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Hot to avoid a personal energy crisis

When the last bell rings and your students pile out of the classroom, how do you normally feel? If you feel exhausted, you are not alone. Forty two percent of teachers say they feel extremely tired or completely exhausted at the end of the day, according to a 2012 University of South Australia study into…

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Remember to Breathe

Have you ever caught yourself during a frantic day and noticed that your shoulders have crept up around your ears and your breathing has become, at best, a shallow pant? I wouldn’t be surprised if you haven’t noticed, because when the pressure is on, our tendency is to take all the attention outside of ourselves…

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Rituals to open and close your day

All life on earth follows a rhythm that’s governed by the 24-hour oscillation between day and night, light and dark. Living in synchronicity with this cycle, which our inner body clock is programed to do via our circadian rhythms, is key to our health and wellbeing. It’s not only good for our biology, but also…

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Planning for Times of High Workload

When your workload increases and the pressure is on, such as during report time or parent-teacher interviews, what do you do? And how do you respond when someone asks you to join another committee that entails additional out-of-hours work? Just the thought of it all can throw you into anxiety, resentment or reaching for another…

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Sleep Deprived Teens

Second to shift workers, teenagers are the most sleep-deprived group worldwide, according to Dr. Sarah Blunden, sleep psychologist and research fellow at the Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia. As well as experiencing hormonal changes that make falling asleep more difficult, teenagers are one of the groups worst hit by living in a…

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3 ways to up-sell the nap to your boss

When NapNow receives enquiries about a Nap@Work strategy, it typically comes from someone within the workplace who already knows that power naps are powerful performance-enhancers.   They are internal champions, who face the challenging task of up-selling the nap to their senior executive team, that may not be so receptive. So what can you do if…

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A Horizontal Break can Change Your State

Is there any health benefit in simply lying-down? No meditation, no napping, no active stretching, just lying there for a bit? As it turns out, adopting a horizontal pose can indeed deliver significant psychological and physiological benefits, especially for sedentary, computer-based workers. Diaphragmatic breathing is easier lying down, according to physiotherapist Jo Keers from the…

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Sleep-Cycle Apps

None of them have any validate or published data to supp;ort claims Ability to detect sleep stage based on movement not viable.. Brain waves … eye movement most important Cant do it on basis of movement alone. If haven’t moved for a whiel probably I deep sleep – in some people a jerkign thing that…

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Use ‘Graded Assertiveness’ to ask for a break

How to speak up about the need to take breaks at work How can workers learn to speak up about the importance of taking breaks to mitigate tiredness? Graded Assertiveness offers one approach. NapNow asks health services improvement coach Jane Stanfield, how we can apply it in the office. Imagine you’ve been working on an…

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