Now that video meetings have become the new norm and have been used to host everything from birthday parties and board calls to graduations and weddings, I suspect they will be much more commonly used moving forward.
By day, I work as spokesperson for major construction projects and oftentimes have to give on-camera interviews. Even though it’s part of my job, I don’t love being on camera so I totally understand and feel the pain when it comes to this subject. Why does everything look so distorted and unflattering? I’m notorious for keeping my camera off during video calls. But for the instances where you need to have your camera on, here are some practical tips to help combat the anxiety that can come with being on camera. Making just a few simple tweaks will allow you to be more in control of your video chat environment and can make a world of difference in your comfort level.
As we are all discovering during this time of isolation and quarantine - human touch is incredibly important. When our ability to connect with and nurture one another with a warm handshake or huge hug is restricted, it can take a toll on our emotional and mental well-being.
During this time, many of us have been forced to go within and face certain discomforts. A silver lining of this may be that by moving through the unpleasant things we've been avoiding, we discover that we are empowered to comfort and soothe ourselves.
In Positive Psychology, being in a state of flow means that the person performing an activity is fully immersed, experiencing a balanced blend of engagement, enjoyment and energized focus. Finding ourselves in a flow state when performing certain activities such as painting, writing, designing, cooking - whatever we consistently lose our ourselves in, is usually a good indicator that we are on the right path for our life's purpose. One of the most-asked questions from clients, friends and family is "how do I know what path I'm supposed to be on?" There are no right, same or standard answers for any two people, but the basic foundation seems to be the same for everyone.
The key to finding our path usually lies at the intersection of the things we're naturally drawn to and enjoy. This is a starter kit to help you discover your innate passions and interests.
If the strange set of current affairs has you feeling a bit wobbly and ungrounded - you are not alone!
Millions of people all over the world are feeling unprecedentedly physically, financially and emotionally vulnerable and threatened. To say this energy is overwhelming would be an understatement.
After having a mini-breakdown of my own the first two weeks of quarantine, I wanted to share a list of proactive activities that I'm using personally to help bring a sense of grounding, strength, balance and peace into my life.
Spring is the time that Earth awakens - blossoms, blooms, comes alive and prepares for new cycles and growth; this is a beautiful thing to celebrate! I feel as though this year especially - mother nature is taking a giant extended exhale, nurturing all of its creatures great and small with healing breath.
Here are a few social-distancing friendly activities that you can do to help welcome Spring!
Sharing four of my longest-standing immunity practices today for Self-Care Sunday and I’m really interested to hear yours!
Do you have a tried and true treatment to help boost immunity or feel better faster?
Financial guru Dave Ramsay famously said "a budget is telling your money where to go instead of wondering where it went." I liken life planning to this sentiment; goal setting means we're intentionally setting a course for our life instead of wondering where all of our time has gone.
I like to make a mini vision board for each month to come. This visual aid helps me focus on the experiences I'd like to call in and also provides a tangible "home base" for me to return to when I'm feeling a bit off track. This can be old-school cutouts from magazines pasted into a journal or digital images collected and compiled together in a collage app.
The most important relationship you'll ever have is with yourself so why wait for someone else to fulfill your dreams and desires! The way we treat ourselves informs everything we do and sets the tone for how others treat us.
If you don't make loving yourself and treating yourself with respect a priority, no one else will either.
After re-evaluating our priorities over the past week, I've heard many people say that they'd like to squeeze more sweetness out of each moment. That imagery is so lovely, isn't it? Like life is a big juicy orange and it's up to us to squeeze it 'til the last drop.
Well it is and we can.
Enter the practice of savoring.
For instance, say you're in the mood for some ice cream and decide to treat yourself to a sundae. You drive to the ice cream shop, order a double scoop of vanilla topped with hot fudge, butterscotch, nuts, rainbow sprinkles, whipped cream and cherries - just the way you like it. It's served in a thick, old-fashioned shallow glass dish.