The stress of working at home intensifies when we are dealing with a constant news cycle and the competing demands of family and work. As a Yoga Alliance Experienced Certified Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200), Lisa Pafe suggests five yoga poses tied to the proposal life cycle. 1. Kickoff sun salutation Greet the day (or the sunset). With shoes off, stand up with feet side-by-side or no wider than hip distance. Slowly inhale and raise your arms above your head, bringing your palms to touch at heart center. Bend your knees, pull belly to spine to engage your core. Then, slowly exhale into a forward fold, breathing out through your nose, and letting your head, neck, and arms dangle. Another option is to hold onto your elbows with opposite hands and rock side to side. Shake your head yes and no to further relieve tension, and then let your head and … Continue reading Proposal Yoga – 5 Stay Home Stress Reducers
Yoga has several aspects that are beneficial to capture and proposal professionals. These include breathing, mindfulness, meditation, and the poses themselves. Breathing: Did you know that yoga is more about breathing than about poses? Stress and hurrying (everyday hazards of our profession!) cause us to breathe shallowly and too quickly. Every cell in the body requires oxygen, and our level of vitality is a product of the health of our cells. Shallow breathing does not exercise the lungs sufficiently, so they lose some of their function, causing a further reduction in vitality and productivity. Mindfulness: The practice of mindfulness can help you focus your brain and accomplish more that matters. Mindfulness is about awareness. It also involves acceptance. Try to pay attention to your thoughts and feelings without judging them. Focus on the task at hand without rehashing the past or worrying about the future. Meditation: Meditation relaxes the mind … Continue reading Proposal yoga
The federal proposal development environment is not conducive to good health; we often experience lack of sleep, physical inactivity, and poor nutrition. We diminish our cardiovascular capabilities day-by-day, sitting in front of computers with aching backs and necks. Proposal professionals are often tasked with working late nights on large proposal efforts, hindering sleep habits and increasing chronic stress levels. Company-sponsored food usually consists of pizza or sweet treats, and the compressed timetables and never-ending to-do lists mean skipping meals or resorting to fast food. In fact, I knew one colleague who regularly ate Pop-Tarts out of vending machines to keep himself going late at night. Do any of these depictions describe your work environment? This combination of stress, sedentary tasks, lack of sleep, and poor nutrition is a prescription for a litany of health issues, from high blood pressure to obesity to heart disease. As important as our jobs are, we … Continue reading Implementing healthier choices into our proposal development environments
At the 2014 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference, Lisa Pafe presented a fun – and relaxing – session on yoga poses adapted to the workplace. Lisa shared that yoga is a great way to reduce stress, increase flexibility, and regain composure – all highly beneficial to the harried proposal professional. Practicing yoga encourages: Reduced stress Sounder sleep Spiritual growth Sense of well-being Increased strength Greater flexibility Improved posture Better balance Slowed aging process Greater productivity And more! You don’t need to roll out a yoga mat in order to relax. Just take 10 minutes at your desk and try these six proposal yoga poses. Remember to ease into these poses and stop immediately if you feel any pain or discomfort. Download Lisa Pafe’s Proposal Yoga presentation. Download Lisa Pafe’s Proposal Yoga instructions handout.