Happy Father’s Day!

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To the Man who first loved us and forever will.
Happy Father’s Day to all our loving Dads on earth and in heaven.

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Time-Out Everybody!

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glass-hourglass-hours-39396Time always seem to go by so fast alongside with our busy schedules and drills. I am sure by now most of us have realized that we have already reached half of the calendar year. Yes we did! And it is a wonderful blessing to have reached this far again. So how will you describe your first half year experience? Do you feel tired, overwhelmed, barely there? How about feeling positive, happy and so looking forward to the rest of the year? Could be both?

If you have been following our first two articles on Self-Care in this site, we have shared with you helpful tips on how we can take care of ourselves physically and mentally which can enable us to feel energized, positive and happy.

For our last installment article on Self-Care, we will be sharing some more tips on how to do a personal time-out. We all need to break free momentarily from our routines so we can feel energized and focused in meeting our life purpose. The tips we shared before and what we are about to discuss will hopefully help carry you through the remaining parts of 2018 feeling like a winner! Here are Tips #7-10.

Tip #7 Go and visit a new place.

When was the last time you visited a place you have never been to before? Not all of us do this since we are always tied down with our usual routine. You don’t need to travel far and spend your hard earned savings to do this. There must be places within your community or nearby which remain unexplored (museums, parks, art galleries, local shops and cafes, etc.). These new sites can offer you a new perspective or can stir your creativity. Sometimes by just going out of the comforts of your home can give you that boost of energy you need.  Now, if you have extra money, then plan a short trip whether it is out of town or out of the country. Being exposed to new surroundings or a different culture can help draw out your senses and can help bring new ways of looking at things. They key is to move and be exposed to new elements!

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Tip #8 Surround yourself with positive vibes.                     

Positive vibes are generated from good sources of positive feelings such as family and  friends, even pets. Stay away from people or things which can rob you of your happiness and good disposition. There are people who can drain you with their negativity, leaving you tired, angry and overwhelmed.  Cut ties with these people immediately. Stay within your true circle – those who are life-giving and will truly have your best interests in mind. Spend time with people who matter to you most (and your pets if you have).                                                  

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Tip #9 Relax and Let go! 

Do you feel guilty the moment you start relaxing and letting go of the 100 things in your head? Most of us do! We say just let go and enjoy the moment whether its a road trip weekend you planned with your family or friends or just simply a chill out day alone. Some people cannot resist checking their work emails thru their phones or tablets while on a family day-out. This action not only will go against your personal time out but can also hurt your loved ones as they will be expecting your 100% attention. Keep your work phones and tablets away when its family/friends time or during your “Alone or Me time”.

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Tip #10 Accept yourself. 

This probably is the most difficult to do among the tips (for some). It’s easy to take pride with our strengths but it takes a lot of self clarity and maturity to accept our flaws. Part of Self-Care is being aware of who we are at the different stages of our life and genuinely accepting who we are and who we are not. Let’s stop comparing ourselves with other people. Our comparison point should always be ourselves. How much have we grown from our experiences may they be good or bad. Once we start owning our actions, and accepting the good and not so good in us, we can begin to feel empowered, which is a by-product of Self-Care.

beautiful-hands-heart-5390Now our Self Care tip list is complete. Combining everything now, we have the following:

1. Indulge in a body massage or spa treatment.

2. Break away (temporarily) and head to your personal sanctuary.

3. Be present in the moment.

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

5. Regularly care for your physical body.

6. Commune with Mother Nature.

7. Go and visit a new place.

8. Surround yourself with positive vibes.

9. Relax and Let go!

10. Accept yourself.

We hope that you can invest time in trying out any of these (if not all) in your Self Care journey. This is not an exhaustive list, there are other helpful tips out there when doing Self Care.  Tell us about your personal experience when you decide to do any of these tips so we can have it featured in our blog! Always remember you are important, and you deserve to be cared for.  Love yourself. Love the person you were before, your current and your future self.  Start your Self Care experience now!

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If you want to read or re-read the previous Self Care blog entries, you can access these links:

Tips 1-3: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/03/27/caring-for-the-self-this-international-womens-month/

Tips 4-6: https://thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com/2018/05/22/more-self-care-tips-you-are-worthy-of-love/

If your team is interested to have a customized Self Care Program/Workshop for your team members, we can design and deliver one for you! Connect with us through our email address at: inquiry@thegreenboxlearningsolutions.com or chat/send a message through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TGBLS/.

 

 

 

 

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/.

 

 

 

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. 

Inspire Others with your Gifts. Learn more, Be more.

Learn more, Be more Ad 2Whether your gift is in leading people, or in running operations, writing articles or stories, speaking before an audience, interpreting data and numbers, or caring for your customers  – – your gifts can only be meaningful if shared with others at an optimal level.

The Green BOX Learning Solutions, Inc. can help further strengthen your skills and abilities, your team’s efficiency, and your organization’s effectiveness through our instructor-led training programs, e-learning products and organizational development services.

Acknowledge your gifts today and begin your journey towards inspiring others.

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Learn more, Be more Campaign of TGBLS

Today we released our first TGBLS ad under our theme of “Learn more, Be more!” campaign via our social media channels (Facebook, Google Plus, Linkedin and the like). We used the wisdom of Paulo Coehlo to support our campaign as his beliefs on life, journey, and destiny are fitting to our thoughts on individual and team development.

Through our campaign, we hope to inspire all of you in your journey towards self growth and organizational excellence.

Row your way to TGBLS

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