Can we have an honest conversation about stress and self-care?

I’m hearing the online buzz more frequently about self-care as stress management. It seems like ‎every day there’s a new article or post targeted at women with tips on how to better balance it ‎all. ‎

Get a mani/pedi!

Make time for brunch and make sure you hashtag it on instagram!

Get your Orangetheory workout in with before and after selfies!

And it’s so enticing. Who wouldn’t want 10 tips on how to do it all, look amazing and feel ‎refreshed!

But is it real? Is it helping? Is it all bull? Is it just another thing that women are expected to do perfectly? Is self-care another chore to check off? 
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Guest Blog by Katie Frankhart, mConnexions WriterKatie Frankhart | mConnexions Writer

Throughout my career, I’ve been privileged to have mentorship from brilliant female leaders who show me what I am capable of, and who give me the power to explore and understand myself as a woman and a professional. Working alongside strong women has taught me a lot about the relationship dynamics it takes to be empowered and successful, both in and outside of the workplace.

I’ve had great experiences working with women, and I’ve had experiences so difficult that I started to become jaded about the overall idea of working with a female team. But, I will tell you this: every single experience was dependent on the female leadership, and the overall approach to building a strong team dynamic.


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You work, and work, and work some more. Sometimes you get enough sleep, water, and time for yourself to decompress, but are you getting enough? What happens to our bodies when we forget about the number one person in our life: ourselves?
Today’s podcast features Beth Heller, with a personal story that could change your life.


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The beginning of the year, in fact, the entire first quarter is my favorite time of year. We’re making plans, building out vision and focusing on how we’ll execute on the strategy.

I find this time of year to be invigorating but also overwhelming. The beginning months of the fiscal year means the possibilities are endless. The sky is the limit and I’m always tempted to try and make it bigger this year than last year.

And by February, I’m swimming in the busyness of all of that. Why?

Because no matter what, if you’re not hyper focused on a couple of big initiatives, you’ll get swept away by all the other busy work.
Despite “shiny distraction” syndrome, I know that the best plan is to focus at the beginning of the year. I have a couple of tips to reign myself back in.

Graduation: one of the best days of a college student’s life.

And it could be the scariest.

You’re all done with school, so what happens next?

In this episode of Think Tank of Three, we’re giving advice for upcoming graduates.

If you’re soon to finish school or know someone who, this podcast will be very helpful.


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Sometimes, stress hits us like a sucker punch to the gut.
It might be a panic-inducing, sudden onslaught of feelings.
Or maybe a rub-your-temples and remember to breathe type moment.

Maybe it’s just a hide-in-bed-under-the-covers and disappear from the world, kind-of-day. (“Just”… As if it’s some small thing to feel like hiding from reality.)

Some stressors affect us every single day. Most likely roll off our shoulders without slowing our stride, but some days, life hits us more than others.

Whatever the cause, when stress hits hard it can leave you feeling like you’re suffering from an emotional hangover.

And for all of us bad-ass, boss babe, rockstars, we can’t afford to have stress from our personal lives interfering with work. Yet, even bad-ass, boss babe, rockstars — are human, too.


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