Tag: Positive mindset

Winter can be a tough time for many. It can be hard to leave that cosy warm bed to face a dark, cold morning. It’s also peak time for cold and flus to strike, affecting productivity and workplace morale.

Up to 59% of Australians cite winter as their least favourite season with more than 1 in 3 reporting that they feel the blues during the cooler months. Unlike the majority, I love winter. The clear crisp days and early evenings are perfect for enjoying delicious hot chocolate and spicy curries. Sometimes I even yearn for just a little snow! It’s a welcome contrast to summer with its relentless heat, steamy afternoon showers and long, long days that leave me feeling uncomfortable and tired.

Studies conducted in 2016 by a team of Belgian researchers indicates that our brains work differently across the seasons. According to their data, our brains become less efficient during winter, requiring a greater level of resources to complete tasks. In terms of brain activity, it’s more “costly” for your brain to perform tasks, making it seemingly more difficult to carry them out in winter than any other time of the year.

Previous research has also shown that moods, metabolism and immunity are impacted by the seasons, but this recent study shows that attention and memory may also have a seasonal impact.

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Mentoring: Good for Business

Mentoring Young Professionals is Ultimately Good for Business

Over the years, I have met a large diverse group of young professional women who come from a range of backgrounds, industries and jobs. I have chosen to mentor some of these women (or maybe they chose me!) and it has proven to be beneficial for them, for me, and for where they work.

My mentoring work with these young professional women always motivates me; often surprises me and occasionally disappoints me. This range of emotions keeps me on my toes and helps me focus on the importance of working with them to create the future they want.

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The Art of Positive Reflection

Who doesn’t love a Friday afternoon, a time to slide into the weekend, take a breath, reflect on the past week and smile with the knowledge that perhaps a sleep-in is coming your way (if you managed to wrap up the cricket season with the kids!), or a chance to catch-up with friends and chill rather than racing around. These Fridays are even better when it is the end of a month or a quarter – you can really reflect on how things have been going in all facets of your life – did I achieve what I set out to do, have I learnt anything, did I challenge myself, did I make progress?

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