Amazing Benefits of Omega 3!

You may not know how deficient you are in Omega 3 Fats.

Because they go so unnoticed, Omega 3 deficiencies are the sixth biggest killer in America. The deficiency could lead to a number of serious mental and physical problems and may be an underlying cause of over 96,000 deaths per year. It is also an underlying cause of breast and prostate cancer and heart disease.

Omega 3 comes from both plant and animal sources, the most common animal source being krill oil and fish oil. The two types of Omega 3 fats in these fish oils are EPA and DHA.

The primary plant source comes from flaxseed, chia, and hemp. If you’ve had a BumbleBar before, you’ve probably tasted the earthy undertone that comes from the brown flax seeds that are mixed in with our recipe. With that delicious flavor comes some pretty impressive health benefits. These small little seeds are full of Omega 3’s.

There are more than 30,000 studies exploring the various benefits of this fatty acid, especially for heart and brain health. Studies have shown that when our body get a sufficient amount of omega-3 fish oil, we can gain more muscle. Researchers theorize that this is the effect of nutrient partitioning. In other words; calories that might originally be stored as fat can be partitioned into muscle

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The Power of Listening To Music At Work

Listening To Music At WorkIt’s 8:00 AM and you’ve just arrived to work. What’s the first thing you do?

For many of, we plug in our headphones or turn up Spotify. Whether you work sitting at a desk, standing all day, or perhaps your job is really labor intensive – you probably enjoy listening to music while you’re on the clock. At BumbleBar, we’ve recognized the power of workplace music, so naturally, we wanted to share the benefits with you!

Ten Benefits of Listening To Music While Working:

1. Provide Noise Balance Throughout Your Week

If you work in a very noisy facility (like BumbleBar) or a very hushed office space, you may be experiencing auditory imbalance. Spending 8 hours a day in either environment can cause a slight delirium throughout your week. You can help balance things out by listening to music with wearing volume conscious headphones while listening to your favorite tunes.

2. Maintain a Positive Mood

This one seems obvious, but it’s a fact we often forget when we’re having a bad day at the office. A grouchy co-worker has you feeling frustrated? Your presentation didn’t go over well? Don’t let it bring you down. Turn on your favorite song, sing along and keep on keepin’ on!

3. Makes You Motivated To Work

Many times when I needed to buckle down and get stuff done, I’ve found music to be more helpful than a cup of coffee. I’m sure we all have a certain song that gets our hearts beating a little faster. Harnessing a song’s energy and transposing the emotion and passion into creative productivity can be a very powerful thing.

4. Helps You Complete The Task At Hand

When you’re relaxed and in your element, you’re more likely to succeed; a fact we presumably all know to be true. The same goes for our level of focus. When you’re listening to music, it becomes easier to block out the happenings of life around you, therefore making it simpler to work on a single task from start to finish. Instead of scrambling around unsuccessfully multi-tasking, check off your to-do’s one at a time.

5. Makes The Day Go By Faster

The boring and mundane day that never seems to end. We’ve all been there. Staring at the clock, counting down the minutes until we can make a sprint to our warm, cozy beds at home. If you’re experiencing one of those extra long days, it’s time you turned up the volume. Music will certainly brighten up your dull mood and help speed things along.

6. Remember Things Better

According to Inc.com, learning requires your brain to analyze and remember instructions and facts. When music is on, however, your brain has to process [sensory] data on top of processing the instructions and facts. Because of this multitasking, the brain can interpret the instructions and facts improperly, either associating them in odd ways or making mistakes about what’s important enough to store. Thus, if you have to learn something at work, it’s best to turn off your music, especially if you’re learning verbally or through reading and the music has lyrics.

7. Complete Repetitive Tasks Faster

Are you doing a lot of the same ol’ thing over and over and over again? Repetition on the clock can be mundane and incredibly annoying, but thankfully, music can be your remedy. We recommend something with a consistent beat and catchy melody that encourages an upbeat, fast paced, constructive workplace.

