August 2013

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work up the ladder Damsel in Distress We've all been her—that stressed-out co-worker on the verge of pulling out her hair. So how to get calm? Three women in high-pressure jobs reveal their tricks Focus on the Little (and big!) Things During my brief lulls I talk to co-workers about their cases or their lives. It also makes me content to sip a cup of coffee. But more importantly, I remain aware that people are counting on me to do my job right. I got into this profession to be a helper, and I focus my energy on that. The stress never goes away, so I just take deep breaths and tell myself everything will work out. –Kelly Beckett-Ball Detective for the Madison Police Department Take a Mindfulness Fiver I work in a shared office where there is constantly drama and activity with students and inter-office conversations. When I need to refocus, I put in my headphones, go to YouTube and listen to a mindfulness meditation. I always work through lunch. (I've never met a new teacher who doesn't!) Listening to something calming—even for five minutes—helps me get ready for something new. I like meditation bells so much I bought some for my classroom. The students love them! Well, some of them. –Monica Muraski High school English teacher with Madison Metropolitan School District Think Outside Your Box It may sound counter-intuitive, but I turn to the newspaper to help clear my mind and center myself. I really enjoy following stories about women—their challenges and successes on a national and global scale. It gives me a sense of connectedness. I also get a lot of balance from looking out the window and noticing the nature that surrounds my view. It's hard not to feel more grounded after taking a few moments to appreciate nature. –Lynne Myers President and CEO of Agrace HospiceCare Professional Life Coaching Certificate 4 Do you want to help people change their lives? 4 Are you seeking to guide, inspire, and empower others to reach their potential and get real results? 4 Have you ever thought about becoming a life coach? Lead instructor Darcy Luoma (MS, MSOD, CPCC, PCC, ORSCC) is a professional certified life and leadership coach. The University of Wisconsin–Madison's interactive and engaging Professional Life Coaching Certification (PLCC) program—is your gateway to this rapidly growing profession. Program dates: September 2013 – May 2014. For more information visit: 26 BRAVA Magazine August 2013

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