Dealing with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

When daylight hours start to decrease and it gets cold and dreary outside, many people may find themselves experiencing symptoms resembling depression during the winter months.

In this episode of The Viva Podcast, Jor-El and Rachel discuss the signs of SAD and the steps you can take to ease symptoms and feel better during the winter time.

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What to Know About Seasonal Depression

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD — a type of depression that occurs with the changing of the seasons — can affect up to 10% of people in the United States.

Read about some of the best ways to manage SAD, how long is lasts, and why you or someone you know may be experiencing drastic mood shifts this winter.

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"Be strong now because things will get better. It might be stormy now, but it can’t rain forever."

- Anonymous

6 Tips for Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder

Even with small changes in your lifestyle, you could help yourself through Seasonal Affective Disorder. This article highlights six tips to help you find the mental relief you need to make it through the dreary winter months.

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Winter Blues, Fourth Edition: Everything You Need to Know to Beat Seasonal Affective Disorder by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD

“Picking up this book is the first step toward feeling more energized, productive, and alive--all year long.”

Whether you’re having difficulties staying motivated or feeling down in the dumps now that the weather has changed, there is a high chance you are suffering from seasonal depression. This is a common occurrence for most people, but just because it’s common doesn’t mean it should go untreated or unnoticed. We all need a little bit of encouragement from time to time, but especially when we’re feeling down. In this book by Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, you can hopefully find all of the insight and encouragement you need to get through this season of life and the ones to follow.

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How Your Environment Affects Your Mental Health

The state of your surroundings can affect you mentally whether you know it or not. Things such as messes, dishes in the sink, the heat or the cold can affect your mood and can add to any stress you might be feeling. Most often these things are in your control to some degree, but if you share a house, apartment, gym, workspace etc. the maintenance of your environment is a team effort. It is very important to communicate your concerns if problems maintaining a space arise, this way everyone is on the same page and is aware of everyone’s wants and needs when it comes to sharing a space.

Listen to host Diana Marie Keller talk about how the state of our environment causes us to feel.

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The Link Between Your Surroundings and Your Emotional Well-Being

The condition of your environment can affect you in ways you probably didn’t even realize. For example, if you’re a student or work from home and your room is messy, you’re more likely to get distracted and get off track. Studies have shown that clutter leads to more snacking, bad decision making and can even detract people from connecting with you.

Other than clutter and messiness, there are many other environmental situations that can affect you mentally and emotionally that are covered in this article.

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“Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.”

- James Clear

Is It Time To Switch Up Your Space?

From aesthetics to people, how you surround yourself shapes who you are and how you function. In this article by Sara Lindberg, M.Ed she covers every aspect of your surroundings and how they shape you as a person. Notable factors include: Aesthetics, culture & values, people, sensory and familiarity. Read more to find out how these factors can affect you.

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What Anyone Can Do: How Surrounding Yourself with the Right People Will Drive Change, Opportunity, and Personal Growth by Leo Bottary

People shape who we are. It’s a fact of life. Whomever those people are can either benefit us or crush us. Even you as an individual require a team effort to grow and thrive, that’s why having a healthy community to turn to is essential to grow as an individual.

Think about the people in your life. Your parents, siblings, bosses, partners, teachers, instructors, etc. and think about how they affect you. Every category affects you in some way and it is important to acknowledge that. In What Anyone Can Do, Leo Bottary elaborates on this topic and shares many key points in regards to the people in your life.

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How We Actually Heal: Integration | Being Well Podcast

In this podcast hosted by Forrest Hanson, he and his dad, Dr. Rick Hanson dive into psychological patterns related to healing such as defense, fear, insecurities etc.. A key point in healing is being able to identify where you need to heal and acknowledging your behaviors and tendencies around it. Healing takes time, but with the right strategies and mindset, you will be able to overcome and heal from your wounds.

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Why We heal: The Evolution of Psychological Healing and Implications for Global Mental Health

Learn how biological evolution has affected humans and our process of healing. Healing is a forever changing thing as time progresses and we learn how to adapt our ways to help us heal, grow and accept ourselves as human beings in this forever changing world.

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“My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.”

- Steve Goodier

7 Self-Care Tips For Healing During Difficult Times

Healing from anything can be challenging and can be a long challenging quest, but there are some methods that aid us through this journey and help us to recover and grow from our past. Here are 7 self help tips for healing during difficult times from Brightly to help you wherever you are on this journey of healing.

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The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

“Trauma is a fact of life.”

It doesn’t matter who you are or how you were raised, everyone is recovering from something traumatic in their life no matter how big or small that is. Our traumas literally shape who we are as a human being, so it is important to see our past experiences as opportunities to learn about ourselves and grow as an individual.

