Chef, entrepreneur, Motivational, Uncategorized

Life as an African-American Female Pastry Chef

via We Are Chefs

In her 30 years experience as a chef , Kimberly Brock-Brown  takes us on her story of becoming a leading chef, she stated :

“Change does happen when effort is being made. And I have realized that the best change happens when you are at the table to give your insights and personal expertise”.onion-647525__340.jpg Continue reading “Life as an African-American Female Pastry Chef”

entrepreneur, Motivational, Productivity, Rest, Work

Keeping up our productivity without hurting our bodies

men-37538__340In today world that high productivity is not just the decisive factor to becoming  successful but is obligatory for continued growth and development , little attention is paid to the consequences of not observing the proportionate amount of rest after putting in  very long hours on the job to keep the body functioning optimally.

We all certainly not  just believe that hard work pays, but are constantly  encouraged to work long hours to achieve and even surpass our set goals to remain relevant and competitive in our various endeavors. We accept as true that resilience is when we work until there is no more strength left in us.

The brutal reality is that if we achieve all our goals without observing the needed balance to give  rest to our bodies , we are doing our self disservice to be unproductive as time goes on.

Whether you are an athlete, entrepreneur, workplace employee or even a writer , you must set time to observe your rest and have proper amount of sleep to keep the body functioning properly.

According to Spiegel, “Chronic sleep debt is becoming increasingly common and affects millions of people in more-developed countries”.

This day, the full demand of our jobs makes many of us to deprive ourselves of sleep and enough rest in order to get more things done. Tiredness steel more from us because it impairs our attention. Added to the stress of our jobs is the fact that most of us spend a large chunk of our resting time to stay active on the social media.

According to Hans, “Even modest amounts of sleep loss lead to increased sleepiness on the job, during the commute, and at home – jeopardizing productivity, safety, and well-being. Individual differences in these effects are substantial”.

Therefore, rest is  necessary so that the brain and the  muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen  our bodies.

For us to be more productive and healthy, we have to ensure that our bodies and minds recover from the everyday obligations imposed by our demanding jobs

When we wake up in the morning after a good night sleep ,we tend to be more attentive, more happy and more willing to solve daunting problems.

For us to achieve  true recovery, we need to need not only to rest when we get home and lie down to sleep but also devise plans to give our brains some time to recuperate after activities that are strenuous during the day time.

We should ensure that we create time everyday for activities that will help us to relax like playing sports, dancing or playing our favorite music ; reading our favorite novels, watching comedies  or even meditation. All we need to do is to find interesting stuffs that we like that will completely take our minds off the stress of work at the duration we set for our selves

Therefore for us to continue to be productive , we  have to remember that we need to know when to stop  and  recharge our systems in order to recover and be able to face the next obligation with maximum concentration and  as a result achieve the right balance between productivity and rest and feel good about ourselves and our work.

Reference:

Spiegel K, Leproult R Van Coulter E

Impact of sleep debt on metabolic and endocrine function, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed

Hans P.A Van men-37538__340.png, PhD., Human Sleep and Cognition Laboratory

National Center for Biochemical Information

https://labs.wsu.edu/sprc/sleep-and-performance-research-labs/human-sleep-and-cognition-laboratory/

entrepreneur, Inspirational, learning, Motivational, Uncategorized

Loneliness and just how to put it to your advantage

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What is the most important thing in people’s life that makes them joyful? Some persons may point to tremendous prominence and riches but to most, friends and family are the tangible central source of happiness. Even though our need to bond is inborn, the truth is that many of us will every now and then go home alone. You could have people around you during the course of the day or even be in a lifelong partnership and still experience a profound, persistent loneliness. After food and shelter, our need to belong and feel positively connected to others is arguably the Number One predictor of well-being,

Loneliness can therefore be defined as sadness caused by one having no friends or company to connect to. Loneliness is a complex and usually unpleasant emotional response to separation or lack of companionship. Loneliness typically includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with other beings, both in the present and extending into the future. As such, loneliness can be felt even when surrounded by other people. The causes of loneliness are varied and include social, mental, emotional or even physical factors.

Loneliness can be found throughout societies among people in marriages, relationships, families normally consequence of breakups or divorces, or loss of any important person in one’s life. Loneliness may represent a dysfunction of communication and can also result from places with low population density where there are few people to interact with.Loneliness is therefore, a subjective experience; if a person thinks they are lonely, then they are lonely. People can be lonely while in solitude, or in the middle of a crowd. What makes a person lonely is the fact that they need more social interaction or a certain type of social interaction that is not currently available. A person can be in the middle of a party and feel lonely due to not talking to enough people. Conversely, one can be alone and not feel lonely; even though there is no one around, that person is not lonely because there is no desire for social interaction. There have also been suggestions that each person has their own sweet spot of social interaction. If a person gets too little or too much social interaction, this could lead to feelings of loneliness or if one gets too much it could lead to over stimulation.

