Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

Three Performance Factors Used to Resolve Big Problems

While scrolling through LinkedIn, I came across Simon Sinek's post of a quote from Body Shop Founder Anita Roddick. An image of a mosquito was paired with the quote: "If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito." Can the literal size of the mosquito compared to a human be similar to the figurative idea of how small things can become big problems? Let's use the mosquito in the bedroom metaphorically to sizably destructive things occurring within principally necessary circumstances. Recently, someone mentioned an ongoing issue of teeth-grinding while sleeping. A specialist recommended a mouth guard but they continuously wear down while costly replacements, joint pain, and dental care rises. The underlying issue is that the grinding persists. Another person shared a perceived victory over the recent onset of disabling hand pain. Unfortunately, it came back the day after peeling and dicing vegetables. It crippled the ability to do all computer-related work. That same day...
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Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

Work Performance Satisfaction Directly Correlates with Sensitivities

It's difficult to convey an important message or inquiry with someone who doesn't speak the same language, as James McAvoy demonstrates. Sensations are similar to languages. Sight, sound, odor, body movement, taste, body exertion, touch, and instinct each speak and respond to specific details within surroundings. Sensation communicates then body responds. When laying with a book sleepiness occurs. The aroma of coffee activates saliva glands. Steady running to breathing rhythm encourages confidence. Each body has a unique inner-dialogue. Sense and perception interdependently create body responses. In the foreign language example one scenario will provide different sensations and perceptions because of bias in interpretation. People conclude knowledge on the basis of their sensory interpretation. Some become averse to certain 'normal' sensations because there is a sensation barrier as the mind processes it. Those with sensory processing barriers have difficulty identifying why there's adversity. Yet, cultural norms identify there is an issue. Fidgeting fingers through team-building...
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What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

What to Do To Prevent or Address Pain or Numbness From Work Tasks

Severe future health issues may occur if there pain or numbness is presently ignored in the hand, arm, leg or foot. Temporary pain remedies may cause transference of the core issue. Listed below are three safe remedies to stop persisting pain. Seek multiple opinions with an interdisciplinary team. A variety of specialized professionals provide alternative perspectives that may be missed with one. The value of a team approach reduces error. A team may include a chiropractor, occupational therapist, ergonomist, physical therapist, doctor, and massage therapist. Seek referrals and weigh out opinions with a trusted source. Personally log daily activities and behaviors over a 3 to 6 weeks.  Record keeping assists to manage budget and time. Awareness of body responses through attention to cause and effect may reduce costly appointments, medications, and products used to treat or reduce pain symptoms. Refrain from impulsive or persuasive purchasing before understanding the core issue. Clarity improves consumerism and reduces waste, money, and time. Confirm what sensations are fueling the pain.  Awareness of potential...
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Six Case Studies Where Sensations Became Mind Fuel

Six Case Studies Where Sensations Became Mind Fuel

Behavior results from being distracted and distressed have been researched since the 1960's. Science's primary focus is on the central nervous system's response to sensations. Results identify that performance behaviors failing to modify sensory intake sufficiently create perceptual instability. Performance abilities reducing or eliminating distractions and distress are demonstrated by employees with a healthy mind and body. According to 2012 Aflac Workforces Report of 6,100 United States workers, those receiving health and wellbeing services report higher level of job satisfaction, feel happier with their employer, and are more satisfied with their overall benefits. 55% of millennials believe a healthy mind leads to a healthy body. Sensations are mind fuel. Stimuli enters the body as information. The processed result is behavior. Hypersensitivity, hyposensitivity or magnasensitivity are 'disturbances of sensory modulation and/or information processing'. An intervention model for sensory modulation was proposed in 1979 by occupational therapist Jean Ayers. Its nearly a design-thinking process facilitating the improvement of knowledge, design, and creative application of sensory stimuli in one domain to...
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Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Science has been slowly revealing how to retrain the brain. Day-to-day there are moments when something isn't so pleasant. Consistent moodiness may trigger with an overly optimistic peer. Frequent disruptions are common with high-traffic noise in the walkway. A foggy brain after lunch disengages attention to detail. Cognitive science is linking biological responses like those listed above with cultural experiences. Performance improves by changing daily experiences. Sound, taste, and visual responses are three biological initiatives for retraining the brain. Here Is What You Hear A new part of the brain was revealed through auditory testing. Scientists confirms the brain has neuroplasticity. This means the brain is capable to change patterns with thinking, feeling, and behaving. According to most recent research frequency-following responses is one way to improve  audible sensitivities and functioning. Auditory processing really is improves active listening functionality including comprehension and problem solving. It also sifts through noisy environments to engage listening to a singular voice or instrument. Questions to Ask: ...
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30 Details On Health Costs

