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Aromatherapy is the use of different essential oils.The essential oils are most often used by inhaling them or by applying a diluted form to the skin.There are many benefits that we can get from these aroma tools.Improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions.Benefits that we can get from Aromatherapy:            Improve sleep quality.Reduce stress, agitation, and anxiety.Soothe sore joints.Treat headaches and migraines.Alleviate side effects of chemotherapy.Ease discomforts of labor.Fight bacteria, virus, or fungus.Manage Pain.COMMONLY USED ESSENTIAL OILSThere are many options to consider, but here are some popular ones:Bergamotis a citrus-scented oil that helps lower stress and anxiety levels.Cedarwood has a woody fragrance.
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David Attenborough’s latest documentary A Life On Our Planet is yet another harrowing watch. We learn that if the 94-year-old was born in 2020, by the time he’d reach old age, the world would be struggling to grow crops due to the effects of a drastically warming planet.In the TV presenter’s lifetime, he’s had the opportunity to see animals living and thriving in their natural habitats – but as time has gone by, their numbers have dwindled and their habitats have been destroyed. Humans are largely to blame.A Life On Our Planet is his witness statement, and the show – on Netflix from October 4 – will undoubtedly leave people distressed by its revelations. But a climate psychologist argues why this could be – in some ways – a positive thing.In the past few years, therapists have noticed clients increasingly bringing concerns around climate change and the future of our planet into the therapy room. Some people dub the issue ‘eco anxiety’.Therapist and climate psychologist Steffi Bednarek noticed the rise in worries about the planet coincided with the rise in popularity of groups like Extinction Rebellion. We’ve also witnessed horrendous wildfires around the world, animal species disappearing, coral reefs dying out, more extreme weather events and glaciers melting rapidly. It’s impossible to ignore.Related... David Attenborough Reveals Five Sobering Facts About Planet Earth So-called eco anxiety, in very simple terms, is a concern or worry about ecological disasters and the risk to the natural environment. People might have concerns about their own mortality, the mortality of their loved ones, or how the environment will impact their future.It’s not a clinical diagnosis, rather a term used to describe a growing – and warranted – concern among the public for the natural world. This year’s British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) public perception survey included questions on the mental health impact of climate change for the first time.Results from the survey, shared with HuffPost UK, found prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, 8% of those surveyed said climate change and global warming had a negative effect on their mental health “to a great extent”, 18% said it impacts their mental health “somewhat”, and 29% said it impacts their mental health “a little”. On the contrary, 38% said it didn’t impact their mental health at all. Among those who said it impacted their mental health to some degree, which equated to just over half of respondents, 65% were concerned about the impact on the natural world; 63% about increased frequency of natural disasters; 58% were worried about what the world would be like for future generations; and 23% were worried about the collapse of civilisation.BACP’s survey of 5,500 people found those aged 16-34 were most impacted by negative mental health linked to climate change – “[It] makes everything seem a bit pointless doesn’t it?” one person wrote. “Why work until you die for a dying world?”. Fiona Ballantine Dykes, therapist and deputy chief executive of BACP, says this isn’t surprising, as “they’re the ones who’ve got the future to look forward to”. And this was before Covid-19 happened. The pandemic has meant people are even more disturbed, says Bednarek, while struggling to live with uncertainty about what the future brings. People often have many different worries on their plates – and concerns about the planet are just one part of the pie.“I don’t particularly like the phrase eco anxiety,” says Bednarek, “because people don’t just come with fear and anxiety – they come with depression, they come with sleeplessness. Some people feel so strongly, they don’t know what’s worth living for anymore because everything is going to get worse.”Bednarek, who prefers to use the terms ‘eco distress’ or ‘eco despair’, has been a therapist for 16 years. Among her clients experiencing it are often students, young people, lecturers and even journalists – people who research or study climate change and are seeing firsthand how it is impacting the planet. They feel overwhelmed by the thought of it – so they put it to one side, says Bednarek. But then it bubbles up.In her work, she’s come across people who have made drastic, and often heart-wrenching, decisions such as choosing not to have children because of climate change. They then have this “deep grief” for the child or children they won’t have as a result, says Bednarek.What can we do about it?Ultimately, the onus is on political leaders and businesses to make the kinds of changes that can have positive repercussions for the planet – for example, cutting carbon emissions and focusing on sustainable energy. If you have environmental concerns, write to your local MP who can put pressure on those in power to make changes, or pen a note to businesses you think aren’t pulling their weight when it comes to their eco responsibilities.Therapists believe shifts in policy and governments taking concrete action to tackle the problem could have a positive effect on people’s mental health. Ballantine Dykes says there’s a direct link between a lack of autonomy or agency and depression. When people have little control over their lives, they’re more susceptible to feeling low or depressed, she says.Related... 2020 Is Hell. Now The Gin Industry Is Under Threat From Invasive Plant Disease One of the impacts of the pandemic was that, briefly, some areas of the natural world saw some recovery – it’s shown people if there was sufficient will, maybe the issues our planet faces could be slowed. And A Life On Our Planet ends with such a message: we can act now and reverse the damage.If you find yourself overwhelmed mentally by the issues that face our planet, it’s important to remember this isn’t an issue individual to you – you are not alone, nor should you feel alienated by how you feel. It’s important to talk about your feelings with likeminded people. Fear can increase if not spoken about, says Ballantine Dykes. Some might think it’s controversial, but Bednarek doesn’t see ‘eco anxiety’ as a problem to be fixed, as such. She nods to the 38% of people in the survey who weren’t bothered about climate change. “You can ask the question: where does the dysfunction lie? Is the dysfunction with the people who feel the anxiety, or with the people who don’t?”We can’t bury our heads in the sand or try to meditate it away. “We need to treat this differently,” says Bednarek. It’s not so much about refusing the anxiety, but more sitting with it, she suggests. “It’s a sign of health for me. People get distressed when there’s danger because it helps us to mobilise,” she points out.She’ll often work with her clients on how to increase their capacity to feel – and deal – with these strong feelings and still function. Consuming our way out of it isn’t the answer either, she adds, highlighting that buying a bamboo toothbrush won’t do an awful lot. “Yes, of course you should make ethical choices ... but I think it needs to be way more than that.”People get distressed when there’s danger because it helps us to mobilise.Therapist and climate psychologist Steffi BednarekBuilding up, or seeking out, a community of people who feel the same way as you can help you feel less isolated, and also give you likeminded people to discuss your fears with. You can then mobilise – or take action – to help channel your energy into constructive change. Taking action on a local level is another good place to start – this could be raising awareness among your neighbours, joining forces with a local charity or organising a group to do litter-picking in your park (sites like Nextdoor can be a great tool for bringing neighbours together). It’s about asking – and then answering – the question: how can I feel more empowered? How can I use my mind to create solutions to the problems?“I feel that when people are really aligned with that, there’s something incredible that happens,” says Bednarek. As for A Life On Our Planet, the therapist says yes, it’s likely to make people more distressed. “I do think that’s potentially a good thing in order for people to wake up,” she says. “But what’s missing in that is: where do people go when they feel that distress? What’s next? I don’t think that people necessarily need to go to therapy for this. “My hope is that lots of people will watch more programmes like that and more people will allow themselves to feel unsettled, and allow themselves to stay with that feeling of distress long enough to want to take some action.”Related... Sir David Attenborough Meets With Royals To Share A Very Special Gift 5 Disastrous Things You Don't Realise You're Doing To The Environment Petrol Car Ban And Flight Tax: How The Public Think We Should Tackle Climate Change
