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Mindfulness: Q&A with Wellness Coach over Chocolate — Part 2

Last month, I published a Q&A related to work-life balance. Marla Warner, a certified professional wellness coach and President of For Health Wellness Consultants, had provided some great suggestions on wellness, healthy habits and feeling more energized.  In this post, she explains what mindfulness is and provides guidance on how we can incorporate mindfulness into our daily activities. (more…)

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Work-life Fit: Q&A with Wellness Coach over Chocolate — Part 1

I recently had the pleasure of having a dark chocolate break with Marla Warner, President of For Health Wellness Consultants.  Marla is certified as a stress management educator, professional wellness coach and a yoga instructor.  I feel like every busy professional needs someone to provide reminders and guidance on how to achieve a semblance of “work-life balance”.  I was fortunate to have this opportunity to ask Marla a few questions about balancing professional and personal demands.

Q:  What are some of the common concerns you see from lawyers and other busy professionals in terms of wellness?

A:  High stress levels are a key concern I hear from many people. This has also been corroborated by a number of Canadian studies.  We know that over half of employees working for large companies feel stressed and 1 out of 3 Canadians feels burned out.  That is a fairly significant statistic.

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Towards 10,000 Steps for Chocolate and to Enhance Wellbeing

I have been to a number of sessions about wellbeing and balancing life.  Often the presenters mention meditation, breathing exercises and other activities to help reduce stress, calm the mind etc.  I have always wondered why they never have the audience do an exercise on the spot especially since they say it only takes a few minutes.  Finally I attended a presentation entitled “Enhancing Resilience, Enhancing Wellbeing” where the presenter had a boardroom full of lawyers do a relaxation exercise.

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Balancing Life with Mindfulness and Chocolate

I have come across articles suggesting that practising mindfulness will help improve work-life balance and deal with stress.  For fun, I decided to see if there was such a thing as mindfulness with chocolates.  Amazing!  There were many links in this area.  I am not sure if this is the sort of mindfulness exercise that will help me with work-life balance, but I am going with it!

I followed the “Mindful Eating: A Piece of Chocolate” instructions on the Meditative Moments website. The site even provides the sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls to go along with the exercise.  (more…)

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