How To Have a Better Day

by Marlena Hollenbeck

1/11/19

Happy Friday!

Today’s tip:

CHANNEL YOUR INNER LAMA

Start your day with a quick meditation.

The Mayo Clinic recommends meditation as a way to reduce anxiety, stress and tension.  Just 5 or 10 minutes of meditation when you wake up can lower your stress, reduce your likelihood of pain associated with headaches, and decrease your negative emotions.

Here are two suggested forms of meditation for beginners:

  • GUIDED MEDITATION:  Picture a place you find peaceful and relaxing, such as the beach in Hawaii or the mountains in Colorado, and try to put yourself there.  What do you hear?  What do you smell?  How do you feel?
  • MANTRA MEDITATION:  Choose a word you find peaceful and calming and repeat it in your head.

By Jamie Friedlander and Jesus Jimenez

1/9/19

Happy Wednesday!

Today’s tip:

NEVER EAT ALONE

Stop eating lunch by yourself at your cubicle.

  • Identify the people who always seem to be out in front, and use all the relationship skills you’ve acquired to connect with them. Invite them to lunch… Eventually all of this knowledge will build on itself, and you’ll start making connections others aren’t.
  • We are the people we interact with. Our paychecks, our moods, the health of our hearts, and the size of our bellies-all of these things are determined by whom we choose to interact with and how.
  • Sticking to the people we already know is a tempting behavior. But unlike some forms of dating, a networker isn’t looking to achieve only a single successful union. Creating an enriching circle of trusted relationships requires one to be out there, in the mix, all the time.

By Keith Ferrazzi

1/7/19

Happy Monday!

Today’s tip:

STACK IT UP

Do your most important work before lunch.

Although everyone’s productivity peak varies throughout the day, research from Harvard Business Review found that an average, employees’ peak levels of alertness steadily increase once they begin working, decline after lunch and hit a low at 3 p.m.

Its recommended that you stack up the day’s most meaningful tasks—the big projects and important phone calls—early in the day, so you can leave more mindless tasks, such as responding to emails and having weekly staff update meetings, for the afternoon.

By Jamie Friedlander and Jesus Jimenez

1/4/19

Happy Friday!

Today’s tip:

A.M WORKOUTS

Sunrise sweats can help you lose weight.

If you’re not an early bird, a morning workout probably sounds miserable.  But if you’re looking to lose weight, an early workout could be just what you need.  A 2010 study found that “fasted training is more potent than fed training to facilitate adaptations in muscle and improve whole-body glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity during a hyper-caloric, fat-rich diet.”

What does that mean?

It means working out before breakfast on an empty stomach can help you shed a few extra pounds.  If you get enough sleep, a morning workout can also energize you throughout the day.

By Jamie Friedlander and Jesus Jimenez

1/2/19

For the month of January we will be sending out tips to have better days in 2019!

Today’s tip:

Don’t skip breakfast

If you’re the kind of person who thinks a granola bar will suffice for a breakfast, you’re wrong.  Many granola bars are packed with sugar, don’t have enough nutrients and leave you hungry well before lunch.  Try these quick and easy options instead:

GREEN SMOOTHIE

Mix the following in a blender:

  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 handful of ice

Blend and pour into a to-go cup to drink on your way to work.

FRUITY OATMEAL

Add some flavor to your favorite sugar-free oatmeal by mixing in some sliced bananas, sliced strawberries and a handful of blueberries.

AMPED-UP TOAST

Toast a slice of wheat, multigrain or flaxseed bread and slather it with peanut or almond butter.  Top it with some sliced bananas.  If you’re in the mood for something more savory, cover your toast with avocado slices and a sunny-side-up egg.

By Jamie Friedlander and Jesus Jimenez