Healthy Eating – Let's Do This!

Healthy Eating – Let’s Do This!

You want to look and feel amazing. You read cutting-edge information on health, and it speaks to you. You see a path forward, feel fired-up and motivated to take charge of your health. Your kitchen is full of superfoods, and your blender sits out on your kitchen shelf – handy for making smoothies. You’re ready to make healthier choices!  But ...
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greenleaf sleep

The Gift of a Full Night’s Sleep

Sometimes there are nights where you just can’t get to sleep. Or you fall asleep easily, but wake up in the early hours, and are suddenly wide awake. Is there anything as frustrating as tossing and turning for half the night? Dreading how tired you’re going to be the next day if you don’t get to sleep soon? Watching the ...
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Stress Responsive Greenleaf Integrative

Stress-Responsive Policy Decisions Start With Awareness

Many organizations don’t think about the impacts of stress on their workforce in a systematic way when designing their organizational policy. How could they? Policies grow over time, and often are reactive rather than proactive. These are the key concepts Greenleaf uses to assess the current Stress Responsiveness of an organization and support the leadership in making more stress responsive policy decisions ...
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Greenleaf Autonomic Nervous System

Wellbeing Techniques Help Us Control Body, Mind, and Behaviors

Any stress, both positive stress (excitement) and negative stress (nervousness), involves the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS functions in the background every second of our lives. It regulates the human body’s most basic regulatory processes, including breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, and digestion ...
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Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Resilience Assessments Reveal Risks to Employees and Organizations

Though burnout and trauma exposure have different causes and symptoms – and require different interventions and remedies – it’s well established that both are highly toxic to the wellbeing, resilience, and health of employees. Particularly concerning is that those “helpers” working in demanding environments – humanitarian aid workers, armed forces, and all types of emergency responders. Certainly, they suffer from ...
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Greenleaf, dog

What Do We Mean When We Say “Trauma”?

Imagine you and a friend are going down a sidewalk and a dog lunges at both of you. For you, the incident may be forgotten in a matter of minutes. Your friend, however, has heart palpitations and then he stays in a funk for an hour. Why is this? Read More ...
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Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Organizations must mitigate occupational trauma and its effects

Trauma. We encounter it just about everywhere we look these days. We absorb it through news stories of victims and from witnesses of violent plots, shootings, and cruelty. We feel it through natural disasters, poverty, and homelessness. You don’t have to be someone’s mother to ache with empathy and compassion for those suffering from such horrific experiences. For many, news ...
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9/11 Post-Traumatic Stress

Reflections on 9/11 and the Suffering of Our Helpers

Although it’s been two weeks since the anniversary and remembrances of 9/11, I find myself still reflecting on how it changed the lives of so many, including my own. The horrors of that day occurred only two months after I started my residency at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC. For me, once I was able to see through my own ...
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