How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

How to Motivate Work Days as Endless Meaningful Activities

Workplace
Last week over 50% of attendees bailed on a workshop. The subject was meeting and managing stress. Employees didn't have the time due to reported demanding deadlines. Additional reports were feelings of stress. So, how do we motivate a stressed-out work force into meaningful work activities through reduced stress and improved performance? There are numerous industries in our country's work force offering an array of roles and tasks to fit diverse desires of job-seekers. The act of work becomes a big problem when it exchanges the initial outcome-oriented fulfillment for daily boredom or unmanageable stress. Research offers directive, evidence-based strategies to be satisfied with and at work. One result of research is The Self-Determination Theory. It exposes satisfaction of our psychological needs and the relationship between what we do and…
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Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Three Talent Management Strategies Developing Multi-generational Workforce

Workplace
Across generations, creating meaning at work is key to being. We use Being here to capture identity, self-awareness, and tolerance. Talent management practices that engage a multi-generational workforce are informed by an understanding of the influences and values of each generation.  Incorporating trends such as: Baby Boomers crave contributing. Generation Xers seek clear logic for their work tasks. Millennials want to make a tangible difference. Optimal talent management transforms work into being meaningful.  Employees sharpen talent as they value being their whole-being. So, this includes use of their time, talent, and relationships. Also, they feel safe and supported in both relationships and surroundings. Reverse-mentoring, the corporate break place, and role-sharing are three strategies to support a strong multi-generational workforce. Established support network Mentoring is increasingly becoming structured and strategic, as organizations are noting its essential role in…
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Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Workforces Creating Value Do Habits

Workplace
Gallup reported 68% of United States employees in 2015 were not engaged. As a result employees are not doing their work. Workforces creating value do strengthening activities. So, their work ethic, work style, habits and routines are naturally creating organizational values. Observing others doing brings opportunities to understand their values. Therefore, it strengthens team-based performance, and also company-wide inclusivity and diversity. Thakor’s Competing Values Model describes four strategies for creating value: control, compete, create, and collaborate. These are all active processes; and, described respectively as doing things right, doing things fast, doing things first, and doing things together. As much as possible, do with an upstream focus. “Upstream” is a concept from public health. It means starting at the source. Getting things right from the start and preventing problems from arising later, downstream.…
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Why Design Sensibility Is a Design-Thinking Process

Why Design Sensibility Is a Design-Thinking Process

WholeBe Toolkit
There's a distinct difference between a performance program and a performance process. Programs is defined as a planned series of future events, items, or performances. Alternatively, 'process' is a series of actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end. Programs follow detailed proposals or action steps. Processes follow a series or number of things related or unrelated that derive into a sequence. Design thinking is a process used to problem-solve by following sequenced details that evolve through creativity and exploration. Programs provide less freedom of creative exploration. WholeBeSM provides a design-thinking process with a design sensibility method. Design Sensibility is design-thinking for transforming performance behaviors. John P. Kotter used findings from a ten-year study to summarize an effective transformation process. Michael E. Porter argues strategy is a choice on what…
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Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Eighteen Tips to Be Resilient for Healthier Holidays

Occupational
Holiday's are here! To support the cause of avoiding ditching healthy me-time, play-time, and we-time we're dishing eighteen tips to be remarkably resilient. RAINY DAYS MAKES WAY FOR INDOOR PLAY Who said it has to be sunny to move and shake over the holiday? Holidays aren't an every day thing so be inventive. Turn up the music, look at your furniture with beginners mind, and let the laughter begin! If being indoors makes you want to eat more check this out to undo that mode of operation. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="564"] Free yourself to jump on the bed or couch. Every so often isn't going to break the frame.[/caption] WORK MAY BE FAMILY TIME Maybe its siblings or perhaps a foe but seeing that person an opportunity to put on…
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18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

18 Diet Resources Empowering Disease and Injury Prevention

Physical
Eating habits may often lead to being bloated or feeling depleted of energy. Doctor Norman Boeve has witnessed the strain obesity contributes to a person's skeletal system and overall health. "Everything you put in your mouth works toward either health or disease. Think 'Is this bad for me'?" Doctor Boeve is a retired orthopedic surgeon who now publishes and presents the importance of choosing to perform for the prevention of disease and injury. Below are 18 diet books and websites Boeve recommends.   The best "Starter Book"   How Not to Die (Prematurely) by Michael Gregor Excellent General Book    Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman MD For those seeking information regarding significant heart disease Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn MD Dangers of fructose and added sugars   Fat Chance by Robert Lustig MD A huge…
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How Stress Spreads and Methods To Avoid It

