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Adjusting Back To Normalcy

Adjusting back to normal after COVID will be a challenge.

Many of us have developed new habits and ways of working that will now have to change, again.

The good news is that we will have less uncertainty, ambiguity, and stress that was accompanied by the pandemic. These factors caused us to function in a sub-optimal situation.

Resuming normalcy will allow us to thrive and function optimally. This will require great adjustment, though.

Taking good habits that we developed from pandemic times and using them to perpetuate optimal performance, in the long run, is one strategy worth capitalizing on.

#1extraordinarylife #resilience #positivepsychology #postpandemic

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Resilience

Stress can paralyze us. I was feeling a bit stressed over the past couple of days �.

I had my first live face-to-face series of meetings yesterday ever since the start of COVID and maybe it was just adjusting to that new norm that was stressing me out a bit.

But today I'm feeling perfectly fine, so I've succeeded in being resilient so that I can bounce back up from my stress �.

The classic definition of resilience is bouncing back from adversity, the truth is, that most of us are naturally resilient.

If you are standing today on your own two feet � after having coped with what the world has gone through because of COVID-19 �, you are a resilient individual.

For some, it comes more naturally than others.

We can all develop resilience. What did I do to bounce back from my stress or overwhelm of yesterday?

Three simple things:

1️⃣ I controlled the narrative in my mind. We must be mentally agile and be able to control our thoughts.

2️⃣ I listened to my emotions. Emotions are a data point for us and we can use that information to decide what to do next.

3️⃣ I engaged in resilient behaviors. I went outside, enjoyed the weather, got some movement in, made sure my diet was up to par, etc.

By taking care of these three things, we can bounce back up from stresses and adversities in our lives quicker than we normally would.

What do you do to be more resilient in your lives?

In your day-to-day? Let me know, �comment below �.

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A Shout Out To Coaches!

A BIG SHOUT OUT TO ALL COACHES DURING INTERNATIONAL COACHING WEEK! �
A coach is someone who walks with you during your journey to achieve the goals you set for yourself �.
Using a coaching approach, leaders can lead in a positive and influential manner ✔️.
Coaching is not therapy, but it can be therapeutic ❤️.
Coaches help point out your strengths, they help boost you up, and hold no judgement �.
A coach is an ally, a confidante, a trustworthy person �.
Coaching helps the 'whole' individual grow �.
Coaching is one of the few ways we learn to focus on what is right with us and not just fixing what is wrong �.
Coaching enables us to take action �.
Coaching empowers people to lift themselves upwards and forwards in life ☝️.
Through coaching we can learn to live an Extraordinary Life by unleashing our internal resources, skills, competencies and the best that is within us �.
I am proud to be part of the coaching community �.
I respect and admire all those who commit to develop their potential through the power of coaching.
Comment below if you are a coach, and also if you have had a coach ��

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Ramadan Reflections: Fasting, a master intervention

Ramadan Reflection and Happy Eid:

Fasting has proven to be a master intervention for me, encouraging me to develop in several areas concurrently.

Seeking experiences that allow us to develop on multiple fronts, to become better leaders of life, and better human beings is critical. What we learn in one domain of life can be applied in others.

Lessons from a religious or spiritual experience can help us in our personal and professional lives. Nothing is isolated, all facets of our personalities, and of the domains of our lives, personal, professional, community, and family, are integrated. When we develop in one area, we can lift ourselves up in all the others, too.

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Ramadan Reflections: Selflessness

Ramadan: Selflessness, how does it make you feel?

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Ramadan Reflections: Gratitude

Ramadan Reflections: Grateful for dates and coming from a position of strength :)
Focusing on the things that we are blessed with instead of things that we don't have, puts us in a position of strength, a position worth capitalizing on. What puts you in a position of strength?

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Ramadan Reflections: Building your moral muscle

Ramadan Reflections: How do you train to develop morals?

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Ramadan Reflections: Prayers as recovery breaks

Prayer breaks can be a great way to recover during the work day.

