OG Tuesday Issue #76

The Assist Newsletter
March 8, 2022

🎉 Happy International Women’s Day!

Start your morning with this affirmation:

Positive affirmation to start your morning.

Today’s checklist: Celebrate International Women’s Day, destress, put work-life balance into your company policies and evade news-induced insanity.

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

 

#BreaktheBias

The 2022 International Women’s Day organizers have some missions for us all: Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. Take action for equality.

There is definitely still bias that needs breaking. Recent research shows bias against women to be alive and well, even in environments where women are themselves the majority.

There’s also good reason to believe women can clear this hurdle, as they have so many others. To list just a few examples:

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Destress. 5 Minutes. You’ve Got This

 

You’ve got 5 minutes for yourself, don’t you?

👂 How ‘bout ears? 

Try a quick ear massage. (In clinical tests, this technique has helped reduce stress, even in high-anxiety hospital settings.)

The Muse suggests massaging your earlobes and just moving up from there. Get even more detailed instructions and techniques from Sense Massage Therapy.

GET MORE SH*T DONE

Work-Life Balance in a Policy?

 

Many people see work-life balance as an individual goal, and it will remain an individual goal if more groups don’t start offering individuals systemic, policy-grounded support and solutions.

“The only way that anyone can balance work and family or work and personal life, is if everyone within an organization agrees that ‘life balance’ is critical to the overall well-being of employees and the productivity, and effectiveness of the company,” says Kim Jabal, CFO of Weebly

The resources below will help you start, or even just propose, comprehensive policies to promote work-life balance across the office.

How-To Guides 

Common Offerings in Work-Life Balance Policies 

  • Health and wellness programs
  • Generous leave policies
  • Paid sick leave
  • Company-wide daily communication cutoffs
  • Medical leave
  • Bereavement leave
  • Childcare
  • Dependent care
  • Elder care
  • Emergency childcare assistance
  • Telework
  • Alternative work schedules (AWS)
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Flexitime
  • Planned remote working
  • Compressed hours
  • Career Breaks
  • Job share
  • Job splitting
  • Part-time working
  • Parental leave
  • Family leave
  • Leaves of absence (such as educational leave)
  • On-site seminars and workshops
  • Training opportunities

Additional Reading 

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Choose from immersive, educational, and genuinely fun experiences led by incredible women facilitators — ranging from breathwork and meditation workshops 🧘, to women-empowering conversations over wine tasting 🍷, to Georgia O’Keeffe-inspired painting classes 🎨.

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Stay Informed but Also Sane

 

Pandemics and war have jumped off the pages of the latest dystopian fiction and landed in our day-to-day news cycle. While we all must face reality (however ugly it is), the ubiquity of information may be thrusting reality in our faces a little too often.

In an American Psychological Association survey fielded way back in 2017 — when one might call the news cycle mild in comparison to what we see today — more than half of respondents reported that following the news regularly caused them stress.

So how do you balance a desire to know what’s going on with your need to limit your stress levels?

Here are 8 tips for staying sane and also informed:

  1. Use a mindfulness app, such as Headspace, to practice accepting information without trying to change it.
  2. Remind yourself what issues are within your capacity to control. Avoid ruminating on problems outside your sphere.
  3. Stop and question your news consumption. Ask yourself, “Do I need to know this right now?” Professor and author Loretta Breuning says, “There’s this idea of following the news in order to be an informed citizen, but a lot of what you see today is gossip elevated to a sophisticated level.”
  4. Read the news only in specified time blocks throughout the day. Make this easier by turning off news alerts on your devices.
  5. Don’t process alone. Discuss events and your emotions about them with friends and loved ones.
  6. When you feel powerless, empower yourself by finding a way to make an impact via volunteering, donating, etc.
  7. Acknowledge the possibility that what you’re reading is a bit sensationalized. According to the Awareness Centre’s Michaela McCarthy, “News reporters and journalists no longer just bring straightforward, impartial factual bulletins for five to 10 minutes every hour; the fact that they are now part of a 24-hour newsfeed means that they have to vie for your attention and turn the news into wall-to-wall ‘entertainment.'”
  8. Feeling the need for a full-fledged detox? Try an information fast.

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