June 26, 2017
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5 Work-Life Mistakes Everyone is Making
by Kathryn Drury Wagner
The average American work week has crept up to 47 hours, and, surprise!—we have a culture of burn out. Some of it’s our own fault (see my article on smartphone obsession), while some is institutionalized; we have, for example, no federal laws requiring sick leave. Unchecked, work can snowplow over our basic human needs for connection, time with family, and proper amounts of rest and physical activity. And so we suffer. And our productivity and creativity dip. The only way to fight back is with firm boundaries. For this week’s Healthy Habits, here are five mistakes people make when it comes to setting work-life boundaries, and how to fix them.
A Basic Meditation to Train Awareness
by Elisha Goldstein
Try this five-minute mindfulness meditation for building awareness of thoughts.
This mindfulness practice allows us to relate to instead of from our thoughts—we’re building awareness of how we think. When we engage in this practice, maybe starting out for five minutes a day, we can begin to notice the storylines we create in our minds around expectations or pressures, or maybe just how much noise circulates in any given moment. We can train our brain to notice our mental habits—some good, some bad—and in noticing these habits, we have more freedom to choose how we act.
5-Minute Seated Meditation Practice
Watch for notice of other spiritual formation opportunities.
The Program in Pastoral Care and Counseling encourages the spiritual formation of our pastors believing a strong spiritual base is the greatest resource a church leader can possess. It helps us weather the many storms of ministry and deepens the incredible joys ministry provides. Following is a list of Spiritual Directors in our area. We encourage you to take advantage of this rich resource. This listing will appear in each edition of our bi-monthly webpage updates and new names and contact information will be provided as we learn of them and have permission to include them. If you are a director or know of a director that is not included here please let us know.
Debbie Baker - firstname.lastname@example.org
Bruce Batchler-Glader – email@example.com
Harry Finkbone - Finkbone1@gmail.com
Joy Gordon - firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Hollingsworth - email@example.com
Liz Nau – firstname.lastname@example.org
Hazel Partington – lakehavenministries.com
Jennifer Olin-Hitt – email@example.com
Judy Ringler -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Sharon Seyfarth Garner – email@example.com
Valerie Stultz - firstname.lastname@example.org
Carol Topping - email@example.com
Laura Tradowsky -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Laurie Tucker - email@example.com
Drink Your Water but not Before Bed
by Eat This, Not That
This is the only time you shouldn’t be drinking water. And the reason why is actually quite logical.
Water is one of the most critical elements to the human body. When you don’t sip enough H2O, your body becomes dehydrated — which leads you to feel weak and decreases motivation — you may feel like you’re always hungry, and, surprisingly, it could make you look puffier. That's because your body attempts to hold onto every last drop of water it can when you’re dehydrated, which can make you look like you’ve put on extra weight. And no one likes the sound of that when you’re trying to lose 10 pounds.
Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, CDE explains “If you drink too much before bed, you may find yourself waking up multiple times in the middle for the night to urinate.”
Palinski-Wade offers a simple solution — cut back on our favorite zero-calorie beverage roughly three hours before you plan on hitting the sheets. Within this time frame, your body will be able to process and you’ll use the restroom before it interrupts your beauty sleep.
Meditators Have Younger Brains
by B. Grace Bullock
We’ve long known that normal aging is accompanied by a decrease in brain size. This decrease in brain size is due to age-related loss of connective tissue in the brain, often referred to as brain shrinkage, and affects memory, emotional regulation, and executive function. New research from the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology shows that long-term meditators have younger brains, with higher concentrations of tissue in the brain regions most depleted by aging. In other words, the study found that meditation practice may help to minimize brain age and protect against age-related decline.
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