ways that bring the community together. Drum circles are one ancient tradition that is becoming increasingly popular in our modern world.

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Five Ways that Mindfulness Strengthens Relationships

Five Ways that Mindfulness Strengthens Relationships

If you haven't noticed, mindfulness has hit the mainstream!

Although different versions of the practice have been around for centuries, it is a relative newcomer to the western world. Mindful awareness might have been viewed with some suspicion in its early days, but over time research has proven its physical, mental, and emotional benefits. 

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How to Build a Better Conversation

How to Build a Better Conversation

This high-tech age that we're living in allows incredible ease in communication. Sometimes too easy.

We are probably more effective when we pause and are mindful of our communications. Perhaps we shouldn't overindulge in so much upsetting or useless information. Maybe we shouldn't fire off the first text or email response that comes to mind.

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Four Ways to Access the Healing Power of Laughter

Four Ways to Access the Healing Power of Laughter

Laughter is the best medicine. You've heard that before, right?

As you may know, this is not just a wise folk saying. While it may not be the best medicine, scientific evidence continues to confirm that humor and laughter are great for our well-being for a number of reasons.

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Five Ways to Be the Change

Five Ways to Be the Change

New. Quick. Easy. Painless.

These are words that marketers use readily to get our attention. They know that we humans are attracted to ideas, services, and products that make life feel less challenging. We all like the idea of an "Easy" button. Evolutionary biologists say that this preference is hard-wired into our species, and that it serves as a way of preserving energy so that we can focus on protecting ourselves and raising our children.

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Six Ways to Get the Most from Your Primary Care Visit

Six Ways to Get the Most from Your Primary Care Visit

Between changes in insurance, the looming shortage of primary care providers in the United States, short times allocated for each primary care visit, and questions being raised about the value of annual "check-ups", it isn't surprising that many people find primary health care somewhat confusing.

It's true that our health care system has room for improvement. Despite the growing pains of our health care system, though, research has repeatedly found that having access to primary care creates better health outcomes. As health care providers have become increasingly specialized, it is particularly helpfui to have a trusted relationship with a health care provider that knows you well, and who can help guide you to resources that are appropriate for your level of health and well-being.

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Five Ways to Avoid Electronic Overwhelm

Five Ways to Avoid Electronic Overwhelm

Have you found yourself in the habit of constantly checking your phone, tablet, or computer for emails, texts, or other electronic communications? Do you respond to various chimes and ring tones with the same predictability as Pavlov's dog?

For better or worse, modern life has given us a new set of tools that can be wonderful servants, but terrible masters. Many of us can start to feel like we are "reacting" to our lives rather than creating them. Even worse, we can find ourselves distracted by the perceived demands of these virtual communication tools -- and miss out on connecting with the important people who are around us. If we want to live with more mindfulness and intention, we have to set some limits on our electronic tools and develop practices that keep us in the driver's seat.

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Seven Ways to Become "Well"-Connected

Seven Ways to Become "Well"-Connected

We humans are social creatures, and we place a lot of value on our relationships. In this day and age of social media, the number of people that we know and connections that we have gets a fair amount of attention. Quantity, of course, isn't everything — and it probably isn't even the most important thing!

Our relationships and social ties have a significant impact on our well-being, affecting both the quality and length of our lives. Research has found that people with high quality (and quantity) of social ties have - among other things - lower risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and poor immune function.

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Four Steps to More Compassionate Communication

Four Steps to More Compassionate Communication

As social creatures craving connection, our relationships can be sources of great joy, as well as frustration and stress. Feeling appreciated, heard and understood greatly enhances our sense of connection and well-being. Likewise, when we feel unheard and misunderstood — or when we don't understand or are disconnected from those who are close to us — we may experience sadness, anger, or anxiety.

In my work helping people develop self-care mastery, the area of relationships and communication can often be challenging because it is not something that anyone can control. This area always involves at least two people! Learning to negotiate our relationships in ways that honor our needs as well as the needs of others is an important part of self-care.

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Six Ways to be a GREAT Accountability Buddy

Six Ways to be a GREAT Accountability Buddy

These days most of us have a lot on our plate. When we have multiple commitments, it can be challenging to consistently invest in all the things that are important to us. If we're not careful, we can fall into a reactive mode where we are constantly dealing with things that seem urgent, and not finding the time, energy, or focus to be proactive in the areas that aren't being "squeaky wheels" — at least until they reach urgent status too!

The trouble is, some things that are important to us aren't going to squeak as loudly. The commitments that we have at work, for example, are supported by all the structures that promote their fulfillment — weekly meetings with supervisors or team members, timelines, deadlines, evaluations, etc. — keep these things front and center. For many other areas of our lives, however, we have to build our own support structures.

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