URMC / Life-Work Connections Employee Assistance / Life-Work Connections/EAP Blog / March 2017 March 2017 Don’t Sit On Your Talents Do you like dreaming up new ideas, spotting new business opportunities, imagining the possibilities, seeing unmet needs, and building a team? Do you take initiative on the job to undertake something new without being asked to do so? Using Your Breath to Manage Stress Controlled deep breathing is standard in stress management training, and knowing why it works can have you doing it more often. One reason deep, slow breaths work so well is brain physiology. When you deep breathe, you use a different part of your brain to control your chest muscles instead of the part of your brain experiencing the “fight or flight” reaction to stress: the amygdala. “Stop the Bickering!” Bickering is the petty disputes you experience with another person, especially a loved one like a spouse, partner, or best friend. To bicker is human, but a frequent pattern that sabotages the pleasures of a relationship you both value needs a fix. Got a Staircase and 30 Minutes a Week? Research keeps showing us how little exercise is needed to maintain health. The one consistent finding: You need some. A McMaster University of Canada study screams “no more excuses,” claiming that a bit of stair climbing and a total of only 30 minutes per week can do the trick.