Author Archives: Mike Wanta

Life hack for stress reduction: Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness can provide almost immediate benefits in your life and mental wellbeing. Take a moment and think about the last time that you were fully present, fully aware, and NOT on autopilot. Routine is necessary for maximal productivity and success—especially at work. But your life shouldn’t be all autopilot, all the time. In fact, this can quite easily steal away your enjoyment while you’re trying to bask in the fruits of your hard labor.

Don’t believe me? Have you ever been spending time with your family on a beautiful day and not been able to shut off the work brain? Or perhaps you’ve been on vacation with old friends, and you impulsively check your email every five seconds. Whatever it is, mindfulness can truly help you tap into these important moments and be present.

What is mindfulness meditation anyway? If you haven’t been exposed to the concept or the buzz surrounding it, you might be a little confused as to what it is and how to practice it.

“Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, in a particular way on-purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally,” said Jon Kabat-Zinn, the father of the mindfulness movement in the United States.

It sounds simple, but the effects of doing just that are plentiful. By re-training your mind to stay present and calm in the moment, mindfulness meditation changes the physical structure of your brain, creating long-lasting changes and positive, healthy habits. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction has been scientifically shown to help with depression, anxiety, addiction, and even slow the aging of the brain.

Holistic Wellness speaker, Debra Lafler, distinguished between “mindfulness” and “meditation,” pointing out that mindfulness is merely paying attention, being aware, and observing the present moment in a non-judgmental way—meditation is simply a tool to increase mindfulness. Meditation practice sometimes includes maintaining awareness of the breath, the body, and allowing thoughts to pass through the brain while greeting them positively.

Lafler explained that the brain is like a cage of screaming animals because our mind is constantly thinking. She encourages people to practice meditation as a way of observing this phenomenon, because doing so can reduce the amount of time negative feelings or emotions can dictate your mood and mental wellbeing.

You don’t have to commit to joining a group right away or attending a class. In fact, you can give it a quick try right here.

There are also fantastic apps for learning and trying mindfulness out. Headspace is a more instructional and comprehensive app and is subscription-based, while I prefer Insight Timer—which simply has various guided/un-guided meditations which you can sort through by category or time length.

7 Essential LinkedIn Tips

They say, “It’s all about who you know,” when it comes to landing a job. With LinkedIn, the network of “who you know” only gets larger. That’s why it’s increasingly important to make sure you’re representing yourself accurately and professionally online. Working with a TDS Talent Acquisition Specialist in Human Resources, we came up with… Continue Reading

Tips to keep your office desk area clean

When people think of dirty or unsanitary places, an office space might not be one of the first things that come to mind. However, office spaces can build up a lot of germs and bacteria especially if you have a high number of workers in an area. In fact, statistics about unclean work places can… Continue Reading

Crestview TV channel feeds changing

We’re streamlining the channel lineup to match where customers live. Madras and La Pine customers can expect their channel feeds to be switched from the east coast to west coast feed. Starting on November 1, the channel feeds will be switched from east coast to west coast on the following channels: Be sure to update… Continue Reading

What do COVID-19 scams look like in Oregon

We’ve been telling you about the scams related to COVID-19. But now we can tell you even more about the scams happening in your neck of the woods. Just today, the FTC released state-specific data on COVID-19-related issues, which you can check out with just a few clicks of your mouse. With user-friendly features, the… Continue Reading

Cyberattacks on the rise since pandemic

With more people working at home and shopping online, the number of cyberattacks has increased significantly since the onset of the pandemic. The FBI recently announced as many as 4,000 reports a day have been made to their Cyber Division. That represents a 400% increase from what they were seeing before COVID. The FBI also… Continue Reading