As a person who’s dealt with anxiety since I was a kid, I find that I’m often most anxious first thing in the morning. When I open my eyes, all of the worries and potential stressors that await me flood my mind. The pit in my stomach makes me want to stay in bed as long as I can so I don’t have to face the day ahead. Of course, this avoidance only exacerbates what I’m feeling. What alleviates it is just the opposite: Getting up on the earlier side so I have time for my morning routine. These days, that’s making an iced coffee, taking my dog for a walk, following a short workout video, writing my to-do list for the day and ― when time permits ― meditating and journaling. “Morning routines are powerful and set our pattern for the rest of the day,” Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist and well-being consultant in Britain, told HuffPost. “A worry-filled morning will often flood into an anxious afternoon.” Conversely, starting the morning with intention creates a sense of calm and confidence that makes the rest of the day seem more manageable. So how do you create those morning rituals that will quiet your racing mind and stick with them? Below, experts offer some helpful advice.  How to start a solid morning routineConsider how much time you can realistically carve out for yourself. “We all have a period of the morning that we have some level of control over,” Chambers said. “For some people, that may be an hour, for others, it may be 20 minutes.”For example, if you have young kids or a long commute to the office, you may have less time to work with. So figure out what’s realistic for your circumstances.Waking up earlier may help your mornings feel less frazzled. That said, you shouldn’t force yourself into becoming an early riser at the expense of getting a full night’s rest. Remember that sleep plays a pivotal role in your emotional regulation. “Often we hear of routines that start in the early hours of the morning,” Chambers said. “For some people, this is a high-energy time and a perfect time to start your routine. But if you’re limiting your sleep or you just don’t function well so early, it is going to be detrimental.”Experiment to figure out which rituals work best for you.Finding out which morning routine additions alleviate your anxiety may take some trial and error. What works for your partner, friend or that random influencer you follow on Instagram may or may not work for you. “Think about your biggest stressors and problems that trigger your anxiety, and then consider what really helps in these situations,” Chambers said. “Then look to those activities and experiment. There are many ways and methods to exercise, plan, journal, listen and read, and some will feel just right for you.”Make it easy and enjoyable so you stick with it. You don’t need to come up with some elaborate 20-step process to reap the benefits of a morning routine (but, hey, if you want to, more power to you).“Morning routines are most effective when we enjoy them and they are easy to integrate into our lives,” Chambers said. “They are not about completely changing what we do, but adding small, positive changes that compound together.”Morning routines are most effective when we enjoy them and they are easy to integrate into our lives.Lee Chambers, environmental psychologist and well-being consultantOne way to make the morning smoother? Do some preparation the night before, like laying out your workout clothes, whipping up a make-ahead breakfast or putting your journal by your coffeemaker. “Leave things to trigger you to remember, make what you need accessible and craft a space where it is possible,” Chambers said. But know that you’re not going to execute your routine perfectly every day ― and that’s OK. You might be on a roll for a couple of weeks and then fall off for a few days. If you mentally prepare for these hiccups, you’ll be less likely to beat yourself up when they happen. “It’s easy to move into judgment and criticism of yourself when things don’t go as you would have wanted or when you don’t immediately want to jump out of bed in the morning to start a new routine,” said marriage and family therapist Lynsie Seely of Wellspace SF in San Francisco. “Expect that there will be difficult moments and connect with your internal voice that offers kind words and encouragement along the way.”And when you do follow your routine, give yourself some praise. “Celebrate a little,” Chambers said. “Similarly, when you miss it, be kind to yourself and get prepared for the following morning.”Some habits worth trying to incorporate into your morningWe asked mental health professionals to recommend some practices that help soothe anxiety. Try out a few of these and check in with how you feel afterwards — but know that it may take some time to see the benefits. Then you can determine if you want to add any to your a.m. routine.1. Start your day by drinking water. Before you have your tea or coffee, hydrate with a glass of a water as soon as you wake up. “It gives us increased cognitive function, allowing us more clarity of mind, can elevate our mood and energy, and promotes more balanced emotional regulation and takes less than a minute,” Chambers said. “And it’s a great habit to stack your next part of the routine into, and you can even prepare your water the evening before.”2. Walk outside. Taking a walk outdoors is a calming, grounding way to begin the day.  “It is also great as it gets sunlight into our eyes, stimulating serotonin, which boosts our mood,” Chambers said. “It also ignites our senses, as the wind hits our face, sounds of the environment fill our ears and we smell the external world. It makes us mindful and eases our worries in the process.”3. Practice gratitude.Take a moment to reflect on all of the good in your life. You can list a few things in your head, share them with a partner or child, or write them down in a journal.  “Start your day with a grateful heart before you even get up from bed,” said Renato Perez, a Los Angeles psychotherapist. “Start naming all the things you’re grateful for. This could be done through prayer or simply a list you say out loud to the universe or Mother Nature.” 4. Try to avoid checking your phone first thing. Those work emails, text messages, Instagram notifications and news alerts can wait a bit. If you charge your phone by your bed or use it as an alarm clock, you’re going to look at it right when you wake up. Before you know it, you’re sucked in and two minutes of scrolling turns into 20. Try charging your phone across the room so it’s not within reach. Or charge it outside of the bedroom and use an alarm clock instead. “I see so many people who immediately check their work email in the morning, which automatically puts them in ‘work mode’ and makes them feel anxious about the day ahead before they even get out of bed,” said Gina Delucca, a clinical psychologist at Wellspace SF. “Similarly, some people hop on social media or start reading news articles while lying in bed, which may trigger anxiety by reading or seeing something negative or scary.”That doesn’t mean you have to avoid your phone altogether, which just isn’t realistic for most of us. “But I definitely recommend giving yourself some peace and quiet in the morning before the daily grind begins,” Delucca added.5. Take some deep breaths. When you’re anxious, you might notice your breathing is quick and shallow, rather than slow and deep. “This is a part of our body’s natural stress response, and it coincides with a few of the other physical sensations you may notice when you feel anxious — like rapid heart rate, dizziness and upset stomach,” Delucca said. “While we don’t have voluntary control over some of these bodily sensations, we do have control over our breathing, and we can use our breath to help induce a more relaxed state.”Morning routines are powerful and set our pattern for the rest of the day.Lee Chambers, environmental psychologist and well-being consultantThose deep, nourishing inhalations and exhalations stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system, producing a sense of calm.“To begin, try to spend a few minutes each morning sitting or lying in a comfortable position, closing your eyes and taking a few slow, controlled, deep breaths,” Delucca said. “Try breathing in through your nose and then breathing out through either your nose or mouth. When you inhale, imagine that you are filling up a balloon in your abdomen rather than just breathing into your chest.”6. Meditate.“There is no better way to quiet the mind than by practicing meditation,” Perez said. “Start small — two to three minutes — and increment every week.”When your mind wanders away, which it inevitably will, gently bring it back to your breath.You can sit in silence, listen to relaxing music, do a guided mediation through an app like Calm, Headspace or Insight Timer, or find one on YouTube. You can also try repeating a mantra — “I am safe, and I will be OK,” is one Delucca suggested. Or do a body scan: Start at the top of your head, bringing awareness to each body part and releasing tension from that area as you slowly work your way down to your toes. 7. Eat a nourishing breakfast. “Our mood is highly influenced by what we eat,” Chambers said.Opt for a balanced breakfast that contains protein, healthful fats, fibre and complex carbohydrates — think a vegetable omelet with avocado toast or oatmeal with nut butter, berries and chia seeds. Refined carbohydrates, such as doughnuts and sugary cereals, can lead to a blood sugar spike and crash, “causing challenges with emotional regulation, which may leave you feeling anxious,” Chambers added. (That said, if the occasional croissant or chocolate chip muffin brings some joy to your morning, it’s totally fine. Food is meant to be enjoyed, after all.)8. Read a few pages from a book. Rather than reading news or catching up on your social media feeds early in the morning, Perez recommends picking up a book that inspires you and reading for a few minutes ― even just five pages. “Find a book that really speaks to you and makes you feel good,” he said.9. Move your body. It could be yoga, walking, running, dancing, cycling, strength-training or even stretching. “When you exercise in the morning, you may notice improved focus and energy during the rest of the day, as well as better sleep at night, which can also help to tame anxiety,” Delucca said. “In addition, exercising in the morning can enhance your mood by giving you a boost of endorphins and a sense of accomplishment at the start of your day.”It’s worth noting that some people report that certain workouts, especially very intense ones, actually stoke their anxiety rather than reduce it. So just be aware of that. “We react differently to exercise, and it is a stressor,” Chambers said. “Exercising with too much intensity for some people can lead them to become fatigued and more likely to feel anxious.”10. Do some visualisation.A visualization practice can help you set the desired tone for your day. If you’re feeling anxious and distracted, perhaps you’d like to feel calm, focused and empowered instead. Seely recommends calling on a memory that evokes that feeling for you. Tune into the small details and sensations of the experience. “For example, if I’m visualising a memory where I hiked up to the peak of a mountain and I’m overlooking the summit, I might notice the details of the incredible view, the sounds of nature around me, the feel of my muscles after climbing the steep terrain, the smell and temperature of the air, the sensation of feeling accomplished, proud, unstoppable,” she said. “Really getting into every sensation of the memory helps your body to soak in the experience and primes your physiology for that particular state of being ― in this example, empowered and ready