30 Details On Health Costs

Health Benefits manager Lisa Mrozinski at Robert W. Baird & Company said, “You may think you’re really healthy, but until you go through the process we can provide, you may not be aware that you’re pre-diabetic or have high cholesterol.” This quote was cited in the book The Grassroots Health Care Revolution by John Torinus Jr. Is there a process in place to learning the genuine health of your company? Here are 30 details on health costs John shared through his book to remind us of the integrity of providing health improvement services: United States of America health costs are 2x per capita of anywhere else in the world. Increased national health care costs then reduced money spent for education, research & development, public safety, environmental improvement, defense, personal finances, and wage increases. Health costs are the leading cause of bankruptcy in the United States of America. Pre-existing conditions are highly...
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Work Has Fragile Elements

Work Has Fragile Elements

Wellbeing is something I learned late in life. It was easier to avoid adversity by following desires for comfort. When I was a child I climbed a tree to escape. Avoidance behaviors kept me from becoming who I was meant to be. Here and now I'm profoundly thankful. Especially with reflection of people and experiences life brought. Awareness of each moment slowly drew me away from avoidance through comfort-seeking to becoming more aware of purpose-seeking. Wellbeing began with accepting I fall short. It taught me compassion, forgiveness, and to creatively self-express within all my life roles. Often I reflect on my ancestors and family influences. My grandfathers humbly invented or crafted objects. My grandmothers breathed a lineage of faith and morals into each of us. Dad was an engineer and academic while Mom's discipline included freedom to act. Siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins share my history, celebrating our shortcomings with forgiveness and faith. Home is less of one place but more of being surrounded by...
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A Swing In the Workplace Will Improves Beyond Employee Moods

A Swing In the Workplace Will Improves Beyond Employee Moods

Designers are slowly emerging with incredibly functional and stylish swings. A swing is a simple way to improve mood in the workplace. Swinging stimulates two body systems: vestibular and sensory. Each contributes to balance and spatial orientation for overall coordination. They also modulate mood states (Winter, Walmer, Laurens, Straumann, Krueger, 2013). When a swing moves in circles, twists or moves outside of the typical back and forth path it becomes a mechanism to excite. This effective alternative may replace caffeine or ignite motivation. Swinging got lost in interpretation as children's form of play.  If you work near a playground then take a recess to get through work. Jump on a swing before stress heightens emotional tension. Mood states when spinning demonstrated a lack in increased heart rate, confirming an absence of negative emotions (Winter, Walmer, Laurens, Straumann, Krueger, 2013). It also ignites the vestibular system's substantial effect on our mental state. Invest in performance by swinging often. Hang one from the beams in the...
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How Light May Improve Sleep and Overall Health

How Light May Improve Sleep and Overall Health

Light may lull the troubled sleeper right to sleep! Prior to the discovery of electricity, light from the sun controlled sleep-wake cycles.  Artificial light disrupts this natural rhythm, not only in our external environment but also inside our bodies. Questions to Ask: Are you aware of outdoor lighting conditions? What effect does indoor lighting have on you? Do you feel sleepy when it gets dark outside? What time do you shut off electronic screens (TV, phone, computer)? The Circadian System Our circadian system controls the processes within our body that follow a 24-hour cycle: hormone regulation, body temperature, and sleep/wake cycles. How Light Affects the Circadian System A collection of cells called the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) send signals throughout our body to help regulate us to our 24-hour day. Light travels first to our retina, then to our SCN, and ultimately to the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, the hormone that makes us feel...
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Integrity in our Daily Life

