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Healthy Habit: The Power of Positive Self-Talk

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

The pandemic continues to drag on, and experts tell us that, in all likelihood, we won’t be back to “normal” for another nine to 12 months. Even though it is tough to think about that, there is a way for us to fight anxiety and depression every day.

First of all, we have a choice. Each day we can choose to be positive. That may sound like a flip remark, but it is actually true. More importantly, we can choose to talk to ourselves positively, making it a daily habit.

Let me explain. While we may never focus on the self-talk in our heads every day, it is essential to focus on it now. And one way to check to see if you talk positively or negatively to yourself is simple. Ask yourself, “Would you ever talk to anyone else the way you talk to yourself?”

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Recognizing Mental Health Issues: What to Say and What to Do

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

We all notice when friends, family, or co-workers begin to behave differently. Maybe they suddenly have a short fuse. Or they might be much quieter than they have ever been in the past. Perhaps they are late getting to work, and their work product isn’t what it once was.

How many times have we noticed someone who seems to be different, and you can’t put your finger on just what the problem is.  That’s your cue to help instead of dismissing what you see as none of your business.  What if you knew what to say? Wouldn’t it make a difference in how you might approach the other person? Here are a couple of suggestions.

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Corporate Courage

“Courage” doesn’t seem to be a word we associate with the corporate workplace. But our current pace of life may be dictating the necessity to exhibit courage in an entirely different way than how we have thought about it in the past.

We are all bombarded by information and lists of things to do that we think no one else has ever experienced before. And it may stress us and make us feel vulnerable when we’re living through such extraordinary times.

Here’s what’s important. We need to recognize the stress we’re under and actively combat our feelings of vulnerability, which takes courage. This courage needs to happen inside and outside of our workplace, regardless if we’re now working remotely or navigating business in an increasingly virtual setting.

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Having the Courage to Care for Others

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

Compassion takes courage. And if you ever doubted it, turn the news on later and see how thousands of people aren’t just feeling compassionate after the horrific death of George Floyd but using the language of peaceful protests to demonstrate how deeply they feel compassion for those who have been victims of police violence.

It is so easy to sit on the couch and be outraged by what happened at the hands of four Minneapolis policemen to Mr. Floyd, an unarmed man. Or the violent treatment of Washington D.C. peaceful protesters in front of the White House on June 1, 2020.

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My Coping Tricks with the Self-Isolation During the Pandemic

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

I love being alone. However, long periods of it can put me on a path to depression and anxiety. Some people love to be around other people, and I understand that they may get energy from being with others. But as an introvert, being alone gives me energy while being with others exhausts me.

So, when the pandemic hit, I initially thought, “This is great! I’ll enjoy this.” But as the weeks went by, I reached a place of being somewhat depressed and undoubtedly anxious. Why is that?

I think the reason I get depressed and anxious is that I tell myself stories, and when I’m creative and imaginative, stories are easy. But here’s the problem, if I tell myself stories like I’ll never earn a living again, or life can never be the same, I must remember that those are stories without any proof.

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Anxiety

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

Let’s talk about anxiety, the first cousin of depression. (And by the way, I got this information from the American Psychiatric Foundation.)

Everyone experiences anxiety, and it can be useful in avoiding dangerous situations.  Or in motivating you to solve problems.  But that’s normal anxiety, which is not the same as an anxiety disorder.  So how are they different?

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Workplace Mental Health: Investing in People is a Smart Decision

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

Recently, I’ve been reading a lot about workplace mental health. And it is alarming how slow awareness and education have spread between both sides—employers and employees. Especially regarding the resources available to aid and improve well-being. A healthy workforce impacts more than just a company’s bottom line. While the mental health stigma is gradually reducing, a significant societal paradigm shift is on the horizon.

In the business world, management doesn’t seem to be connecting the dots when it comes to mental health and corporate health costs. Annually in the U.S., employers experience $44 billion each year, and depression costs the U.S. economy more than $210 billion annually. This cost is staggering. Consider the cost of overtime or a staffing agency to fill the gaps when an employee is absent from work. Or what about missing the opportunity to close a big deal because a sales representative is too distracted to work efficiently. When unhealthy workforce patterns are overlooked by management or proactive programs aren’t in place by organizations, a negative cycle grows that impacts performance, productivity, retention and more.

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Flashback to 1975: My Nervous Breakdown — The “Don’t Worry, I Can Handle It” Mentality Didn’t Work

By: Schatzie Brunner, Founder, New Way Now

It was the spring of 1975. I had been living in New York City for six years as a PR executive. I was at a cocktail party at a friend’s Fifth Avenue penthouse, enjoying a conversation with the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, trying to be as knowledgeable and erudite as he seemed to be.

Then in mid-sentence (I have no idea what I was talking about), I began to cry, which turned to sobs I could not contain.

My date, Bob, quickly escorted me to a nearby bedroom to try and help me relax and catch my breath. But I kept crying. In fact, I could not stop crying. Bob made our excuses, and we got into a cab headed for my apartment. I distinctly remember Bob asking me, “Are you having a nervous breakdown?” I couldn’t answer him at the time, but that was precisely what was happening. I continued to cry for the next five days and experienced the relentless physical pain of sleeplessness. It was torture.

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