How Stress Spreads and Methods To Avoid It

HR Academy, Social
Two employees walk into the office one regularly-scheduled work day morning. They respectfully go their separate desks, set down their belongings but cling to the unnerving chaos experienced moments before work. Mental disorders from unmanaged stress are climbing far above heart conditions, cancer, and diabetes. Everyone experiences stress.  Shared similar interests creates a community. Current points of tension to managing stress include: how people manage stress; just who is responsible to managing it; and, health knowledge about why it's valuable to manage stress   Below are two cases of three people. Each reveal how stress is contagious and methods to stop it from spreading. Sensations to Stress Alan's brain interprets the sound and sight of Joe eating tortilla chips as an annoyance. Sally isn't phased by Joe's eating habits. When Alan is sitting one…
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Wellbeing Knowledge-sharing Improves Employee Engagement

Wellbeing Knowledge-sharing Improves Employee Engagement

Emotional, HR Academy
Shaming peers squander their ability to thrive. Fear is a common feeling that is shamed. A workplace culture supporting feelings like fear embrace employee wellbeing . This action endorses the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Americans with Disabilities Act. Addressing how employee's problem-solve at work initiates an improvement to how they solve performance behavior issues. According to existing research a culture that invests in health and wellbeing knowledge-sharing improves employee engagement. Professionals trained in employee performance expedites performance outcomes. Workplace environment factors are also factors to performance according to the Well Living Lab. Fear exists due to internal and external factors. Professionals that apply person, task, and environment services address all factors to debilitating feelings that risk mental health. Todd Kashdan identifies emotional variables are also linked to surroundings in Why We Need More Science and Less…
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Three Themes of Spirituality Effect Performance As Revealed In Research

Three Themes of Spirituality Effect Performance As Revealed In Research

HR Academy, Spiritual
Performance is effected by the unavoidable and planned major life events. A two year study of 2,106 people identified the birth of a first child caused the most significant impact on wellbeing. The events following included divorce, unemployment, and death of a spouse. Chronic stress is reported to effect the immune system and ultimately a person's quality of life. Major life events challenge the ability to be resilient, grounded, and self-aware. Suicide is so common amongst Japanese and Korean employees that it's listed as a work-related condition for compensation. Spirituality is a performance behavior because it intersects life meaning and the ability to engage in activities. Researchers who searched the term and methodology of spirituality revealed three themes: avenues, experience, and meaning.   AVENUES TO AND THROUGH SPIRITUALITY This theme includes coping through…
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Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Three Ways to Identify Performance Literacy

Emotional, HR Academy
Those creeping internal sensations of doing too much of something begs for occupational literacy. Occupational therapist Elizabeth Townsend defines it as "a source of language and skills for persons at any age to adapt to diverse contexts and purposes." Internal sensations may be difficult to identify with words. Feelings are often confused with a need. For example, suppression by activity consumption including shopping, food or alcohol intake. Silencing truth is another example by way of gossiping, lying, or holding unrealistic perspectives. This Globis 2013 survey identified how 200 leaders lacked language and skills by avoiding necessary conversations by an alarming 97%. Leaders believed they might cause employee stress. 80% believed angry behaviors were a necessary part of their role with "difficult conversations." Occupational justice commits rights, responsibilities, and liberties for quality performance…
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Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

Performance Improves By Sound, Taste, and Visual Responses

HR Academy, Intellectual
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…
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What Resources Act Like If They Were Your Employee

What Resources Act Like If They Were Your Employee

HR Academy, Occupational
The short stories in Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki instantly empowers. Kiyosaki continuously reminds readers to "mind your own business" with the metaphor that dollar bills are an employee. They work for performance outcome. This helped me to appreciate that all the personal resources we choose are literally our employees. The form and function of furnishings we use work for us to accomplish sleeping, sitting, and eating. Every object we own provides an outcome including ease of usability, longevity of wear-and-tear, storability, and ownership advantages. Words are our employees. Thoughts expressed are resources providing returns we hope to anticipate. Destructive words have outcomes. Supportive words have outcomes. Expressed words are employees investing in value-creation while thoughts are like employees looking for work. Communities we use become employees accomplishing or hindering goals. Classrooms, work-spaces,…
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Workplace Abuse and The Most Effective Way To Explode It

