Guided Breath Meditation for Stress Management

5 Minute Stress-Management Meditation The paradox about stress and stress management is: The more you feel under pressure the less likely that you feel like taking out an hour of your day for self-care (even though you know you should). Not only are we endangering our mental and physical health and put ourselves at the risk of burnout – our productivity is decreasing drastically when we are stressed. Just think about it: How much can you achieve in one hour of work at “full speed” and how often do you work long hours under pressure and don’t produce impressive results? I get it. When you have to meet deadlines or… Read More

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Mindfulness To Go

Picture Credit: Tony Brandstetter https://goo.gl/WVT2uy Mindfulness to go Mindfulness is the new trend to release pressure and prevent job burnout. A basic idea and purpose of mindfulness are to focus on what matters in life, but it is often the esoteric chic of burnt out managers. Self-awareness is a powerful soft skill that helps us break free from traditional thinking and behavioral patterns that do not serve us. The idea: If someone can perceive themselves unbiased, understands how and why he reacts to certain triggers, he will turn off the emotional autopilot that otherwise keeps us trapped in a stress spiral. It’s not a coincidence that mindfulness is trending. Stress related diseases… Read More

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Symptoms of Depression

It is now 20 years ago that Steve jumped from the rooftop of the office building in Frankfurt, Germany. My colleague AND friend, Steve (Dr. Steve R.), was an extraordinarily good Management Consultant. Even though he did not speak German, his expertise and sincere interest in supporting clients made German companies overlook that fact. No one saw it coming. We let the last weeks and months pass in our heads over and over and over again, searching for signs we overlooked. We did not see any. Two days before he jumped, he told me stories about his evil cat and we laughed and giggled for hours. He told me how… Read More

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