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Via Elite Daily : 5 Yoga Poses You Can Do At Work To De Stress Without Your Co Workers Judging You

If I could do yoga literally wherever I went, I would — and TBH, I kind of do. Even while I’m working, I’m always low-key cranking out some super casual yoga poses throughout the day (and no, I’m not talking about doing a headstand in the middle of the office, though that does sound rather exhilarating). As a yoga teacher, and as someone who just loves the practice in general, I’ve pretty much mastered the art of doing yoga poses at work without looking like a total weirdo, and without getting majorly judged by all of my co-workers. I guess you could say being ~subtly zen~ is my specialty.

Now, you might be thinking: Why does she care what her co-workers think of her? But come on, fam — do you really want to be known as the office hippie who chants “om” in between meetings, or busts out a downward facing dog at the coffee machine? Yeah, neither do I.

The good news is that there are definitely a few easy ways to integrate yoga into your day without drawing the entire office’s attention to yourself. And, honestly, keeping your practice subtle and private during work hours will feel like an awesome little secret you have with yourself — on how you stay so freaking grounded, centered, and free of bodily tension all day long. Pretty soon, your co-workers might just be asking you what your secret is.

If you’re trying to sneak some yoga into your day to de-stress, but you don’t want those judgmental stares from your co-workers, try these five yoga poses that are pretty much as low-key as it gets.

1. Spinal Twist In Your Chair

No yoga mat or stretchy pants are required for this blissful spinal twist, but the movement is still sure to leave your entire back feeling tension-free and totally rejuvenated after sitting for longer than you’d like.

No one will notice you doing this bad boy, because it’ll look like you’re just turning around to look at something, when you’re actually squeezing a kickass, back-relieving yoga pose into your day. As you inhale, sit taller in your chair as you try to grow your spine and lengthen your body. As you exhale, twist a bit deeper into your seat, and relish the wonderful sensation this brings to your lower back.

2. Tree Pose At The Coffee Machine

Honestly guys, coffee breaks throughout the work day give me life, and a lot of times, it’s the only thing that keeps me sane in the midst a hectic schedule. Personally, I love adding an extra dose of energy to my cup of joe by busting out a super casual tree pose while I’m waiting for my coffee to brew.

Though tree pose might seem like a weird move to bust out in the middle of the office, this asana can actually be very low-key if you place your foot on your calf, rather than all the way up on your thigh. The balance required in this posture will give you a boost of focus, and once you’re done with both sides of your body, your beloved java will be ready to energize your brain and body even more.

3. A Hip-Opening Pose You Can Do Right At Your Desk

Pigeon pose is my absolute favorite yoga pose, but real talk, getting down on the floor and doing the standard variation isn’t really an option when you’re doing your 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. thing. But you can easily opt for a seated, figure-four variation of pigeon pose when you need to release some tension at the office.

Keep in mind, the focus on your hip flexors in this pose may pinch and hurt a little bit at first, especially if these muscles are tight due to stress, but as long as you focus on your breathing and don’t make any sudden movements, the stretch should provide you with a nice sense of relief.

4. A Clasped Shoulder Stretch You Can Do Literally Anywhere

Whether you’re racing around the office completing a whole slew of tasks, or you’re slaving away at your computer and buried under a mountain of demanding emails, this yogi-style shoulder stretch will come to your rescue to calm your body and mind.

Clasping your hands behind your back and taking a luxurious shoulder stretch will open up your chest and upper body in amazing ways, allowing stress and tension to melt away with ease. Every time I do this stretch, my shoulders crack, like, seven times, and it’s absolutely glorious.

5. Practice Mindful, Abdominal Breathing Throughout The Day

I love incorporating pranayamas, or yoga breathing techniques, into my work day because they’re incredibly relaxing, and no one besides you even knows you’re doing them in the first place.

Truthfully, though, some breathing exercises require closing off one nostril with your hands, or cupping your palms around your mouth, so those might be a little too extra for the office. Some classic abdominal breathing, however, is a great way to go if you want to relax and de-stress without getting a bunch of side-eye stares from co-workers.

Breathe deeply and fully into your belly, allowing it to puff out with air. Slowly exhale all of your breath, letting go of any stressors that may have come up during your day at work as you do so.

Via CNBC : The life-changing career advice that Warren Buffett gave Charlie Munger

Even the most powerful business people take advice from their best friends.

In an interview with Fortune, Charlie Munger reveals that the best advice he ever received came from longtime friend and Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett

“The best advice I ever got from Warren was to stop practicing law,” says Munger. “He thought it was all right as a hobby, but as a business it was pretty stupid.”

The two first met at a dinner party in Omaha, Nebraska in 1959. At the time, Munger was making his mark on the legal profession and co-founded the law firm Munger, Tolles & Olson shortly after.

The business was successful and is still considered one of the most elite law firms, but Buffett envisioned a different career path for his friend.

“It didn’t use his full talents,” the CEO explains. Buffett says that as Berkshire’s chairman he was able to work for himself, rather than for someone else, and he felt Munger would thrive in a similar environment.

