Changing the Channel

In those distant, pre-digital days of yore, when an annoying commercial came on the tube, we simply changed the channel. It’s getting harder these days to avoid ads, but the principle remains true: when we don’t like what’s on, we can change the channel. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18% of Americans […]

Workplace Martyrs

We lived through the Medieval Age, the Roman Age, even the Age of Aquarius to lead us to the Workplace Martyr Age. Despite the popular idea that Millennials are a lazy workforce, it seems they have a goal of workplace Martyrdom and need to learn to say no. This is an important skill for all […]

The Kindness of Strangers

“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”  This quote may be vaguely familiar.  It is Blanche DuBois at the end of Tennessee William’s play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” the movie version of which featured Marlon Brando with his famous yelling of “Stella” from the street up to Blanche’s sister’s house. […]

Five Ways to Stay Positive When the News is Negative

Living in an imperfect world means we will always be exposed to heartache, tragedies and negativity. Unfortunately, as humans we tend to focus on the bad and disregard good. While it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the world, it’s even more important for our mental health to learn how to stay […]

3 Life Hacks for the Workplace

Are you sharing a genius time-saver, 14 tips for marketing success, or a simple way to poach the perfect egg? Click, I’m going to give it a read! Online, there’s no shortage of clever/brilliant/bizarre solutions to everyday dilemmas. Just search Life Hacks, which is a phrase that describes advice, shortcuts or new ideas to get […]

Neurodiversity in the Workplace – Inclusion for the 21st Century

I first read the term “neurodiversity” in an article given to me by an English professor while attending Columbia College in Chicago. It was a fascinating read. Its writer focused on the fact that we often have a societal urge to strive for the “normal” life; we don’t want ourselves to be associated with anything […]

Addressing Mental Health in the Workplace

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month and one place organizers will look to promote it is in the workplace. The World Health Organization reports mental disorders as 1 of the 3 leading causes of disability, which impacts both employees’ and their caregivers’ health and well-being. Undiagnosed or untreated conditions can increase absenteeism and diminish overall work […]

The Easiest Way to Control Your Response to Stress

You are at work drowning in paperwork and deadlines. The feeling of panic is setting in, and your coworker says to you, “Just take a deep breath.” It’s a phrase that we all have heard and have rolled our eyes at. This may sound the same as telling someone on an angry rampage to simply […]

Microaggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions are becoming more and more common in the workplace.  They are defined as “subtle but offensive comments or actions directed at a minority or nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype.” In many cases, these hidden messages may invalidate the group identity or experiential reality of target persons; demean them […]

Romantic Relationships are Hard

No matter your background and upbringing, relationships are hard. Blending your life with someone else’s requires compromises—hopefully on both ends—to figure out a comfortable balance. Depending on various factors, finding that comfy spot is easier for some than others. One of those weighty factors is your own upbringing. Your emotional experience with your own parents […]