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3 Tips to Support Your Mental Health during Tumultuous Times

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By The Mindful Leader Team

As the tragedies between Israel and Palestine unfold right before our eyes, there's this collective emotion, this palpable anguish, and a quest for clarity that's proving difficult for many. The weight of it all can press on our mental landscapes. Let's walk through some insights on how to sail these choppy waters, underlining the need for genuine emotional resonance, wise media habits, and the unparalleled strength found in patience and giving things some room.

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Boost Your Workday: 5 Quick Mindful Stretching Practices

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By The Mindful Leader Team

In the hustle and bustle of a busy workday, it's essential to prioritize our well-being and physical health. One often overlooked aspect of our health is stretching. Incorporating mindful stretching practices into your workday can enhance productivity, reduce stress, and prevent muscle tension. In this article, we highlight five simple stretching exercises that you can easily integrate into your daily work routine to boost your overall well-being.

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Advanced Meditation Practice with Diana Winston

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Mindfulness has gained significant popularity in recent years, with its positive impact on mental well-being and focus becoming widely recognized. In a session at Mindful Leader’s 2019 Mindfulness at Work Summit, Diana Winston, the director of mindfulness education at the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, shared valuable insights into various meditation practices. Her discussion centered around moving from focused awareness to natural awareness through a spectrum of mindfulness practices…

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5 Practices to Overcome Social Anxiety At Work And Thrive Under Pressure

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By The Mindful Leader Team

We are all still dealing with the aftereffects of the pandemic: studies have shown that isolation, fears, and anxiety related to COVID-19 caused a significant increase in anxiety symptoms across the general population. On top of that, with the state of polarization and technology addiction, we are more scared and uncomfortable in social settings than ever before.

In the workplace, we have added pressures from presentations, deadlines, layoffs, high-stakes meetings, p…

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7 Breathing Exercises for a Balanced Mind and Body

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By The Mindful Leader Team

The Benefits of Breathing Exercises

Practicing breathing exercises offers several benefits for both physical and mental well-being. First and foremost, conscious breathing helps to regulate the body's stress response, which can reduce feelings of anxiety and promote relaxation. Deep, slow breaths activate the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the "fight-or-flight" response and induces a state of calm. Additionally, focused breathing increases oxygen s…

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POISE - A Dialectic Practice for Mindful Leaders

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By The Mindful Leader Team

In our prior exploration, "Dialectic Thinking: The Secret to Exceptional Mindful Leadership," we explored the fascinating intricacies of dialectic thinking. We examined its impact on leadership, revealing the tug-of-war between binary and nuanced thinking in our society, politics, and personal decisions. Delving into neuroscience, we discussed how the prefrontal cortex overpowers our instinctual, primitive binary thinking. Importantly, we explored the paradox of accep…

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Wandering Walks: Using Awe to Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

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By The Mindful Leader Team

What is Awe?

Awe is a complex and elusive emotion that can be challenging to define. Unlike most emotions, it can evoke both positive and negative feelings and can arise from various sources. For example, it can inspire feelings of wonder and fascination, but also overwhelm and disorientation. Psychologists Dacher Keltner and Jonathan Haidt proposed a conceptual approach to understanding awe in a seminal 2003 paper. They identified two key components of awe experienc…

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The Art of Letting Go: 5 Steps to Forgiving and Flourishing in the Workplace

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By The Mindful Leader Team

Have you ever felt resentful toward someone in the workplace? Maybe you felt like you weren't being treated fairly, or that your hard work wasn't being recognized. Perhaps you were frustrated by poor communication or an uncooperative team member. These feelings of resentment can be all too common in the workplace and can have serious consequences for both individuals and organizations.

When left unchecked, resentment can lead to tension, decreased productivity, and e…

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A Spring Renewal Practice - 4-Steps to Overcome Self-Sabotage

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By The Mindful Leader Team

Spring is around the corner and during this time of year nature is coming back to life, it's a time of renewal, rebirth, and self-reflection. For many cultures, spring is the start of the new year and an opportunity for resolutions and commitments. We often use these times of year to aspire to become a better version of ourselves and one of the things that can get in the way is self-sabotage. Self-sabotage refers to the intentional or unintentional behavior, thoughts,…

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Bringing Focus to the “We”

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By Joy Reichart, New Ventures West, Guest Contributor

Boundaries

If you are on a developmental path of any kind it’s likely that at some point you’ve had to look at boundaries: saying no to requests, putting a hard stop on the workday, not taking on other peoples’ “stuff.” 

Boundaries are an essential aspect of wellbeing in that they help us delineate where we end and the rest of the world begins, determine what is our business and what is others’, reserve our energy for what is important to …

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