Integrity in our Daily Life

Integrity is used to describe a person, place or thing. The WholebeSM process teaches integrity to act as a catalyst to design sensibility. The universal root + definition of Integrity LATIN | integer {intact} being morally upright the state of unity consistent in principal Zig Ziglar said, With integrity you have nothing to fear, nothing to hide. With integrity you will do the right thing, so you will have no guilt." Integrity in our daily life At some point in our lives we are tested.  In these moments our integrity is measured.  Integrity in our daily lives can be offensive to others. Examples of this are seen when activists stand by their principal, or artists remain sincere to their mission and are shunned. Our actions are based on our morals and determine our internal integrity. (function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-60245206-1', 'auto'); ga('send', 'pageview'); ...
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How to Blend Personal and Work Roles

How to Blend Personal and Work Roles

Are you in the right role? Role models are excellent resources to setting measurable standards. They help identify the set of skills and experiences necessary for a specific role. Identify the roles in the following story. Which shared similar skills as the king? There is a story of a king who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was.  The oak said it was tired of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The pine was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. The grapevine was determined to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches.  The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.  And so it went throughout the garden. Yet coming to a violet, the...
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Overcome Anger, Fear, and Stress One Surprise at a Time

Overcome Anger, Fear, and Stress One Surprise at a Time

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". Anger, fear, stress, or anxiety following a surprise affects every body organ as well as those in the surroundings (Siegal and Bergman, 2006). Surprises may bring out behaviors seeded from the inner 3 year-old.  Some surprises may lead to anger once the results are factored into a time line.  Therefore, it may require motivation to continuously observe performance behaviors. Yet, once in pursuit of the surprise a student to behavior change is born. Questions to Ask: How well do you adapt to surprises? What is a common reaction to a surprise resulting in excessive time to resolve a result? What is one way to change feeling angry due to a surprise? Kahneman recommends the first step to change is learning through observation. Seek the...
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Relationship Is Based On Respect Not Power

Relationship Is Based On Respect Not Power

Healthy relationships rely on effective communication strategies. The most effective communicators are also good listeners (Zemke et al 2000). With objective communication a relationship is based on respect not power, manipulation, or punishment. Below are objective communication examples. Effective communication tactics enable us to be better listeners while we help our client's achieve their goals. RESPOND EMPATHETICALLY Listen with full attention, eye contact and body language Acknowledge feelings with a word Give their feelings a name. Reflect back their feelings Give them their wishes in fantasy Start with an empathetic word ("this is tough/sad/too bad") and then ask gently, "what are you going to do?" or "What can you do?" Deliver empathy and state the limit ENGAGE COOPERATION Non-productive: blaming and accusing, name calling, threats, commands, lectures and moralizing, warnings, playing the martyr, comparing, sarcasm, prophesying, questions, bribing/cajoling Encouraging: describe the problem, give information, give choices, say it with a word, talk about feelings, write a note, change if/then to when/then, use 'after' (we will...), sing, use modified threats PUNISHMENT ALTERNATIVES...
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Talking to Yourself Will Develop Performance

Talking to Yourself Will Develop Performance

First mail out those letters sitting on the table, complete the employee evaluation, and prepare for the meeting. Then think about my purpose in this job. Those thoughts became words quickly without hesitation one day. I didn’t even realize I had said them until they were muttered. Reassuring, focusing words leads to true responsiveness. Talking to yourself throughout the day is not abnormal. In fact, there is even a term that defines this phenomenon known as private speech. We often learn to do it as kids. Kids talk to themselves while playing.  It serves as an important part of their development. As we get older, it allows us to cement memories or visualize what we are thinking. Buy carrots for the soup. Oh those keys..hmmm. Private speech helps us socially. When we come up with responses to a person that we met that day, it allows us to use that comeback the next time we see them. I’m swamped – let’s meet at noon.  Other times it could be used as a comfort...
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Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

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 trigger you out of your control into an unhealthy zone  (CompPsych 2013). There are strategies to prepare for this. Its those other ways you occupy your time that directly effect your behaviors. Sleep is one statistically proven strategy (Foster 2013). What other ways do you occupy your time? Play, the commute to work, or self-care routines are some.  When we walk over the threshold into the workplace we bring all of life's current events with us. This is natural with health consequences if avoided (Duke 2006). Relief to exist in the workplace includes evolving and creating strategies unique to your needs. The body functions to take in information, process it, then...
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What Is In Sight May Distract You

