Archive for November 2013

Sidestepping holiday burnout

Holidays are all about the twinkling lights, the pretty snowflakes, the thoughtful presents, and the warm childhood memories … right? Maybe some eggnog thrown in there? The truth is, a lot of my clients struggle mightily with the holiday season. First of all, it’s LONG — a month, even two, during which sappy commercials and…

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Mindfulness in the workplace

It’s all in the marketing: Even big business execs will get behind the concept of mindfulness if it leads to increased profits and a happier workforce. Apparently a number of companies with a national presence — including Target, General Mills, and the Mayo Clinic — are installing mindfulness/meditation programs for leaders and employees. I love…

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Texting for weight loss

Crossing the threshold from dreaming to doing is easier said than done. Running back Emmitt Smith phrased it well when he said, in his 2010 Hall of Fame speech, “It’s only a dream until you write it down. Then it becomes a goal.” The point is accountability. Research shows that people who keep food and…

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The new cure for depression: sleep?

Depression and insomnia have long been known to create a hellish downward spiral: Being depressed can wreak havoc on your ability to sleep, and not getting enough sleep can make your mood even worse. As anyone who’s been sleep deprived knows, it’s a lot harder to cope with even minor irritations when you’re running on…

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