Harriet Stein, RN, MS
I thought everyone had seen the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, so I was very surprised recently when I referenced it that many in my audience hadn’t seen it. Back in December of 2020—remember that holiday season?!—I was watching the movie and came upon the part when George Bailey breaks down and says he wishes […]
My dear friend (we’ll call him Brad to protect his privacy) looked me right in the eye and said, “Harriet, I talk with CEOs every day, and they could care less if their staff is up all night and can’t sleep. They are not thinking about their employees’ stress.” I looked at Brad in amazement. […]
“With 43% reporting high levels of daily stress, it’s no surprise that a wealth of employees feel like they’re on the edge of burnout, with some reports suggesting that up to 61% of U.S. professionals feel like they’re burning out at any moment in time. Those who feel tense or stressed out during the workday are more than […]
When I was 12 years old, my teacher ushered our 7th grade class into the school auditorium for a Fall Concert Choir program. I will never forget sitting there on that hard, wooden chair listening to a choir for the very first time and thinking to myself, “I have to be up there!” A few […]
The heaviest burdens that we carry are the thoughts in our head. Have you ever found yourself waking up in the morning and your mind is racing before you even check to see what time it is? Maybe it’s a worry, quickly followed by a to-do list? Or excitement for a special day–perhaps a graduation […]
Maybe you were looking forward to spending some quality time with a friend, and a problem at work interrupted your time. Maybe you’ve planned your wedding for years to be outside, and then it rains. As a speaker, I spent the last five months looking forward to a presentation I was going to be giving […]
OUCH. Honestly, I was shocked. I recently heard someone raise the question, “How do you handle underperforming employees?” Doesn’t this person know we’re in a mental health global pandemic? These are unprecedented times! As a nurse who has worked in healthcare in one way or another for over 30 years, I see it. And teaching […]
A couple of years ago I met my girlfriend for lunch at a newly renovated restaurant. Word had already spread through the neighborhood that it was a wonderful spot–delicious food, nice atmosphere, good service. The shopping center that housed the restaurant was under construction. There were many construction workers sharing the small parking lot with […]
“Pain is temporary. Pride is forever.” That’s what the voice-over says in this video of an injured Kerri Strug completing her famous vault at 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. I invite you to watch with the sound off, and just notice the look on Strug’s face. Do you push through at all costs to your health? […]
To steal a line from Bette Davis, “Fasten your seatbelts; it’s going to be a bumpy night.” We all know the sound that a rollercoaster makes as it slowly climbs up that steep incline. Click…click…click… Somehow, this is what the last year has felt like to me. Until last winter, we had never experienced a global pandemic […]
Mindfulness is now being incorporated by organizations to lower healthcare costs, support employees in staying focused which improves their performance, and reduce levels of stress.
Harriet Stein of Big Toe in the Water brings Mindfulness Programs to organizations of all sizes to transform employee productivity, engagement, and satisfaction.