Month: August 2013

Relax — And Fast! 8 Quick Tricks For Stress Relief

Stress is something that I hone in on — I seem to have no shortage of it in my life — and I don’t even have kids yet! Seriously, there are so many triggers to all the negative health triggers of stress to you — and to your overall productivity and wellness at work.

So I wanted to share these 8 quick tricks! You can used them most anywhere.

Relax,Relate, Release!  Take it easy!

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We all have a little (or maybe a whole lot of) stress in our lives. The way we deal with that stress is crucial to our well-being.

Put simply, high stress levels can lead to unwanted weight gain. Stress promotes the production of a hormone called cortisol, which increases your appetite for foods high in sugar, carbohydrates and fat. (Translation: weight gain!) Even worse is that the weight gain is typically centered around the stomach, and this type of fat is closely linked to heart disease and stroke. Research has consistently linked belly fat to high cortisol levels, especially in women

via Relax — And Fast! 8 Quick Tricks For Stress Relief.

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26% of U.S. women still choose not to work… and maybe we should be okay with that

I came across an article titled” Why 26% of U.S. women still choose not to work”this morning while I was doing my morning rounds of the news. Here is the link to the full article, but here are the highlights:

  • Sixty years ago, American women began heading off to the workplace in droves. But in the last couple of decades, that trend has completely stalled out
  • In 1950, only 37% of women ages 25-54 participated in the labor force — meaning they had a job or were looking for one. The number rose rapidly, climbing to 74% by 1990
  • Today, still only 74% of women are active in the U.S. workforce, little changed in the last 25 years, and trailing far behind many other developed countries.
  • As of last year, America ranked 27th out of 37 developed countries for women’s labor force participation, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development.
  • The United States remains the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn’t mandate some sort of paid parental leave
  • Since the economic downturn in 2007, births have declined 8%.
  • Between 1985 and 2011, average child care costs rose 70% for working moms, after adjusting for inflation, according to the U.S. Census. Meanwhile, wages have barely budged.
  • women in the United States who do work are more likely to make it into professional and managerial roles. They’re also more likely to work full-time, and as a result, earn more money over their lifetimes.

Okay — so after I read the article I’m still no sure that I know WHY US women still choose not to work. Other than, its just that — A CHOICE. First off, the geek in me LOVES the data, numbers, and facts. I think it helps to give some context — but it doesn’t tell you the whole story. I found myself asking more questions and wanting to know more about these women — their education background, do they have a support network to help with childcare and if not, do they have access to top notch childcare, do they have a partner (is that by choice) — and as I started to think of my list of questions I stopped.

This headline grabbed my attention because something about it assumes that everyone WANTS to work and have kids. I’m not even sure that we can assume that everyone wants to work. 🙂 What if that IS an option for you and that is what you choose to do. It won’t be an option or desire for everyone.

I am not saying that there are not opportunities for new benefits, but let’s give businesses the leeway to offer some choices –and women the option to choose where they want to work — and IF they want to work. After all — it IS a choice.. What is right for you? What do YOU need to find balance?

Has anyone considered that “having it all” doesn’t mean that you have to have it all right now? There are different stages in life – what is right for you NOW?  Figure it out and own it — don’t let the government, your business, or society tell you what is right for you.

… but then again, what do I know? ..childless tree-hugging hippie here 🙂  — for now

Kids, benefits, childcare, work life balance — all on the minds of your employees — what’s your take and what’s your play?

PS — why is this all just a “woman’s problem” — men don’t have the same issues? — perhaps another post for another day – 🙂

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The Girl in HR’s August Wellness Challenge

I’m a girl and I work in HR — I spent a good part of my career in the benefits, health, and welfare space so being “healthier” is always on my mind (I suck at it, but its on my mind). Its on the mind of your employees too! As leaders we can help take steps to make some options to make healthy choices available — but the choice is still up to the employee.

But that’s the hard part — for me anyways — making the right choice.  Options sometimes mean planning ahead — so, start of a new month, a new week, a perfect time to plan!

I thought that I’d share some of my monthly health challenges — maybe to inspire others to start their own or maybe have folks join along, or maybe just simply for the piece of accountability I get when I have this on my blog.

So here are August’s Wellness Goals

  • Only water (fruit infused water is okay) and try to get my recommended daily dose (I live in Texas, its hard to stay hydrated)
  • 6 veggies a day (I’m planning juicing and doing green smoothies — YUM)
  • two meatless dinners a week (may be a challenge as my sig-o LOVES meat and expects meat at EVERY meal)
  • two yoga classes a week
  • run 10 miles a week

I’ll check in with you at the end of the month!

Getting my health on! yours,

Its Not News, Its a Distraction: 12th Doctor Revealed Live on TV

“Who” am I kidding (pun intended)  I LOVE Dr. Who!!! Those who know me, know I’m a Whovian! I’m giddy with excitement and thought that this was too cool NOT to share — the Twelfth Doctor to be Revealed This Sunday — Live on TV! How novel is that?!?  Want to know what I’ll be doing to “relax, relate, release” this weekend — wonder no more! 

Be it “man, woman, otter,” Matt Smith just wants to see the right person take the role of the Twelfth Doctor, and it looks like that person may have been found as the Whovian rumor mill revved into gear Thursday with word that the next Doctor will be announced during a BBC special airing this weekend, which the BBC confirmed as true much to fans’ relief.

via http://www.geeksugar.com/Doctor-Who-Next-Doctor-Rumors-31076114

Guesses as to who the next doctor will be? … and while we’re chatting, got a favorite doctor?

Taking a lil break, from making the HR connection (DON’T BLINK), yours,