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Experiencing Life Fully | The Bledsoe Show

A life fully lived & experienced… what does that even mean? What does it look like?

I talked with Mike Bledsoe about my own experience...from bankruptcy, to the “top of the mountain”, to losing almost everything in fires, family dynamics, and creating even more beauty from the ashes. Listen to how I healed during my own difficult times.

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8 Tips to Master Your Focus

Are you having trouble staying focused? Whether you’re working at the office, working remotely or even studying, staying focused and maintaining your flow state is the key to success. In this episode of The Mindset Mentor, Rob Dial enlightens us with 8 helpful tips to keep your focus without getting distracted.

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Focus: The Ultimate Guide on How to Improve Focus and Concentration

What is focus and how does it work? In this article you’ll learn many things about this topic that you might not have known before! James Clear has put together some helpful ways to improve your focus, increase your attention span and even some mind hacks you can apply to yourself if you’re having trouble staying on task.

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"Focus on being productive instead of being busy."

- Tim Ferriss

The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus

In this article the author touches on two main reasons why you might not be staying focused and how you can change certain habits to ensure you direct your attention to your work. Treseder provides five daily practices to help employees carve out time for themselves in order to be more productive at their job. Themes that tie together all of the practices include having a clear mind, tidy digital and physical surroundings, and the ability to take time to reflect.

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Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

How many times have you gone on your phone to do something, only to forget what that something was 5 seconds later? Now more than ever we live in a world that is filled with constant distraction. Chris Bailey helps us learn how to overcome these regular interruptions, allowing us to be both more productive and more efficient.

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How to Improve your Mental Health by looking after your Gut

In this episode of The Gut Health Gurus Podcast, Kriben Govende analyzes how deeply connected our mind and gut are. Gut health impacts many different areas of our life: sleep, energy, skin, etc. Therefore understanding how to keep it healthy can greatly improve the quality of our overall wellbeing.

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Who’s really in control?

Viome breaks down the correlation between your gut microbiome and mental health. We know both our extremely important, but how dependent are they on one another? Through this article we learn that the condition of your gut can affect things such as OCD, ADHD, ASD and much more.

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"Gut health is the key to overall health."

- Kris Carr

10 Ways to Improve your Gut Health

In this article, Jyne Leonard lists 10 scientifically supported ways to improve the gut microbiome and enhance overall health. A major one of these is watching your intake of sugar and artificial sweeteners, which are very common in many products. When Orion and I created LIFEAID, it was (and will always be) a priority of ours to never use such harmful ingredients that are so damaging to our health. Read on to discover more useful tips!

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The Mind-Gut Connection - Emeran Mayer

It seems as though every day we learn something new about our bodies. Whether that's from personal experience or reading newly released studies, we will probably never be able to fully understand everything that happens beneath the surface. Although in this book, Emeran Mayer helps us get a little closer to making connections between what we do and how it makes us feel.

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Track Your Sleep to Optimize Your Life

Harpreet Rai, an entrepreneur and the CEO of Oura Ring, shares his insights on how your sleep can affect your well being and everyday life. In this episode he talks about how to improve your sleep through tracking, how sleep improves your focus, mental and physical health and much more.

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The Health Toll of Poor Sleep

Sleep is one of the most frequently discussed health topics, and for good reason. In this article, Jane E. Brody shares why lack of sleep affects the overall way you feel each and every day.

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"Your future depends on your dreams, so go to sleep."

- Mesut Barazany

17 Proven Tips on How to Sleep Better at Night

Is your sleep routine consistent? When was the last time you put your phone away BEFORE you got into bed? Check out this article to read about 15 more tips for getting better sleep, so you feel more energized throughout the day.

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The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep - Lawrence Epstein, Steven Mardon

A goal is nothing without a plan. While you may be getting enough hours of sleep, if they aren't quality hours, it's easy to find yourself still exhausted come 3pm the next day. In this book, Lawrence Epstein gives a six step plan to helping you master the art of sleep.

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Working with Colleagues: Should You Collaborate or Compete? - HBR IdeaCast Episode 848

Randall Peterson, founding director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School, has been investigating coworker dynamics for years. Through his recent analyses of workplace collaboration, he has gathered that “the idea of head-to-head competition for advancement has gone out of style in favor of a more cooperative ideal”. Although this is true, different strategies for collaboration are better for certain projects. Read on to learn more about different strategies for effective collaboration.

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Collaborate Smarter, Not Harder - MIT Sloan

Collaboration allows for input from individuals with different perspectives and skills, meaning that the final product will be better than if they were completed alone. But what about the efficiency of our collaboration? Read this article from the faculty at MIT Sloan to learn techniques that can reduce the costs of collaboration and increase its rewards.

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"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships."

