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Why you should become a BOOK WORM

Why you should become a BOOK WORM

When you were in Jr. High or High School and your English teacher gave you a sheet to track the amount of pages you had to read that term, did you moan? Or did you look at the number of pages required and think, “Oh, I could probably double that number!”? (more…)

Give Me A Break

Give Me A Break

Fortunately for me, I was born and raised in beautiful Hawaii so when I say that I am “taking a trip home” for holidays or family events, I get to go back to what I consider one of the most beautiful places in the world. Something happens whenever I take a trip home: I remember what it feels like to slow down and I leave feeling recharged, refreshed, and rejuvenated. Perhaps it is a combination of being on vacation from school or work and the laid-back culture there, but when I am home, it is easier to give myself permission to take a break, slow down, and just be. It comes so natural for me there but on my way back from my last trip, I found myself wondering how I could do that daily without having to travel 3,000 miles away from the life I am building in Utah.

 It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life-work, school, taking care of kids, commuting in traffic, church activities, regular exercise, running errands, etc.- that taking a break might seem counterintuitive if you have things to do and deadlines to meet. However, research shows that taking breaks will actually increase productivity and creativity.

Pomodoro Technique

When I studied in graduate school, I implemented the Pomodoro Technique: working in undisrupted blocks, typically 25 minutes long followed by a 5-minute break. This means putting away any distractions, including text messaging, answering emails, or talking to family members close by. When I did this, I found that I studied more effectively in shorter work sessions rather than trying to plough through a longer block of time. This approach is effective with any task that I have to do, from cleaning the house to completing client notes.

Schedule Ahead

If you are anything like me, you probably like to plan ahead with lengthy to-do lists. Sometimes it can be helpful in keeping me organized but often times, when tasks are left unchecked on my to-do list, I feel unaccomplished at the end of the day. On top of that, it is often difficult for me to actually enjoy a fun or relaxing activity (i.e., hanging out with friends, taking a nap, falling asleep at night, etc.) when I have an unfinished task in the back of my mind. To help with this, I make sure to schedule adequate time in my week to work on the tasks that are important. Then I schedule time for breaks, this includes time to sleep and socialize. There are numerous studies that prove the benefits of sleep but when we are busy, sleep is usually what we give up first. Resist that urge! Among the myriad of benefits, sleep will help with memory, productivity, clarity, and energy.

Take a deep breath

Research shows that people who practice daily meditation are more relaxed and productive throughout the day. When I first started to practice meditation, I had difficulty remembering to set aside time to do so regularly so I started by setting a reminder on my phone to slow down my breathing for a few minutes before every class that I had. Then I started to implement guided meditation from online recordings and also practiced yoga. If you are interested in attending a meditation or mindfulness group, we will be resuming our groups in the Fall so stay tuned or contact our office or website to sign up! 

You do not have to travel 3,000 miles to feel recharged, rejuvenated, and refreshed. Learning to take breaks regularly throughout the day could give you the motivation and energy to fulfil your responsibilities.

 

Too Much Technology?

Too Much Technology?

I recently watched a new Ted Talk called “The Future of Happiness: Getting Unstuck in the Digital Era” delivered by Amy Blankson just a few weeks ago on May 4th. While acknowledging how technology could be a distraction in our lives, Blankson also spoke of its benefits. (more…)

Quarter of a Century

Quarter of a Century

On May 1st, I switched my mom’s calendar for her and was taken back for a moment; on my birthday, she has written Josee “25”. 25. A quarter of a century. Half-way to thirty. Or as my grandpa so graciously put it, 1/4th of the way dead. (more…)

When Numbing Becomes a Way of Life – Part 1

When Numbing Becomes a Way of Life – Part 1

 

Let’s get one thing straight at the start of this blog post: we all numb our pain. We may like to pretend otherwise; that we are somehow more enlightened, that we lean into our pain, that we are proactive about our coping skills, and that we are invested in understanding our emotional experience, and while we may believevery strongly in the value of these approaches to life, when it comes right down to it, when we are hit upside the head with painful emotions, most of us flee. We head for cover, reach for the nearest bag of potato chips, put ourselves in a Netflix-induced coma, or push ourselves to oblivion out on the trail. The mechanism of numbing may be different, but the fact remains the same:  we numb in the face of pain.  (more…)

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

I’ve been thinking about the old proverb “April showers bring May flowers” lately because some days it still feels like winter! We are in that weird transitional time in the season when we could experience warm spring weather and cold, snowy and rainy weather in the same week, sometimes even in the same day. (more…)

A Star in a Peg-Shaped Hole

A Star in a Peg-Shaped Hole

I remember having one of those childhood toy boxes with the cut-out shapes on the lid, where you were supposed to fit the right shape into the right hole. What great satisfaction there was in finding the right fit. But also what frustration and confusion when you could not. Maybe you see where I’m going with this. I spent a lot of time, even into adulthood, metaphorically feeling like the kid trying to figure out what to do with the “wrong shape”. (more…)