What Is In Sight May Distract You

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 body functions. Researchers identified how sight effects organs phases of rest and activity. Below is the results (Willbarger and Willbarger 2012). Structure  | Rest & Digest | Fight-Flight Iris (eye muscle)| Pupil constriction | Pupil dilation Heart  | Rate & force decrease | Rate & force increase Stomach  | Increase peristalsis | Reduce peristalsis Lung  | Bronchial muscle contracts | Bronchial muscle relax Small Intestine | Digestion increase | Motility reduce Large Intestine  | Secretion/motility increase | Motility reduce Liver  | Antagonistic to glycogen | Conversion of glycogen ...
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Focus and Conquer Those Daily Intentions

Focus and Conquer Those Daily Intentions

During occupational therapy sessions this last week at the preschool we created a “Determine Your Session” game. The student was given a ball and had to throw it at one of the numbers located on the therapy mat. Once the number was determined, then that child had to do the activity that many times. For example, trace you name in four different colors, jump seven times on the trampoline or roll eight play dough snowballs. This got me thinking – how often does this realistically happen in life? Sometimes we are given several choices throughout our day or faced with daily options that are not too enjoyable. This tactic can help focus and conquer those great intentions. Recently, I was working with kids that have oral defensiveness and the thought of trying new foods was completely adversive. By giving control to the child and working for something motivating, it made the task less overwhelming. For example: take x amount of bites of...
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Respond to Anger with Kindness

Respond to Anger with Kindness

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 understanding one's true nature. We respond with harmony or discord. Understanding one's personality and temperament helps develop healthy relationships. It enhances goal achievement. It enables you to respond to anger with kindness! If knowing one's true nature sounds like a winning solution to you, below is personality and temperament descriptives. Personality A collective of an individual's attitudes, behavioral patterns, emotional responses, social roles and other individual traits that are innate, predisposed and endure over a long period of time. We recharge one of two ways: as an extrovert or an introvert. Extroverts What: they gain their energy by being with other people, find it exhausting to be alone, need people to help them think through their problems,...
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Provoke Approval With Postured Assurance

Provoke Approval With Postured Assurance

Have you lived within a culture that isn't your own? Over the years I've been personally challenged through unfamiliar cultures. A few examples of cultures I need to adapt to includes an indian reservation, farming community, tourist town, and middle-eastern religions. Beyond the smells, language or customs just transitioning from a geographical move is tough! Overcoming adversity presents two choices: be open to it, or deny it. Choosing which path is the power to ultimately steer performance. Forethought is a natural impulse that digs into personal values, morals, and beliefs. That of openness or denial begins the body, mind and spirit path to performing towards positive outcomes. Even choosing an openness to drink from a new water source goes through the natural impulse of forethought. It subjects the digestive system to work through a new source that may or may not be good for the body. In this case, for some, denial may be the path for better health. One powerful...
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Six Ways to Be Brave With Siblings

Six Ways to Be Brave With Siblings

The sibling bond is instrumental to health. According to the Prevention Research Center: in childhood and adolescence, siblings spend considerable time together, and siblings' characteristics and sibling dynamics substantially influence developmental trajectories and outcomes. A friendly acquaintance is much more tolerable than a sibling acquaintance. There's no history of who made dad angry! So, how do you get to know your siblings? There may be an early relationship history with less contact once in college. I've been utterly appalled to witness the power of family maliciousness at times of trauma or illness. Standing over a loved one being aggressive or violent is poor support during hospitalization. Are you resentful of your sibling? A worthwhile mental health question is: am I holding a grudge? Make a list to confess the anger. I keep an ongoing list then cross off grudges when they are resolved. It's silly some of the memories that surface but imperative to critical healing. Forgive daily. Commit to minute by minute forgiveness. The Journal of Behavioral Medicine sites an emerging study on...
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Create a Trust Environment