“I got to serve myself, to implement my own ideas,” he says. “And I knew Charlie was cut the same way.”

While Munger had a friend to tell him that he wasn’t fully using his talents, many people can see this on their own, says Liz Ryan, CEO of career consulting firm Human Workplace and author of “Reinvention Roadmap.”

It’s easy to become complacent in a role or career that’s no longer fulfilling, she tells CNBC Make It. So it’s critical that you analyze whether a job is still helping you grow.

Ryan says there are three signs that can help you see you’re not using your full abilities at work:

1. You’ve got the Sunday night blues

A lot of people aren’t giddy about the start of the workweek. But if Sundays are a downer and you find it difficult to get out of bed Monday morning, these could be physical symptoms that your job is no longer rewarding, says Ryan.

“You shouldn’t dread going back to work on Monday,” she says. “That’s not a good sign. That’s not normal.”

2. Your ideas are routinely dismissed

If trying to get your boss to accept your ideas is a constant struggle, this may signify that you’re not fully using your talents.

Ryan says that the main question to ask yourself is, “Am I frustrated with the lack of change and forward motion in my job?”

If you’re always pushing against a brick wall, she explains, all that muscle is being wasted.

3. You’re not learning anything new

There should always be people in the office who you look up to and who are willing to help you grow. “If you’re the the smartest person in the room, it’s the wrong room,” says the career expert.

Ryan also recommends reviewing your resume. If you have no new skills to add after a year or more, that’s a “really bad sign” that your learning has stalled, she says. “You need to look beyond these office walls.”

Changing jobs or professions can be daunting. In fact, Munger tells Fortune, “I kept one foot in the law practice until I knew it was going to work, and then I removed that foot.”

Ryan notes that most people don’t have that luxury, so she recommends a more releatable approach: While still employed, write down what you dislike about your current role and what you want in a future job, then find positions that align with those needs.

Most importantly, says Ryan, “take your time.”

Via In-Spire Lifestyles : Why Having A Healthy Work-Life Balance is Essential to Wellbeing

Many people struggle with living and working. In this very constant quest to move up the ladder, fit into society and secure financial security, we often neglect the very life we currently have.

I once suffered from this conflictual nature. I was working so many hours with the impression that this was productive, without realising that I was sacrificing my very present life for an un-promised future desired life. I burnt out, became detached from who I am, and lost all sense of purpose outside of working.

Striking a balance between work and personal life isn’t easy when we take into account our busy schedules, lack of energy and constant external demand for our time and headspace, but it is extremely important.

Having a healthy work-life balance can leave you feeling less stressed, more clear minded, less overwhelmed and happier. While it also improves your ability to work more efficiently, it’s important to acknowledge its benefits on your actual life. You are more likely to feel in control of your life because you have choices as opposed to being forced to make sacrifices and feeling guilty about that which you have previously neglected.

I always come across many people who are adamant that they do not have time to create balance. This mindset is dangerous and it reaffirms the unconscious affirmation that you do not matter. If your life has become more busy than your own desire to live it, you’re likely to become discontent and may find yourself working without purpose. Creating a healthy balance, scheduling in some You time, picking up a Jonnie, having true downtime is good for you. You’re also likely to be less stressed and as a result be healthier, both mentally and physically. So, if you are feeling stressed or overworked, there are a number of changes you can consider bettering your work-life balance.

Prioritise your Priorities

First, write down all of the things that are most important to you. Secondly, put them in order of importance. Now write down how much time each thing realistically requires per day. Lastly write out a daily schedule allocating adequate time to each thing. Note: You may not be able to do all things each day, so of this is the case, spread out the tasks and priorities over a few days so everything has it’s sufficient place.

Do Not Over Commit

When we set small reachable goals, we increase our chances of success. Overcommitting sets us up for a failing end before we begin. Be realistic with how much you can healthily achieve in one day without compromising something else, and stick to that.

Simplify Your Priorities

Once you have organised your priorities, now you must simplify each task. For example: if you goal is to spend more quality time with your children, and to get fit, you can “feed two birds with one scone” by perhaps going for a walk with your child. This kind of simplification enables you to maximise on your time and ultimately frees up more.

Find the best way to do things and you’ll soon realise that too busy is just a mindset. After all, what matters more than your wellness and life? Nothing.

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Via Madison.com : The Best Career Advice I Ever Received

No matter where you are in your career, it always helps to have a mentor, boss, or trusted colleague from whom you can learn. And while you’ve probably heard your share of advice, we Fools believe that there’s no such thing as too much guidance. That’s why we’re here to share the best career advice we’ve ever been privy to — and how it has helped us get to where we are today.

Do what you love

Daniel B. Kline: My grandfather built a very successful business that employs hundreds of people to this day. He was not a warm and fuzzy man, but he was supportive in an indirect way. So, instead of hugs or verbal support, I got a lot of critique of my pool and candlepin bowling game.

When I entered the working world, however, my grandfather never expected me to follow in his footsteps. Instead, he was supportive of me as a writer and talked about how he had to pursue the direction he did while I could follow my dreams.