to take on the day.”And if you can’t think of a specific memory, allow yourself to daydream and build the desired experience in your imagination. How to stick to your morning routine You may think your biggest stumbling blocks are a lack of willpower or hitting the snooze button half a dozen times. But often it “comes down to a lack of clarity with the routine,” Delucca said. “You’re more likely to follow through on behaviour change when you set clear and specific goals versus vague aspirations,” she added. So instead of saying something general, like, “I want to work out in the morning,” make the goal more concrete: “I’m going to do a virtual yoga class at 7:30 a.m. after I finish my tea.”Delucca also recommends getting up around the same time each day and outlining what specific activities you want to incorporate into your routine and in what order. It may help to write them down. “When you do something repeatedly in the same order, you can eventually develop a habit,” Delucca said. “When a habit is formed, you’re not solely relying on how you feel in the moment in terms of your mood, motivation or willpower. Habits feel automatic without any guesswork as to what you should do next.”She offered the example of taking a shower. You likely shampoo, condition, shave and wash your body in a specific order without giving it much thought. “It’s automatic because the routine is clear and you’ve created a habit in which one action flows directly into the next action without any questioning,” Delucca said. “So, try to be as specific and consistent as possible when creating a morning routine. Each activity will serve as a cue for the next, and with time, your morning routine will flow.”Related... Here’s How To Cope With Lockdown Déjà Vu Rachel Khoo: 'The Pandemic Has Left Me Without Work' 'Can We Have A Quick Chat?' The Office Phrase We Definitely Don't Miss Also on HuffPost
We’re here to guide you through the coronavirus pandemic. Sign up to the Life newsletter for daily tips, advice, how-tos and escapism.To say it’s been a chaotic year would be an understatement. But does that mean the last quarter of 2020 will be equally as tumultuous?When September hits each year there’s often a natural ‘reset’, as people return from their summer holidays and children head back to school. We collectively stop, inhale and take a breath. The new pencil case and uniform vibe doesn’t just apply to kids. We’ll often ring in the season with a new wardrobe, and take stock of our goals for the rest of the year. Heck, some people even crack on with their Christmas shopping.But this year is different. “Because of everything we’ve been going through over the past six months or so, it doesn’t necessarily feel like a natural time to do a reset like we might’ve done,” explains life and career coach Chris Cooper. “The structure that we take for granted – all the different milestones and landmarks that we have throughout the year – have all been completely disrupted for the vast majority of people across the country.”Related... Wildflower Meadows Are Saving The Bees, And Making Us Feel Great Too If a reset doesn’t come naturally – which it might for some, especially parents readying their kids for the start of term or those heavily aware of the shifting season – is it possible, then, to force your own reset? Yes, says Jessica Chivers, a psychologist and CEO of The Talent Keeper Specialists, who believes it’s a good idea, as the pandemic has left us with a prolonged feeling of lethargy, and a sense of ‘how much longer can I hang on?’.The past few months may have been dampened by uncertainty – whether related to health, finances, jobs, or holidays. But there’s only so long you can ride that wave before you crave stability. “We all crave structure and certainty – it’s part of the human condition, it makes us feel safe,” says Chivers. “It’s really important people create their own bits of certainty.”Enforcing your own reset can help get this back into your life. So, how can you manually hit that reboot button?Related... Here's How To Get Your Finances In Order For A Recession Reflect and set goalsOne way to think about a reset is to mentally wind the clock forward to the end of the year, advises Cooper, who runs Life Complete Coaching. Picture yourself looking back over the last few months (September to December) and ask: in order to feel satisfied with the last part of 2020, what will I need to have done?For some people, this may simply be: “I’m okay with just surviving”. For others, it might mean taking a moment to reflect and consider what they want to do in the next four months. Now, set some goals around achieving that. With the stamp duty holiday, for example, that might be buying a house. But don’t set a goal that says “buy a house”. Break it down into manageable chunks. What do you actually need to do to buy a house? Research an area to live, figure out your budget, and speak to a mortgage advisor, for example. Related... Is Now A Good Time To Buy A House? Some Things To Consider Before You Do Now’s also a good time to take stock of what’s happened in the past six months, says Chivers. You might not want to reflect on lockdown, but she urges you to look back on it in a positive light. What have been the wins? What have been the behaviours and habits that benefitted you, that you want to keep?It’s good to assess the positives so you can keep them in place going forward. And if there haven’t been many, don’t worry too much. Cooper recommends reflecting back to this time last year and considering what was happening then to make you happy, compared to now. Or simply ask yourself: when life is as good as I want it to be, what am I doing? Now, make space to do those things.“The most important thing is to pay attention to your own wellbeing,” says Cooper. “As a result of doing that, you’re going to put yourself in the best place mentally and emotionally to make decisions.”Related... Fresh Air And Freedom: Why We Value Time Outdoors Like Never Before Take time offAnother way to force a reset is to take a few days off – this is particularly advised for those who haven’t been able to have a decent holiday since the pandemic hit. Yes, you can still burnout if you’re working from home.Chivers fiercely advocates having a change of scenery – either going away or planning days out. A good way of identifying what’s going to help you is to write on a piece of paper: if i had a magic wand, what would I do? Where would I go?“Write it down so you get a sense of what is cathartic for you, what’s going to restore you,” she says. Some people might say: I’d really love a day to tidy my house, or a day to have a nice lunch and long walk with a friend.If you’re unable to take a few days off, consider a work staycation: where you book accommodation somewhere other than your home for a few days and work from there, spending the evenings and weekends enjoying the local area.Related... You Can Still Burn Out While Working From Home. These Are The Signs Dr Gary Wood, a social psychologist and author of The Psychology of Wellbeing (out in October) says a well-earned break is crucial for us to reflect and plan.“When we relax, we access the full range of higher-level functions such as problem-solving and planning,” he says. “But over the pandemic, we might have not had the time out to stock-take and plan.”If you can’t take lots of time off, Wood recommends creating a mini-break or spa day at home. “Focus on what small things you can regain control of or change. And be creative and make-do rather than go for ultimate changes.”Create structure in your lifeThere are small, manageable things you can do to take back control and certainty in your life. As Dr Wood explains: “What’s most important is focusing on things that create structure. We often tread that fine line between familiarity and novelty, and during the pandemic, there’s been too much novelty and not enough structure. But it’s helped us focus on the small stuff and how little things can restore our sense of control.”Chivers recommends some “quick, soothing wins” you can do in your mission to reset. Write down what’s in your head to help de-stress. Meditate. Focus on your breathing. Go for a walk. Eat a wholesome breakfast. Focus on getting a good night’s sleep. Cook healthy meals. Spend time with friends and family. Exercise. These are all forms of self-care that can help build resilience. To cope with an uncertain future, Wood urges people to reframe problems as creative challenges. “Maintain an attitude of curiosity about the world and practise gratitude, even for the small stuff,” he adds. “At the end of each day, write down three things you’re grateful for, and at the start of each day write down three things you’re looking forward to.“A little structure to the day goes a long way.”Related... Would You Work From Abroad, Instead Of Home? These People Do The 'Work Staycation' Is On The Rise. Here's Why People Are Doing It 'Window Swap' Lets You Watch A Stranger's View And It's Incredibly Calming
In What Works For Me – a series of articles considering how we can find balance in our lives – we talk to celebrities about wellbeing and self-care.“This year I started working with the moon – the new moon and the full moon,” says actor, podcaster and activist Evanna Lynch. “The new moon is about setting new intentions and putting out your wishes to the universe. The full moon is about surrendering and letting go of things that didn’t work out.” It sounds like something her most famous character, Luna Lovegood, would say, but the Harry Potter alumna only got into astrology two years ago – among a growing number of millennials exploring the zodiac as a form of self-care.Once a month, she marks the “new moon” by sitting down with relaxing music and a candle, then writing down five things she wants to achieve that month. She’ll meditate for about an hour – and on the full moon, she’ll perform the same ritual, this time focusing on gratitude and forgiveness – letting go any frustrations she may have with herself, or others.“Being an actor or a writer or whatever I’m doing, I don’t have a set routine and in the past that has really stressed me out because it’s made me feel out of control,” she tells HuffPost UK. “Working with the moon, it helps me feel like I’m sort of in collaboration with the universe and more in step with it. Having set those intentions, I just feel more relaxed. I feel like I have some sort of structure to my life and the rest is kind of up to the universe.”Since the final instalment of the Harry Potter film series was released in 2011, Lynch has busied herself with film and theatre roles, vegan activism, hosting a podcast and trying her hand as a writer. Last year, she made it to the final of Dancing With The Stars – the US version of Strictly Come Dancing.But a clean break from the Wizarding World hasn’t been possible.  