- Michael Jordan

4 Ways Collaboration Has Fundamentally Changed - Diane Chalef (Forbes)

Diane Chalef, former Google Workspace Lead and Forbes writer, gives us her insight in this article about the enormous shifts in how workplace collaboration takes place. “Cooperation was usually thought of as keeping everyone in their own swim lane and getting buy-in or approvals across teams and departments at the right time. But collaboration is now about combining swim lanes”. Read on to learn how collaboration has fundamentally changed and how organizations are using it to accelerate innovation.

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The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever - Michael Bungay Stanier

Drawing on years of experience training more than 10,000 busy managers from around the globe in practical, everyday coaching skills, Bungay Stanier reveals how to unlock your peoples' potential. Read Stanier’s seven essential coaching questions and learn how saying less and asking more could change your effectiveness as a manager.

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FITAID Energy is Finally Here!

I could not be more thrilled to share our newest innovation, FITAID Energy. Naturally sweetened with 200mg of clean caffeine and available in four electric flavors, it has been a huge hit already. Make sure to try it today and let me know what you think over on Instagram!

Self-Care in the Workplace: Why It’s Important from Sentry Health

This episode of the For Your Benefit podcast from Sentry Health is all about self-care in the workplace - what it means, how to practice it, and how the last few years have altered our perspectives on how to take care of ourselves. Renowned author Jason Lauritsen explains how self-care cultivates human potential at work and improves peoples’ lives.

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Self-Care Isn’t Just Good For You—It’s Also Good For Your Productivity

John Hall, strategic advisor for growth marketing agency Relevance, has helped thousands of organizations become more successful. He explains that self-care is not a selfish luxury, but rather a necessary practice that gives you the energy to pursue the things that really matter.

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"Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."

- Anne Lamott

How Self-Care Became So Much Work

It is clear that self-care is essential, but how do we actually practice this? It turns out, self-care can take on a lot of different forms. Dive into the Harvard Business Review’s analysis of the $11 Billion dollar self-care industry, including meditation apps, Fitbits, and goat yoga.

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The Daily Stoic - 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

An instant Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Ryan Holiday brings us The Daily Stoic - a book of daily insights and exercises inspired by ancient philosophers and modern research. After a year of following these teachings, you will find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

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Modern Mentor Podcast - How to Achieve Executive Presence in 2022

Executive presence is one's ability to inspire trust, credibility, and poise. But what does that actually mean and how do you achieve it? Modern Mentor shares her favorite framework and some simple action steps you can take to inspire confidence in your leadership capability.

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Mentoring Matters: Three Essential Elements Of Success by Mary Abbajay

Mentoring is an underutilized, yet incredibly powerful professional growth tool. Research shows that organizations that engage in mentoring have higher levels of employee engagement, retention, and knowledge sharing. With so much benefit to companies, it makes sense that over 70% of firms on the Fortune 500 list offer mentoring programs to their employees. Read on to see how mentorship could benefit you and your organization.

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"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

10 Reasons Why A Mentor Is A Must

Mentors provide information and knowledge, can see where we need to improve, and help stimulate our personal and professional growth. Check out this article to see why having mentors is a sign of strength, showing that you are smart and driven enough to succeed.

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Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

We can find many astute mentors, train ourselves professionally, and work to meet our goals each day. But if we are unable to retain the knowledge we obtain, then we will find it hard to grow in our lives. In Moonwalking With Einstein, Joshua Foer teaches us how to unlock our brain and revolutionize the power of our memory.

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Inside Companies that Get the Purpose-Profit Balance Right

Now more than ever, consumers value companies that hold corporate social responsibility in high regard. We look for companies that are purpose-driven and integrate this purpose into every aspect of their organization. Listen to this podcast to learn about some companies that have a great purpose-profit balance.

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The Lines Between Beer, Soda, and Spirits are Blurring as Beverage Companies Seek Sales Growth

A 130% increase in ready-to-drink alcoholic seltzer beverages has compelled industry giants like Coca-Cola and Pepsi Co to enter the alcoholic beverage market as well. New kinds of hard seltzers seem to be released every week, such as Hard Mountain Dew or Topo Chico Hard Seltzers. Read on to see what this could mean for the competitive environment of the alcoholic beverage industry.

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"I failed my way to success."

- Thomas Edison

The Purpose Driven Organization: Five Things Purpose Pundits May Be Getting Wrong

As the term purpose-driven seems to popping up more and more frequently, one might wonder why this switch from profit to purpose is happening now and what it really means. Purpose is not new, and it is not the enemy of profit. Check out this article to see some common misconceptions about purpose-driven business.

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Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business

When running a business, your customers are everything. You care about their wants and concerns, placing the focus of your brand on solving for their needs. This book by Danny Meyer, while highlighting the restaurant industry, emphasizes the importance of hospitality and customer satisfaction in any business.

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