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PBFY Blog Mindfulness in the Work Place

How Mindfulness Can Improve Your Performance at Work

If there’s one thing the last few years has taught us it is that we’re living in stressful times. More people than ever are suffering from anxiety or stress-related problems and are seeking help from family, friends and professional services to help deal with these issues.  Is mindfulness the answer? Many people who suffer from anxiety or stress are recommended by medical professionals to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is a technique not too dissimilar from meditation, and focuses on slowing down the breathing and bringing oneself into the present moment. This technique enables people to empty their mind of worries, stresses [...]

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Coffee and Its Natural Benefits

Tea and coffee are the two hot beverages that feature most in our day to day lives. For some it’s a coffee to kick start the day and a nice hot cup of tea to wind down in the evening. Other people can’t start the day without a large cup of tea to accompany their breakfast and rely on the buzz of a coffee mid-afternoon to push you through to the end of the day. As we make our way through the work week, we rely on them as a pair to fulfill our hot beverage needs, even on [...]

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New Year, New Me – Do Resolutions Ever Really Work?

With the New Year upon us – 2018 – how did it arrive so fast? Of course with the beginning of a new year comes a time of reflection and, as we tear into our selection box and flick through our ‘To watch’ list on Netflix, we ask ourselves what did we achieve this past year? It’s usually at this point you consider setting your New Year’s resolution, you might be really ambitious and set two, maybe even three. This year I’ll go to the gym three times a week, I’ll quit smoking and I’ll only eat chocolate and [...]

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The Most Common New Year’s Resolutions

Christmas Day has come and gone. The turkey has been eaten, the advent calendars are empty, the fridge is bare and you’ve just finished taking down the decorations. The television schedule has returned to normal and all that’s left of the chocolates are the ones nobody wants to eat. At this point all that’s left is to look forward to the following year, the year of new beginnings where anything is possible. Yes, it’s that time of year again where we promise to become better people, where we sit in the office and try to shake the January blues by [...]

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All About Chai, the Delicious Spiced Milk Tea from India

You may have heard someone order a “chai latte” at your local coffee shop or seen a chai flavored sweet at a bakery, but what exactly is chai? The short answer is that chai is a spiced milk tea from India, but the long answer may surprise you. There are many variations of chai tea, each with their own spices and flavors, as well as many different preparations from the aforementioned latte to ice cream or even a cupcake. Let’s take a peek into the world of chai and discover a new flavor profile. Origins of Chai First of all, the [...]

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Taking Time Off Is Good For You

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many lay people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping [...]

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Attention Workaholics…Taking Time Off Is Good For You! Here’s Why.

Scientists used to believe that during sleep and downtime our brains would literally just shut down, with no activity at all or the barest minimum activity. They thought those moments of rest meant rest for the entire body, including the brain. Many people probably still believe something similar, though science is increasingly revealing that our brains are actually incredibly active during sleep as well as other so-called “downtime.” In 1929, a neurologist in Germany, Hans Berger, startled many of his academic peers by proposing that “the brain is always in a ‘state of considerable activity,’ even when people were sleeping or [...]

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