Create a Trust Environment

I remember what I was wearing, the room I was in, the furniture, the color...the smells. Past memories surface when least expected. In a fleeting moment confusion may occur. The mind races towards how to direct behavior. A task or person may trigger past trauma, pain, or uneasy sensory memories. Aware or not, everything registers in to the brain as a memory (ASA 2014). So colors, objects, people, patterns - anything in the line of sight (and peripherally), smell, taste - all registers as 'data'. The brain organizes this information to use as a response behavior. Trust is included in the life memory bank. Comfort, safety, restful environments or things are included as trustful. This intellectually driven method aids to establish trust. Conflict resists trust. The brain organizes conflict into 'fight' behaviors like passivity, anger, or manipulation. It's capable of experience-dependent change. It needs present experiences to change its original interpretation. Questions to Ask: Is there a person or people at work...
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Coping Strategies for Stress

Coping Strategies for Stress

Have you been pushed to a point to leave your job? Office politics and peers are two known challenges to personally coping with stress. Personal issues add stress into work environments, too. Those committed to adhere to a stress-filled work role require behavior strategies for compromising. Stress coping strategies might challenge another core lifestyle role. Especially when values and morals are compromised. Children model their elders in life experiences. They learn what their values, morals and beliefs are within their surroundings. Their ideas on handling conflict blooms from their culture.  When people share stories about how conflict or violence shaped their success and failures it offers diverse opportunities in how to cope or strategize for managing stress. Conflict is personal but it reaps great rewards when openly discussed and resolved. Try this: Write down the the steps to conflict resolution listed below. Repeat aloud the rules for fighting fair. These two steps facilitate retention of information for forming healthy habits. 3. Be creative! Sass up something for a...
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Core Values

Core Values

Occupational therapy continues to climb the top job ratings each year. Why? O.T.'s are educated and skilled to facilitate people in the engagement of meaningful activities. Naturally, through daily repetition, they apply to their personal life what they do in their career. Occupational therapy practitioners are educated on the physiological and psychological impact of stress. Low stress and high outcome visibility was the natural course in my professional journey. Our profession is grounded in the values of altruism, equality, freedom, justice, dignity, truth, and prudence. Further explanation is found in the Core Values and Attitudes of Occupational Therapy Practice (AOTA, 1993): "Altruism is the individual’s ability to place the needs of others before their own. Equality refers to the desire to promote fairness in interactions with others. The concept of freedom and personal choice is paramount in a profession in which the desires of the client must guide our interventions. Occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and researchers relate in a fair and impartial manner to individuals with whom they...
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One of These Three Stress Responses Will Empower You To Boost Performance

One of These Three Stress Responses Will Empower You To Boost Performance

While sitting at your desk, working in the kitchen...in every task and environment your senses are bombarded. All information comes to us through sensory input. An average of 2,000 bits of information per second enters our brain (Willis 2009). Although, everyone processes through this information differently. Our senses first sift through all of it before it even reaches our awareness.  Neurologically our body organizes then attempts to adjust its reaction to an impulse. Modulation provides a behavior that safely adapts to the stress of change with less risks on health. Everyone responds to stress differently. Knowing how your senses respond may empower you to boost performance: Some of us are hypersensitive or sensory over-responders, in which we react to sensations faster and stronger than those with normal response levels (Reynolds and Jane 2007).  These aren't willful, but automatic and unconscious physiological responses to sensation. Questions to ask: Is high activity the preferred daily pace? Is there impulsiveness in behaviors? Are there...
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How Trauma May Damage Life Without Help

How Trauma May Damage Life Without Help

One part of learning is through sharing stories about life experiences. Working in healthcare is equivalent to reading biographies or short stories. Every day listening included individuals, young and old, sharing their joy and pain through story-telling. A recent story included the life course up to the moment of witnessing a first body tremor.  It was horrific, sad...a consistent visceral response through the end. This individual openly confessed to neglecting signs through their life that eventually led to neurological impact. Trauma occurred but the course that was chosen was one of neglecting the healthier path. To add to the tremors were movement, visual and digestive issues.   The American Psychological Association sites trauma as an emotional response to a terrible event - an accident, rape or natural disaster. Merriam Webster's definition includes physical, psychic or behavioral, and emotional events. The website helpguide.org summarizes: Emotional and psychological trauma is the result of extraordinarily stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless and vulnerable in...
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