Individual Strategies

Journaling: The Path to Self-improvement, Satisfaction, and Success.

Journaling: The Path to Self-improvement, Satisfaction, and Success.

It’s 2018, and yes you may have a host of new year’s resolutions already sought out for … but if I could add one more item to your list, consider the daily practice of journaling. It doesn’t have to be an hour power writing session on the daily, but perhaps a few minutes scheduled into your morning or evening routine ...

It's the Simple Things ... Like Making Your Bed!

It's the Simple Things ... Like Making Your Bed!

How many of us get up in the morning, rush out of bed, and juggle our thermos and breakfast in hand out the door? Perhaps you have also neglected the unruly state of your bed, thinking "what's the big deal? No one will notice if I make it!" Admiral William McRaven explains how the simple task of making your bed can be life changing. So, read on and think again about leaving those crumpled covers behind! 

Overcoming Interview Anxiety

Overcoming Interview Anxiety

It’s natural to be anxious about a job interview.

The process itself can be overwhelming – from perfecting your handshake, to choosing the right outfit, drilling in power poses and answering questions competently, there is a lot to consider.

For those with social anxiety disorder (SAD), a job interview can be even more difficult. Interview anxiety can be a significant obstacle when looking for work. 

Take a Breather!

Take a Breather!

Diaphragmatic breathing, otherwise known as “deep breathing,” is defined as an efficient integrative body-mind training for dealing with stress and psychosomatic conditions (Ma et al., 2017). Benefits of diaphragmatic breathing, notably emotional balance and social adaptation have been investigated in association with meditative practices, ancient eastern religions (e.g. Buddhism), and the movement arts (e.g. yoga and Tai Chi) (Sargunaraj et al., 1996; Beauchaine, 2001; Porges, 2001). Various psychological studies have also found diaphragmatic breathing to be an effective non-pharmacological intervention for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression (Stromberg et al., 2015) ...

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Shared Offices: Helpful or Hindering?

Gone are the days of the cubicle. Many companies now are switching to office layouts that are open and shared, with no permanent spot for each employee. A recent survey found that two-thirds of 400 global companies were planning to implement shared offices by 2020 (Sander, 2017).

Shared offices often make people think of trendy, progressive companies where an intern can share the same desk one day as the senior manager the day before. This is called hot-desking, when employees can switch from desk to desk each day (Sander, 2017). There are also activity-based spaces where employees have the choice between quiet workstations or open desks, depending on what task they are trying to accomplish (Sander, 2017).

Beating the Sunday Night Blues

Beating the Sunday Night Blues

It's Sunday afternoon. You've spent the morning slowly rising out of bed, running errands that you've put off during the week, and have even managed to hit up your favourite brunch spot.

Then it sinks in ... tomorrow is MONDAY. 

You suddenly feel a wave of anxiety rush over you. The relaxation and enjoyment of the weekend's activities come to a halt. You begin to preoccupy your thoughts about the upcoming work week; thoughts of upcoming projects and meetings, colleagues that you need to attend to, conflicts that are unresolved. Your mood takes a down turn, and you begin to feel irritable and restless. You may even have a tough time falling, or staying asleep as those ruminating thoughts about your upcoming workweek invade your mind. If these feelings resonate with you, you might have a case of the 'Sunday Night Blues.'

Games for Mental Health & Mindfulness

Games for Mental Health & Mindfulness

With the increasing use of technology in our everyday lives, electronic games have become accessible enough and are of enough quality that it is not uncommon to see a child walking down the street playing Pokemon Go on their phone or a working mother playing Candy Crush on her laptop after dinner. Electronic games are often designed to be stimulating, based on progressing through levels or achieving rewards, are available on phones, computers, tablets, gaming consoles etc., and are often linked to social media, which help enable them to be highly addictive. Although electronic games can have a bad reputation for being "mindless" or harmful, there are newer (and often indie) games designed to be therapeutic, mindful, or simply relaxing. 

Social Media and Mental Health Part 2: Strategies for Self Care

Social Media and Mental Health Part 2: Strategies for Self Care

It’s midway through Mental Health Week 2017. In our post from earlier this week, we discussed the role of community managers, and how mental health can be impacted by frequent social media use. We know that being in this role can put you at risk for developing mental health concerns. Today we will discuss strategies on how to manage some of these challenges.

Mental Health and Social Media

Mental Health and Social Media

Today marks the start of Mental Health awareness week in Toronto! With the rising usage of social media in corporate and personal contexts, our focus this year is on raising awareness about mental health and social media. Are you a community manager? Do you manage a corporate social media account? Are you a social media guru? Blogger? Vlogger? Or regular Facebook checker? Then stay tuned this week to the blog and L&L Social channels for information, tips, personal stories, and strategies to maintain your mental health while using social media.