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5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress

Stress is the body’s response to any stimulus that taxes our personal resources. It can appear, suddenly and unannounced, through a variety of symptoms: Physiologically as headaches or an upset stomach Emotionally by feeling frustrated or overwhelmed Cognitively from memory loss or trouble concentrating Behaviorally with changes in eating or sleep patterns State of mind affects our wellbeing, and we’re all searching for some serenity in this frenetic world. Vacations ease tension, but they’re just too few and far between. So why not take a head trip as your relaxation … Continue reading

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Are You a Tortoise or a Hare?

Remember Aesop’s fable about the race between the tortoise and the hare? More than just a straightforward children’s tale about two mismatched competitors, it touches on several themes that are significant no matter your age: overconfidence vs. ingenuity laziness vs. perseverance bullying vs. resilience Last week, at a friend’s house, I enjoyed interacting with her pet tortoise and realized that he could get around a lot faster than I expected. He got me to considering what lessons can you take from the tortoise and the hare, both at work and … Continue reading

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Our Millennials and Transition

Life is not linear–it loops around and repeats itself. And when the past presents again, it inspires us to learn more about what to do next. Take Millennials, for example. Some leave home more than once, going back and forth, with small steps each time. Practice makes perfect. And these cumulative experiences prepare them for the ultimate transition into adulthood. At some level, summer camp is the first step toward greater autonomy. Because our kids’ leave-taking is only temporary, we welcome the break from our daily routine. But we know … Continue reading

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A Metaphor for Life

My favorite T-shirt is more than just a casual top to wear; it gives me something significant to think about. What’s the motto on the front? “Jazz: A Metaphor for Life.” I bought it seven years ago at the Michigan Jazz Festival and I’ve been sporting it ever since. This summer, I’ve been thinking about how I can incorporate more of its meaning into my daily life. Here are 5 ways you too can take advantage of the assets of ‘jazz’ every day. Improvise. When you find yourself facing a … Continue reading