With small habit shifts, we can reset our brain's circadian clock operating in the background and affect our sleep cycles and energy levels. In fact, you've reset your internal clock unconsciously if you've traveled across time zones or stayed up late a few times to watch an important sporting game or attend an event. But that circadian clock is sensitive to other internal and external … [Read more...] about Can I Reset My Circadian Clock for Better Sleep?
When we practice gratitude, it's good for our emotional and physical health, with recent studies reporting benefits such as less stress, better sleep, fewer aches and pains, and better heart health. But how often do we practice gratitude toward our self? There are many ways to practice gratitude, of course, from saying thank you to making lists and writing letters. Martin Seligman, the … [Read more...] about Practice Gratitude for and to Yourself
The sign caught my eye as I cruised down the hall in between meetings, and I stopped in my tracks. "I AM," it read. "Two most powerful words, for what you put after them shapes your reality." The sentiment stayed with me. For several days, its declaration sank in further, as I considered how I described myself to others, what words I said to myself (self-talk), and how I viewed myself … [Read more...] about I Am: Two of the Most Powerful Words
The practice of reflecting on what I've learned requires an intentional pause and often leads me to gratitude. And here at the holidays, I welcome all pauses and attempts to slow down and be thankful. Author Emily P. Freeman several years ago on her blog began encouraging her readers "to pause to reflect on the past season before we move ahead into the future,” and I first I took up that … [Read more...] about Reflecting on What I Learned in Fall 2018
Each day, we're faced with hundreds of small decisions to make. And often, our priorities collide. That can feel especially true during the busy holiday season. Do I start my shopping from the couch, or lace up my boots and go hiking with my family? What about that extra glass of wine I want to have with my friends, even though it's likely to throw off my sleep schedule? Should I eat the … [Read more...] about Decisions, Decisions: When Priorities Collide
The sun was setting on a full day, from a conference that had filled my mind yet prevented me from getting in my usual morning exercise, to a lengthy appointment and numerous conversations that all together had worn me down. As I began my drive home, I noticed my irritation when my cell phone buzzed three more times to announce incoming texts and another phone call. I started to replay the … [Read more...] about Being Aware – and Taking Care – of Our Own Needs