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Heart Health Tips, Part 1: Stress  

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Let’s face it, our daily lives don’t allow for much mental stillness. We’re rushing from meeting to meeting, trying to stay on top of a mountain of emails and attempting to remain as productive as possible – with constant interruption; all while making an effort to maintain work-life balance.  It’s a lot to stomach. You’ve probably heard the term “mindfulness” – and as overwhelming it might sound, it turns out it doesn’t take much to quiet the crowded thoughts in our minds. Try incorporating one of these practices into your routine, and not only will it decrease your stress level, but a regular mindfulness practice is known to increase productivity as well.  And – bonus – it will contribute to a healthier heart!

1.)  Rest on your breath

  • Research shows that we release the most stress hormones within 30 minutes of waking. By thinking of the day ahead, we trigger our fight-or-flight response which releases cortisol (the stress hormone) into our blood, increasing our heart rate and anxiety. So, when you first wake up try this: spend two minutes in your bed simply noticing your breath; as thoughts pop up let them go and return to resting on your breath.
  • To take it a step further, try placing your hands on top of each other, palms down over your upper chest and breathe slowly and gently, in through your nose and out through your mouth. Feel your chest raise as you inhale and your lungs empty fully with your exhale. Localizing the area of motion and breath to underneath your hands. Take 3-5 long deep breaths in this way. Repeat the process with your hands placed at the bottom of your breastbone, and then again with your hands over your belly button. It’s normal for one area to be more difficult than another; if that happens, move to the area that was most comfortable and focus there for another round or two.

2.)  Come into your body

  • Take a seat making sure you’re in proper alignment. Your sitting bones should be firmly against your chair (you might need to gently tuck your tailbone forward) and your feet firmly planted on the ground. Stack your shoulders over your hips and your ears over your shoulders. Take a few long, deep breaths – in through your nose and out through your mouth. Start a gentle scan of your body identifying areas you’re holding tension and attempt to release it by softening those areas. Don’t be afraid to gently stretch or adjust your body and remember to keep breathing. Begin with your toes, moving up to your knees, legs, hips and torso – move on to your wrists, shoulders, and neck – then to your jaw, face and finally the top of your crown. Do this anytime you’re at your desk, in the breakroom, or even standing in the office restroom. This simple practice will help you be more mindful of your body and relieve tension.

3.)  Focus on your predominant senses

This simple practice helps train our awareness. By sitting with our senses, we’re able to gain more clarity and develop the skill of responding to stressful situations rather than reacting. Begin by closing your eyes and noticing how it feels just to sit, allowing whatever feelings come up. When a thought arises, redirect your attention to the present moment. Sit with each sense for a minute or two.

  • Hearing: Sit, letting your mind absorb the sounds around you. Don’t strain looking for sounds, just notice what’s there. Don’t judge, or put words to them, just listen. There may be sounds that last a long time, sounds that come and go, or maybe nothing at all. You might hear your own breathing or the sounds of nature or traffic. Focus on resting your mind letting all go but the sounds around you. You’ll get distracted, thoughts will enter your mind and it’s normal. Simply bring your attention back to the sense of hearing.
  • Touch: Make the switch by paying attention to how it feels to sit. Notice the sensation of your legs and back against your chair and the contact between your clothing and skin. Keep your attention with the whole sense of the body, remaining open. Notice when a sensation demands your attention but allow the whole body to remain relaxed. Watching feelings and sensations pop up and move on. As with hearing you will get distracted but don’t beat yourself up. Instead, lean back into the sense of touch. Remaining relaxed and open.

Meditation and mindfulness practices can seem like hard work; often we are constantly needing to redirect our attention, to bring ourselves back, and that’s okay! Over time, the ability will grow – and as it does, it’ll be easier to calm your thoughts. With emotions regulated, you’re empowered and able to effectively manage stress.

We hope these tips in mindfulness have inspired you to take action towards a healthier heart!

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Heart Health Tips | American Heart Month

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February was first declared American Heart Month in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Within his proclamation he stated that over one-half of the then ten million Americans were afflicted by cardiovascular disease. Today, it remains the number-one killer in the United States. According to the CDC, 1 in every 4 deaths in America is due to heart disease. However, annual cardiac-related deaths have been dropping since the early 1960’s, while the population has grown. And research suggests there are lifestyle factors associated with a decreased risk: quitting smoking, avoiding obesity, an increase in physical activity, and a healthy diet. Stress also plays a major role.

