From the Desk
With April being Stress Awareness Month, there is no better time to examine our routines and assess the impact they have on our physical and mental wellbeing. Being extremely busy has become so engrained into our cultural norms that we often don’t even realize how much stress we deal with on a day-to-day basis. It’s so important to make time to unwind each day – whether that’s through working out, spending time with loved ones or just getting outside and enjoying nature. Here at Clapp, the team makes time to have lunch together each day. It’s always so refreshing to dedicate 30 minutes to catching up and having fun with one another.
As someone who has long been passionate about investing in and building corporations from the ground up, I understand how easy it is to get caught up in the stress of everyday life. When I begin feeling overwhelmed, meditation and visualization help me feel centered. Be sure to check out my answer to this month’s newsletter question for specific tips and tricks that work for me! Wishing you all a very happy and invigorating month ahead.
- Charlotte Haase has been appointed as communication and data manager with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG). Prior to joining ABAG, she served as the Director of Food and Farm Programs for Civic Works Inc. Read more in The Daily Record, Baltimore CityBiz List and I-95 Business Magazine.
- Keswick was named a Health Care Hero by The Daily Record in the category Community Outreach/Education Hero, which honors individuals and organizations that have helped the community they serve by providing support and education. Read more here.
- The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums, for its continued excellence to the museum community, governments, funders, outside agencies and the museum-going public. Read more in The Daily Record and Baltimore CityBiz List.
- Keswick recently revealed two new innovative programs that will help aging community members live happy and healthy lives at home by utilizing community resources. Read more in I95 Business Magazine.
- It's that time of year again! Don't forget to nominate your favorite companies in The Daily Record Reader Rankings 2019! Nominate here.
This month, we asked the Clapp team to share how they reduce stress!
- Mike - I use meditation and visualization. It only takes a few minutes, but I close my eyes and take a few deep breaths and imagine I am standing on a mountain top in the painted desserts of Arizona. Try it!
- Barb - Working out daily is my greatest stress reducer. I love to spin, do yoga and Pilates, lift weights and dance. I've been working out regularly since my early twenties and a day doesn’t feel complete without some extra endorphins.
- Timmy - I have practiced yoga for 15 years – I use yoga breathing to reduce stress! OHM.
- Lisa - I take a few minutes to get out of the office and take a walk outside. The fresh air feels good and it’s nice to look at something other than my computer screen. It’s a great way to get some energy after sitting for several hours.
- Karen E - I either take a walk around the building a couple times or jump in my car and go grab an acai bowl. Getting out of the office and getting some fresh air always helps change my perspective.
- Karen B - Stress and work-related anxiety can sometimes be reduced by laying out what all needs to be accomplished and prioritizing the work tasks by order of importance or by deadlines.
- Dana - A to-do list always helps me feel more organized and tackle the most stress-inducing items first! A quick walk around the building or up and down the stairs usually works too.
- Sarah - I like to get outside. Hiking for me is a major stress reliever.
- Brittany - I like to get up and talk to one of my wonderful teammates! When I'm stressed, a nice conversation or some advice makes me feel more relaxed and in control.
- Andrea - I work out at least four times a week as it really helps me relax. I also reserve at least 20 minutes before I go to sleep for reading a book so I don’t just scroll through my phone before I fall asleep.
- Leah - I try not to have any in my life. When I feel it creeping up on me, I think about how short life really is and walk away and come back to it. That puts it all back into perspective.
- Joe - I always find time to squeeze a workout in. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, it goes a long way to getting my physical and mental state back in order.