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Acts of Kindness Week
Wellness
Published Friday Feb 16, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

7 Ways to Be a Kinder Coworker

Motivation
Personal Growth

Finding the positive in that 9-5 grind can be a challenge. So many of us think of work as work, and it’s the one place we may forget to show a little kindness. Unsubscribe to the negative attitude that might make the office miserable by spreading some love! 

A full seven days dedicated to making others feel good through doing good, let Random Acts of Kindness Week inspire you to be a better coworker. Here are a few ways to pump up the positivity at your work today, tomorrow, and all year long: 


Say it with a sticky 

Kind words are contagious. When you have a few minutes to spare between meetings, grab a pile of sticky notes and write uplifting affirmations on them. Need some inspiration? Play around on Pinterest! Place those little notes packed with positivity around the office—like the break room, kitchen area, conference rooms, or even at someone’s desk who you know is having a hard day. 

 
Get rid of gossip

You wouldn’t like someone talking about you behind your back, so make it a point to return the favor. When that one coworker corners you in the kitchen about someone’s outfit or who’s presentation didn’t go as planned, refrain from the drama and try changing the topic. You’ll feel better without all that negative energy. 


You can sit with us 

The new guy—or girl—at the office might not have many work friends yet, so include them in your lunch plans. Whether you head out to grab your grub at the local spot, or meal prep is on the menu at the kitchen tables, your coworker will be grateful for the effort. 


Kill ‘em with compliments 

Did Andy from IT serve as your tech spirit guide when your laptop faded to black? Has Julie run a marathon over the weekend? Validate their hard work with a “Well done,” “Good job,” or just a solid thumbs up. 


It’s just a ride, it’s just a ride

Are you running to Target after work in your coworker’s neck of the woods? Maybe you just found out someone lives in your neighborhood? If they normally take the train or bus, offer the occasional ride instead. Added bonus: you can get to know each other better on the drive! Find out something new about them—a little compassionate conversation goes a long way. 


Hold the door 

We’ve all done that frantic run to catch the elevator—meeting notes falling all over the floor, keys flying right out of your bag... it’s a stressful mess! Next time you see that person making the sprint to the elevator or door, hold it open. It’s a simple gesture, but it could turn their whole day around. 


Treat yo’ coworker 

There’s nothing like an unexpected iced coffee, latte, or tea! No matter the season (or the reason), treat your desk buddy to their favorite beverage! It will be just the late day pick-me-up they need. 

The smallest act of kindness can make a big impact. Aside from making us feel good, there’s also a healthy benefit to paying it forward. Being kind produces oxytocin, or the “love hormone,” which helps to lower blood pressure and improves heart health. 

When this positivity is promoted it creates an emotional bond, which—to us—sounds like a great way to connect with your coworkers. 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Yoga sleep tips MINDBODY
Wellness
Published Wednesday Sep 18, 2019 by Amber Scriven

4 Yoga Poses for a Better Night’s Sleep

Yoga
Personal Growth
Expert Advice

We’ve all had sleepless nights. It’s the worst! Watching the wee hours of morning tick away. Wishing we could slip into a restful sleep before our alarm goes off . The frustrating feeling of knowing exactly how many minutes there are before you need to be up. Then, struggling through a heavy relentless morning filled with self-medicating coffee runs, and a tired, snappy version of yourself dragging through the day. 

There’s no one miracle cure for insomnia because there are so many reasons for not being able to sleep. Many people, however, find relief by curbing stress right before bed. One way to do that is with a few choice yoga stretches that mellow you out by encouraging your Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) to ignite your bodies “rest and digest” cycles. This is the opposite of the “fight or flight” system that helps you race away from oncoming tigers, or other more urban “dangers.”  

Here are a few shapes that calm the nervous system and decrease adrenaline in the body to help you rest and ultimately sleep better. 
 

Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

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Legs-Up-the-Wall

This is a super simple way to relax right before bed, or even from the comfort of your bed. Pushing your legs up the wall helps move the lymph and blood out of your feet using gravity, this, in turn, means your heart doesn’t need to work as hard to pump it back up. Thus, things get a little quieter in your cardiovascular system helping to soothe your body into a sense of softness.

Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

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Supported Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

This shape uses the same idea as Legs-Up-the-Wall. It calms by inverting your hips above your heart, but it also stretches your neck and chest open for tension relief. The muscles can open and let go of anything they are holding onto. It also opens your lungs and diaphragm, which allows you to breathe more deeply, and that oxygen is a calmant.

Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

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Child’s Pose (Balasana)

Folding forward in Child’s Pose works a little differently. It still opens the lungs (from the upper back), but it requires you to turn inwards. You could bring your hands by your sides for a more restorative version of the shape, and resting your head to one side or the other is often more comfortable. Alternatively, try resting your forehead on a block or the floor, and use that surface to massage the space between your eyebrows. This triggers an acupressure point between your eyebrows that stimulates the pineal gland to encourage a melatonin response. Melatonin is the hormone our bodies produce when it gets dark that tells us to go to sleep!

Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

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Reclined Bound Angle (Supta Baddha Konasana)

Use a couple pillows for this one! Pop one under your knees, one under your head or upper back, along your spine, and under your hands.Then, get ready to  fall asleep there. Let everything get heavy and drippy and start to think about that weighted sensation in your feet, slowly bring your attention up your body making each body part heavier and heavier as you go. This is a version of Yoga Nidra Meditation and it is extremely relaxing—but you must go slowly. 


So, there you have it! A few ideas from yoga, science, and acupressure to help you get some much-deserved ZZZ’s. 
 

Amber Scriven Acupuncturist
Written by
Amber Scriven
Acupuncturist | Yoga Teacher
About the author
A busy acupuncturist, yoga teacher and trainer, Amber has actively worked in the wellness industry for over 10 years. For her, yoga is a form of health care that she uses alongside acupuncture in the form of retreats, injury rehabilitation, and pain relief. Amber is renowned for building emotional strength while cultivating physical health.