Solitude can have positive effects on individuals. It can help to improve their intellectual state such as improving attentiveness. Furthermore, once the alone time is over, people’s moods tended to increase significantly.Loneliness can also play an important role in the creative process. In some people, temporary or prolonged loneliness can lead to notable inventive and creative expression,

Causes of Loneliness

Social isolation refers to an objective state in which we have limited social connections and interactions. Loneliness, on the other hand, is an entirely subjective state, in which we feel socially and/or emotionally disconnected from those around us. As such, socially isolated people are not necessarily lonely, and lonely people are not necessarily socially isolated.Loneliness tends to create distorted perceptions and pessimistic mind-sets that can lead to depression. Being lonely makes us judge our friendships and relationships more negatively and respond to others more defensively and even with greater hostility—which can push people away and sabotage opportunities for closeness and meaningful interaction. Thus, these behaviors can set us up for being both more socially isolated and more depressed. The good news is that regardless of whether we are genetically predisposed to loneliness, according to observation by Guy Winch, ‘’the power to extract ourselves from its clutches remains in our hands’. Doing so involves correcting our negative perceptions of our relationships, by assuming people care for us more than we believe they do and giving them the benefit of the doubt and taking active steps to reach out and connect with others no matter emotionally risky it feels to do so. Then   monitoring our reactions to limit defensiveness and hostility and make efforts to come across more warmly and openly.

Introversion

Fear and depression and are common among introverts than extroverts this means that introvert are more susceptible to become loners.Introverts are more self-deprecating than others—but also more accurate in their self-assessments they seem to have cheerless practicality.Cheerfulness, an arousing emotion, may be distracting for introverts during tasks. By difference, extroverts tend to feel cheerful or animated while approaching or concluding their tasks. Conversation between an introvert and an extroverts can involve a series of misunderstandings. As the introvert struggles to follow multiple conversational threads and sort out his own thoughts, he remains quiet and appears to be just listening. The extrovert reads that as engagement, a cue to keep talking. The introvert struggles with the continuing flow of input and soon starts to shut out the extrovert, while nodding or smiling, or even trying to stop the exchange.

What Not to Say to an Introvert

Introverts, those quiet creatures that walk among you, are not as mild-mannered as made out to be. They seethe and even will lash out at those who encroach upon or malign their personal comfort zones. Here are a few emotional buttons to avoid with your introverted companions.

  • Don’t demand immediate feedback from an introvert as they  need time to formulate them and often won’t talk until a thought is suitably polished.
  • Don’t ask introverts why they’re not contributing in meetings. If you’re holding a brainstorming session, let the introvert prepare, or encourage him to follow-up with his contributions afterward.
  • Don’t interrupt if an introvert does get to talking. Listen closely as being  overlooked is a really big issue for introverts,” Trying to connect in the virtual sphere, though, is actually counterproductive. Here are three ways virtual connection is ruining your real-life relationships:

Excessive connection to Social media what do you do on social media? You share moments—moments of joy, of friendship, humor and beauty. Paradoxically, by engaging with social media all the time , you lose the moment. In your quest to connect virtually, you disconnect from your reality and the people in it.

You lose the experience of happiness in the process of trying to refine your smile for public consumption.  The need for positive reinforcement through likes and comments will keep you detached.We’re happiest when our mind is in the present moment, not when it’s wandering off somewhere. Truly savoring a positive experience—fully immersing yourself in it—enhances the experience and the happiness you derive from it. As soon as you pull out that Selfie stick, you’ve lost itInstead of deriving pleasure from your experience—say, travel—your device becomes your main source of pleasure. Unwittingly, it makes you less connected and more narcissistic, and with that comes a roller coaster of emotional highs and lows caused by obsessive attention-seeking.

One study found that the mere presence of a cell phone while two people are talking interferes with their feelings of closeness, connection, and communication. We are profoundly social creatures wired to connect with others; when devices interfere with your conversations, you undermine your own ability to connect with others. You miss the sparkle of emotion in your child’s eye, the look of vexation on your partner’s face, or a friend’s attempt to share something meaningful with you. In theory, social media is designed to connect us. In reality, it acts as a barrier.

 

 

References

 

Guy Winch, https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-squeaky-wheel/201612/is-there-gene-loneliness

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loneliness

entrepreneur, Inspirational, learning, Motivational

Emotional Pain, Man and Performance

headache-1910644__340According to an online free medical dictionary, Pain is an unpleasant feeling that is conveyed to the brain by the sensory neuron.