Related... Miriam Margolyes Admits She's No Fan Of Harry Potter, Despite Playing A Hogwarts Professor Like her child actor co-stars Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint,  Lynch grew up as part of JK Rowling’s juggernaut. For some, she’ll always be Luna – you only have to look at the number of fan pages she has on Twitter. “I have to say, the whole mask thing has been really helpful for me. You put on a mask and some sunglasses and really nobody can tell who you are!” she says.But there is pressure that comes with being the face of one of the franchise’s most-loved characters. “You kind of always have to know what to say and be informed,” says Lynch. “With all the political stuff going on lately and the Black Lives Matter movement, for example, people are always looking for you to know exactly what to say, for you to say something right. Or, they’re looking for you to say something wrong. Either way, they’re looking at you.”This pressure came to a head in June when Lynch addressed controversial tweets posted by JK Rowling about biological sex and transgender people. Rowling’s initial tweet questioned a headline that referred to “people who menstruate”, saying: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” The author later posted an essay stating she was a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor, and was talking about trans issues for a number of reasons, including her “concerns around single-sex spaces”.  Related... Daniel Radcliffe Supports Trans Community Following JK Rowling Tweets: 'I Feel Compelled To Say Something' In a response to Rowling’s comments, Lynch echoed the sentiment of co-star Daniel Radcliffe, tweeting: “Trans women are women.” She also added that while she didn’t agree with the author’s comments, she’s a “friend and admirer of Jo” and that fans shouldn’t “bully or hate people on the other side of the debate”.This last comment – suggesting there was a debate to be had – sparked its own controversy. Lynch vowed to evolve to be a “more intersectional activist” before disabling her Twitter account as the criticism continued to pour in. “At the moment, I think the whole conversation has gotten so fractious and people on both sides are digging their heels in further and not listening to each other. So I’m trying to step back further and just educate myself,” Lynch tells  HuffPost, reflecting on the issue. “It’s really, really complicated.”Related... This Is How Trans Harry Potter Fans Feel About JK Rowling's Recent Tweets Trans activists have offered JK Rowling an open discussion on the topic and Lynch says she’d like to see the author take up this opportunity.“I don’t really understand where her fixation and her fear is coming from around this,” she says. “But I’m very biased, I absolutely love JK Rowling, I see her as a human being and so when I see her talking about her past and her experiences of domestic violence, I really feel for her. But I really want to understand why she is saying these things that are hurtful to many trans people.”Twitter isn’t the place to have these discussions, suggests Lynch, as the nuance is lost. “I see that there are cis women and there are trans people who have suffered a lot of abuse for their sex. I don’t agree with the intolerance on either side for trying to shut down the discussion – I think trans activists and JK Rowling should have the freedom to speak about their experience.” Lynch says she learned from the backlash, acknowledging “this is not my area of expertise”. She says she wants to encourage fans to listen to trans people with lived experience, and refocus her attention on her own activism.After years of vegetarianism, Lynch became vegan in 2014 and now encourages others to embrace the lifestyle. “It’s so abominable what people do to animals and what the agricultural industry does to animals,” she says. “But it’s not really about love for animals, it’s about respect for another sentient species.” She transitioned to veganism gradually, she says, adding: “I had a lot of issues with food in the past, so I really wanted to do that gently.” The actor has long been open about her struggle with anorexia, which began in childhood and saw her hospitalised at the age of 11. She says becoming vegan has helped her mental health.“I think veganism has actually helped me to recover,” she says. “It took the focus I had around food – about calories and statistics and aesthetics – and it switched it to be about a meaningful cause. It really changed the way I think about food.” Related... 7 Things People With Anorexia Want You To Know Does she consider herself recovered, or is recovery a life-long process? “That’s a question I’m always wondering about myself,” she says. ”I do think you can recover, I actually think that too many people with eating disorders hang onto it. They hang onto it as an identity, ‘I’m an eating disorder warrior,’ or whatever. If that’s helpful for you, that’s fine. But I just think there’s a point where you have to feel like that’s the past, let it go and move on and not define yourself by that.”For anyone currently struggling with self-loathing or food issues, Lynch stresses that it’s vital to surround yourself with positive people. “I used to get addicted to people who made me feel bad because I thought they were improving me,” she says.“Especially in relationships with boyfriends, I would go for people who would play up my insecurities. Or I would go to acting teachers who would tell me I was shit, just thinking: ‘They obviously know more than I do and they’re going to fix me.’” That cycle of negativity “feeds eating disorders,” she says, but surrounding herself with positivity has interrupted the pattern. “With eating disorders, it’s about feeding the voice of positivity and creativity, rather than self-destruction,” she says. “You have to consciously curate an environment around you that’s going to feed the positive side.”Now, Lynch says her mental health is in a better place. When she’s not kneeling beneath the moon, she is visualising what she calls “a tough queen energy”.“She’s a queen who is doing good and is there for benevolent reasons. She’s kind, but she’s really, really fierce,” Lynch explains. “I’ve just noticed people slipping into my life and asking too many favours and asking too much of my time. So I’m having her in my mind, putting them back into place, kindly but very firmly.”Evanna Lynch is supporting World Plant Milk Day and encouraging fans to take the 7-day dairy free details. You can sign up at What Works For Me Paris Lees: ‘I Grew Up Thinking People Like Me Didn’t Matter’ Reuben De Maid Is 'Not Your Typical Teenage Boy'. This Is How He Deals With Hateful Trolls 'Your Skin Will Wrinkle, Your C**t Will Get Dry': Miriam Margolyes On Finding Body-Acceptance At 78 Useful websites and helplines:Beat, Adult Helpline: 0808 801 0677 and Youthline: 0808 801 0711 or email [email protected] (adults) [email protected] (youth support) Samaritans, open 24 hours a day, on 116 123Mind, open Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm on 0300 123 3393 
Jack Dorsey said his strict diet, exercise, and meditation regimen is the result of taking on his second CEO position at Twitter.  During an appearance on "The Boardroom: Out of Office" podcast hosted by NBA star Kevin Durant's manager, Rich Kleiman, Dorsey was asked why he's willing to put up with the stress of running two companies, Twitter and Square.  Dorsey said he views the stress as a motivator and an opportunity to keep learning, but said it was also the catalyst for making major changes in his personal life.  "When I went back to Twitter and took on the second job, I got super-serious about meditation and I got really serious about just dedicating a lot more of my time and energy to working out and staying physically healthy and looking more critically at my diet," Dorsey said. "I had to. Just to stay above water." Dorsey's strict routine has been scrutinized in the past. He meditates for two hours each day and only eats one meal during weekdays before fasting all weekend.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Serving as the CEO of two major corporations can add stress to anyone's plate — for Jack Dorsey, it was the catalyst he needed to make some major changes in his personal life.  The Twitter and Square CEO described that period during an appearance this week on "The Boardroom: Out of Office" podcast, hosted by Rich Kleiman, cofounder of Thirty Five Ventures and manager of NBA superstar Kevin Durant. Kleiman asked Dorsey about his wealth — which tops $7.7 billion — and why he's willing to put up with the stress of running two companies. "I don't really think about the money aspects of it, probably because all of my value is really tied up in these two companies," Dorsey said. "I have to sell shares in order to get access to any of that."  Dorsey said that he views the stress as a motivator and an opportunity to keep learning.  "I'm part of two companies that scaled doing completely different things, and I get to see this like, perspective in the world that I wouldn't have otherwise. It's just incredible," Dorsey said. "That's what really drives me and makes the stresses OK. It's also like, how to creatively adapt to all the new stresses. Every stress brings a new opportunity to bring on a new practice." Dorsey said taking the helm at Twitter again in 2015 — while simultaneously running payments company Square — was the catalyst for adopting a new diet and exercise regimen.  "When I went back to Twitter and took on the second job, I got super-serious about meditation and I got really serious about just dedicating a lot more of my time and energy to working out and staying physically healthy and looking more critically at my diet," Dorsey said. "I had to. Just to stay above water." Dorsey said that the added stress actually "made everything in my life better" and that he's grateful he took it on.  Dorsey is famous for having a regimented routine. He typically wakes up at 5 a.m., tries to meditate for two hours each day, and, prior to the coronavirus outbreak, walked to Twitter's headquarters every morning — a five-mile walk that Dorsey told Kleiman typically takes him an hour and 20 minutes.  In the past, Dorsey has experimented with different diets, including becoming a vegan and trying the Paleo diet. Most recently, however, Dorsey has been fasting, eating only one meal on weekdays and then fasting all weekend. The strict eating regimen has been scrutinized by those who worry that it sounds like an eating disorder. Regardless, Dorsey's stress-management routine has likely come in handy over the last five years, particularly in running Twitter. Most recently, Dorsey has had to fend off a near-ouster as CEO from activist investor Elliott Management and has taken a stand on tweets from President Donald Trump that violated Twitter's guidelines on glorifying violence and spreading misinformation about COVID-19.  You can listen to Dorsey's full conversation with Kleiman on "The Boardroom" podcast. SEE ALSO: Jack Dorsey explains why wanting to work 20 hours a day to be like Elon Musk is 'bulls---' Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We tested a machine that brews beer at the push of a button
