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RENAISSANCE OF STRESS LESS HOLIDAYS?

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TRAVEL & GOURMET Magazine: TGM Trends: RENAISSANCE OF STRESS LESS HOLIDAYS?
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It is summer 2020 and many travel enthusiasts may be discussing summer holidays with family or friends. It is not only a question of budget but also of health. Depending on the country, this topic is viewed in different ways and is therefore discussed either factually or emotionally.

 

Travel regulations, quarantine regulations and closed or open borders and last but not least the economic situation of the person or persons willing to travel contribute as arguments. 

 

But if one takes a broad, even global view of the worldwide tourism industry, with its mass movements, hotel castles and hours of waiting time at airports, one or the other inclined observer might ask himself - is this actually still a holiday?

 

Should I really spend these few days a year in this degrading way? The environmentally conscious reader has usually already clarified this chapter for himself and has come to terms with himself and his environment by using the classic summer resort as a solution. No long journeys, preferably staying in small accommodations or holiday homes and then enjoying the country, people and regional gastronomy a lot by bike or on foot, or discovering that a natural pub in a natural body of water can also create a new sense of well-being.

 

The rest of the world must nevertheless ask itself whether the mass herd buoyancy in times of infectious diseases and economic crisis can still be expected of our world? Especially since this topic has increasingly been given a socially responsible component. Doesn't the mass tourist contribute to the exploitation of tourism workers? Doesn't the mass tourist also contribute to a considerable amount of waste on our planet? Is the underpaid employee who works endless overtime not a result of this mass industry? 

 

That the black sheep exist and unfortunately are increasing is a fact, but is it not also a responsibility of the consumer - the holidaymaker? Is the consumer willing to pay for more quality and less quantity? Is the "cheap flight" passenger aware of the measly salary of the flight attendants, or is he blinded by the beautiful appearance of the uniforms and the - sometimes still existing smile?

 

Of course, this thinking cannot lead to consequences that lead to a positive change within a short time - or can it? COVID-19 has shown that a profound reflection on what tourism of the next generation could look like has at least begun, not voluntarily but by deadly force. Text./Red.

HOME OFFICE - TREND OR SOLUTION?

What's the best way to stay efficient and keep your spirits up? Here are five short recommendations, which might help you to make your home office experience more successful.
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Many people are likely to be working from home for the first time in these days due to the coronavirus outbreak. For others, it's just like any other week.

 

What's the best way to stay efficient and keep your spirits up? Here are five short recommendations, which might help you to make your home office experience more successful. 

 

1. Get dressed

For many people, the prospect of staying in their jogging suits or pyjamas all day might be the most tantalising aspect of working from home. 

But getting dressed will not only improve your state of mind, it will psychologically prepare you to start work. Specially getting dressed formally is helpful and also suitable if you need to go into a video call. It’s this very important “kick” to say you now I am officially in my business routine, it is like getting online and be available for business.

 

2. Establish your boundaries

If you are not self-employed you will probably have set of working-hours and it is essential to stick to these when you're working from home.  Be ready to start your day at the same time, as you would normally arrive in your office or workplace, and finish your day at the same time.

 

3. Get out and take some fresh air (if you're not self-isolated or quarantined by safety or medical reasons)

 

Home office working shouldn't mean you stay cooped up inside your apartment or house all day long.  So get your shoes on, get outside and enjoy some fresh air, meet some neighbours or go to the shop around the corner – maybe the same routine if you are working in corporate working place. This geographic movement – even for some minutes only - will also help undo mental blocks and give you a fresh point of view for any tasks you're struggling with in your business.

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Photo by Luke Peters on Unsplash

4. Pick up the phone

If you are working from your home office, the chances you might not get distracted by conversations or noise of others are higher. Take yourself some time to pick up the phone and have a real conversation, rather than relying on email and instant messaging. The value of a personal conversation – even for two or three minutes – might give you some input on ideas – but certainly the feeling or being into the community.

 

5. Take breaks

It's good to have a routine when you're working from home office, but your work should not become boring or monotonous. You shouldn't stay chained to your screen all day long. It's definitely essential to take regular screen breaks and get up from your working place and move around - just as you would do in a corporate office as well. Researchers have also found out, that short breaks throughout the business-day are more beneficial and efficient for regeneration of mind and body than less frequent, longer breaks. / Text: TGM Trend Red.

WHY SOCIAL MEDIA IS RUINING YOUR LIFE

Kathrine Ormerod | TEDx Manchester / UK

Social media have changed the way we consume news, products and, most importantly, each other. However, they are also shaping our expectations of reality, undermining our esteem and fuelling obsessive social comparison. So, what can we do to make us mindful of the negative impacts of new media and begin benefiting from the very best our interconnected world has to offer?

HOW UNSOCIAL IS SOCIAL MEDIA?

TEDx by Allison Graham

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Social Media historian Allison Graham offers a witty and ironic view of a society that feels alone together despite the hundreds of virtual connections we have online. With a global population growing up via Facebook and Twitter and a perceptible shift in human interpersonal connections, the constant need for social self-validation permeates our daily existence. This talk shares the funny and revealing insights of a life lived online and how social media is used to connect and disconnect us.

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Allison has worked all over the country and globe bringing the written word to life on the big screen.

