Ways to Deal With Daylight Saving Time

Survive The Shorter Days

By Nikki Sunshine - November 13, 2017

 

  Daylight Saving Time comes around twice a year, inconveniencing people all over the world. For most people, the shorter winter days can cause more stress and fatigue. Especially if you are in an industry where your company is more busy during the holidays, this can negatively effect your productivity and well-being.

Here are 7 Ways to Deal With Daylight Savings Time:
 

Adjust Your Sleep Cycle

The time change always happens on a Sunday morning. In the case of losing an hour in the Spring, start on Thursday night by going to bed 30 minutes earlier than normal. Increase that by 30 minutes each night until you go to bed a full hour early on Saturday night. When you wake up on Sunday morning and you have lost an hour, you will still have gotten a full night’s sleep.

When it comes to gaining an hour in the Fall, reflect on how oversleeping may affect you. If you are not bothered by an extra hour of sleep, then go about your day normally as if nothing even happened. If an extra hour will throw you off, then be sure to set your alarm to wake you up an hour earlier than normal. Use that extra hour for self-care that you may not typically have time to do, like meditating, exercising or meal prepping.

 

Resist the Urge to Sleep In

When you lose an hour in the Spring, it may sound like a great idea to sleep in. However, if you already follow a sleep schedule, this could totally throw you off! Instead, go to sleep an hour earlier and wake up at the same time you always do- preserving your established sleep pattern.

Eliminate Caffeine and Alcohol

Toxins such as caffeine, alcohol, and even sugar in large amounts can affect the quality of your sleep. Avoid consuming these things at all on Saturday, if possible. If you must have that morning coffee, just limit your intake to mid-day so that your body has time to process these things before it’s time to wind down for bed.

 

Limit Screen Use

Just as toxins can inhibit sleep, so can the blue light and stimulation from mobile phone screens, computers and television screens. Keep brain stimulation to a minimum before bedtime to ensure your sleep is beneficial and not restless. Enjoy a cup of chamomile tea or do something breathing and mindful meditation- but whatever you do, try not to stare at any screens. This will contribute to a restful night’s sleeping, cutting down on any negative effects from the time change.

 

Set a Reminder to Manually Change Clocks

Modern technology adjusts to the time change on its own. If you are used to this, it’s easy to forget to manually change any analog clocks. This can include watches, microwave or stove clocks, and the time in your car. Set yourself a reminder to change these clocks. If you forget, you will likely give yourself a slight panic attack when you get into your car and see the wrong time! We’ve all been there before.

 

Stay Healthy

Some can do these things and still feel sluggish and foggy from the time change. Keeping up with hydration, exercise, and healthy eating will allow your body to process this change most effectively. Many people resort to an overload of caffeine, sugar, and unhealthy foods to make themselves feel better. While you may feel better temporarily, it will likely take longer for you to adjust and get back to maximum productivity.

 

Keep Up with Sunlight Exposure

Sunlight is vital to the production of the hormones serotonin and melanin in your brain. According to Steven D Targum, MD and Norman Rosenthal, MD, “14 percent of the adult US population suffers from a lesser form of seasonal mood changes, known as winter blues”. This can also be called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). A healthy amount of sunlight exposure will help avoid falling victim to SAD when the time changes in the Fall. This can even happen in the Spring, when you lose your morning sun.


 



 

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Inexpensive Ways To Spend Your Labor Day Weekend Like A CEO

Three Day Weekend Like A CEO

By Carolina Cuartas - August 31, 2017

This Labor Day weekend, make mindful decisions on how you spend it. Read how to spend your three day weekend like a CEO without breaking the budget. They know how important it is to take time to refuel and refresh for the week ahead.


Here are some ideas:


Work On Your Bucket List
Don’t already have one? Create one and check at least one off. Think about what YOU want to do during your life and work towards those goals! Your bucket list should include both long-term and short-term goals.

How to Make A Bucket List


 
Get Ready For The Workweek Ahead
A three day weekend is important is destress and take time off work. Plan ahead by taking time to go through documents and sort what needs to be deleted, sorted, re-named, and/or color-coded. Go through your to-do list and prioritize what needs to be done and what you can get rid of. Come into work prepared for the week ahead, rather than feeling overwhelmed.

 
"Most of what they do happens before they leave for a long weekend so that they are psychologically free to relax and enjoy it," a national workplace expert and author, Lynn Taylor explains.

Zen Your House
I recommend starting this project by silencing your phone and playing some relaxing music. A downtempo or ambient mix will work best for creating a upbeat, but tranquil environment.  Light an incense or spray your favorite cleansing fragrance (eucalyptus spray is a great, cheap option).
Now, you are ready to zen out your house. Start by de-cluttering, adding plants, let the light in, play around with earthy, light colors, and remove an unnecessary decor. It'll boost your mood and make you more productive.

Importance of Plants in the House

                  












 


Catch Up On Sleep
If you aren’t getting enough snooze during the week, make sure to allow yourself to sleep in or sleep early.

