More Resources to Tame Overwhelm; and Get to Sleep!
As promised, some more 'stuff' to help you cope with overwhelm:
1) View the Webinar: If you missed the CICA webinar and would like to watch it - the recording is now available (free of charge - no strings attached). Simply click on this link and register your email (look to left of the page that opens) and you can watch right away or whenever it is convenient for you. Please note you would be registering directly with CICA (the webinar host). I do not receive any information about who has registered.
2) Some follow-up resources
: After the webinar, I wrote an article on my TGIMworklife blog
. highlighting additional resources, ideas and tips related to the topics covered in the presentation. You can check it out here
Do you find it is harder these days to fall asleep? Stay asleep? Get quality sleep? Are you juggling so much in your work + life that you are squeezing out some of your sleep time to get an extra hour of productivity in? Maybe getting up extra early so you can fit in the gym workout or staying up later to deal with the 117+ emails that came in while you were in meetings all day?
If you said yes, you are in good company. This has become an epidemic amongst the 'busy' and who isn't 'busy' these days? I just came across a study that said 30% of people in the U.S were not getting enough quality zzzz. I wonder if Canada is really much different?
The experts say the average person needs about 7-8 hours of quality sleep for our bodies and brains to perform optimally. This varies amongst individuals but the key is getting too little sleep over time can have significant consequences: reduced productivity, memory loss, compromise in your ability to consolidate information and learning. There are physical health impacts too such as increased risk of diabetes, heart problems, obesity and more.
So if you are sleepless in ____(Toronto, Seattle, Montreal...you name the place)...and not dealing with it then chances are you may be experiencing "Bye bye thinking ability - hello brain freeze and with a little crankiness on the side?"
It's not just me talking about this. Sleep has become a really hot work + life topic these days. I just discovered that the Huffington Post dedicates an entire section to sleep. And even the world of neuroscience is taking this seriously. I came across a very interesting concept, called Leadership Lockdown Syndrome, coined by two neuroscientists who presented their research at last year's Neuroleadership conference. They described how the brain 'locks down' when leaders (or anyone I would imagine) experience high stress, poor sleep and low mood all at once. You can read more about this in my my article....and see 7 tips and ideas to help put you to sleep (if this newsletter hasn't done so already!!).
TED Talk on Sleep! If you made this far into this newsletter, you must check out this treat. Arianna Huffington did a 4 minute (or so) Ted talk on her Big Idea and it was all about getting more sleep in order to be more successful. I have to tell you this so you don't think I copied her (lol...seriously, true story). I wrote this newsletter with the headline and all and only just stumbled across this last night. Same idea/headline, etc. Too good not to include so definitely Check it out here!
Let me end this article with a few few random quotes I found on sleep. Enjoy!
"Insomnia is a gross feeder. It will nourish itself on any kind of thinking, including thinking about not thinking." ~Clifton Fadiman
"It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it." ~John Steinbeck
"I hate it when my foot falls asleep during the day, because that means it's going to be up all night." ~Steven Wright
"No day is so bad it can't be fixed with a nap." ~Carrie Snow
NEXT: Scroll down for 'In the News" -- articles you may have missed (e.g 5 Ways to Say No Without Jeopardizing your Job; How to Develop That Dream Career Without Losing Focus on the Day Job; Don't Squelch Your Daughter's Career"....and more!