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Ramadan Reflections: Spiritual Detox

Oscillation is the key to a healthy life personally and professionally. It is one of the keys to our well-being. We work and break, we stress and recover, all around us we are surrounded by examples of this oscillation swinging between two extremes to maintain balance in our lives. Nature has it in the change of seasons, in the switching between night and day, in our need to stay awake and then to sleep. What does this look like for our spiritual well-being? How do you recover and detox spiritually so that it benefits you in other facets of your life?

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Ramadan Reflections: Observing oneself

Ramadan Reflections - Observing oneself

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Ramadan Reflections: Self-Regulation

Self-Regulation: A month of building this muscle, fasting in Ramadan.

How do you train to be deliberate about your choices?

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17 mins is all it took

I did it in 17 mins... Would you rather spend an extra 17 mins in front of a different screen or use it to re-energize yourself and de-stress?

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Step Away from daily routines

I was down a bit these past few weeks, here's what I did...

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How do you keep tabs on your mental health?

How do you keep tabs on your mental health?

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Preventive approach to Well-being

Don't wait for things to go wrong, take a preventive approach to your mental health and well-being, or else it might be too late.

#mentalhealthatwork #workplacewellbeing #wellbeing #1extraordinarylife #engagement #fulfillment #resilience

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Life Is About Experiences!

Avoid burnout, shift your life into balance - CREATE MEMORIES!
Sometimes it just takes a few minutes...

#burnout #worklifebalance #1extraordinarylife #mentalhealthatwork #mentalhealth #happiness

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There will never be 25 hours in a day

We will always only have 24 hours in a day. Instead of just managing your time, here's how to reap more from the time that you have.

#1extraordinarylife #employeeengagment #mentalhealthatwork #wellbeingatwork #wellbeing #resilience #happiness

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Honor Your Inner Child

Child at heart, honor it and have fun whenever you can :)

#workplacewellbeing #burnoutprevention #1extraordinarylife #worklifebalance #resilience #mentalhealthatwork

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Stop To Smell The Roses

Stop to smell the roses and prevent burnout.

#burnoutprevention #worklifebalance #workplacewellbeing #1extraordinarylife

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1 easy thing to increase engagement at work.

1 easy thing to increase engagement at work.

#engagement #burnoutprevention #1extraordinarylife #worklifebalance

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2 tips to stay motivated towards your goals

i. Divide your goals into sub-goals
ii. Make the pursuit of your goals fun

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4 ways to successfully meet your GOALS

Gain clarity on
1. The WHY behind your goal
2. Define WHAT your goals is
3. Identify what INSPIRES you towards the goal
4. Create multiple PATHWAYS towards the goal

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HAPPY 2021!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Congratulate yourself for persevering 2020 and here's to a better 2021!

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS 2020!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!! :)

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Engage in the moment - A technique

A technique to engage in the moment - SAVOR! Don't ruminate about the past or worry about the future.

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Well-being is not a straight line

Well-being is not a straight line, it's meant to fluctuate!

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Goals Link Our Present To Our Future

Goals link our present to our future. Engage in the moment by having goals (big or small).
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Gratitude & Thanksgiving

I am grateful to all of you who support my posts and encourage my mission to help working professionals invite happiness, fulfillment, and resilience to our lives :)

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Happy Monday! or TGIF?

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Knowledge needs application

Knowledge without application makes no difference.

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MULTI-TASKING IS A MYTH

Multi-tasking for things that are important is a BAD IDEA. Avoid multi-tasking and get more time in your day.

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Saved Commute Time, Work From Home = More Productivity?

Saved commute time and working from home can allow us to be more productive by directing our extra time and energy to areas outside of just work.

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Two Data Points That Can Help Transform Us

Two REAL DATA POINTS points that we all have and that can TRANSFORM us.

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Stop Throwing Yourself Out of The Window

What's the first thing you compromise when life gets busy and why?

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What’s well with you?

How you answer this question is at the heart of our well-being. Discover what really is going well in your life.

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To Develop Is Hard Work

There are no quick fixes or solutions to most of our personal and professional development goals. To change requires effort and hard work. It requires us to undo a lot of what we have become accustomed to our whole lives, that's not easy, but it's worth it.

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One Tip to Prolong your Pleasurable Experiences

Emotions are fleeting, so why not prolong the good ones instead of ruminating about the bad ones? How do you prolong the feeling of good emotions?