Visit our Sticky Note Blog every Friday in February for a new post filled with helpful tips said to increase your heart health. As always, please share your thoughts by adding a paper clip and commenting – we’d love to hear from you!

 TIP #1. Changing Habits & Smoking

It’s the beginning of the year, and chances are you (or someone you know) made a New Year’s Resolution. The most common resolutions are related to changing a habit, and often a long daunting list of them! That’s why our first tip is: start small. They say it takes 21 days to build a habit, but keep in mind our bad habits likely developed over time, and so it may take more time to break them. Be gentle and patient with yourself. Focus on one behavior/habit at a time. Talk about it with your family, friends, or a support group. Don’t beat yourself up. When you slip up, don’t consider it a failure, dust yourself off and keep moving in the direction of your goal. Our tips are focused on 4 lifestyle changes – choose one that suits your personal needs and run with it, keeping the others in your back pocket for when the time is right.

If your resolution is to quit smoking, know there are a multitude of resources available. It’s not easy, but it’s so worth it! Did you know that smoking is the most preventable cause of death in the United States? According to the American Heart Association, almost one third of deaths from coronary heart disease can be linked to smoking and secondhand smoke. Visit smokefree.gov for tips, tools and expert advice. Also, you can now access community support, gain motivation and learn proven techniques right from your smartphone: check out Healthline’s list of the best quit smoking apps of 2016.

Check back on Friday, February 3rd for heart-health tips relating to stress.

Cold Weather Must-Haves for the Office

 

snowflake_banner-hello-winterIt’s the first official day of winter, and we’re seeing some cold weather! We’ve put together a list of winter essentials to help keep your workplace safe and warm. Type the below item numbers or keywords into our search box and you’ll be one step closer to comfort. Something we missed? Let us know by adding a “paper clip” in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

 

SAFETY:

Keep your employees safe and warm with our cold weather gear. Ward off slips and slides with our ice melt and entry mats. And be prepared with charged batteries a plenty:

  • Ice Melt (EONBLUEICEMELT)
  • Entry Mats (GJO59466)
  • Northflex Cold Gloves (NSPNF11HD8M)
  • Waterproof Safety Boots (SVS18801BLM100)
  • Hand Warming Packs (EGO16990)
  • Weego Jump Starter Battery + (Search: Weego)

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BREAKROOM:

There’s nothing like sipping a warm cup of coffee or tea, or slurping chicken noodle soup while watching the snow accumulate outside your breakroom window. Stay energized, healthy, and keep your belly full with our cold weather breakroom essentials:

  • NEW! Flavia Coffee Line (Search: Flavia)
  • *SEASONAL Spicy Eggnog Keurig K-Cups (GMT6774)
  • *SEASONAL Wicked Winter Blend K-Cups (GMT6205)
  • *SEASONAL Creamers (Search: Peppermint Mocha or Pumpkin Spice Creamer)
  • Tazo Zen Tea (SBK149900)
  • N’Joy Gourmet Oatmeal (Search: NJoy Oatmeal)
  • Healthy Choice Chicken Noodle Soup (CNG17173)
  • KIND Healthy Snack Bars (Search: KIND Bars)
  • Planters Heart Healthy Mixed Nuts (KRF05957)

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HEALTH, WELLNESS & COMFORT:

A cold or the flu can spread through your workplace like wildfire. Keep your office sanitized and sniffle free with our preventative care items. And should sickness take hold, we have you covered with the medicine and warmth you’ll need to keep the shakes at bay while you work away:

  • Airborne DualAction Immune Support (AVTSN18531)
  • Genuine Joe Disinfectant Wipes (GJO14142)
  • NEW! Purell Surface Spray (Search: Purell Surface Spray)
  • Purell Hand Sanitizer Office Starter Kit (GOJ9652K1)
  • PhysiciansCare Cold & Cough Medicine (ACM90092)
  • Indoor Portable Space Heater (LLR33557)

 

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We’re confident these items will add just the right amount of calm and cozy to your workplace!

 

*Seasonal Items are available for a limited time only.

 

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