Allison has worked for Artisan Entertainment, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, Miramax and Dreamworks SKG as Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Producer working with such titans as Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Timur Bekmamvetov and Tim Burton.

She was one of the key business strategists behind The Blair Witch Franchise marketing campaigns, leading the team responsible for revolutionising the way the Internet and film marketing were viewed.

Allison enjoys cooking from scratch, bicycle rides on flat terrain, conga lines and diving boards. Text/Red.TedX

SOCIAL MEDIA AND MENTAL HEALTH?

Red. TEDx Bailey Parnell

Scrolling through our social media feeds feels like a harmless part of our daily lives. But is it actually as harmless at seems? According to social media expert Bailey Parnell, our growing and unchecked obsession with social media has unintended long term consequences on our mental health. As social media continues to become part of the fabric of modern life – the “digital layer” – abstinence is becoming less of an option. Bailey think it’s high time we learned to practice safe social before it’s too late. What are the common triggers? How are they affecting you over time? How can you create a more positive experience online? Bailey covers this and more in “Is Social Media Hurting Your Mental Health?”

 

Bailey Parnell was recently named one of Canada's Top 100 Most Powerful Women. She is an award-winning digital marketer, public speaker and businesswoman with a talent for helping people tell better stories. Her work and expertise have been featured on CBC, CTV & in other local Toronto media. Bailey recently founded SkillsCamp, a soft skills training company where they help people develop the essential skills needed for professional success. She also currently works in digital marketing at Ryerson University.

Bailey is a frequent public speaker having spoken to more than 10 thousand people. She primarily speaks about social media, personal branding, and media and mental health. She guest lectured her first MBA class at 21-years-old and has been the youngest speaker as multiple academic conferences. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Communication and Culture with a research focus on social media and mental health, and holds an honours BA from the RTA School of Media at Ryerson.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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QUIT SOCIAL MEDIA?

'Deep work' will make you better at what you do. You will achieve more in less time. And feel the sense of true fulfilment that comes from the mastery of a skill.

 

Dr. Cal Newport is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. In addition to studying the theoretical foundations of our digital age, Newport also writes about the impact of these technologies on the world of work.

 

His most recent book, Deep Work, argues that focus is the new I.Q. in the modern workplace and that the ability to concentrate without distraction is becoming increasingly valuable. He previously wrote So Good They Can’t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long-held belief that “follow your passion” is good advice, and three popular books of unconventional advice for students.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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HOW SOCIAL MEDIA MAKES US UNSOCIAL

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.

Social Media historian Allison Graham offers a witty and ironic view of a society that feels alone together despite the hundreds of virtual connections we have online. With a global population growing up via Facebook and Twitter and a perceptible shift in human interpersonal connections, the constant need for social self-validation permeates our daily existence. This talk shares the funny and revealing insights of a life lived online and how social media is used to connect and disconnect us.

 

A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Allison has worked all over the country and globe bringing the written word to life on the big screen. Allison has worked for Artisan Entertainment, Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Brothers, New Line Cinema, 20th Century Fox, Miramax and Dreamworks SKG as Assistant Director, Production Manager, and Producer working with such titans as Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Timur Bekmamvetov and Tim Burton.

 

She was one of the key business strategists behind The Blair Witch Franchise marketing campaigns, leading the team responsible for revolutionising the way the Internet and film marketing were viewed. Allison enjoys cooking from scratch, bicycle rides on flat terrain, conga lines and diving boards.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

ADDICTED TO LIKES?

Poppy Jamie is an entrepreneur, Founder of 'Happy Not Perfect', and Co-Founder Pop and Suki. Poppy started her career at 19 years old when she became the youngest entertainment presenter at the UK’s largest news organisation ITN.

She was still studying politics at the London School of Economics during the time and since graduating. Now 26, she has hosted shows for ITV2, MTV international, Extra USA, TEDx and launched the very first talk show on Snapchat’s Discover, Pillow Talk with Poppy. She is launching an app alongside a book in January, Happy Not Perfect.

The aim is to help as many people as possible with their emotional wellbeing and brain health. Poppy is also launching a direct to consumer accessories line along side her best friend Suki Waterhouse, Pop and Suki.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

WHAT ARE YOU MISSING WHILE BEING A DIGITAL ZOMBIE

In a hyperconnected world, where mobile devices have become appendices to our body and people check their social media accounts hundreds of times a day, human interaction is sacrificed daily in favour of digital exchanges. In his talk from TEDxStockholm event "Generation WHY?", psychotherapist Patrik Wincent takes us on a journey through his own Internet addiction, and gives us valuable tips to avoid becoming digital zombies.

 

Patrik Wincent is the founder of ”Internetakuten”, a company with the main focus of offering counsel to people who are dealing with digital stress and to offer education in how to prevent and recognize digital stress. Patrik Wincent has also founded ”Dataspelsakuten”, a company which is similar to Internetakuten, but deals with people who are struggling with video gaming addiction.

 

Patrik Wincent is an authorized psychotherapist, he is a coach, a writer, a lecturer and spoken word artist. But most importantly, Patrik is a father to a teenager and so he fully understands the challenges that parents are faced with when it comes to having children that are growing up in this digital era.

Follow Patrik online at patrikwincent.se.

 

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)