Employees who use mindfulness at the workplace have demonstrated lower stress, improved health, enhanced communication, better decision-making capabilities, and increased productivity. Leaders who incorporate mindfulness into their work lives tend to be more effective in relating to others, motivating employees toward shared goals, building effective teams, and promoting the growth of their employees. People, like me,
This is the week in my mindful eating class where I suggest that people eat food that honors their taste buds, their body, and the environment. What does that mean? To me, it means eating food that puts a smile on my face and food that is local, organic, and seasonal as much as possible. I went
Feeling a little frantic lately? Needing a little peace in your day? Well, I have just the thing for you. There is a new book out called Mindfulness: An Eight-Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World. It is written by Mark Williams, who is a wonderful mindfulness teacher and researcher that I met
I recently had the good fortune of spending a Saturday morning cooking lunch with my good friend and fabulous chef, Martha. I’d asked her if she would cook up something with me once a month that I could share with my readers. So this is my first “Cooking with Martha” blog and I hope there
Communication should be easy, right? I say something and you listen. You say something and I listen. However, communication in which each person feels heard and acknowledged is actually quite rare. “Every good conversation starts with good listening.” In the Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Program I taught this week, we did an exercise in which one
To stay excited about eating, I save up my pennies and go out to eat once in a while in places that know how to make really good food. It helps me remember to be a more creative cook, and it helps me remember how incredible food can taste from the hands of a really good chef.
How many times have you done a particular behavior even though you’ve told yourself just as many times that you aren’t going to do it ever again? Be honest. You don’t have to tell anyone. But, you do have to live with the consequences of your behavior. This morning it was me getting mad and
Last week I wrote about three easy ways to de-stress at work which included taking time out to take a walk and breath. Now I’ve read a study in Population Health Management published in the last year which shows that not exercising AND eating unhealthily are linked with large reductions in productivity at work (50
I recently gave a presentation about taking care of your body when you’re under stress. For most of us, that would be every day. Wanting to give something to people that they could remember when they’re caught in the middle of stress, I came up with three easy steps to de-stress. For the biggest effect,
Do you eat when you’re stressed, bored, or sad? Do you snack without noticing that you’re eating? Do you have trouble not eating certain foods if they’re around the house? Do you have a hard time not overeating? (e.g. eating until you’re too full) Are you easily enticed to eat, even when you’re not hungry?