3 M’s… Mantra for Morale

Image credit: Pixabay Feeling non productive, tired, jaded, low on morale and confidence? Workplace or home, inside or outside, feeling low just creeps in at the most unwanted time. In such situations, we just wait for a magic to happen that would uplift us. A morale booster is needed. Here are 3 boosters that exist within you and you can access them anytime you want.   Motivation – Defined as a reason or reasons for acting or behaving in a particular way. What is the reason that makes you jump up and charge ahead? That reason that moves you is what motivates you. Mundane activities start to demotivate us. Its not very exciting to wake up each morning and feel like the day is running you and not the other way round. Whether it’s for a minute, an hour or a day, that one reason that helps you brighten up and lighten up is your boost. Coffee, exercise, a call, a note, a picture, a song, a bird, a dress, a scent, a move, a bend…..the list is exhaustive. These appear non existential but are the very source of sparking up your existence. Notice how these small little things contribute to the day in a big way. Motivation is no magic or a miracle, it’s an element inside you that keeps you going. Stay motivated.   Meraki – This is a word that modern Greeks often use to describe doing something with soul, creativity, or love — when you put […]

A Little Guide to Positivity

Image credit: Pixabay None of us have a fairy godmother, who would turn the world in our favor with the wave of her wand. You need to squeeze yourself out of all the tight spots that trap you, all alone. And when things go really down, you will always get vague bits of advice like “Be positive”. Wait. But how exactly do I be positive? Should I hope for the best? Or should I squint at my miserable condition to spot the good things? Well, you need to do both. And much more. Keeping fingers crossed- Hoping for the best forms a very basic step to positive thinking. All you have to do is frequently visualize yourself living the life you want to or any other goal you want to reach, and simultaneously make continuous efforts to achieve it. Simple enough? Not really. Here is something else you will require.  Cut down on worrying- Thinking about a bright future is not as easy as it sounds. If the process of success is taking too long, the human mind is bound to have negative thoughts or go into despair. It will make you ponder over all the negative possibilities that may come into being. It will also have discouraging thoughts like “Nothing’s going to change” or “I am stuck up with this forever” or “What if it gets even worse?” Did you see how the mind is gradually pulling you in the swamp of hopelessness? To get out of this, you’ll […]

Decoding Stress

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Image Credit: Pexels Stress is defined as the gap between expectation and reality. Lesser the gap. Lesser the stress. Can this gap completely disappear? Yes if we consciously want it to disappear. So, what is the root cause of stress? Psychologists say that stress is an internal alarm that goes off when a human senses pressure. Now, what is pressure? It is hyped version of a situation which is thrown at us to make us feel “stressed” So, ideally it’s not the external situation that stresses us, it’s our perception of the situation that makes us feel stressed. Our expectation versus the reality is what causes the disappointment in the first place. When we have to match both, stress occurs. Can we really be stress free? Yes we can be if we choose to be.  Some tips to have blinders or rather avoid stress than manage stress. The law of attraction states that the universe responds to whatever we think. It cannot distinguish between positive and negative. So, when we don’t want stress, one way to synchronize it with the universe is to not think of stress as a negative feeling that we have to bear the burden of, but to positively look at decoding it and simplifying it. Most mental and emotional stress manifests themselves as physical ailments. It’s totally not worth having it. Here is a minuscule attempt at decoding stress….positively. S-————-See Seeing is not just capturing what is in front of the eyes but also what doesn’t. […]

Stress? Let’s Deal With It

Do your best! And ignore the rest to deal with Stress! Image of a lady squeezing a smiley stress ball

