More Self Care Tips – You are Worthy of Love!

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bill-billboard-empty-953162Finally, here’s the 2nd installment of our Self-Care Blog! Self Care has been a buzz word for over a time now perhaps to address the more agile world we live in.  We deal with a lot of changes by the minute, one barely has the time to cope.

To help refresh your memory, the first 3 tips we shared previously, can be found in this link: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/03/27/caring-for-the-self-this-international-womens-month/

Here are the next three tips which we think all of us can do to help center ourselves amidst the ever busier life we are into.

Tip # 4 Engage in a new hobby or go back to your favorite one.  

adorable-animal-art-877697.jpgWhat do you consider as your hobby? It usually is a favorite thing you spend your time and money on. I enjoy reading before, until it became book hoarding rather than reading (because I was too busy then!). I always wanted to learn photography but that means I need to invest on my own camera so I need time to save for that hobby to happen. A lot of women and men go into adult coloring now (it became and it is still is a a craze at some point!), which to me is an extension of what we love doing before when we were children.

There are so many hobbies to choose from but what is important is that you enjoy what you do and that it makes you happy! You can try exploring a new hobby or you can always go back to a favorite one — in my case its reading!

Tip # 5 Regularly care for your physical body. 

arms-care-check-905874.jpgWe only have one body so its a must that we take care of it. Make time for a regular doctor’s check-up and laboratory tests. Seek a physician when you are sick and don’t self medicate! Nothing matters when we are down with illness or if we feel weak. No one wants a health scare! Our health is our wealth as they say.

pexels-photo-374632.jpegMake time for exercise as well. It can be just a 15-minute walk, or run.  Others do Yoga, Zumba, Pilates or house chores even! Exercise need not be complicated. Choose one that you enjoy and that you can do without hurting yourself. Always consult with your doctor first which exercise would fit you best. The challenge to doing regular exercise is the will to do it. Focus and be disciplined!

Tip # 6 Commune with Mother Nature.

back-view-beautiful-bloom-906002Spending time with Nature brings a natural high and feelings of peace and contentment. Mother Nature in the form of the mountains, the sea, flowers, forest, valleys, plains (even farm and wild animals) is visually enchanting and brings home a feeling of being one with the Divine Creator.  I always look forward to road trips outside of the city so I can see and smell the trees and all things green. Doing so renews my spirit and recharges my energy.  When we surround ourselves with beautiful things, it helps us generate positive feelings. You need not go far to commune with Nature, you can appreciate your garden at home, or your flower pot inside the house. Take time to appreciate the gifts of nature and be renewed!

beautiful-close-up-color-243221Which of these tips can you do this week? We hope you find time to do your self-care activity whichever suits you.  Remember you are worthy of care and love! Watch out for the last Self Care installment blog next week!

If your team or organization is interested to have a customized Self Care Program/Workshop for your team members or employees, we can design and deliver one for you!

You may reach us through our  email address at: inquiry@thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com or chat/send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TGBLS/.

 

 

 

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Caring for the Self this International Women’s Month

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March 8th marks the celebration of the International Women’s Day or United Nations (UN) Day for Women’s Rights and International Peace. We join the world as we give credit to all women across race, age, culture, or religion in all their achievements in various levels in history with the purpose of advancing women’s rights for gender equality and a better way of  life.

Our team in Green BOX are predominantly women and I have witnessed how they demonstrated their unwavering dedication to the business in terms of time and effort, their ardent sense of compassion to those in need, and their firm resolve for truth and justice.

All of these attributes they were not born with but were learned through time and experience. These life lessons did not come in easy, some were painful and highly stressful.  And this is why as we celebrate our being “women leaders”, this also calls for the need to take care of ourselves.

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For some busy people, it is almost natural to deprioritize the need to listen to their core and address what it requires. And when this happens, the outcome almost always is not positive. Our team would like to share with all our readers, women and men alike — the need for self-care because we believe that everything starts with the self and that there is only one “self” that we need to attend and nourish.

We have collated a few self-care tips we chose (among so many!) to engage ourselves into and hopefully inspire our readers to do the same.  These tips will come out here in our blog in a three part series. Here’s the first part we have put together for you.

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1. Indulge in a body massage or spa treatment.  Women do a lot of physical activities starting from household chores to running errands, taking care of children, managing their career and a whole lot more!  Physical activities as such can zap women’s energy and strength leaving a sore body and a tired mind. Relaxing our tense muscles is important to recharge he body so as to achieve a sound thinking.  For the more adventurous there is also Acupuncture (have not tried this but a fellow business partner tried and affirmed its positive effect).

If budget is a constraint, seek a family member or a friend who can offer a free back or foot massage (doing so can be time spent for bonding!) A once a month basic massage can be a good start! If you are capable of spending more, then a weekly schedule is more than enough.

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2. Break away (temporarily) and head to your personal sanctuary. Women in general are busy people. Thus they need a time out from all their endless activities to spend time for themselves. Can you picture your own sacred place? It has to be special (for you) because this is where you would be spending your “Me Time”. Your choice of sanctuary could be any place you heart connects to. It could be your favorite go to place, a local church, a cozy coffee place or your very own room can fit the definition.  What is important is that the place allows you to have some quiet time for self-reflection and for undisturbed centering activities.

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You will dictate how often you need a personal “time out”. Some people allot a minimum of 30 minutes a day, a few hours once or twice in a week or others use their personal vacation time four times in a year. Again, it depends on your calendar and finances (if your sanctuary is outside your home), the challenge here is you need to make it happen!

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3. Be present in the moment. Worrying robs us of the joy the present moment offers. I know this maybe easier said than done but it can be done believe me! Given the many roles that most women carry, they often think about what to do in the next few hours, days, or even weeks and this can make them highly anxious. There is nothing wrong with planning don’t get me wrong, but if you over think the things that can happen or may not happen that you lose sight of the gift of what the present moment brings.

