When we are stressed, we carry it in our body as well as our minds. We might experience a familiar tension in our shoulders, or nausea, or a knotting feeling in our stomachs. We may be carrying stress and not even be aware of it.
Back in the day before smart phones and laptops, or G-docs and Skype, it was easier to leave work at work. But now, the lines get very blurry very fast, creating tremendous stress and pressure to work longer hours, work from home, work during your commute ... work all the time. But that's a fast track to exhaustion, burnout, and serious physical and mental health problems, not to mention extensive damage to personal relationships.
Every time a new year begins, all talk centers around to make resolutions or not to make resolutions. That becomes the question. Taking a cue from bestselling author Gretchen Rubin, what about coming up with ONE WORD to give use as a theme or guiding principle for the whole year ahead? Here's what the Element staff chose as their words for 2019:
This weekend promises more cold and potential winter weather. No surprise. It's January! And while winter can be magical snow globe of the sparkly stuff and plenty of hot cocoa with the ever-present promise of a snow day for both kids and kids-at-heart), it also can also increase the risk of physical injury for the young, the old, and the in-between. Cold, snow, and ice of the season bring a myriad potential problems.