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Why Overworking Is Bad For Your Health (and Your Career)

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Why Overworking Is Bad For Your Health (and Your Career) There's no doubt that technology has simplified the way we carry out our day-to-day routines. Computers help us do things faster, emails and text messages let us always be in touch, and the internet makes it easy to find the answer to any question with just a quick Google search. While being constantly plugged in can make us feel safe, connected, and in-the-know -- both at work and at home -- it also means we never really clock out. It's one thing to pull a long day every once in a while to finish a project or deal with a crisis, but it's another to routinely stay late at the office or work into the night. That's chronic overwork -- and it can have extremely negative impacts on your health, happiness, and overall quality of life. But working overtime has become the norm for most people. And, now that multiple offices have embraced remote work, the lines between the end of the work day and the start of personal time can get even blurrier. It's one of those things everyone knows is bad for us, but no one really listens. Trouble is, failure to prioritize a healthy balance isn't just bad for the employees -- it's actually bad for employers, too. There are numerous research studies out there showing how overwork -- and its resulting stress -- can lead to many health problems. But, it also impacts your brand's bigger business too. Read on to learn exactly why it's...

How to Be a Better Marketer Through Mindfulness and Meditation

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How to Be a Better Marketer Through Mindfulness and Meditation Let’s get this out into the open: I bite my nails. Or at least I did. (Kinda gross, right?) But a few summers ago, I watched as my then three-year-old son chomped down on his fingernail. That was it. The final kick in the butt I needed to see to finally stop a decades-old bad habit. Little did I know that in my quest to stop biting my nails, I’d unlock something much bigger for myself -- both personally and professionally. It was mindfulness. According to the folks at U-Cal Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, mindfulness is about "maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment."  For me, mindfulness has helped me make better decisions, listen more, and above all, be present. Amidst the chaos of our busy, multi-screen, too-many-browser-bookmarked lives, it helps me return to a more centered self. More and more, people are embracing both big and small mindfulness tactics. So, what can you do to get in on the goodness? I'll tell you. Here's how I met mindfulness.  Consulting a Mindfulness Expert I knew that guided meditation and hypnosis was probably a good bet to kick the nail-biting habit. So, I reached out to Paul Gustafson, a Boston-area consulting hypnotist. Gustafson helps people -- via guided meditation and hypnotic suggestion -- with anything from quitting smoking to overcoming a fear of flying. I sat down with him for three, 30-minute sessions where he...