“Its not the load that breaks you down. It’s the way you carry it.”  – Lou Holtz Each and every one of us is very well-acquainted with the phenomenon called ‘Stress’ which either is a perpetual companion or pokes its nose periodically, making sure you go mentally haywire. You could find ways to deal with stress anywhere, right from the internet to the sound advice of a friend. They are all the same- exercise, meditation, getting enough sleep, reduce caffeine intake, giving up alcohol, quitting smoking, healthy diet and the list goes on. Do they work? Of course, they do! But, how about we do something different this time, like trying to change our mindsets a bit so that we bid farewell to this nasty part of our life trying to bite our minds off? The first step to a chilled out and stress-free life is to stop caring what other people think about you. No, this does not mean that you turn up really late to an important meeting and be all relaxed about it when you are reprimanded. It simply means “do your best and ignore the rest”. If you know that you have worked to the best of your capability, the job is well done. People – at the workplace or at home – will almost always find something to criticize, in spite of you putting your heart and soul into the job getting done. If they scoff, let them. If they demean, let them. All you have […]

10 Top Traits Of Successful Corporate Women

  Image: www.glocal.net Successful Corporate Women –  What sets them apart? Most successful women have these few traits in common:   They do not dwell on their gender – they just get on with it.   They leverage their natural “female” instincts – Using their intuition and empathy they are able to quickly assess the environment around them, build relationships with people across levels and they are not afraid to show their sensitive side when required which makes them “human” and likeable.   Their natural inclination is to be perfectionists and they can be very tough managers. However, they have learnt to trade their need for perfection and detail for the sake of the bigger picture. They understand that getting a couple of big ticket items mostly right is wiser and more beneficial to the organization and all stakeholders than getting a number of small things exactly right.   They work extremely hard and put in long hours but never verbalize how hard they work. They may also work in a non traditional manner outside the 9 am to 6 pm schedule. They may start their day much earlier or log in to their email after their kids have gone to bed. They are committed to their job BUT they do not feel the need to verbalize their commitment. They recognize that others may stay late at work because they start work late, take multiple breaks and waste a lot of time during work but these women have a life […]

Work-Life Balance – Quiz

    Image: vimeo.com You hear about work-life balance all the time, but what does it really mean, and how do you know if you’ve achieved it? “Work-life balance describes a condition when a person is able to manage responsibilities from both work and life in a healthy, productive way,” said Dr. Joanie Connell, psychologist and founder of “Flexible Work Solutions”. “From an individual’s point of view, it means having a job that meets personal demands and having personal demands that don’t interfere with work demands,” Connell said. “From an employer’s perspective, it means offering jobs and a work environment where employees can meet the needs of their personal lives.” And establishing a good work-life balance can be more important than you realize, Connell said. In fact, a lack of work-life balance, which leads to increased stress in employees, can have a huge impact on both employees and employers, she noted. “Examples of costs of long-term stress for the employee include more colds and flu due to a compromised immune system, irritability, depression, headaches, gastrointestinal disorders, infertility and heart disease, just to name a few,” Connell said. “Examples of costs for the employer include absenteeism, turnover, health care insurance and disability, as well as accidents on the job.” Not having a good work-life balance can also contribute to failed relationships, divorce and estrangement from family members, Connell added. Plus, it can affect your performance and cause you to lose your job entirely. And if you’re a business owner or an important […]

6 ways to balance work, family and manage stress.

“You will never feel truly satisfied by work until you are satisfied by life.” ― Heather Schuck, The Working Mom Manifesto Today, women are CEO’s, mentors, leaders, wives and mothers. Even though the world is changing, our roles have not just evolved but, they have expanded. Therefore, finding a balance on this tight rope is often very hard and unfortunately, we have seen some amazing women fall off. So, here are some expert tips to help you find that balance. Scheduling Daily ‘Me Time’ – Studies have shown, a 30 minute power nap reduces cortisol (Stress inducing hormone) levels in your brain.  Adult Coloring is now a trend and has therapeutic value. Other ways to relax would be a short walk or a short coffee break with colleagues or friends. Keep a To Do List – Being organized goes a long way in making life easy. Keep a note pad or just use a notes app on your smart phone such as Evernote. Home, Work or Play – jot down things to be done under each category. Prioritize and get the work done. Share the Chores – Chores are not just for women but, for everyone. It’s a great way to build-up life changing habits for the kids. Create a fun organizer and change things up once a week to make chores exciting and fun! Reconnect with your loved ones – Weekly date nights, play dates for the kids, an impromptu little trip or even exploring your city is a […]