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Being Mindful is an Essential Managerial Skill – Here’s Why

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Being a leader comes with stress. It’s part of the job. But it’s how you handle that stress that dictates your effectiveness with your team and company. Practicing mindfulness is one way to drive positive results, according to a study from Harvard.

The study revealed that when leaders are stressed, their anxiety can be felt across the entire organization. This often becomes detrimental to employees and lowers productivity, even resulting in early departure from the company. Visibly stressed leaders lose credibility with their team, too. Only 7 percent of employees surveyed believed their stressed leaders effectively lead their teams, and only 11 percent with stressed leaders felt they were highly engaged at work.

When leaders fail to manage their stress in a constructive way, more than 50 percent of their employees perceive their leader as harmful or ineffective. Further, when leaders are unable to manage stress, employees lose their drive to advance within the company.
— Inc.

Over the past decade, mindfulness has become more and more popular in the workplace, especially with effective managers. Leaders who engage in mindfulness were found to increase hope, optimism, self-efficacy, and resilience in their teams, according to the Harvard study. They were also able to reduce their own stress, increasing their overall health.

But how does one become a mindful leader? The first step is to develop self-awareness. Pay attention to how you are showing up with people and within situations in the office. Do you show signs of visible stress? Are you able to effectively process the steps you need to take to complete a project? Does your team come to you to help solve problems, or do they avoid you out of fear or frustration? Become aware of how you are reacting and engaging and make a plan to improve where necessary. If all else fails, don’t forget to breathe! Even taking five minutes a day to be with your breath will help you embrace the present moment and think with clarity. 

For more tactics on becoming a mindful leader, read this great article from Inc. As a leader, you have the power to make or break your team and contribute to your company’s overall success, so be sure you’re channeling mindfulness to help you succeed your goals!

Chasing Nirvana Yoga offers on-site yoga and wellness classes to offices, tenant buildings, events, and more. To learn more or to schedule a consultation, please visit www.chasingnirvanayoga.com.

Office Trends: 87% Want Their Employers to Offer Healthy Workspace Benefits

It’s no secret that the typical office floor plan has transformed far beyond impersonal cubicle farms. Over the last few decades, we’ve watched office spaces evolve like origami, moving toward open floor plans and communal spaces, with many offices even adding ping pong tables to the mix. But what’s trending for 2019? 

While office trends come and go, one thing that does not change is the impact that the office environment has on employee health and wellbeing. A quality workspace design leads to a less stressful and more productive atmosphere. It’s essential that employers take the physical work environment of their employees into consideration. Employees need to feel comfortable and calm in their physical work settings to produce their best work.
— Forbes
  • According to the Fellowes Workplace Wellness Trend Report, employees are really focusing on a healthier work environment. This report is filled with fascinating statistics, including the following: 

  • An overwhelming majority (87%) of workers would like their current employer to offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

  • Interestingly, employees of younger companies are less likely (34%) to be turned down when asking for in-office benefits like sit-stand desks than employees at established companies (42%).

  • 93% of workers in the tech industry said they would stay longer at a company who would offer healthier workspace benefits, with options ranging from wellness rooms, company fitness benefits, sit-stands, healthy lunch options, and ergonomic seating.

Here at Chasing Nirvana Yoga, we’ve watched offices transform firsthand when employers or property managers offer on-site yoga and wellness classes. The plus side is that they don’t even need to reconstruct their floor plan for these offerings (unless they want to!). As long as there is a space to congregate, the wellness can commence! 

For those wondering where to start, check out this helpful chart from the Forbes article exploring the Fellowes report. It outlines seven concepts for healthier buildings, including air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort, and mind. Read the full article for more tips on incorporating each concept into your daily 9-5!

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Crystal Carden Brings Essential Oils to CNY

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Have you heard the news? Chasing Nirvana Yoga is adding an essential oils expert to our yoga teacher lineup, and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome Crystal Carden to the team!

Crystal, a Massachusetts native, dove headfirst into her yoga practice and essential oil studies about a year ago. Her journey began when her family started a keto diet variation that helped her lose over 60 pounds. She was inspired to continue finding new ways to be the happiest and healthiest version of herself. After trying just one yoga class, she was hooked!

Crystal started her teacher training around the same time she began learning about essential oils as natural solutions for health issues and substitutes for chemical-laden products. Once her family was paying more attention to the food they put in their bodies, she wanted to take the effort one step further and cut out unnecessary chemicals. Crystal was able to replace a lot of her family’s everyday items and medications with essential oil rollers. From headaches and muscle pains to anxiety and fatigue, the ailments that can be treated by essential oils are endless.

“When you find something you love, you want to share with people. I believe in this too much to fail. And I give the oils to my kids, so you know I truly believe in them.”

Because essential oils only take about 20 seconds to enter the bloodstream, they’re perfect for fast relief and benefits. She says anything you would ingest as a plant can be ingested as an oil. Plus, her oils are certified as non-GMO, so you can trust that none of the crops were treated with chemicals when they were being grown.

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Something Crystal loves about her work with essential oils is tailoring the concoctions to individual people; it makes her feel like a Harry Potter of holistic wellness. For example, she recently created an essential oil solution for a woman who wanted relief from asthma and allergies. Even her husband, who was skeptical of Crystal’s oil voodoo at first, finds himself asking for the “magic potion” for his neck. Meanwhile, citrus blends work nicely for her 12-year-old son, Brennan, who tells me that lime is his absolute favorite oil.

“When you start to see what you do benefit other people, that’s the cool piece. You become an inspiring person for people, who then want to make healthy changes for themselves. That’s the neatest part for me.”

Could bringing essential oil rollers into the office help employees focus, feel more energetic and avoid aches and pains? Absolutely! Contact Chasing Nirvana Yoga to learn about the different essential oil solutions and rollers that Crystal can make for you. Feel free to check out Crystal’s business, Branches & Co., for more information about essential oils.