Workplace Abuse and The Most Effective Way To Explode It

HR Academy, Workplace
The workplace seeks to build and fulfill marketplace relationships. It secures revenue. Workplace cultures resemble the character of the founder. A leader with courage, vision, discipline, and endurance breath cultural standards into the employees of a business. Oh, and one more trait…love. Love may appear taboo as a leadership trait. When considering the characteristic of love it repeatedly sets a cultural tone. Loving relationships extend and reciprocate support. In a corporate culture it drives out adversity between employee, customer, and workplace mission. Unfavorable scandalous leadership behaviors provoke tragedies that are costly. Employee's disrespect deadlines, quit, and   become victims to customers. Over time these behaviors become cultural norms all employees follow. We follow leaders. Norms define stability in the quest for revenue security. A study reported abuse was present in 79% of…
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Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

Practice B.E.I.N.G. to Achieve Workplace Prosperity and Safety

HR Academy, Occupational
Prosperity and safety in the workplace are necessary for best performance outcomes. Prosperity breathes comfort that survival is possible for driving competitive advantages and teamwork capabilities. It reduces presenteeism. Safe practices reduce absences and turnover. Productivity results from workplaces filled with attitudes of prosperity and safety. Employees instinctually seek feeling safe but stretching outside of comfortable practices may compromise quality of life. Experiences of prosperity through novel practices offers the ability to be vulnerable towards what appears as ambiguous. The anonymous quote, "If you're comfortable in life then you're not maturing," is true. Maturing performance standards results in employee discomfort. A workplace may reduce discomfort with B.E.I.N.G strategies resulting in employee's boldly existing in necessary growth. B.E.I.N.G. Boldly Existing in Necessary Growth is an acronym to set up the ability…
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The 40 Hour Work Week Disrupts the Natural Work Flow

The 40 Hour Work Week Disrupts the Natural Work Flow

Workplace
“I used to be exhausted all the time, I would come home from work and pass out on the sofa, but not now. I am much more alert: I have much more energy for my work, and also for family life.” These are the words of Lise-Lotte Pettersson, an assistant nurse and participant in a controlled trial of shorter work hours in Sweden. The results will be published in 2016, but so far results indicate nurses are less fatigued and more efficient (Crouch, 2015). A 2014 Gallup survey of 1,200 American adults discovered that the average full time US employee works 47 hours per week and 18% work 60 hours or more (Green, 2015). The workplace is a community I'm passionate about. Work demands are conditions part of my mission. Occupational…
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What to Do With That Busy Mind That Disrupts Performance

What to Do With That Busy Mind That Disrupts Performance

HR Academy, Intellectual
Awareness determines how time is spent. Behaviors are a reflection of brain activity. Psychologist Daniel Kahneman researched this phenomenon and summarized that  "even in the absence of time pressure, maintaining a coherent train of thought requires discipline." How does the brain get disciplined? Changing a busy brain with rampant, scattered thoughts towards attending to immediate surroundings, internal cues, and relational patterns is effortful work. Awareness improves intellectual behaviors. In his book Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman continues, "People who are cognitively busy are also more likely to make selfish choices, use sexist language, and make superficial judgments in social situations." Each of these indicate an inner-dialogue that excludes a mature sense of automatic behaviors and the act of regulating them. Awareness of natural and built environment factors, as well as body capacities…
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What Distorted Thinking Is and How To Stop It

What Distorted Thinking Is and How To Stop It

Emotional, HR Academy
In the past there were few classrooms or households teaching exactly what a healthy relationship is. Parents may model valuable aspects but don't physically sit down with their children as teachers of Relationships 101. A healthy relationship from 'the inside out' identifies what communication can become. Healthy relationships begin with an honest self assessment. It requires being prepared for a life-long journey of education. It is effortful work, time and awareness to identify then replace distorted information that the mind believes as truth. There are many layers to replacing distorted thinking. Author and professor Benjamin K. Bergen explains in Louder than Words that we simulate experiences, actions and performances in our mind through a scientifically proven process called embodied simulation. "Meaning, according to the embodied simulation hypothesis, isn’t just abstract mental symbols; it’s…
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One Simple Step to Get Your Sleep