He never directly said “do what you love,” but he implied it when talking about things he wished he could pursue. He also showed a willingness to support non-traditional careers as he served as a patron for my uncle, a lifelong artist, and my aunt, who danced before moving into business.

It was never a direct lesson. Instead, by not scolding me or telling me I was making a mistake, I always felt I was being told that following my passion was the way to go. And I’m happier for it today.

My grandfather, meanwhile, is no longer with us — he’s been gone for over 20 years. As a parent myself now, I know that while I hope my son achieves financial success, I’m more hopeful that he finds a job he loves where work never feels like work.

Don’t aim for perfection

Selena Maranjian: One of the best bits of career advice I ever received wasn’t really career advice. It came from an older relative who was talking about relationships when he said, “Don’t look for someone perfect. If you find someone who’s 80% perfect, that’s good!” That kind of thinking can serve you well in your career, too.

For starters, don’t knock yourself out looking for the perfect job as that can be very hard or impossible to do. If you find a job in a field of interest with good pay, chances for advancement, and friendly coworkers, that might be good enough — even if it offers a long commute or so-so benefits. Likewise, a job near your home with great benefits and satisfactory compensation might be good enough, too.

Sometimes, we balk at applying for jobs that look great to us because we don’t feel perfect enough for them. Tone down that tendency, if you have it. You don’t have to be a perfect fit for a job, and most applicants probably won’t be perfect, either. If you’re missing certain experience or a particular skill, you might still make up for that in other ways.

Few jobs are perfect, and many people in various jobs aren’t perfect for their positions, either. No matter what you do, just keep learning (such as by asking questions and reading) as it can make you better at your job — and better suited for other, more lucrative or satisfying jobs, too.

Follow your dreams

Maurie Backman: My first job out of college was great on paper. I had an impressive title, a terrific salary, and plenty of opportunity to network because of it.

The problem? I wasn’t happy. I worked at a financial company, and the atmosphere was downright toxic. Fist fights broke out regularly (thankfully, I never took part in one), and vulgarities were thrown around so frequently that at some point you would’ve sworn there was a secret cursing contest going on.

After working at that job for several years, I knew I was done. Not only was I tired of the intense, crazy environment, but I really wanted to move out of finance and into something more creative — namely, writing. I was dating my now-husband at the time, and he encouraged me repeatedly to go after a career I’d be happier in, even if it meant taking a massive pay cut. And that was some pretty bold advice on his part, seeing as how we were living together and sharing the bills.

But I took his advice. I gave up my cushy salary and benefits and instead taught myself to live on less as I worked to build my business. Eventually, I got to a good place, and now, I’m absolutely thrilled to be doing what I do.

Following your dreams isn’t always easy. It’s often scary, and in my case, it meant spending several years adjusting my lifestyle to account for my much lower earnings. But I had always wanted to be a writer (heck, I even studied it in college), and once I started down that path, I never really looked back.

Via The Irish Times : Twitter Ireland boss warns against outdated career advice

Sinéad McSweeney defends millennials and says mental health and wellbeing are priority

Young people today are being given slightly outdated advice in an attempt to encourage them into careers in science, technology, engineering and maths, the head of Twitter Ireland has said.

“There’s a saying in terms of encouraging young women in particular and young women in general to look for careers in stem subjects, that you can’t be what you can’t see. To my mind that is slightly outdated,” Sinéad McSweeney said. “What we now need to encourage people to aspire to is to be something that right now they can’t even imagine.”

Ms McSweeney used the example of her own career path, which has moved from politics to the Police Service of Northern Ireland and An Garda Síochána, to Twitter.

“When I left school in 1988, most of the jobs that I have done since didn’t exist. The technology that underpins my current job certainly didn’t exist,” she said, noting that the social platform was just 12 years old.

Ms McSweeney was speaking at an Institute of Directors lunch in Dublin.

She recounted some of the missteps in her own career, but noted there is “no such thing as failure”, describing it simply as a mistake, if there was something to be learned from it.

“We should never accept that there is such a thing as a wasted journey because every experience we have is something from which we can grow, and which we take learning and which we develop,” she said.

Crisis

Ms McSweeney addressed the crisis that hit the social media platform at the beginning of last year, when the company was faced with headlines wondering if Twitter was over, following a significant redundancy programme.

“I had to take a team of people in Dublin through that and through the sense of loss and uncertainty who were worried they were going to be next to a situation,” she said.

However, the company has since had a “global turnaround”, she said. “The atmosphere and sense of energy and productivity and the site itself is a long way from where it was.”

She also addressed the characterisation of millennials, noting that Generation X were described as “cynical, aimless slackers”.

“Yet we were the entrepreneurs who drove most of the innovation from which we benefit today,” she said.

She also warned mental health and wellbeing needed to be a priority for business leaders, saying she was increasingly worried for millennials and the pressure they were putting on themselves.

“As leaders and managers I think we have a responsibility to make sure that we’re not adding to that but also that we’re helping them realise that it’s okay to slow down, it’s okay to enjoy the achievement that they have,” she said.

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