Volunteer Seminar: Don't Just Manage Time, Manage Energy!

Today’s post written by Robin Ungar, JFCS Volunteer

The volunteer seminar, “Don’t Just Manage Time, Manage Energy!” on March 21, was hosted by Richelle Johnson, LCSW, at the Jewish Family and Career Services and was very informative and interesting. (See our volunteer in action, above!)

As discussed during the seminar, it is very important that when making lists and prioritizing them, you only put on today’s list what you can do today. It is also very important to schedule leisure and social time. Many people often confuse the two as being the same thing, when in fact, they are not.

Another topic of discussion was “What exactly is energy?” According to Eastern philosophies, energy is the life force or “chi.” In other words, we can think of it as simply that which propels us through our day. Energy is related to physical stamina. Like time, energy is finite.

Did you know that sleeping between the hours of 11PM and 1AM are the most important? It is true – I did not know until I went to this seminar! I do not even remember reading about or studying this fact on sleep in any of my psychology courses. Are you wondering why this sleep fact is so? 80% of the human growth hormone is produced when you are asleep.

Mrs. Johnson had the volunteers do an interesting activity that had to do with mindfulness and mindful eating. Mindfulness is awareness of the present moment with acceptance. Mindful activity has been shown to reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Therapy has shown that this really works. This is how we did the activity at the seminar: everyone got raisins, and we were to act like we did not know what the object was. We then had to put it in our hand, feeling it, noticing the texture of it, holding it up to our noses smelling it, placing it in our mouths (tasting it), feeling the sensation of it as you eat it.

There were a couple of responses to the activity that were not only different responses, but were also interesting ways of looking at the activity as well as thinking about it. One volunteer said “if they do not know what it is, do not put it in your mouth.” Another volunteer said “take the time thinking about what you are doing-not being in a hurry; you can do anything mindfully”.

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