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Raise your hand if you’ve ever asked for help when faced with experiences that are challenging, frightening, or overwhelming.


​Now raise your hand if you’ve ever felt shy or embarrassed in doing so.


I think most of us can connect to the above statement. Whether it’s asking for help at work from a colleague or friends, help with the kids, or a hand when you’re sick and just can’t power through—asking for help is HARD. Maybe you don’t want to look needy, or weak, or lose a sense of control. Whatever the reason is, asking for help just doesn’t come naturally to most of us.


But the truth is, reaching out for help is incredibly important. It gives you an opportunity to connect with community, to learn, and to finally move forward, rather than staying “stuck”. It is a sign of strength, not weakness. And the good news is, as humans we are altruistic by nature, meaning we want to help others - so asking is not a burden it is a gift. 


So if you’re feeling overwhelmed, scared, or disconnected, especially right now—remember there is power in community. You don’t have to do this alone. Reach out to a friend, a loved one, or seek out a coach or therapist and give yourself permission to lean on others.


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We are all experiencing daily challenges but one thing that is guaranteed to make you feel better is sitting outside!


Studies show that our bodies respond positively to being outside. Sitting in the fresh air — even just for a moment between Zoom calls — can reduce blood pressure, relieve stress and strengthen your immune system.


One study found that even the view of nature through a window can lower stress and increase job satisfaction.


So with Earth Day coming up tomorrow, how can you step into leadership on a global scale by taking a few small steps to thank Mother Nature for supporting you during this time? 


Action


Plant based meals: since we are all home and likely cooking more than usual - now is a great time to try out those plant based food recipes. Committing to one plant based dinner a week can help contain production of greenhouse gases that impact climate change. It can also help lessen the demand for precious environmental resources such as land, water, and energy.


Educate


As cities have shut down around the world, the world has seen coyotes on the streets of San Francisco, peacocks dancing in Mumbai, wild boar roaming in Barcelona, a resurgence of bees and rare wildflowers in the UK, other animals reclaiming human spaces and a report that suggests that within 30 years much of the ocean could be restored to full health.


This gives hope that with the right management, nature and wildlife can rebound within a generation. Every little bit helps.


Reading over Streaming


Reading is good for the mind, the soul and it turns out, the planet. When we are reading, we are not streaming, an activity which is carbon-intensive. You can download an e-book or dust off an old book you have lying around the house (I am so guilty of buying books and then not finishing them!). I am currently readingUntamed by Glennon Doyleand highly recommend it.


​Community


Learn how you can take more action in your local community and be a part of a global conversation by joining the livestream celebration of Earth Day’s 50th anniversary as it goes digital for the first time ever.


This is a cause that is very dear to my heart since I am completely obsessed with nature and understand it’s vast benefits on our body, mind and soul. I was supposed to attendAl Gore’s Climate Reality Training, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19 but I know there is still action to be taken. 


Thanks for listening!


When you think of someone who is an incredible leader, what words come to mind? Whether it’s inspirational, motivating, charismatic or something in between --- it’s usually describing someone's emotional intelligence (EQ), rather than their intellectual ability (IQ).


Emotional intelligence is defined as an individual’s ability to identify, evaluate, control, and express emotions. So why is it so important to learn how to develop emotional intelligence to have great relationships and be a great leader? Keep reading.


People with high EQ usually make great leaders and team players because of their ability to communicate, collaborate, and connect with the people around them.


Over the past 20 years there has been a lot of research on the benefits of EQ and how we lead our lives. Here are the 3 main categories:


1. Incredible leadership


Going back to the opening question, it’s obvious that most of us already identify EQ qualities as important aspects of outstanding leaders. The workplace is becoming more and more about how people can work together, and EI skills are necessary for successful collaboration, especially now, when our communication skills are incredibly important.


2. Excellent performance


Emotional intelligence is widely recognized as a valuable skill that helps improve communication, management, problem-solving, and relationships within the workplace. It is also associated with conflict resolution. listening, reflecting and responding to constructive criticism -- all crucial skills for high performance in the workplace.  a skill that researchers believe can be improved with training and practice.

3. Happiness


A large study done at University of California Riverside found that the factors that affect our own happiness include things like gratitude, positive social relationships, optimism, and a meaningful life. Interestingly, it didn’t show any related to IQ alone. 

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