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4 Mindful & Easy Tips for Happiness at Work
Written by Dr. Romie on Nov 8, 2017
Mind Tags: Work-Life Balancestress managementmindfulnessmindful leadershipMindmental healthjoyinner peacehappiness

What would make you happy today? 
Leaving your work at the office this weekend?
Opening that bottle of Rose?  
Achieving your 4th quarter sales goals early?
Planning a well-deserved vacation?

What if the answer to happiness was not in any of these kinds of desires, and something much more simple?   In the following article I will discuss the mindfulness-based techniques backed by neuroscience and psychology that you can start today for a happier workplace.

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6 Mindful Hacks to Avoiding Summer Stress
Written by Dr. Romie on Jun 1, 2017
Mind Tags: Work-Life Balancestress responseStressSelf-EmpowermentMindful Living

Is the start summer holiday season feeling like a hot mess with stress?
Holiday long weekends, barbecues, and family reunions bring a mixture of joy, food, & sometimes added drama, trauma and stress.

With children out of school, work and home can become a bigger juggling act.  Do the lines at the theme parks, movie theaters, and restaurants seem a little longer, hotter, and unmanageable?  

I had to be reminded to rest and take a break this week while traveling with a corporate client in South Carolina.  

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Holiday Mood: Frazzled or Dazzled?
Written by Dr. Romie on Dec 12, 2016
Mind Tags: Work-Life BalanceStresspeaceMindful Livinginner peace

Do the holidays bring out the "B" word? 
Busy.
Or perhaps we have just moved on to beyond-busy where sleep and sanity are optional?

I'm wrapping up months of cross-country travel for speaking, counseling clients in the clinic, and behind on sending out holiday gifts to clients. Going to gentle yoga class before holiday shopping yesterday tamed the "B" for all of 77 minutes. I was rather proud that I strategically stuffed two and a half shopping carts worth of Christmas decorations, packaging, and groceries into one cart.
The cashier decided instead to crown me one of the "Crazy Christmas Ladies" of Aisle 13 at Target yesterday. 

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Using Mindfulness for Success in Business
Written by Dr. Romie on Jun 29, 2015
Mind Tags: mindfulnessSelf-EmpowermentspeakerStressWork-Life Balance

Mindfulness can shift you to a success model as an entrepreneur.

For almost a decade, my contemplation, meditation and yoga practices were a separate identity than the practicing neurologist role I played. They would often get pushed aside when I was "too busy" being a doctor. When career-burnout took its toll on my mental and physical health, I would hide in my office practicing pranayama (yogic breathing techniques).  While it calmed me down for the moment, it wasn't long before the calm transformed to chaos again.

Are you juggling multiple roles in the workplace too?

In 2013, I left my role as a traditional medical doctor working in a hospital, studied Integrative Medicine, and launched my own business.  While I held on to my mindfulness practices, they still seemed to be a separate part of my day than being a physician entrepreneur.  I now spend my weeks juggling my roles of physician healer, professional speaker, and media expert analyst.  During down time I am managing my business, writing, and trying to be mindful of creating personal time.  Sound familiar?

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Spring Break for Your Brain
Written by Dr. Romie on Apr 1, 2015
Mind Tags: BrainpowerMindStressWork-Life Balance

Twice in the twelve months, I have scheduled time off only to arrive at a hotel with looming deadlines, unanswered emails from clients, and speeches to prepare.  It seemed like a much-needed scheduled break was getting in the way of the never-ending to-do lists in my brain.  Looking at my Facebook and Twitter newsfeeds, I see that I am not alone.

Time for Spring Break?
It’s that time of the year in the when families are celebrating Spring Break with their children out of school.  Whether it’s time for scheduled vacation or finding care for kids while you still work, stress levels can escalate leaving us all feeling less than our best selves.  

Even the best-laid plans or intentions can lead us to a point of high stress, anxiety or a feeling like you are in a brain fog. When we schedule vacations, we cannot anticipate positive or negative events such as landing your “next big client” or losing an employee on your team.  

Then we feel guilty about not having adequate organizational systems in place in our business or home lives.  Being chained to work email during a vacation only fuels resentment instead of relaxation.  Sound familiar?

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