Snap has come back after a string of troubles in 2018. The credit goes to cofounder and CEO Evan Spiegel and the top executives who are helping him chart out the next phase of the company's growth. From chief business officer Jeremi Gorman to chief strategy officer Jared Grusd, here's a who's who of Snap's new leadership team. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Snap has charted a successful comeback. The company's botched redesign, increased competition, a plateauing user base, and a revolving door of executives are now in the rearview mirror, with users, marketers, and Wall Street bullish on the disappearing-messaging app once again. The credit for the company's turnaround goes to cofounder and CEO Evan Spiegel and his top executives who are helping him chart out the next phase of the company's growth. These deputies oversee everything from the company's camera-focused engineering teams and its burgeoning ad business to its relationship with investors and Wall Street. Here are the top executives who help Spiegel run Snap. They're listed by seniority in alphabetical order by last name, starting with C-suite executives, followed by senior VP and director-level executives. SEE ALSO: Snap beats Q2 revenue estimates but falls short on user growth As Snap's cofounder and CEO, Evan Spiegel wields the most influence and calls the shots on all business and product decisions. Snap's hands-on cofounder and CEO Evan Spiegel has led the company through towering highs and dizzying lows, from to its IPO in 2017 to its unpopular app redesign in 2018 and an impressive comeback in the markets in 2019. Considered a product genius by many, the 30-year-old is the brains behind some of Snapchat's key features, like disappearing messages, Stories, and vertical video format.  In recent years, Spiegel has been delegating more responsibility to trusted lieutenants and working on his management style. But insiders say that he is still "extraordinarily involved" in driving the company's biggest business and product decisions. Over the past year, Snap has been on an upward trajectory in terms of its user numbers and stock price, which has risen from a low of $4.99 in late 2018 to $22 in recent trading. Snap's ad growth has slowed during the pandemic but it's been a safe haven for some advertisers who are souring on Facebook. Spiegel founded Snapchat with Bobby Murphy and Reggie Brown (who left soon after the founding) while they were undergraduate students at Stanford, and he alone exercises voting control over a majority of the company's voting power, per its 2019 Annual Report. Derek Andersen took over as chief financial officer in 2019 and is steering Snap's ad business through the pandemic. Derek Andersen joined Snap as a VP of finance in 2018 and was promoted to chief financial officer in May 2019. He took over the position from Lara Sweet, who was the interim CFO and is now chief people officer. In announcing Andersen's promotion, Spiegel highlighted his cost efficiency and strategic planning initiatives. Prior to Snap, Andersen was a finance executive at Fox Interactive and Amazon. Andersen has played a significant role in help guiding Snap through the pandemic, which has led ad business across companies — including Snap — to take a significant hit. In Snap's recent earnings call with investors following the report of its second-quarter financials, Andersen said the company's success was dependent on how long the pandemic continues and the toll it takes on advertisers.   Jeremi Gorman is Snap's chief business officer and is credited with orchestrating its turnaround. The former Amazon exec and sales marketing vet was a star hire for Snap in November 2018 after a tumultuous year of executive churn and has been credited with the company's turnaround, with revenue up every quarter since her arrival. As Snap's chief business officer, Jeremi Gorman is charged with building out the company's business strategy, including revenue, and the performance of its ad business. In a little over a year, she has revamped the company's sales organization, and helped bolster its ad offering with products like video ad units and a sophisticated direct-response business. Wall Street and Madison Avenue have responded well to Gorman, with advertisers doubling the amount they commit to spend upfront on Snap campaigns over the course of the year, according to Snap. At Amazon, she headed global advertising sales, overseeing business intelligence and analytics as well as the ad business' international expansion. Jared Grusd is Snap's chief strategy officer and has been extending Snapchat's reach to new users and countries. Jared Grusd has been Snap's chief strategy officer since 2018, succeeding Imran Khan, who was Snap's first chief strategy officer and guided the company to an IPO. Grusd oversees content and international strategy, including partnerships and corporate development, and is responsible for expanding Snap's user base beyond its core demographic of 18- to 34-year-olds. Under him, Snap has boosted its international presence over the past year, and seen what he called "extraordinary growth" in India, for example. The company has announced plans to open its South East Asia office in Singapore to boost its presence in the Asia Pacific region. The former HuffPost CEO is an attorney by training, and his career has included leadership positions at Spotify, Google, and Oath (formerly AOL). He also serves on the board of SoulCycle and is an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and member of the University of Chicago Law School Advisory Council. Julie Henderson is a communications executive who serves as the gatekeeper between Snap and the media as its chief communications officer. Julie Henderson is Snap's chief communications officer, and serves as its chief spokeswoman while leading the company's communications strategy, reporting directly to Spiegel.  She replaced Snap's former VP of Communications Mary Ritti in 2019 and has made Snap more open, in a shift from its early days as a secretive startup, with splashy presences at events from SXSW to the Cannes Lions and its annual Partner Summit. Prior to Snap, she was EVP and chief communications officer at 21st Century Fox, where she led global communications focusing on corporate financial matters, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues and litigation, and managed the 21st Century Fox corporate brand. Kenny Mitchell is a marketing veteran who serves as the company's first chief marketing officer. Kenny Mitchell became Snap's first CMO last summer when CEO Evan Spiegel installed him with other new execs including Gorman and Grusd after a tumultuous 2018. Mitchell led Snap's first global advertising campaign, helped scale advertisers' campaigns on the platform, and helped market shows including "Nikita Unfiltered" and Will Smith's "Will From Home" on Discover, landing him on Business Insider's 2020 most innovative CMOs list. He recently got Snap into sports sponsorships by getting a deal with the Los Angeles Rams, getting attention for the app as a place to see sports-related content while live sports is off with the team debuting their new uniforms on the app. Mitchell was a Snapchat fan while at PepsiCo, where he oversaw the viral Gatorade Dunk AR Lens for the Super Bowl and its Serena Williams-themed Snap Ad game and leading campaigns for McDonald's on the platform during his time there.  Matthew Moore is responsible for the security of employees and Snapchat users as chief information and security officer. As Snap's chief information and security officer, Matthew Moore oversees a massive group of engineers who manage corporate tech security and the safety of Snapchat users. Moore's team builds app features related to privacy engineering, fighting spam, and issues with abuse. Moore is a 10-year veteran of the security team at Google, where he was most recently Engineering Director for Security and Privacy. He left Google to join Snap in 2018, replacing fellow Google alum Jad Boutros. Bobby Murphy is Spiegel's cofounder and has been Snap's CTO since 2012. Bobby Murphy is Snapchat's cofounder and has been its chief technology officer since 2012. He leads engineering and research at the company. He is credited with building the core technical tenets of Snapchat's app, and played a leading role at the company's second Partner Summit this year, announcing all the major updates relating to Snap's camera and AR efforts, including Local Lenses and SnapML. Murphy and Spiegel maintain ultimate control over the company, representing approximately 99% of the voting power of its outstanding capital stock as of December 31, 2019, per its Annual Report. Murphy is also a member of Snap's board of directors.   Mike O'Sullivan is Snap's most powerful lawyer and has also taken strict measure to tamp down internal employee leaks. Mike O'Sullivan has been Snap's general counsel since 2017, taking the position just six months after the company's IPO and a week after the departure of his predecessor Chris Handman. Snap's top lawyer previously worked for Munger, Tolles & Olson, the same firm where the Snap CEO's dad, John W. Spiegel, is a partner. While there, O'Sullivan represented Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin during its IPO, as well as Bank of America during the 2008 financial crisis. O'Sullivan was also responsible for a memo sent to Snap employees in early 2018, in which he stated that staff who are caught leaking information to reporters could lose their jobs and have "any and all legal remedies" pursued against them. Dom Perrella oversees Snap policies and practices to ensure the company is complying with privacy and legal issues. As deputy general counsel and chief compliance officer, Dom Perella guides the company through litigation and compliance issues. He serves as the global head of litigation and oversees global communication and competition regulatory matters.  