Work-Life Balance

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

Should We Eat Lunch With Co-Workers?

While browsing through the news this evening, I came across an article discussing the mental health and overall benefits of eating dinner together with our families. The main benefit cited by the author was that it provided a platform for communication, which is the first necessary step to tackling problems. It got me thinking, do these benefits also apply when we dine with our "work family"? ...

Is Screen Time Making Us Miserable?

Is Screen Time Making Us Miserable?

Alter studies how much time screens steal from us and how they're getting away with it. He shares why all those countless hours you spend staring at your smartphone, computer, or tablet device may be making you miserable, and what you can do about it. Take ten minutes out of your day to watch his talk in its entirety - it may make you a whole lot happier. 

Mental Health Sick Day? No Problem!

Mental Health Sick Day? No Problem!

Mental health days are vital to many professionals' long-term work performance and well-being. Many employees opt to stay home due to pronounced feelings of distress, burnout, anxiety, depression, etc. A common misconception of a mental health day is the admission of feeling overwhelmed, being unable to cope, using an excuse to stay home and do something fun, or portraying an act of corporate disloyalty. However, this is NOT the case by any means ...

The "Do What You Love" Mentality

The "Do What You Love" Mentality

We’ve all heard this advice at least once: “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life”. Sounds pretty simple right? Create a job out of your life passions and you’re going to like going to work so much, that it won’t even feel like you’re working! But don’t go quitting your job just yet. The do what you love (DWYL) mentality has not been immune to criticisms... 

Happy Holidays from L&L Consulting!

Happy Holidays from L&L Consulting!

Thank you for another great year! We are wishing you all the best for the holiday season and 2017. Here are some suggestions for maintaining your mental health and wellness this holiday season and into the start of a New Year.

Compassion Fatigue part 2: Strategies and Tips!

Compassion Fatigue part 2: Strategies and Tips!

A few weeks ago we published a post about compassion fatigue inspired by some research about the negative impacts of compassion fatigue on front-line health care workers. 

As promised we will now be sharing some individual and workplace strategies to help prevent and combat compassion fatigue for individuals working in any field, industry or role. 

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! 

Ten Ways to Banish the Blues with Green

Ten Ways to Banish the Blues with Green

In spite of the glorious fall colours we are now enjoying, the changing season means that greenery will be reduced over the coming months. Many studies have concluded that even brief access to green space, trees, flowers, lawns and plants enhances emotional stability, assists in intellectual and educational pursuits and increases general productivity. So now might be the time to consider brightening the low-light seasons ahead by bringing some plants to the office. Read on for tips on the best plants for the workplace.

 

Supporting your Kid's Mental Health

Supporting your Kid's Mental Health

Back to school can be a stressful time for many children and parents. Whether you are sending your child to kindergarten for the first time, off to university, or anywhere in between, it is important to be mindful of the impact of these transitions on your mental health and theirs. Recognizing the impact on your mental health can help you plan, stay productive at home and at work, and be proactive to address any concerns that may arise.

The Art of Improvisation

The Art of Improvisation

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of improvisation?

You may think of improv comedy like the TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", jazz music, or freestyle rap. Improvisation is a process - a way of creating something out of nothing. 

Now I know what you are thinking - how does this relate to my life? 

The skills needed to be a good improviser are very helpful skills needed for everyday life, because believe it or not, life is improvised.