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Mastering Our Thoughts About Work To Create Balance

We spend a lot of time at work, yet most of us don't enjoy it the way we ought to. Our thoughts about work play a role in whether we choose to get consumed by it, or whether we are able to balance our lives with things outside of work. What thoughts cause you to deprioritize other things in your life over work, and does your work fulfill you as a result of it? Mastering the way we think about work and our lives outside of it is a key element to finding balance and happiness in life.

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Resilience Requires Preparation

Change can happen within the blink of an eye. We should prepare during normal times for potential hardships, that's how we prepare to become resilient.

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Personal Accomplishments At Work

Burnout results in people feeling a lack of fulfillment from work. They don't feel like they are accomplishing anything. Take stock of your personal accomplishments every day, big or small, and you will start finding meaning in your work, a recipe to avoid burnout.

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Burnout Can Be Avoided By Managing Stress

The WHO defines burnout as chronic workplace stress. By disrupting the chronic nature of stress we can avoid burnout.

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Control Your Narrative, Cope Better

Bouncing back from adversity and becoming resilient involves taking control of the narrative in our minds. Controlling the narrative to one that is hopeful and optimistic allows us to generate more options for ourselves amidst challenging situations.

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Engaging Respectfully via Chat at Work

Switching back and forth between chat and other work consistently can lead to more work and a lack of efficiency in the long run. How we communicate is important to build trust and show that we value the work of our employees.

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AUTONOMY AT WORK INCREASES ENGAGEMENT

Facilitate autonomy at work to increase engagement. Autonomy is a fundamental psychological need, without it we languish, with it, we thrive.

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ESSENTIALS TO AVOID BURNOUT

It is not just the employees' responsibility to avoid burn out; managers and the company culture need to play their part.

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Educate Yourself on Current Issues

A changing environment is inevitable, how we respond to it is our choice. Choosing to educate ourselves on current issues and lead through change with an open mind influences positive change. Educating ourselves on even one small thing is a step in that direction.

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Are you meeting your goals set in Jan of 2020?

Meeting our goals involves overcoming hurdles and obstacles. What hurdles have you had to overcome to continue a path to meeting your goals?

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Appreciation of Beauty & Excellence of Character

The character strength of Appreciation of Beauty and Excellence is more than just appreciating the beauty that meets the eye. It is also about appreciating the beauty and excellence in inspiring behavior. We can draw from the inspiring examples of people throughout history who have stood up for equality and justice regardless of the consequences, with extreme bravery and courage. This is for all of us to do, not just the impacted.

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Habits: Out with the Old, In with the New

What new good habits have you picked up and which old ones have you given up? Our change in circumstance is a good motivator to pick up habits that help us.

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Attitude of Gratitude: Why does it work?

Gratitude is like a gift, expressing it helps us increase our well-being in multiple ways.

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5 Tips to lead with strengths during a crisis

During the crisis, it is essential that we come from a position of strength.
Learn why focusing on positive emotions, generating optimism, focusing on who we are being, drawing from relationships, and finding meaning on our circumstances allows us to come from a position of strength.

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Our Behavior During a Crisis

Why do we behave the way that we do during a crisis and how can we lean on the science of well-being to help us?

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Our Minds Aren't on Lockdown

Physically we might be restricted during lockdown, but mentally, this is an opportunity.

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Taking Action - How to be the best amidst crisis

Being intentional about who we need to BE while we DO things, allows us to manifest a more resilient version of ourselves. This is important as we

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3 Questions that can help generate Optimism during COVID-19

Answers to these three fundamental questions can help us generate hope and optimism to cope better during challenging times in addition to being careful about managing real threats and risks.

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Undo Negative Emotions - Take Recovery Breaks

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Work from Home: 7 Tips for Well-being

How can you increase your well-being while working from home more effectively at the same time? Here are 7 unique and easy tips, including from the science of well-being, that you might not have heard of before.

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How Organizations Can Thrive Post COVID-19

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Relations at work, show respect

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Leadership requires practice

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Boundaries between work and non-work activities

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What do your work tasks align to? How do they add value?

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