There are two types of pains, the pain resulting from physical accidents such as car accidents, home accident, sports accident and the rest and the one that is emotional, caused sometimes by disease conditions and relationship or work related conditions.The physical pain can seriously limit the performance of humans and make them even defendants on others for their physical need.The solutions to the physical pains and diseases related pains are medical diagnosis and targeted treatments; nutritional recommendation  could form part of the treatment.

The subject of our discussion here is  the causes of emotional pains in normal working adults. Emotional pains result more often from our personal  interactions and perceptions  from our environment , people and our work loads , work ethics and our attitudes.

While our relationships could produce frictions and disaffection and often our work life balance can be demanding, we may not have control over them but we sure do have control over our work ethics and our attitude to work. We can complain and become cynical about our situations or can decide to look at them differently and take responsibilities for our participation and perception of the entire process.

Most humans actually move away from pain and want to increase their happiness and many can dream lofty dreams when they are happy and young but the scars of life unpleasant adventures, rejections and failed attempts greatly affects what causes pain to humans.

According to Dr Mercola,” Emotional pain often exacts a greater toll on your quality of life than physical pain”.

In  our work lives,  the understanding of our  emotional pains and having the right attitudes in dealing with them is one single factor that distinguishes successful people from their unsuccessful counter parts. One of the most important factors that determine how successful we can be in dealing with our emotional pains is actually by developing our  awareness level to recognize the presence of the emotional pains and acknowledging them like the acknowledgements  of   received mails in our ‘brain-box’ as we do in our mail boxes. After acknowledging emotional pains ,the second step is deciding to do something about them.  By these twin actions of accepting them and acknowledging the emotional pains, they give us the feeling of ownership of our lives.

The third step will be to use our awareness and human conscience to search out the source of this pains and if  take this step , we often  find out the out the source. They  could be from disagreements arising  from our work relationships; from pressures from family responsibilities, pressing financial obligations falling due or could be  from large to do list  resulting often  to previous procrastination or from the concern about the well-being of a loved ones.

Having confirmed the sources of these emotional pains, we should quickly proceed to the fourth step. In this phase we should get a clean sheet of paper and write out at least 20 possible solutions to  a particular emotional pain. The fact that we can make the attempts to generate the twenty possible solutions to a particular emotional pain, gives us the freedom as a thinking humans to be proactive and this mind mapping process  could  even precipitate  new solutions that will not only solve our present challenges effectively but  could lead you to a new-found success stories as spin offs.

After this fourth assignment, we should free ourselves for some time and we shall l immediately begin to  see that our confidence level rise and we will see the emotional pain in a fresh way and can even make the solutions better  by prioritizing the list according to the solution that we feel that will have the greatest impact on the top and the one with perceived impact at the bottom of the list.

The twenty solutions generated will then be assigned alphabetical order according to their importance, ‘A’ should represent the most important, followed by a   ‘B’, then a ‘C ‘and so on until we list the last solution. This exercise will achieve two things for us: first we are going to adopt the solution that we think is most appropriate and second, we shall keep others as our options because a challenge that has only one solution is dangerous and if it fails it leave us powerless.

By the time we finish the fourth assignment, our willpower will be bursting to the sims to get us to the next phase which is to take actions. And we  begin  feel assured that if the first solution fails, we have others in your closet showcase.

The fifth step is actually take the leap of faith and execute our best possible solution, and action targeted at the problem to avoid over preparation, Most often the solutions  that involves  our participation  and contributions help us take decision faster  and keep iterating until we get the desired results and even if the end result did not totally reflect our original assumptions we will feel good about ourselves  that we did something about our challenges .  if we consistently   acts on our thoughts  help to establish us as effective people and improve our  self images to keep resembling our self ideals.

If by any chance an individual refused through self-defeating tendencies like procrastination refuse to take actions these gaps of self-image and self ideal of the individual will widen and could reach hooks law proportion when one can snap or throw in the towel. This inaction often result to wallowing in self-pity, negative self image and addiction as an alternative to the emotional pains which will aggravate the whole problem to reach new proportions

We are endowed so much that if we care we should never allow that to happen to us and the strong among us who by default own these characteristics naturally should extend their hands of support to the weak and the less privileged ones as we journey so that their contributions to humanity will continue to grow

Let us show today that our emotions  are our friends and not our foes an become problem solvers .

References

http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Pain

5 Tips for Recovering from Emotional Pain, http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/15/emotional-pain-recovery-tips.aspx#!