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5 ways to de-stress: HOLIDAY EDITION

Already spinning from the countless trips to the grocery store you’ve taken this week?Below are a few tips to help you maintain inner peace during the holiday madness. From kooky aunt Viv to obnoxious cousin Pete; keep your sanity and remain stress free!!

Meditate:

Find a quiet, semi-lit room. Set your timer for 30 minutes, and be sure to set the alarm tone to something subtle and soft. Find a comfortable seat. You can lay on your back, kneel, or sit: cross-legged or in a chair. To prepare your body for uninterrupted stillness find your center by stacking shoulders over hips. Close your eyes and draw your attention to your breath. In through your nose and out through your nose. Each moment you inhale take in love and acceptance, and as you exhale release the snark remarks cousin Pete made about your slightly burnt dressing. Before you know it, your timer will go off and all the drama will seem a little less important than the time you have to spend with them!

Take a Walk:

After dinner and dishes, take 20-30 minutes to walk around the neighborhood or to your favorite store. I like to walk solo but some areas aren’t safe so use the buddy system. Before you start walking take a moment to set your intention.  Inhale clarity and exhale spilling the wine on the table. (I’d have a moment of silence for a bold red blend…) Each step you take brings you closer to home and loved ones and further away from stress and anxiety. Before you know it you will have made it home and created space for more bonding.

Aromatherapy:

When I think  of the holidays, I instantly smell my mother’s sweet potato pies. Our sense of smell is a powerful way to bring about feelings of happiness and nostalgia. Scented candles and essential oils containing sandalwood, eucalyptus, sage, or peppermint; scream relaxation and warm the spirit. Find peace in the reminiscent memories of holidays past.

Doodle:

I love to doodle, especially with my younger family members. There are no expectations surrounding what to draw or how much to draw. A circle could be a cloud or a bubble or even a face. Its whatever you want it to be!!

Yoga:

Everyone knows how affective yoga can be to aid in calming the sympathetic nervous system associated with fight or flight and stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system associated with our rest and renew function. The poses below aide in activating the parasympathetic system and are excellent to do before meals or bedtime

(this is the secret key to keeping pounds off too!! wake up your belly before you pile in the turkey. And the stuffing.. And the mac n cheese!)

…Nothing to it but to DO IT!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What exercises do you do when you are feeling stressed? Let’s chat below!

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Millennial Spotlight : Moice Morancy

After scrolling on my personal Facebook page; I came across this video of a young New York resident, Moice Morancy.

He was riding the transit and witnessed an older man attempting to sexually assault a young girl.

In a crowded bus, he noticed many patrons turning the other cheek and not defending this young girl; If not for her own honor, for the sake of knowing in their heart it was wrong. Moice spoke up and confronted the man thats why I select Mr. Morancy for this weeks Spotlight Top Video. His courage and ferocity in the transit clip evokes a feeling of duty to his community and compassion.

Not to mention the music video response he made “No means no”.  Sexual assault is a crime against our own humanity and when we turn a blind eye to its existence, it says more about us as citizens than it does about the victim or the perp.

Take a moment to check out and subscribe to his YouTube channel NEGUS NATION or follow him on instagram @moicemorancy . Moice’s action forces us to decide who we would be in that same situation.

What would you do if you witnessed a sexual assault take place?

Would you defend the victim or pretend it didn’t happen?

“I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized… I was somebody. ” -Lily Tomlin

Leave a comment below!!

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Why we millennials are breaking through the corporate mold that has been levied against us

This article is a brief introduction into the mind of America’s new workforce: millennials and beyond. In three key areas we see how our views contradict those of generations before; employment opportunities, organizational hierarchy, and compensation.

 

The millennial mindset: work (n.)(v.)

 

Seeking a career not a job: Millennials as a commodity

With overall unemployment at 5.3% (2015), many would argue that there are jobs out there for millennials. But, in actuality these are jobs we feel we have done too much schooling and career preparation to want to settle for. This generational feeling of over qualification is upheld by statistics that say 34% of millennials have at least a bachelor degree (2014). It is evident that we do not see ourselves settling in the current construct of work in America if that means working jobs our baby boom counterparts were doing straight out of high school and earning 77 % as much as someone with a college degree. “I think our mindset is a direct reflection of seeing our parents and grandparents work their fingers to the bone, for a company that outsourced labor,” says Julian. Simply put, companies need to value what all millennials bring to the table. Unlike our parents and grandparents, we have more critical thinking skills and have been exposed to what is beyond the typical nine to five workday. When companies begin to see us as the game-changing commodity, we in turn will commit our time and energy to the greater good.

 

Seeking a community not a hierarchy: Millennials as equals

As a working class citizen of the United States, I understand the need and despise the categories we place ourselves in for the sake of order. In the workplace this pressure to follow the chain of command is especially felt from older generations. Many of which feel we do not respect the way things are prior to our adulthood and entry into the workplace. Mainly due to the fact that we do not feel the right person on said chain is hearing our ideas and/or complaints. Just like “Telephone”; the game we played in school to see just how misconstrued a phrase can get when unnecessary ears/parties are involved. This is at the core of our group values; we understand how the hierarchy keeps those who work, working and those who manage, managing and those who decide, deciding. When asked about hierarchy, Eleanor, age 28, states, “We do not care for hierarchy or the corporate ladder, our values are just different.” I believe we, as millennials are the first of our kind to acknowledge our distaste for the hierarchy and have valid ideas that are worth sharing. Our values thrive on the concept of circumventing the ladder and ensuring everyone in the working community feels valuable.

 

Seeking satisfaction beyond a paycheck: Millennial benefits

With Millennials waiting longer to get married and/or have kids the idea of employee benefits becomes less about health insurance and 401k’s and more about workplace culture and non-cash benefits. “For me, it’s less about money and more about the business culture as a whole,” says Addy. Surely we are aware of the importance of retirement but we want to see our companies work for us as hard as we do for them. The best way for a company to expect to see millennials bright-eyed and ready to work is if you are seeking to build a community within the business. This community offers ways to enhance the workday through employee fitness, in-house meals, and weekly town hall meetings. All of which offer avenues for employees to maintain their personal well-being and communicate their group needs.

Overall, Millennials want to work and be appreciated for the work they do. Ideally, companies should note the change and seek to include the values of this generation. We want to be sustainable, we are not concerned with getting a job to pay bills, we do not wish to participate in climbing the corporate ladder, and we are the first predominately non-white generation in the workforce. The needs of millennial workers are simple and ultimately leave only one thing to be said; we are the capital and we are more valuable than dollars and cents. As the face of working America changes, the workplace must meet the change with an open mind rather than holding on to a model that only benefits the top 1%.

 

Sources: millennialbranding.com, forbes.com, world factbook;USA, peer surveys