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Let me ask you, when was the last time you savored the taste of your morning coffee or tea at home? How about the last time you enjoyed your meal? Or were you always caught in a rush that instead of enjoying your drink you were busy thinking of your tasks in the next hour, day or week? Doing this robs you of the gift of the “here and now”.

Have a mental note and check yourself whether you are living in the present or perhaps you are already in the future. Be in the present. Feel the moment as it happens. Enjoy the feeling as it unfolds now.

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We hope you like our first of three blog series as we celebrate International Women’s Month! Stay tuned for the rest next time. Until then, include Self-Care in your To-Do list. You can try these tips we shared or feel free to create your own list. We’d be happy to listen to your Self-Care stories! To all women, live long and enjoy the rest of March!

 

 

Of Teaching and Learning

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As 2017 closes in a few days, we say “Thank you” to each mind, heart and soul we met this year who have trusted Green BOX as both their formal and informal teacher.

May the lessons you learned guide you in how you perceive things, in how you win your battles and in how you celebrate your victories.

Cheers to Teaching and Learning! Cheers to Life!

 

 

 

Abundance of Blessings in 2016!

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With grateful hearts, we bid farewell to 2015 which has given us opportunities to help others and to share our skills and gifts!

With a strong faith and great anticipation, we welcome the blessings and challenges of 2016!

We wish our client partner, contacts, our friends and families a wonderful New Year! May we all shine at our very best with the passion to serve and to excel in both our professional and personal life missions.

May the heavens rain on us an abundance of blessings this 2016!

Happy New Year to all!

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Passion and Compassion

TGBLS joins the world in celebrating World Wildlife Conservation Day!

As HR practitioners and Learning & Development professionals, we at The Green BOX Learning Solutions not only have passion for growing and harnessing the potential of our human resource.  We also value and have compassion for another important type of natural resource – our wildlife.

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Sadly in this day and age, this type of resource is rapidly decreasing mainly due to the activities of “human” resources.  When people cut and burn trees on a massive scale, we consequently deprive wildlife living in forests and jungles of their natural habitats.  When people improperly dispose of non-biodegradable materials in rivers and oceans, marine life suffers the consequences.  When people use animal parts for traditional medicine, clothes and accessories, lucky charms, status symbols, or trophies, hunting and poaching wildlife for this purpose leads to whole species of life becoming endangered or extinct.

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We may think that we are not one of those “human” resources that are involved in bringing about the demise of wildlife. After all, we don’t directly cut trees, nor do we dump toxic waste in the ocean.  It’s also unlikely that we are involved in poaching activities or in illegal wildlife trade.  And so we tell ourselves that we’re not part of the problem at all and that the responsibility of conserving and protecting wildlife falls on the shoulders of government and non-government agencies instead.  And why should we care in the first place?  Some of us may say we’re not really animal lovers nor are we wildlife advocates.  Some of us may say we prefer to focus our energies on improving the human species instead.  Let those who love animals do the heavy lifting in conservation efforts.

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However, this way of thinking is just as damaging as the actual problem.  If we don’t take responsibility for the actions of humanity against wildlife and continue to think it’s someone else’s problem and not ours, then we’ll never be part of the solution.  And we all have a stake in the solution.  UN studies show how even animal agriculture contributes greatly to global warming and thus to climate change, which impacts everyone and everything in the world.  Ensuring healthy populations of wildlife helps maintain ecological balance needed to sustain all life – including humans – while contributing as well to biodiversity. We may be the dominant species on this planet but we are interdependent with all the other species of life on earth.  We need them just as much as they need us.  We cannot survive without each other.

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Today as we celebrate World Wildlife Conservation Day, we recognize those human resources who have both the passion and compassion for this precious and much-exploited natural resource.  One need not be at the forefront of the battle for conservation, but at the very least we can spread awareness on the plight of wildlife.

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As world leaders meet in Paris to discuss climate change this week and the next, there is hope for all species to continue to flourish. Human progress and development need not occur at the cost of endangering wildlife and nature.  Let us all do our part however direct or indirect in saving all species on our planet, and in turn save ourselves.

This article is wriiten by Ms. Katrina Llona – a Learning Consultant in The Green BOX Learning Solutions, Inc. and a Wildlife Advocate. 

Color Me Rainbow, One La Salle Animo! (LSGH HS Family Team Building Event)

Last August 11th, the LaSalle Greenhills (LSGH) High School (HS) Community demonstrated that La Salle’s color isn’t just green – but ALL the colors of the rainbow!

In a short team-building session with the theme “Color Me Rainbow,” the LSGH HS Family came together for a fun-filled afternoon of getting to know each other and working together to show their “True Colors” and how their colors and diversity complemented one another.

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The event kick-started with each LSGH HS Faculty/Administrator “diving into a rainbow ocean” of various colored balloons to find their individual name-balloons.

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As a testament to the spirit of faith, service, and communion that LSGH values, all 150+ participants got a hold of their balloons within a short span of 5 minutes by helping each other.

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Then, individuals with same-colored balloons teamed up to create and perform an energetic chant for the whole group.

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After presenting their enthusiastic cheers the color-teams regrouped with their facilitators who asked them to reflect and share personal experiences and associations related to their assigned color via their balloons.

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They then came together again to prepare a creative presentation that represented their team for the entire HS group to see.

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TGBLS LSGH12TGBLS LSGH089In the final wrap-up activity called “Our Rainbow Connection,” each participant displayed their personal commitments written on their balloons that were lined up next to each other to form the colors of the rainbow.

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TGBLS LSGH07TGBLS LSGH10The LSGH HS Family truly showed the beauty of their individual colors and their oneness with the whole community.