One Simple Step to Get Your Sleep

HR Academy, Physical
Of course it is best to get those seven to eight hours of sleep in for the next day to run smoothly. The tricky part in achieving this is to pull away from that to-do list or mindless moments prior to bed time. To activate change the brain needs an inter-connection across the non-conscious and conscious domains (Charlesworth and Morton 2015). The body clock is one way to achieve sleep. Chronobiologists identified we have two types of body clocks. One reason getting to bed may be difficult is because your personal clock is socially directed toward your body's opposite needs (Keller and Smith 2014). This means practicing self-control when it comes to your attention and effort. To say, "I'm getting to bed early tonight," is a start, yet self-control requires physical methods to make a set bedtime…
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How to Gain Optimal Results in Every Situation

How to Gain Optimal Results in Every Situation

HR Academy, Social
Imagine working with a colleague that opposes your political beliefs. What do you do? The larger part of social happiness isn't emotion. It's mental arithmetic. The sum of your expectations, your ideals, and your acceptance of what you can't change determines everyday habits and choices. This formula steers performance. Everyone's sum is unique. Two opposing behaviors may turn a situation into pointless discomfort. Compassion and active listening are fundamental relationship skills. Performance flourishes into empowerment by mental shifting. A flexible response to opposing political views may be to share feelings of discomfort. The time discussing politics replaces discussing work objectives or team-building while at work. Directing attention on feelings that oppose productive work relationships may offer a compassionate response. Switch the mind-set from what isn't relatable to what is. Columbia University psychologist George…
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When Work Routines Are Necessary or Not

When Work Routines Are Necessary or Not

HR Academy, Intellectual
Creating routines improves performance because by nature it becomes a habit. Being of a curious nature provides moments of drifting off a routine path. This initially offers excitement and may lead to altering a routine. It may also result in suffering. There's risk in drifting off routine, yet there is reward with sticking to them. Routines create commitment. It may be a cultural routine which often is temporary. However, routines are patterns of behavior that are observable, regular, repetitive and provide structure for daily life.* Psychology Today presented how people often change in unpredictable ways over time.  "Ultimately, of course, we bear the responsibility for who we are. But the way we influence who we are isn't by simply deciding to be different. We have to be clever. We have to pull…
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Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

Work May Trigger Repetitive Conflicts

Workplace
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…
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Selflessness as Free Medicine

Selflessness as Free Medicine

Occupational
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 through the stress. Loneliness lengthened my healing process. We are relational beings. Once I learned a method to break down self-judgement and shame I slowly invited others into my life. This action taught selflessness. Lets look at how research supports selflessness as free medicine to mind, body, soul. Giving or sharing is an innate feeling (Brown 2003). Like all other behaviors it requires acting on the feeling over time to become a skill, habit, pattern. Sharing space with others improves the…
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The Clear Advantage To a Furnished Space with Inspiring Objects

The Clear Advantage To a Furnished Space with Inspiring Objects

HR Academy, Spiritual
What's to do with years of old memorabilia?  Often I strongly consider burying my journals and random objects of meaning in a time capsule. Are objects worthwhile to keep for security of feelings? Five years ago this month I began to travel with only one carry-on. The trail-hopping between furnished temporary living quarters was freeing and challenging. Prior to leaving my home state I shed furnishings, products, and clothes to simplify my valuables into as few storage bins as possible.  Recently all six bins shipped from Michigan to Los Angeles. Immediately I sold the emptied bins on Craigslist for a bundle deal of $50. The need to rekindle with my old belongings was met. An outpour of feelings while combing through old memorabilia caused questioning: Why keep past objects within view? The energy that…
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Nine Ways To Achieving Magnificent Performance Outcomes

Nine Ways To Achieving Magnificent Performance Outcomes

HR Academy, WholeBe Toolkit
Creative ideas are secured to become authentic solutions when desire meets success. Remarkable, successful outcomes are tangible. Being calm during work frenzy is emotionally tangible. Instantly reducing costly health issues is cash profitable - tangible. Occupational therapy is a profession that creates experts to guide individuals actively seeking the most magnificent outcomes in life. Individuals, populations or organizations have benefited from our services for over 200 years. Here's how: Occupational therapists deliver occupational performance. This ability to act or do an activity within a life transaction, context and activity profits two ways: Improvement or when limitations in performance is present; Enhancement or when performance limitation isn't present. We focus on adaption for those desiring to change responses to occupational (as in occupational performance) challenges. Modifying tasks, products and environments is our speciality. Health and…
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Core Values

