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Wellbeing Design: 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



Unite the wellbeing of people and cultures through these health resources that energize body and mind tactics identified as spirituality. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
The stigma behind spirituality is a alive and strong. People suggest avoiding conversations on religion but spirituality is a health resource. More medical professionals are discussing spirituality with their patients to energize body and mind needs. Pain, stress, and trauma effects mind, body, and soul. Wellbeing is an active process […]

How to Energize Body and Mind with Spirituality


Behaviors from being easily distracted and distressed have been researched since the 1960's. It's solvable by modifying hypersensitive behaviors. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Does it seem there are more days then less when someone (maybe yourself) is avoiding activities to cope? Behaviors from being easily distracted and distressed have been researched since the 1960’s with intense focus on the central nervous system’s response to sensations. The results are a failure to modify sensory intake […]

Why Becoming Easily Distressed and Distracted Is Solvable



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



Stress is rarely seen as serious by both employees and employers. Job stress has become a societal norm that people simply refer to their day as 'so busy'. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
One-fourth of all employees view their job as the number one stress in their lives. ¹  Yale University found that twenty-six percent workers report they are “often or very often burned out or stressed by their work. ² Health care expenditures are nearly fifty percent greater for workers who report high levels of […]

Job Stress



Active listening in cultural differences fosters healthy relationships. C'mon, giving the hand is on the selfish side of relaying information. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Right in the the middle of an important task that has a deadline you get interrupted by your Fellow. What do you do? This scenario begs for the least amount of listening. Some may just use a body gesture, like a hand in the air without diverting the eyes from […]

Active Listening in Cultural Differences


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


seeking pleasure avoiding pain|Our behaviors are coping mechanisms. Seeking pleasure or avoiding pain require life-long choices towards harmful or healthy behaviors. | photo courtesy@tangojuliette
The influence of our senses supports our need to cope and celebrate life. We don’t need a doctor to prescribe certain sensations. What’s needed is simply observing our behaviors when seeking pleasure or avoiding pain. Through childhood I walked hard and loudly. I sucked my thumb while twirling my hair. […]

Seeking Pleasure or Avoiding Pain


Sensibility|A lack of sensibility can hurt performance with misguided responses, lack of attention, or situational discernment. So how does one strengthen sensibility?| photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Have you danced without music? Recently, in the midst of what I hoped to be a long pause with online radio, I continued to dance without music. My hope was ‘my sensibility will improve’. Just what is sensibility? It’s the ability to appreciate and respond to complex emotional or aesthetic […]

Sensibility



More often than not, finding curiosity in a situation can open your mind. However, when asking a question, you must determine the purpose and your motives. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
I found myself in several situations this past week where I paused after speaking with someone. Suddenly, I wanted to know their story.  How they overcame and where they persevered.  Often, it seems a snapshot is all we get.  Pausing before venturing into deeper waters, sensitive to their time or hardships. I have been […]

When Asking a Question


What does rhythmic pattern mean? | In essence, rhythm intersects with our memory in the same manner as problem-solving. You can use that to your advantage.|Photo courtesy@tangojuliette
Recently a client passionately shared the fact that everything has and needs rhythm. He had many illustrations to support his thought-provoking and scientifically proven theory. However, his suggestion that I was a product of rhythm, the movement of my parents having sex, struck me. I reflected on the melodic and […]

What does rhythmic pattern mean?


Surprise Behavioral Health | Does a surprise or an accident bring out your inner three-year old, anxiety, or angst? Create a healthy change in response to any surprise. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Daniel Kahneman, author of Thinking Fast and Slow says, “You are more likely to learn something by finding surprises in your own behavior than by hearing surprising facts about people in general”. Do you adapt well to surprises? What is your reaction when you drop a glass and it shatters […]

Surprise Behavioral Health




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



Essentially, be willing to get messy in life to gain in life. Performance building is to step forward into unknowns. photo courtesy @tangojuilette
Twenty-four hours before buying an airline ticket to return back to my home state, a wise man shared a valuable message. Words I needed to hear that moment. Essentially, be willing to get messy in life to gain in life. Performance building is to step forward into unknowns. Fearful moments […]

Be Willing to Get Messy In Life





Use workplace tools to ease through being thoughtful, deliberate, to nix the 40% rooted in habit. Here are 5 ideas to endure sitting at a desk for 8 hours. Photo Courtesy @tangojuliette
As I was whistling-while-I worked today, an alarming thought gave me pause: could I survive sitting eight hours at a desk? Today was a good day because I didn’t sit.  I accomplished all of my things-to-do from my list of the things I love-to-do, moving about creatively and solving problems. […]

5 Ideas To Endure Sitting At A Desk For 8 ...



We each uniquely respond to sensations. Work may trigger repetitive conflicts. The outcome may dampen or enhance performance. Create strategies for relief. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Work behaviors are a distinct part of you. We may have control over our home environments but our work environments are a collaboration of peers. The workplace has a culture of unwritten values creating its community. Regardless of who or what sets the cultural tone, there will be things that […]

Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts



Our emotional lifestyle navigates by collaborating with sight. What is in sight may distract you. We nourish wellbeing through what we see. photo credit @tangojuliette
Try this: stand up, feet together, then close your eyes. Attempt to stay that way as long as your able to tolerate it while taking note to the feelings your body feeds you. Sight uses one of ten body structures in our Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). It maintains and coordinates […]

What Is In Sight May Distract You











Try one or all of these eight easy freebies guaranteed to unburden and support the mind and body when working or traveling. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
Adjusting to work conditions as a telecommuter has its challenges. Good fortune may bring a flat surface wide enough to support a laptop. Typically, its propped across the legs with occasional havoc if they’re crossed. The back bumper of a car may become a chair. A work surface may be […]

8 Easy Freebies For Guaranteed Body Support At Work or ...


This instantly cured motion sickness but it's a controversial remedy. Occupational therapy practitioners are certified in it before training others for use. photo courtesy @tangojuliette
In my recent travels, I discovered that I had motion sickness.  It surprised me to learn the onset of this phenomenon can be during adulthood. People who were sensitive to motion sickness at a young age may grow out of it. I’ve always been able to handle roller coasters, swings […]

Cure Motion Sickness Instantly With This Controversial Remedy


Join me in the prevention of a musculoskeletal disorder (MSD). A clear direction to assure freedom from injury with effective posture is this checklist... photo courtesy @tangojuliette
I have a confession. I slouch when I use the computer. The longer I’m on the computer, the “slouchier” I get.  It’s bad. I know.  Admitting the problem is half the battle. Alot of people use computers for work and/or leisure. It’s practically a requirement for alot of jobs and for students. Though this instrumental activity of […]

Assure Freedom From Injury With This Effective Posture Checklist


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