Monday, April 13, 2015
Medicated Passengers - Breathing Space Blog
On a plane trip from Raleigh to London it became abundantly clear that all of the electronics installed, including private movie screens on every seat back, music channels, and headsets were a way of "medicating" passengers. The plane's aisles had been designed so that no one could move about easily.
Instead, people were induced to stay in their seats, sit, eat, and not circulate. I guess the airline determined that most passengers would gladly accept electronic medication if it would make the time in the sky seemingly go faster.
Labels: addiction, electronic, exercise, flying, lethargy, medicate, medication
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Too Much Noise! - Breathing Space Blog
Foruteen years ago, the article “Noise Busters” by Richard and Joyce Wolkomir appeared in Smithsonian Magazine. From the authors:
“Nature quiet is now preserved in only 7% of Arizona’s Grand Canyon national park and nowhere in Hawaii’s volcano’s National Park.”
“Among city dwelling Americans, 87% are exposed to noise so loud it has the potential to degrade hearing capacity over time. But you will not necessarily find peace in the suburbs or country side either, not with the on slot of leaf blowers, snow blowers, lawn mowers, chain saws, snow mobiles, power boats, and all terrain vehicles.
“Researchers have demonstrated that noise can raise your blood pressure and change your blood chemistry… Adrenaline levels can rise, indicating the imposition of stress.”
Noise is unwanted sound, derived from the Latin word for nausea. In 1960 there were no leaf blowers, no jet skis, no car alarms, and few snowmobiles.
Noise on one side of the school has been shown to diminish some children’s test scores, compared with that of children on the other side of the school in a relatively noise-free zone, who otherwise have the same academic capabilities and demographic profile.
Do you want to do your best work? Get away from the noise.
Labels: adrenaline, disturbance, focus, hearing, loud, noise, Smithsonian
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Aromatherapy Works Wonders - Breathing Space Blog
A study found "that sniffing lavender oil before bedtime was just as effective as sleep medication" for some insomniacs. "The oil may reduce the time it takes to fall asleep as well as the need for sleeping pills," says Dr. Alan Hirsch, the founder and neurological director of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.
Labels: aromatherapy, calm, relax, sleep, smell
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Your Home, Your Sanctuary - Breathing Space Blog
Whether it’s your home, car, office, or any other space, seek to accommodate the way you sleep, eat, drive, work, and live.
Never mind how your arrangement appears to someone else. When you manage your environment, it might not look conventional or "normal" to others. So what? Which do would prefer? Easier ways of doing things or more involved, more complex ways of doing things?
One good trip to a Home Depot store can work wonders. You can pick up a few green plants, curtain rods, and new light fixtures. Whatever rooms and areas of your home could use a mild upgrade, go ahead and make the effort. Even minimal positive effects to your home environment can make a difference in your work effectiveness.
Labels: accommodate, environment, home, peace, sanctuary
Monday, March 09, 2015
All About Making Decisions - Breathing Space Blog
Here is some sage advice about making decisions in both your professional and personal lives
, from author and counselor Rebecca Merrill.
Rebecca Merrill, Living in Yes
, c 2004
1. We all have to do it.
2. We never get to stop doing it.
3. Every new decision leads to more decisions. It's just a question of how
4. It's difficult to make good decisions for a multitude of reasons.
5. We spend a small percentage of our lives making decisions, but they determine the rest of our lives, which are the consequences.
6. There are no "right" or perfect decisions.
7. With every decision, you will experience some loss, especially if you choose to do nothing.
8. You can only make the decision you are capable of making when the decision is called for; all decisions are a function of who you are at the time you make them.
9. The quality of your life is directly related to the quality of your decisions.
10. It is well worth your while to learn how to make good ones.
Labels: advice, decision, decision making, Merrill, quality of life, tips, yes
Friday, March 06, 2015
More Meetings, Less Breathing Space - Breathing Space Blog
A software firm named Atlassian
indicates that the typical employee spends 31 hours monthly in meetings and
regards at least half of that time to be unnecessary. Of those in the survey,
91% indicated that they daydream, 75% tend to other work, and 39% doze off some of the time. The calculated cost of unnecessary meetings is $37
billion a year.
Research by Bain & Company indicates that the typical manager comsumers at least one full day each week in meetings, and that senior executives devote 40% of the work week in ineffective meetings. None of the findings above includes the time preparation and follow up time consumed before and after meetings.
Labels: cost, drain, endless, meetings, time, waste
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Forsake "Woe is Me" - Breathing Space Blog
Steve Rizzo, author of Get Your Shift Together
says to, "Stop using your toxic past as an ID card to validate your right to
proclaim your 'woe-is-me' story to the world. Practice awareness and
choose to break free from The Big Mouth Inside Your Head now."
Labels: awareness, free, Rizzo, toxic, validate