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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) ...

Showing Strength by Asking for Help

Showing Strength by Asking for Help

Asking for help has been promulgated as a sign of weakness, incompetence, or an imposition on other people's time. When we don't want to come across as being a nuisance, we tend to avoid asking for help altogether, and expect that things will just work out.

I want to stress that this approach is flawed, and that the opposite is true. Asking for help is in fact a STRENGTH, not a weakness. 

You Are Your Clothes

You Are Your Clothes

Unless we wear a uniform, one choice we make is the outfit we are going to wear to work. Some of us work from home in pajamas, others wear a crisp suit, and still others are somewhere in between.

Researchers Galinsky and Hajo studied what they call “enclothed cognition”, where those who wore a doctor’s coat (as opposed to painter’s coat or no coat) actually performed better in attention tasks, showing that the symbolic meaning of the clothing plus the physical experience of wearing it had an effect on participants (Hajo & Galinsky, 2012).

Holiday Season Mental Health Tips

Holiday Season Mental Health Tips

The unwanted feelings of depression, anxiety and feeling overwhelmed are very common during the holiday season. There is so much going on at this time of year and the demands on our time, wallets, and bodies can take a toll on our mental health. Today we are sharing tips for maintaining your mental health this holiday season. By being mindful and implementing some of these strategies, you may even end up loving the holiday season this year! 

Beating Monday Blues

Beating Monday Blues

We’ve all experienced it from time to time, some of us more consistently than others. Monday blues are often a mixture of sadness, hopelessness, and anxiety about the entire work day or the workweek ahead of you (Smith, 2013). You might feel sluggish or wound up. We have got your covered with tips for beating the Monday blues.

 

 

What's in a Commute?

What's in a Commute?

Commuting. The mere word strikes a sense of dread into the hearts of many. Unless you work from home, you have to find a way to reach your place of work. Commuting sets the tone and pace for the rest of the work day and can have negative effects on physical and mental health, such as increasing blood pressure and blood sugar, and increasing risk of depression, anxiety, and social isolation (Zamon, 2015).

How Daily Rituals Foster Individual Productivity

How Daily Rituals Foster Individual Productivity

How do you make the time each day to do your best work? Or organize your schedule in order to be more creative and productive? We all have our personal quirks that get us going in the morning, whether it be a routine cup of coffee, or a 20-minute treadmill session. Pondering about unique productivity hacks is what inspired me to pick up the book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey.