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Remote Work Wellness: 3 ways to work remotely and still practice Wellness

If you work remotely, you may experience unique challenges that lead to stress, anxiety and burnout.  And at 6 Degrees, we are committed to finding ways to improve mind and body wellness. Our guest writer is Eleanor Wyatt, founder of RemoteWorkWellness.org. Eleanor shares three ways you can confront these challenges head-on that can make working remotely an easier experience. Number One: Establish a Support Network   Because working from home can generate a feeling of loneliness, creating and maintaining a support network is key to wellness. While a support network can refer to groups that are beneficial for those with specific challenges such as substance abuse or mood disorders, it can also mean your friends and family who help you manage stress and keep you sane. Socializing is critical to mental health, as humans are an inherently social species that thrives when interacting with others. The feel-good brain chemical dopamine is a natural tension reliever released when we socialize. Verywell Mind notes that without a healthy support network, coping with pressure can be vastly more difficult. If you feel you lack strong connections, it might seem like a daunting task to find some. Making new friends isn’t always easy, especially as an adult. There are, however, ways to improve your social network, such as having a willingness to make the first move when forming relationships and meeting people through volunteering. Number Two: Make Self-Care a Habit   LifeWorks explains that self-care is a broad term that encompasses any activity that promotes wellbeing. The concept is distinctly different from something like care from a professional in that it generally refers to everyday habits. It can be broken down into smaller subcategories, such as physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.   More specifically, physical wellbeing might refer to eating nutritiously, getting quality sleep, and taking the time to get out and enjoy life outside of work. Emotional well-being could mean practicing self-compassion, keeping a gratitude journal, or ridding your home of any negative imbalance by decluttering and organizing. Spiritual well-being may include meditation, volunteering or connecting with nature. Self-care can cover much more than these examples. Since you’re spending much more time at home during the workday, consider sprucing up your home office to create a more positive and productive environment. Invest in some ergonomic office furniture, add some personal decorations and plants, and make sure your supplies are well stocked. Number Three: Take Up an Exercise Routine   Exercise is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety as well as prevent burnout. Regular exercise — which equates to about 150 minutes each week or 30 minutes a day for five days per week — can have profound health benefits.   If exercising doesn’t sound like any fun to you, consider a fitness tracker so your results are measurable. Also sometimes called an activity tracker, this gadget monitors the effects of activity on your body. It can measure items such as your heart rate, the quality of your sleep and how far you’ve walked or ran. This data can be sent to your computer or smartphone for you to analyze at your convenience.   Working from home can be distinctly difficult, but it doesn’t have to be so bad that you’re overwhelmed with negative emotions. With a little awareness of those challenges and the understanding of how to combat them, you can work remotely and still stay happy and healthy.

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Brown Bag: Carbon Capture is more than just an idea…

There is such a thing as “Carbon Capture’ according to the latest news…. Removal means we grab CO2 pollution already out there and sock it away permanently. And according to Environmental Tech Expert Heather Clancy: “…We are at a pivotal point in energy history. With the climate crisis accelerating, there’s an imperative to transition away from traditional, dirty energy sources as quickly as possible. The corporate procurement of 10 or 20 GW of solar or wind per year is insufficient when we need 50 or 100 GW added annually by the private sector to reach our climate goals.” Some of the best news about the exciting changes that are occurring regarding the mitigation of greenhouse gases surrounds the many companies that are now venturing into businesses surrounding carbon capture. Some Notable Examples are:   Climate Tech Fund just started and is a $100 Million dollar venture led by two women. Another company, Wilk, is a startup aiming to help disrupt the dairy industry by producing in a lab a dairy and infant formula. One Canadian company, Carbon Cure Technologies, has developed a way of injecting captured CO2 into concrete where it is mineralized and “permanently” stored. Carbon Cure’s corporate mission is to remove 500 million metric tons of CO2 annually by 2030, which in effect would be like taking 100 million cars off the road every year! San-Francisco based Heirloom is another company using innovative technology to reduce carbon. They use renewable energy to accelerate a natural process that uses minerals “thirsty” for carbon dioxide and encourages them to soak up the CO2 like sponges, turning them into stone.   Working on carbon renewal and storage seems to be an ‘all hands on deck’ methodology that is needed in this time of transition.  We clearly see that we are at a tipping point for climate change. The field of technology as well as the financial world has now begun to rethink their corporate mentality. When the “bottom line’ for companies is seen to profit from doing the right thing, then we are going to on the right path in terms of carbon capture. For that reason, investing in carbon renewal offsets is what the Frontier Fund is focused on. And finally, amid all the exciting news surrounding the companies committed to helping solve the climate crisis, there’s a company in Austin Texas called Terradepth which is using robots to collect information about the ocean floor! The direction that we are moving in is the right one. The “All hands on deck’ approach is one that has been long-needed and seems to be finding some companies willing to dedicate their corporate structure and mentality towards finding solutions for a greener planet! **Note: Information from this article was obtained in part from Green Biz Data Source