 
Make A Playlist Of New Podcast
Podcast is a cheap, easy way to learn and promote self-development. Make a list of what you want to get better at or what you are working towards, and make different playlist with relating Podcast.


 
Go Camping
Feel like you need to getaway? Go camping! Camping is an inexpensive and fun way to get away from the hustle and bustle. Don’t have camping gear? Ask a friend!

 
Practice Yoga
The benefits of yoga is seemingly endless. It’ll improve your posture, recharge your body and mind, keeps your mind clear, boosts your mood, relaxes your system, promotes better sleep, improves your self-esteem, and so much more!
Find donation-based or free yoga classes in your area. If you’re Denver, RiNo Yoga Social is my go-to yoga studio for donation-based or free yoga classes.


 
Do What You’re Passionate About
Do you like to paint, read, rock climb, or bike? Unwind by doing what makes you happy. Or, learn a new hobby that can potentially turn into a passion.
 
Spend Time With Your Family and Friends
Most importantly, spend time with your family and friends. There is no better way to decompress and get your mind off work than sharing laughter with the ones you love!
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Make Wellness A Priority In The Workplace And Save Big

Bring Joy This National Relaxation Day

By Carolina Cuartas - August 4, 2017

 It’s time to wind down, relax, and de-stress.


August 15th, National Relaxation Day, is a day to allow your employees to ‘chill’ and take a break from their heavy workload.

 

The day-to-day pressure of that 9 to 5 job not only takes a toll on on the well being of your employees, but also can cost a fortune. Investing in wellness becomes profitable in the long run.

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee.” (Worker Illness And Injury…)

 

Taking mindful steps to a healthier workplace is crucial for the stability of the company. Wellness programs have been shown to increase productivity, engagement, and morale.

 

Investing in employee wellness can save you money in the long run. “It’s been estimated that for every dollar spent on wellness initiatives, up to $3 is saved in health care premiums and $2 in absenteeism.”

 

  
Ways to Improve Workplace Wellness
 
  1. Free Healthy Snacks

  2. Plants in the Office

  3. Wellness Workshops

  4. Pets at Work

  5. Breakroom Games

  6. On-Site Wellness Services. (chair massage, private yoga)

 

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5 Yoga Poses You Can Do at Your Desk

For All Levels

By Carolina Cuartas - July 14, 2017

5 Yoga Poses You Can Do at Your Desk


High Altar Pose

Inhale and lift your arms; clasp your hands and invert your palms. Lean to your left. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then switch sides.


Cow Face Arms
Bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Clasp fingers if you can. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths; switch sides.


Chair Pigeon Pose
Bring your right ankle to rest on your left thigh, keeping the knee in line with your ankle as much as possible. Hold this chair pigeon for three to five breaths.


Scale Pose
Sit at the edge of your chair, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and butt up off the seat. Engage your deep abdominal muscles and keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Lower and repeat 2 more times.


Twist
Turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then twist to the other side.

 

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How to Increase Employee Participation in Wellness Programs

Wellness Programs That Actually Work

By Carolina Cuartas- June 29, 2017

A United Healthcare Consumer study provided insight into employees’ knowledge and opinions of workplace wellness programs. This study sheds light on why some programs work, while others don’t.

 

By engaging employees in their health, workplace wellness programs may be able to encourage well-being, prevent disease before it starts and, as result, help lower medical costs,” says Rebecca Madsen, UnitedHealthcare chief consumer officer.

The study shows that even though employees are interested in taking steps to improve their health and wellness, employees don’t want to put the time in.

 

It was found that 63% of employees are unwilling to devote more than an hour a day to improve their health and well-being. This means that only less than one-third of employees are willing to devote an hour a day to health-related activities such as cooking a healthy meal or going to the gym.”


 

Factors that hold employees back from utilizing wellness programs:

 

Offer Time

Wellness programs are way more effective when they are during work hours. Rather than forcing employees to participate in wellness programs outside of work hours, plan a program that can be integrated into their workday.

 

“Because more than half of employees aren’t willing to devote an hour a day to wellness, employers should give them the opportunity to get healthy at work” .

 

Bringing wellness programs to employees during the work hours increase participation substantially. Employees are way more likely to participate when wellness programs aren’t during their personal time.

 

Spread Awareness

 

The study found that employess underestimate the value of financial rewards and incentives that can be gained. Even though the financial reward annually per employee is about $742, "The Wellness Checkup survey found that 41% of employees estimated the average annual financial reward available through a wellness program to range between $0 and $300, which is significantly lower than what they could be earning by participating.”

Employees may not understand how the program works or the benefits of particular wellness programs. There are various ways to spread awareness about wellness programs like creating a wellness portal to help employees keep track of their progress or monthly newsletters.



Perfect Wellness Program Without Going Over-budget

 

If you’re looking for a wellness program that fits the criteria of a perfect corporate welness program, chair massage and/or private yoga can be a great fit for your company.

 

Physical Benefits

  • Reduce pain
  • Increase flexibility
  • Renew the body
 

Mental Wellness

  • Decreases stress and anxiety
  • Improve energy and mood
  • Better sleep
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