I'm always surprised when people ask me about how to manage their time.
"This time management of which you speak, what is that?" I joke.
Well, sort of. It's not really a joke, because I don't really manage my time. I manage my stress. Time management is something they teach you in bookkeeping class in college. Life teaches you to manage stress loads like you are putting weights on a scale. Overload yourself, and you won't have enough time to finish anything. Manage your stress and you will suddenly have enough time to get it all done. Here's how:
A great approach to time management, although I don't agree that eating whole wheat promotes clear thinking. I notice when I am less stressed my day just flows and I get so much done, rather than being glued to a check-off list.
You've heard it many times, including in this column: Stress is bad. It can damage your brain, screw up your health, travel from person to person, and even kill you. Our modern workplaces are great at creating stress and anxiety. How do we turn that off?
Robert Allen Fahey, Ph.D., an academic dean at Computer Systems Institute in Boston, and also a noted psychic, has suggestions for a few very easy steps anyone can take during any workday. These will automatically reduce your stress levels, he says, and help you keep on an even keel whatever comes your way. They're all things you can do at your desk, and most take only a few seconds. Here's his list:
An informative and easy to understand article on the different forms of sugar, how they affect us, as well as cooked, versus raw versus juiced veggies and fruits. I hadn't thought about the different between eating raw veggies vs raw fruits in that raw fruit is easier to digest since it has less fiber.
Soda that contains caramel color is the leading source of a potentially carcinogenic chemical in the diet. And a new Consumer Reports’ study shows many Americans drink enough soda to put their health at risk
Never mind the sugar and carbonation in soda as health risks. 4-mel, a potential carcinogen is found in some types of caramel color, the artificial ingredient used to turn colas and other soft drinks brown.
Big list of ideas to de-stress, also telling chart of stress by gender, race, income level, education, age and employment status. Didn't know that citrus can reduce stress. Thought Vit C was stimulating. Nutrition is full of conflicting "facts."
Sugar is hogging the spotlight as one of the most harmful foods in diets today. While sugar occurs naturally in healthy fruits and vegetables, many prepared and processed foods are stocked with added
Ellen Naylor's insight:
Sugar is so addictive, but it seems to bring you up and then back down again. Most of the benefits of bypassing sugar are reduced inflammation, which prevents disease, and an improved immune system. Ever wonder why so many people get colds and the flu around the holidays. Well there is always stress, but Christmas baked goods are also a key contributor.
Over 50? You're more likely to have long-term unemployment woes.
The rate of long-term unemployment is highest over the age of 50. As companies embrace the value proposition of hiring Millennial workers (in spite of their anger toward their shortcomings), Baby Boomers who can't deliver the same value will be let go. Yes, there are laws against age discrimination, but when companies follow proper protocol and can prove you aren't being singled out solely based on age, they can (and will) let you go.
I think reason 3, #stress, is often the trigger that causes Boomers to come off as arrogant and "know-it-alls in the workplace. I feel a lot more stress in my life than in my younger days, and I am not unusual. We often have more responsibilities as we get older, which contribute to stress, unless we figure out ways to alter our attitude and deal with these issues. I also have more to be thankful for as I age than I did when I was younger. That's something Boomers can share at work and at home to brighten things up.
Herbal supplements, brain-training games and puzzles are being tossed out as ways to fight cognitive decline, without much evidence that they work.
Ellen Naylor's insight:
The article doesn't mention the benefits of social interaction which is increasingly challenging in this digital age. There are studies that the brain develops new dendrites from social interaction with others. The effects of being alone really hit the elderly when their spouse and friends pass away.
Though sleep disorders are hardly new – even Aristotle wrote about them – our modern round-the-clock lifestyles, plus caffeine, alcohol, lack of exercise, stress, and a myriad of other factors have conditioned our bodies to stay awake. Sleep at times seems like the impossible dream and staying up is wearing us out. So is there hope for the bleary-eyed? Is a good night’s rest even possible these days? Absolutely! But first, you’ll need to brush up on your sleeping skills and make a few simple daytime changes so you can sleep better tonight. Here’s where to start:
Some good tips on falling asleep, although he is selling a "relaxation" pill. I don't agree with no water or liquids 4 hours before bed. That's impossible, especially living in a dry climate like Colorado.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a an ancient Japanese form of touch therapy that you can perform on yourself to help balance your energy and emotions through stimulating the meridians in our hands. The technique is simple, and can be done anywhere: Each finger is connected to different organs and emotions/attitudes. Check the chart and decide whether to focus on one area of trouble or to do a whole body balance Hold the finger correlating to the emotion you want to calm, or the organ you want to heal for 3-5 minutes while breathing deeply. If you want a total body harmonization you can go through all of the fingers on each hand. In a study at Markey Cancer Center patients of all stages and types were able to feel positive benefits, including reduced stress and nausea after each of their sessions. Also many patients that were having trouble getting rest reported they had a much easier time falling asleep while holding their thumb. Maybe this has something to do with why babies tend to find comf
Ellen Naylor's insight:
I tried this last night. I suffer from leg cramps, and they were better with my guess of holding my thumb. There is an interesting video about how this has helped those being treated for cancer deal with pain and stress. I
This article offers what scientific research found to be the top 10 things you can quickly do to boost your level of happiness. By doing any one of the 10 items below, you will almost surely feel dramatically better in under three minutes.
Ellen Naylor's insight:
Happiness doesn't just happen for most of us. It's a choice.
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