Perella was behind the design of Snap's compliance program to ensure it adheres to proper regulatory policies with automated due diligence and risk-based audits. He worked on handling legal and privacy issues regarding Snapchat's Stories feature that curates user-submitted videos around the world. Earlier, he was a partner at Hogan Lovells in Washington, DC, where he was a member of the firm's team arguing Supreme Court cases. Lara Sweet manages the hiring and experiences of Snap's thousands of employees around the world as chief people officer. Since joining Snap in 2016, Lara Sweet has served as Snap's controller, chief accounting officer, and even its interim chief financial officer in early 2019 after CFO Tim Stone announced he was leaving the company. Since May 2019, Sweet has filled the role of Snap's chief people officer, overseeing Snap's employee experience and hiring practices, and managing talent acquisition strategies and human resources teams — fending off companies like tech companies like Quibi and TikTok that have continued to heavily poach from Snap's ranks. Snap launched an internal investigation in July after former employees complained of a "whitewashed" culture and came forward with allegations of racism and sexism. Prior to Snap, Sweet spent six years in executive finance roles at AOL. As chairman of Snap's board of directors, Michael Lynton has seen the company mature since he first invested it in 2012. Michael Lynton is a longtime movie executive who left his role as CEO of Sony Entertainment in 2017 to become the chairman of Snap's board of directors. He was one of Snap's earliest investors, putting an estimated $200,000 into it in early 2012. He joined Snap's board in April 2013, and has watched Snap — and its founders — mature from a young startup to a Silicon Valley staple. Lynton is also board chairman of Warner Music Group. As VP of product, Jacob Andreou oversees new features and formatting decisions for the Snapchat platform. A longtime product designer at Snap, Jacob Andreou was promoted to VP of product in April 2018 after the departure of Tom Conrad. In that position, Andreou oversees the team making decisions on the Snapchat platform's format and new features. Since joining Snap in 2015, Andreou been a close associate to Evan Spiegel, and while Spiegel is still believed to control a lot of final product decisions, Andreou is embedded in the product team's day-to-day operations, insiders said. Recently, his team unveiled Snap Minis, which lets developers build new apps within the Snapchat app. Meditation app Headspace, for example, built one that lets users meditate in the app. Jacob "Ba" Blackstock created Bitmoji 13 years ago and has continued to head up the project since Snap acquired his company in 2016. Snap acquired Jacob "Ba" Blackstock's Bitmoji-making app Bitstrips for more than $100 million in early 2016 to cash in on its ability for users to make cartoon versions of themselves. Under the leadership of Bitstrips founder Blackstock, Bitmoji have grown beyond stickers to 3D characters that can live outside of Snapchat in text messages and third-party apps. Vanessa Guthrie helps lead Snap's foray into original content through its Discover section. Snap has invested heavily in recent years in exclusive content under Vanessa Guthrie, who as head of originals and director of content, helped launch short-form Shows in 2016 and Originals in 2018. Under Guthrie, the daily number of Snapchat users watching Shows increased more than 45% year-over-year in the second quarter, according to the company. Prior to joining Snap in 2016, Guthrie was an SVP of brand partnerships at iHeart Media. Jerry Hunter played a major role in the redesign of Snapchat's buggy Android app as SVP of engineering. As SVP of engineering, Jerry Hunter led Snap's major rewrite of its unpopular Android app to make it faster and smoother than the old version. The long-awaited redesign was released in 2019 and helped company regain some of the millions of users it lost. Hunter was poached in 2016 from Amazon, where he was responsible for its data centers. He initially joined Snap as its VP of core engineering and was promoted after the departure of predecessor Tim Sehn. Steve Hwang is a former lawyer who now serves as Snap's VP of strategy and corporate development. Steve Hwang is a longtime employee of Snap who started overseeing legal operations and now is the VP of strategy and corporate development, hunting for software and hardware deals and acquisitions that can help bolster Snap's long-term vision. In the past year, Hwang's team has overseen deals like Snap selling location attribution company Placed to Foursquare and the acquisition of Ukranian computer vision startup AI Factory, whose technology ran Snapchat's new Cameos animated selfie-based video feature. Insiders consider Hwang to be a part of Spiegel's inner circle, and his name first came into the public eye with the Sony email hacks in 2015, which revealed several secret acquisitions that he orchestrated for the company.   Radhika Kakkar is responsible for keeping Snap's ad business running smoothly. As VP of global operations, Radhika Kakkar works closely with Jeremi Gorman to ensure the ad business runs smoothly. She oversees Snap's customer support and online sales internationally and helps manage revenue and user operations. Before joining Snap in 2015, Kakkar was a partner at consulting firm Accenture, where she worked for more than a decade. Luke Kallis is an ad sales vet who works with some of Snap's biggest advertisers. Luke Kallis is Snap's VP of US advertiser solutions and works closely with new VP of Americas Peter Naylor to make sure advertisers get their money's worth on Snapchat. Kallis has looked after some of Snap's biggest advertisers, including Universal, Warner Bros., Nike, and Dunkin'. His longstanding relationships in the entertainment industry helped Snapchat get its start in advertising and pull off its first splashy ad in 2014, a video trailer for Universal's horror film "Ouija." Prior to Snap, he worked at Vevo, IGN Entertainment, MySpace, and Facebook.   Hired in 2019, Oona King is Snap's first VP of diversity and inclusion. Snap was founded back in 2011, but it took the company until last year to hire its first VP specifically for diversity and inclusion efforts in Oona King. King reports to Lara Sweet and oversees much of Snap's company culture, which is undergoing an internal investigation into racism and sexism allegations. King was poached from Google, where she led diversity strategy for YouTube and its parent company. She previously headed up diversity efforts at UK broadcast station Channel 4 and was a member of British Parliament. Nima Khajehnouri handles the engineering side of Snap's ad business and built its advertising platform from the ground up. Responsibilities for building Snap's scalable, automated advertising platform fall to Nima Khajehnouri, Snap's senior director of monetization engineering. He brings a deep background in ad tech and ad measurement and monetization, and has made Snap's ad business more automated and technical with auction-based buying and measurement. Khajehnouri joined Snap in 2015, succeeding Stuart Bowers. Betsy Kenny Lack stewards Snap's corporate brand and identity. Betsy Kenny Lack was brought on by former Snap chief strategy officer Imran Khan in 2016 as head of global brand strategy. She's been in charge of revamping the company's branding, doing buzzy stunts like an eye-catching yellow Ferris wheel at the Cannes Lions festival in 2017.  Prior to Snap, Lack worked for Condé Nast's Vanity Fair for eight years, helping make its New Establishment conference a profitable business.   Sean Mills leads Snap's original content efforts on the Discover platform as its Senior Director of Content. Senior Director of Content Sean Mills has led Snap's push into original content through its news and entertainment section, Discover. The five-year company vet heads up Snap Originals, its roster of short-form, scripted-video series, which now spans 350 partners in 15 countries, including partnerships with Disney, ESPN, NBC, ViacomCBS, the NBA, and the NFL.  In recent months, his team has made news an increasing priority with "Happening Now" — a product that converts news updates into single Snaps. It's also trying to incorporate AR into its programming slate. User time spent watching shows on Snapchat doubled in the first quarter of this year, while Snap Originals have been watched by more than half of the Gen Z population in the US, according to Mills. Prior to joining Snapchat, Mills was president of video startup NowThis and president of The Onion.  Peter Naylor is an ad sales vet and Snap's most recent high-profile hire. Hulu ad sales vet Peter Naylor is Snap's latest executive hire, brought on in May by Jeremi Gorman to lead advertising in the Americas. Naylor spent the past six years building Hulu's $1 billion-plus ad business, selling new, non-invasive ad formats like binge and pause ads and bringing direct-to-consumer advertisers to Hulu — experiences that will come in handy as Snap tries to grow its appeal with direct-response and DTC advertisers. Naylor's role is a newly created position, with Luke Kallis, Snap's VP of US advertiser solutions, and Dominic Rioux, its VP emerging advertiser solutions, reporting to him. Naylor reports to Gorman. Eitan Pilipski works closely with Bobby Murphy to lead Snap's AR and camera engineering. Snap has differentiated its flagship app Snapchat from other social apps with its push into augmented reality over the past few years. But Snapchat doesn't just see AR as puppy ears, barfing rainbows, or dancing hot dog filters but as part of a post-smartphone world where experiential computing transcends mobile screens. Ethan Pilipski is the engineering exec tasked with bringing that vision to life, working closely with Bobby Murphy on tech and product functions involving AR and the camera including features such as Lens Studio and Scan. Pilipski recently integrated the Lens Studio software into its Spectacles hardware and introduced a voice functionality to its Scan feature that lets people activate AR filters with voice commands and ask the camera to do things like turn their hair pink.   David Roter tries to keep Snap in ad agencies' good graces. As Snap's VP of global agency partnerships, David Roter is tasked with deepening its ad agency relationships and turn them into long-term partnerships. Roter's agency and video experience has played directly to Snap's ambitions, and in a little over a year, he has helped alter the platform's perception as a one-off ad buy to an option many agencies are taking more seriously.  