Core Values

Spiritual
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…
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Three Steps To Skyrocket Happiness When the Forbidden Brings Tension

Three Steps To Skyrocket Happiness When the Forbidden Brings Tension

Social
Sharing space with certain 'others' (you know who) may provoke alarm. Three steps to skyrocket the 'happy' feelings in the midst of forbidden or tense relationship moments are: listen, sense, share. Active listening is a full body skill. Clear the mind, look at the speaker, posture the body in a receiving gesture. Observe the body's sensory responses. Which sense is reacting most to this experience? What are the internal distractions? What are the external distractions? Sharing formulates conclusions towards happy feelings by sifting the objective from the subjective. Write, draw or share with someone the details about impressionable moments. Then go back to the first threatening source with what you learned from listening and observing the full experience. These simple, yet powerful actions keep the happiness door open into relationships bound towards maturity.…
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How To Stop Pathetic Future Meltdowns From Stress

How To Stop Pathetic Future Meltdowns From Stress

Spiritual, WholeBe Toolkit
She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails. -ELIZABETH EDWARDS Spreading newspapers and pulling out handfuls of goopy seeds are the welcomed precursors to carving a pumpkin.  Next, time will be spent together at a large table, calling dibs on a favored leg or wing to eat while simultaneously someone slowly carves the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. The next two months holds such focus on others: giving presents, cooking and creating New Year’s resolutions to better ourselves, the community and the organizations we believe in.  Carving time in our schedules for ourselves quickly goes by the wayside. It is easy to schedule a massage or a hair appointment and denote that time as “me time.” Often it is spread out,…
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What Is The Culprit to Behaviors You Want To Stop?

What Is The Culprit to Behaviors You Want To Stop?

Emotional
History is an incredible occurrence that shapes everything to stand with remarkable uniqueness. How often do you stop to consider something or someone's history? An example of a 'something' are words. Vocabulary history is acquired through selective listening and reading or engrained through cultural norms. The history of common words - like connection, originated with different spelling (connectere) then morph from their homeland (Latin - connexio) into new cultures (English - connect). In consideration of the history of 'someone' a form of history measurement may be through behaviors. Behavior responses may change as demonstrated by designs preferred, the slang spoken, the people or cultures valued for purposeful sharing. Behaviors lead to daily choices and then return as life history. The history of brain growth shares commonalities with the life of the 'something' and 'someone'…
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Texture May Arouse Emotional Workplace Behaviors

Texture May Arouse Emotional Workplace Behaviors

Emotional, HR Academy
Texture is full of variance. It has pattern, color, material, and weight. Have you considered using it for shock value? One way to form a memory is by shocking our nervous system. Our response to seeing an appealing texture is to touch it. Something soft but feels like sandpaper will leave a lasting impression. It may sound harsh but in the right context it works! Our brain's plasticity allows us to change unhealthy behaviors.  It first detects, then reacts to sensations. Detection occurs on an unconscious level. Reaction is what fosters a behavior. Texture is just one way to access our millions of neurological functions in pursuit of changing behavior. Texture may intensify emotion within workplace behaviors. Daily, excessive tasks including products like seating, office equipment, even writing tools can cause…
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When It All Becomes Overwhelming and You Start to Shut Down

When It All Becomes Overwhelming and You Start to Shut Down

Feature
Sometimes I'm scared of my body.  I'm not always sure what pains I will wake up to or what thoughts will wander into my head or even what colors will come out of my nose.  This past year, I've become more in tune with this while living in the Mojave desert.  Lake Havasu City is a very different climate compared to back east - coming in at about 10-18% humidity according to my hermit crabs' barometer.  This has left me at times dehydrated, congested, raspy, and/or wiped out.  Nonetheless, it has helped me become very aware of any changes internally and how the environment affects me. This is something I'm glad I'm beginning to realize now.  It's important knowing who you are and how you react under the most trying…
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