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Lent Vignette for Easter Sunday

For this Easter Sunday, the different suggestions we have seen from Creation Justice Ministries for the year ahead can give us all sorts of ideas to inspire us going forward. Learning more about local foods, appreciating and being mindful of the clean water we drink, and also being aware of our fragile planet as the source of all we love and all we are can be the takeaways to help us develop a new mindset. We can choose any one of the practices that we’ve discussed over Lent to begin to adopt a more purposeful approach to our own conservation and environmental attitudes. Some suggestions for Easter   Read John 13:1-17, 31b-35. We can then ask: How can we love one another….and God’s world, as Christ has loved us?  You can start by writing down your commitments to others. Read Hebrews 4:14-16. It helps us to ask ourselves this: Are we willing to be made new in Christ for a reconciled & reconciling world? Read Matthew 28:1-10  The joyful message of Easter is this: Do not be afraid! Go out into God’s good world, holding onto God’s steadfast love and joyfully answering the call to be Christ’s disciple. Prayer for Easter from Creation Justice Ministries   And here is a closing prayer from Creation Justice Ministries, an excerpt as we lead into the Earth Day Celebration later this week, and we can also be mindful that celebrating the Earth and all that it provides is something we can do every week! From Creation Justice Ministries:   Like Job in the whirlwind, or Jonah in the storm at sea, we come before you in awe of your power, God. We recognize that today’s storms and whirlwinds are not your judgment on your people, but the distortion of natural systems through our own sin and hubris. As the storms and whirlwinds of the climate crisis accelerate around us, may our sanctuary be a place of refuge and resilience, where all of God’s creation might be protected and sustained, and from which we, People of God, might be sent forth to bring healing and justice.

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Lent Vignettes: Some mindful changes for this Easter Season

  For this week of Palm Sunday, the Lent Resources from Creation Justice Ministries gives us a helpful guide to seek a greater understanding of the many ways we can become more involved with our carbon footprint on the Earth, as well as the many diverse issues that make up the environmental footprint we create. A Mother Lode of information at The EPA Website   For example, there are more than 16 categories of different topics that the EPA-the Environmental Protection Agency, lists that serve as guideposts for those who want to learn more on environmental issues that impact us. The topics listed include: Air/Climate Change/Environmental Justice/ Health/Mold/ Radon/ Land& Waste Cleanup/ Water Topics/Pesticides/Emergency Response/Greener Living/Lead/Science Topics/ Environmental Information by Location. So you can well understand that when we simply say we would like to learn more about the environment, there are so many different areas of interest that could include! Some mindful changes for this Easter Season   As we are heading into Easter season, there is a site that helps us understand Fair Trade issues impacting developing countries. Go to Equal Exchange Coop and learn more about the different gifts you might give, including chocolate and fruit. There is also a site on the EPA governmental website to help educate us on the impact of food waste and how to reduce the amount of food we throw away. Small changes in our lives, such as choosing reusable water bottles instead of disposable ones, can also impact the environment over time. Brown Bag Organics At 6 Degrees, we are also mindful of the many changes that are needed in this time of change and upheaval. This includes a war that makes us think about fossil fuels and trying to reduce our own energy needs and carbon footprint. We have a Brown Bag Organics page on the website, as well as the Brown Bag Organics magazine and Facebook page. They are all designed to help educate our followers about the many varied topics that make up the issue of Climate change and our environmental impact on Earth.  And as we are also approaching Earth Day on April 22nd, we are even more mindful of the changes we can make as we work together to plant trees & change hearts & minds! Creation Justice Prayer Here is a prayer from the Creation Justice site that helps us understand the needs of those who are praying for change: Like Job in the whirlwind, or Jonah in the storm at sea, we come before you in awe of your power, God. We recognize that today’s storms and whirlwinds are not your judgment on your people, but the distortion of natural systems through our own sin and hubris. As the storms and whirlwinds of the climate crisis accelerate around us, may our sanctuary be a place of refuge and resilience, where all of God’s creation might be protected and sustained, and from which we, People of God, might be sent forth to bring healing and justice.

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