Roter recently told Business Insider that advertisers had committed twice as much money to Snap in 2020 as they did in 2019, calling it "a tangible sign" that Snapchat had become a core part of many large advertisers' strategy. Before Snap, Roter spent five years at Twitter and about 10 years at ESPN. Most recently, he spent two years as the head of global revenue and partnerships for The Players' Tribune. Ben Schwerin is behind some of Snap's most notable partnerships in recent years. As Snap's VP of partnerships, Ben Schwerin is responsible for helping the company land partnerships and partner integrations so Snap's technology can live outside its ecosystem.  Over the past year, he has led the company's efforts on Snap Kit, which lets developers integrate and build with Snapchat so they can do things like take Stories to third-party apps like Tinder or helping brands like Nike bring Snapchat's AR Lenses to its new wellness app. Today, more than 800 apps have integrated with Snap Kit and nearly 150 million people use these integrations every month, Schwerin said at the company's latest Partner Summit.  Before Snapchat, Schwerin cofounded a business communications firm called Fenway Strategies and served as an aide to Bill Clinton and rock group U2. Peter Sellis drives many of Snap's ad and consumer products. As Snap's senior director of product management, Peter Sellis helps the company's engineers and designers ship products that will appeal to advertisers and users. Sellis has put his stamp on some of Snapchat's most widely recognized features, from  sponsored face lenses and geofilters to shoppable Snap Ads. He also led the development of Snap Publisher and Snapchat Ads Manager's automated self-service tool for marketers. Before Snap, Sellis was the COO of influencer network HelloSociety, which was acquired by The New York Times. At Snap, he reports to VP of product Jacob Andreou. A longtime political insider, Jennifer Park Stout is tasked with shaping Snap's global policy and dealing with government entities around the world. Jennifer Park Stout is a longtime political insider who's leveraged her ties in Washington, DC,  as Snap's VP of global policy. She's been tasked in recent years with dealing with government entities as Snap expands globally.  Prior to joining Snap in 2017, Stout served as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary of State John Kerry. Steen Strand heads up Snap Labs, which works on the company's Spectacles AR efforts Spiegel has prioritized. Snap's smart sunglasses, Spectacles, have been a much-hyped part of Spiegel's vision of a future dominated by augmented reality hardware. Steen Strand is leading the charge as director of hardware, leading Snap Lab. Under Strand, Snap Labs debuted Spectacles 3, a $380 product that lets you record pictures and videos using 3D filters and AR features. Snap hasn't released sales or revenue numbers for the most recent hardware version, but Business Insider has determined Spectacles 3 to be a major letdown. Strand has been in charge of Snap Lab since the end of 2018, outlasting the multiple VPs who led it and quickly departed the company in the year prior.  Strand reports to Jerry Hunter.    Katherine Tassi is charged with protecting personal privacy in Snap products and featured as VP of privacy and product. As other tech companies scramble to show they prioritize consumer privacy, Snap has long claimed it emphasizes private communication and ephemerality. VP and Deputy General Counsel for Privacy and Product Katherine Tassi is tasked with ensuring that personal privacy is core to all Snap's products and features. When the European Union's new data protection policy took effect in 2019, Tassi was charged with making sure Snap was adhering to GDPR guidelines. Prior to joining Snap in 2016, Tassi oversaw data security and protection at Uber and Facebook. Claire Valoti oversees the company's growing business in non-US markets as VP of international. Claire Valoti is Snap's most senior executive outside of the US, based in London. She is oversees the company's growing business in non-US markets, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany, the Middle East, and Australia. Valoti comes from Facebook, leaving in 2016 to head up Snap's UK operations. She reports directly to Jeremi Gorman.
With so many of us no longer reporting to the office every day, how can we use this new work setup to our advantage? One way to do that: By actually taking a break at lunchtime.“When you’re working from home, it’s easy to become unaware of when lunchtime is or to just power through it,” Lynn Taylor — a workplace expert and founder of the accessory company Behind The Buckle — told HuffPost. “But that habit can hurt you in the long run.” Tempting as it might be to work through lunch to get more done, doing so may  actually make you less — not more — productive. “We only have the capacity to work deeply on tasks for around four hours of each day, so there is little value in stealing time from your lunch, as it may give you more time, but it makes you less productive, less creative and more likely to make mistakes, as well as pushing you towards burnout and an unhealthy work-life integration,” said Lee Chambers, an environmental psychologist and well-being consultant. You may also want to avoid “breaks” that keep you glued to your laptop or smartphone — like reading personal emails, catching up news or scrolling on social media, Chambers said. You won’t feel refreshed after; plus, you’re more likely to get sucked back into work that way. To that end, we asked workplace experts to share some of the best ways to spend your lunch break while you’re WFH.1. At the bare minimum, step away from your desk.... Or the kitchen table, couch or wherever it is you do work at home. A change of scenery can be beneficial. “It’s easy to do everything at your desk: eat lunch, make social calls, check the news and social media and so on,” Taylor said. “But removing yourself from your regular environment helps you clear your head, hit the reset button and experience a more positive, balanced day.” Getting some fresh air is ideal, but if you can’t go outside, just moving to another part of the house can make a difference. 2. Make a healthy lunch. Then sit down and actually enjoy it. “One of the potential benefits of working from home is access to all ingredients and appliances in your kitchen,” Chambers said. “Cooking is a mindful activity, which helps us disconnect from work and have a lunch break, which takes you out of your working environment.”At the office, you might have been in the habit of ordering a greasy takeout meal or eating a sad, prepackaged salad at your desk. Now that you’re home, it may be easier to prepare something fresh and nutritious that won’t spike your blood sugar, leading to the inevitable afternoon slump. If you’re someone who often forgets to eat lunch or feels too time-crunched to whip something up midday, consider preparing it the night before or in the morning, said clinical psychologist Jessica DiVento, mental health program manager at Google.Practicing mindful eating — rather than scarfing down a sandwich while attempting five other tasks — can improve digestion and reduce stress. “We should also aim to eat mindfully, making the space and time to enjoy our food, the flavours, smells and textures, engaging our senses and slowing us down,” Chambers said. “Being aware of our eating and being connected helps us to feel more grounded, breathe and certainly aids digestion.”3. Step outside.One of the challenges of working from home, especially during a pandemic, is feeling claustrophobic. You’re spending a lot more time in your house and your living space is now your workspace, too. That’s why it’s essential to get outdoors. During lunch, take a walk around the block or just sit outside to get some fresh air.  “By getting outside, we get the full sensory experience of the sun shining in our eyes, our feet hitting the ground, the wind blowing against our cheeks, the sounds of nature or neighbourhood and the smell of new surroundings,” Chambers said. “The natural light stimulates serotonin production, making us feel happier. And by walking, we get our blood pumping, boosting our cognitive ability and getting rid of any brain fog.”“This clarity helps us to tackle the afternoon with vitality while boosting our health and reducing our environmental stress,” he added. 4. Move your body. “Working from home has many benefits, including no commute time,” Taylor said. “But one of the downsides is being too sedentary because everything is virtually within reach.”To counter this, use your lunch time to get moving: Walk outside or stay inside and do some stretches or put on a good song and dance around your bedroom.“Among the countless benefits: You‘ll be able to think more sharply and creatively,” Taylor added. “And it will improve your mood, too.” You could also use the time to do a quick physical chore — like vacuuming or sweeping the floor. Any type of movement that gets the blood flowing “gives you more energy, both mentally and physically, to be productive the rest of your day,” DiVento said. 5. Spend time with a loved one — in person or virtually. If you used to eat lunch with your colleagues pre-pandemic, WFH life might leave you hungry for that midday burst of connection. But it’s possible to recreate this at home, even if it means doing so via a more social distancing-friendly option like phone or video call. “Whether it be the family, a pet, or even a telephone call, it is essential to find ways to socially connect that disconnect us from work,” Chambers said. Parents who are now working from home can also spend this time with their kids. “Involving them in the routine to eat and move during your lunch can help you not only get a break, but also give you time to connect and be present with them,” DiVento said.6. Meditate or do some other grounding practice.Use part of your lunch break to slow down, breathe deeply and check in with yourself. You can meditate in silence or follow a guided mediation on your phone (just make sure to set it to “do not disturb” mode first). “Get yourself in a relaxed position and find a peaceful place get away from notifications and distraction,” Taylor said. “Even 10 minutes of this daily will help you to breathe deeply and help give you a broader, healthier perspective on your day’s work — if not your life in general!” If meditation isn’t your thing, there are countless other ways to take a restorative break. “Consider a reflective practice, such as napping, meditation, silence, prayer or journaling,” Chambers said. “Or a creative practice, such as gardening, colouring or drawing.” 
