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ALWAYS take care of yourself FIRST

Loving-kindness meditation Breath and for one minute, repeat ‘May I be happy, may I be well, may I be filled  with kindness and peace.’  You…

Downtime

Does your mind drift off sometimes? Off course it does. Research over the last two decades shows that, essentially, there is no such thing as…

Meditation

Mediation helps you to respond and not reacting to crises.  Research shows meditation decreases stress while increasing focus and self-confidence, empathy, compassion, perspective-taking, and the ability…

Exercise

In addition to its physical benefits, aerobic exercise notably improves clarity of thought and helps regulate negative emotions in both the short- and long-term. Recent studies show…

Sleep

Normally, 1/4 of your sleep time is in a “dream sleep mood REM sleep”, which is when you actually have the so-called dreams. The rest…

Nutrition and hydration

This may seem obvious—but under stressful or traumatic conditions the body’s usual signals of hunger and thirst don’t always make it to the brain. And…

Mental Health Toolkit

Nutrition and hydration Sleep Exercise Meditation Downtime Above all: Take care of yourself first HOW to build your new mental health toolkit The skills needed…

Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress—such as family and relationship…

Skills needed NOW:

Continuous learning and integrating new information; developing new personal and work practices. Making complex decisions and plans; solving problems. Empathy; maintaining self-control and focus.

Defend/Depend

The drive to defend, though primitive—it’s rooted in the basic fight-or-flight response—is nonetheless complicated. For humans, the defense drive is combined with a sense of…

Comprehend/Challenge

On the organizational level, this drive is usually satisfied through job design.  Best practices include: Designing jobs that comprise distinct and important roles, have meaning,…

Bond/Belong (cooperative)

On the organizational level, this drive is usually satisfied through company culture.  Best practices include: Foster mutual reliance and friendship among co-workers.  Value collaboration and…

Acquire/Achieve (competitive)

On the organizational level this drive is usually met through the compensation and rewards system.  Best practices include: Pay as well as competitors.  Tie rewards…

The Four Drives

Research by Harvard Business School’s Lawrence and Nohria suggests that people are guided by four basic emotional needs, or drives, that are the product of our…

CEO’s are asking:

“How to keep people engaged and connected and OPTIMISTIC in appropriate measure while so many have so many competing personal and business and health and…

How to keep employees engaged?

“IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO PLAN FOR THE NEXT SIX MONTHS —THERE SIMPLY IS NOT ENOUGH DATA AND INFORMATION TO DO SO.“