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Workouts While Listening To Sound
What’s one sound that doesn’t persuade you to look up from a task? Wellbeing design addresses sounds that distract and motivate. After all, our sensations are a necessary support. Creative wellbeing aligns sensory desires with goal achievements. One distractive sound addressed in recent years is smartphone notifications. How do you […]

Wellbeing Design Diary: Sound




A Sensory Cravers constantly engages, therefore the desire persists to seek more. More. More! Movement brings enjoyment and satisfaction. photo courtesy CKO Kickboxing Grand Rapids
Do you have an insatiable drive for enhanced experiences? This magical central nervous system response coined in the occupational therapy field as Sensory Craving, may also bring distress. Over the past 20 years I’ve facilitated sensory needs for the mild to severe cases in adults and children. Fortunate for me…because […]

What No One Tells You About Your Cravings



GIG Design’s team discussed observations of a seamstress exhibiting stress in the workplace. Observations of the work environment included details of the lighting, noise, temperature, and peer engagement. The work space is an open area of approximately thirty seamstresses, all sitting at a sewing station actively engaging in production of a […]

A Seamstress Exhibiting Stress In The Workplace



Consider this: the act to use one toilet paper square improves performance of economy, of sewer, of mentally and physically engaging in the intended task. Photo Courtesy @tangojuliette
Health experts often recommend routines to build healthy habits. What do you do when the unexpected destructs that routine diet, exercise plan, or stress relief plan? Enter: toilet paper. We use it routinely. It’s designed to roll, to tear, for comfort, for hygiene, and for biodegradable properties that keep plumbing […]

One Toilet Paper Square Improves Performance


Anticipate sleep with softened textiles, subtle bedroom décor, bedroom specifically used for sleeping. Lay down sleepy head. You'll be wiser for it. Photo Courtesy @tangojuliette
We personally know Client Want, Client Fear, and Client Loathe. Which one are you? “I want to sleep more.”  Client Want follows trends. Their routines may include caffeine to wake or to keep aroused, sugar to quickly surge energy, social media to distract, or saying ‘yes’ to all things. The […]

Lay Down Sleepy Head. You’ll Be Wiser For It.



Aesthetics and Functionality | When rooms or offices are designed without the user it fragments personal needs by opinions on aesthetics and functionality. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Do you believe what you see may change behavior?  Aesthetics engage our sight. We may identify with its beauty, coziness, charm. These words prime feelings.  Feeling that ‘sense’ of beauty responds with behaviors like hugging, tasting, smelling, or jumping up and down. There’s a flip side. Sight also triggers behavior responses […]

Aesthetics and Functionality


Disheartening feelings shared within this personal story about reading and visual fatigue that caused work stress and fatigue. photo credit @tangojuliette
It took me awhile to figure out why I hated wearing my glasses, why my eyes got so tired as a young girl.  I was born with medial strabismus, a hereditary trait that causes cross-eye.  With modern day surgical techniques I was able to follow family footsteps in correcting ocular […]

Reading and Visual Fatigue: A Personal Journey



Forty-million American adults fall into debilitating uncertainty or fear. Write, speak, or draw to reduce stress. Creative Wellbeing... photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Last week a group of women I socialize with began to discuss relational stress. By sharing our experiences, we learned the cause of our core stress was poor communication. The countless ways to immediately contact one another today including the computer, cell phone, landline, and various wireless signals are taking […]

Write, Speak, Or Draw to Reduce Stress



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The word abstract describes an object, is an object, or describes a feeling. Whole-being performance includes abstraction to trigger Creative Wellbeing. The universal root + definition of abstract LATIN | ab {from}  trahere {draw off} -» abstracts {drawn away} Considered separate from concrete existence Not actual but theoretical to remove to summarize in written form […]

Abstraction Helps To Strategize


At work leaders may tell you to respond to anger with kindness. To achieve this it begins with understanding one's true nature. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
We are unique! Our behaviors respond in different ways. At work leaders may tell you to respond to anger with kindness.  Effective communication is often interpreted as kindness. Put down the mental shot gun of using feelings about the subject, current mood, and impressions to achieve this (Kahneman 2011). Begin with […]

Respond to Anger with Kindness


We are relational beings. Here's a look at how research supports selflessness as free medicine to mind, body, soul. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
When you get stuck in a rut and are so so stressed out how do you feel? At a pivotal point in my life ten years ago my feelings kicked me into action mode. I believed the stride required being alone but chose environments that supported healthy healing to cope […]

Selflessness as Free Medicine









Design for ergonomic positioning, pacing, along with other creative techniques. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
A task that we all do, all too often, is email and texting. Before smartphones and laptops occupational therapists were steadily treating carpal tunnel. We still are, yet smaller devices increased rehab needs for Repetitive Strain Injury’s or De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis diagnosis. Carol Leynse Harpold offers Ergonomics and Texting Thumbs interventions. Below we […]

Design For Ergonomic Positioning, Pacing, Creativity



Good habits around sleep are important but sometimes that is easier said than done. Overcome unscrupulous floundering with these seven sleep basics. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
The American Occupational Therapy Association dedicated an entire issue to sleep.  Rightfully so, it usually takes up a third of our day, if you’re lucky.  Within the article, it is cited that 10-15% of Americans suffer from chronic insomnia and 5% suffer from obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Those statistics are alarming – […]

Overcome Floundering With These Seven Sleep Basics