In the age of Instagram, “self-care” has become synonymous with indulgences that cost money. That all sounds great if you have tons of disposable income. But for most of us, spending serious cash on self-care just isn’t realistic. “The whole concept of self-care has really strayed from the original intent, and become a meme unto itself,” said Kathleen Dahlen deVos, a psychotherapist in San Francisco. “When I talk with my clients about self-care, rarely am I encouraging practices and habits that cost money. In fact, spending excessive money or funds we don’t have In the name of ‘self-care’ can actually be distressing, destructive and work against our mental and emotional wellbeing.”We asked experts in the wellness space to share some of the best ways to practice self-care that are basically free. Here’s what they told us:  1. Spend some time outside.Take a walk around the block, sit in the grass, hike a local trail or just let the sun shine on your face for a few minutes. “No matter where you live, you likely have access to an outside space,” said Tiffany Lester, an integrative medicine doctor in San Francisco. “If it’s not in your neighbourhood, think of a close space you can get to within 10 to 30 minutes. Getting outside and away from our devices calms our nervous system from the negative effects of everyday stressors.”2. Clean and organise your living space. When your apartment or office is a mess, it can take a toll on your mental state, making you feel more stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. “For some, a messy or disorganised space can activate their nervous systems and impact mental health wellness,” said therapist Jesse Kahn, director of The Gender & Sexuality Therapy Center in New York. “If that’s you, taking time to clean up your space can be an act of self-care and self-love, and may feel healing rather than like a chore you don’t want to do.” 3. Reduce the amount of time you spend on social media.Mindlessly scrolling through your social media feeds for hours on end is not only a time suck, but is also linked to lower self-esteem, sleep issues and an increased “fear of missing out,” or FOMO. “Social media and the internet is a great resource to connect, cultivate support and community, but it can also be a place of overconsumption, distraction, and numbing out to what we truly may need in our lives,” said McKel Hill Kooienga, a registered dietitian in Nashville, Tennessee, and founder of the site Nutrition Stripped.The iPhone’s “Screen Time” feature, Android’s “Digital Wellbeing” tools or apps like Moment can monitor your social media usage and help you cut back. Other tricks that may be useful include disabling certain push notifications, switching to grayscale mode or hiding your most enticing apps in a folder that’s not on your home screen.  4. Do some journalling. All you need is a pen and some paper to get started. Journaling can be a therapeutic practice that helps you understand thought patterns, work through difficult emotions, reflect on certain events or cultivate more gratitude in your everyday life. “Sometimes I find it just as helpful as therapy — and I’m very pro-therapy; I’m studying to be a therapist,” said Lauren Donelson, a writer and yoga teacher based in Seattle. “Journaling helps us externalise what’s going on inside our heads, and it helps us to look at our thoughts more objectively.”5. Get better sleep. Making an effort to get the recommended seven to nine hours of quality shuteye can make a huge difference when it comes to your overall wellbeing. Getting a good night’s sleep on a consistent basis offers benefits such as better immune function, improved mood and better performance at work. (If you need some tips on how to make it happen, we’ve got you covered.) “Maybe the self-care practice here is getting a certain number of hours a night, not exceeding a certain number of hours, getting to sleep by a certain time so you’re able to wake up by a certain time or creating a ritual to help you calm your body, relax and go to sleep,” Kahn said. 6. Meditate. Practicing meditation is one of the best ways to restore and reconnect with our mind and body, said Tamara Levitt, a Toronto-based meditation instructor and head of mindfulness at Calm.“As (writer) Anne Lamott said: ‘Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes,‘” Lamott said. “There is immense value in giving ourselves time and space to shift from ‘doing’ mode to ‘being’ mode. Meditation allows us to reconnect with the needs of our mind and body.”If you prefer guided meditations, you can check out the free version of apps like Headspace or Calm, or find videos on YouTube. And, of course, meditating in silence is another great option that doesn’t cost a dime. 7. Check in with yourself. At least once a day, if not more, take some time to check in with yourself. Pause to assess how hungry or full you are, any emotions you may be feeling or scan your body for areas of tightness. “Simply asking yourself the question, ‘How am I doing right now?’ is a gentle reminder to take care of yourself,” Hill Kooienga said. 8. Move your body. It might be dancing in your bedroom to a fire playlist, doing squats in your living room or participating in a community yoga class (which is generally less costly than a boutique fitness class). “However, if that still doesn’t fit in your budget, there are many free online yoga videos on YouTube,” Kahn said. “One of my favourites is Yoga With Adriene.”9. Connect with loved ones offline.Texting and email are convenient forms of communication, but they don’t satisfy our deep need for connection in the way more personal interactions do. “Call a friend, take a walk with a colleague or cook dinner with a family member,“ Dahlen deVos said. “Connecting with others we care for helps to shift us out of our heads, regulates our nervous systems and elevates our moods.” 10. Invest time in a hobby. The demands of work, family and other obligations take up most of our time and energy, leaving barely any room in our schedules for activities we truly enjoy. But carving out some time for our hobbies — even when we have a lot on our plate — matters. “Most of us are too busy to make time for activities that are joy-filled and feel nurturing,” Levitt said. “Find a time each week to shut off your electronics, and engage in a hobby that rejuvenates your spirit; play music, write in a journal, take a cooking class. While electronics deplete us, our favourite activities nourish us.”11. Take some deep breaths.During high-stress periods, we may go hours or even a whole day without taking a full, grounding breath if we’re not intentional about it. “I like to take a few deep breaths in the morning and also throughout the day because it helps me to recenter and connect more with the present moment,” said Jessica Jones, a San Francisco-based registered dietitian and co-founder of Food Heaven. “One strategy that I use to remind myself to do this is to take three deep breaths every time I go to the bathroom and wash my hands. It’s easy, free and makes a huge difference in my daily stress levels.” 12. Volunteer your time with an organisation you care about. Choose your cause, whatever it may be, and then figure out a way you can pitch in. “Engaging in altruistic acts and seeing our actions make a direct and positive impact in the lives of others is a surefire way to shift your mood and feel part of something bigger than yourself,” Dahlen deVos said. “This can help put our problems in context, or at least give us a break from stressors without numbing out.”13. Eat more vegetables. Aim to put more of your food budget toward veggies and less towards ultra-processed snack foods. Then, to up your intake, cut up some vegetables at the beginning of the week and store them in your fridge — that way you can easily grab them when you need a snack or throw in a handful or two to spruce up your meals. “Most of us are not consuming near enough whole foods let alone vegetables, which keep us nice and full because of prolonged satiety from the fibre,” Hill Kooienga said. “Vegetables nourish our physical bodies on a cellular level with fibre, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, and they can taste really delicious too.” 14. Cuddle with someone you love. Snuggle up next to your partner, your child or even your BFF.“Cuddling releases oxytocin, a feel good hormone, that also helps with reducing stress,” said Lynsie Seely, a marriage and family therapist in San Francisco. Pets make great cuddle buddies, too. Plus, spending time with our furry friends has been shown to alleviate anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness.“If you don’t have access to a pet, go visit adoptable animals at the local shelter, sign up to walk dogs for a service such as WAG or sip tea at a cat cafe,” Dahlen deVos said. 15. Say “no” more often.We often think of self-care as doing something extra for ourselves on top of our normal day-to-day activities. But self-care can also be about what you choose not to do, Seely said.One way to give a healthy “no”? Start setting boundaries with the people in your life. “So many of us are people pleasers and spend a lot of time doing things out of feelings of guilt and obligation, causing us to feel energetically drained and lacking the ability to focus on ourselves and what we truly want,” said Sara Groton, a nutrition and eating psychology coach in San Francisco. “Any time I find myself thinking ’I should do that or I have to do that,′ I take a moment to question and challenge that thought.”16. Practise self-compassion.All the face masks, manicures and massages in the world can’t undo the damage of that harsh inner voice criticising, judging and berating yourself all day long. If you don’t know where to begin with self-compassion, Allison Hart ― a mental health professional in San Francisco ― recommended putting your hand over your heart and saying to yourself: “I am struggling right now. I’m in pain, I’m angry or feeling out of the flow. May I be gentle and flexible with myself. May I be kind to myself and may I take a break from problem-solving just for a moment.”Related... Opinion: Women's Health Has Always Been Bottom Of Our Priorities There's A Reason Why Socialising Feels So Exhausting Right Now This Is Why Revenge Porn Threats Should Be Made A Crime Also on HuffPost
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