8. Releases Dopamine In Your Brain

Okay, so how does this help me at work? Well, we’re getting to that. According to Crew, whether you’re listening to the beat of a Daft Punk song or a mellow Jack Johnson track, both have an effect on your brain that is not present in any other living animal. When humans listen to music, a part of our brain called the nucleus accumbens activates, triggering the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine. Dopamine resides in a group of neurons called the brain’s Ventral Tegmental Area. Furthermore, people with higher levels of dopamine have shown increased amounts of motivation and drive. Obviously, these are characters highly valued in the workplace.

9. Provides A Sense of Solitude

It’s difficult for the mind to wander while your toes are tappin’ to Ms. Jackson. You’re probably not thinking about much, besides the song and whatever is laying directly in front of you. Take advantage of the faux isolation headphones can create and rid yourself of all distractions.

10. Creates Connections

Staying up to date with the latest music and album releases is not only entertaining, but it also can help you stay connected with those around you! Keeping an eclectic library of music gives you something to talk about with new clients or old coworkers or even your intimidating boss. People are all different, but one thing is sure – we all love music.

So, what kind of music do you listen to at work? Have you found any other benefits of music that we left out? Let us know in the comments below. We would love to hear what’s coming out of your headphones.

Tips to Sticking to your New Years Resolution

 

Sticking to a Sticky New Year’s Resolution

First of all, keep in mind that just because January is coming to a close doesn’t mean that it is too late to make a New Year’s resolution. It is never too late to make a positive lifestyle change!

It may not surprise you to learn that only 41% of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions. Of those, only 9.2% actually felt successful in achieving their resolution. For those of you who have already decided on a 2017 resolution, here are some tips on how to stick it out. For those who haven’t, consider these tips as a way to set yourself up for success with or without resolutions during these next eleven months.

  1. Set achievable goals for yourself.

    • Small, monthly resolutions are less intimidating and easier to manage. It’s important to set short-term, achievable goals for yourself in order to stay motivated throughout the year.
    • Avoid absolutes, such as “I will never eat sweets,” or “I will always go to the gym.” These kinds of goals are very difficult to stick to and particularly discouraging if you slip up.
  2. Work your willpower.

    • Most people think willpower is finite; you have this much of it and if you don’t use it then it goes unused. However, willpower is actually more like a muscle; the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Exercise your willpower a little bit every day and you’ll see how much easier it gets to stick to that pesky resolution.
  3. Lift your spirits.

    • When you’re feeling discouraged about your resolution, try watching a funny video, like this one. This study shows how taking the time to watch a funny video actually increases self-control and productivity. WebMD has also run experiments on the effect your mood, even a bad mood, can have on your self-control. Their study showed how either end of the mood spectrum, nasty or nice, increases willpower and motivation.
  4. Track your successes.

    • Of course, there will be moments of discouragement. The key to overcoming this is by reminding yourself how much you’ve accomplished in the past. Write down everything you’re proud of, right down to “I get out of bed when I don’t want to.” With all your achievements listed on paper, you’ll see how much willpower you really have.
    • You can use this printable to keep track of your goals and successes
  5. Visualize it.

    • Post a picture of your goal on your fridge to remind yourself of your goal. Studies have also shown that people who write their goals down on paper are more likely to achieve their goals than those who make mental vows.
  6. Know when you’re out of juice.

    • Don’t give up, but don’t make it tougher than it needs to be. Don’t put yourself in stressful situations where you’re forced to exercise that willpower. Know when you’ve had enough, and get away from the temptation until you’ve had a good night’s rest and a healthy snack.

Chinese New Year – The Year of the Fire Rooster

Happy Chinese New Year from the BumbleBar Team!

Do you celebrate the Chinese New Year? If so, we would love to know how! Share your stories in the comments below!

Many people across the globe will begin the New Year festivities on January 27th. Chinese New Year normally falls between January 21 and February 20. We will be saying goodbye to the year of the Monkey and saying hello to the year of the Rooster; in particular, the Fire Rooster.

Chinese New Year 2017

For those of us who don’t know what this means…

We did some research on China Highlights and this is what we learned:
In Chinese astrology, each zodiac year is not just associated with an animal sign, but also one of five elements: Gold (Metal), Wood, Water, Fire, or Earth. Both the zodiac sign and the element shape the astrology of the year. For example, 2017 is a Fire Rooster year. Element-sign combinations start over every 60 years.

The following famous fire Roosters will be 60 this zodiac year: Dawn French, Donny Osmond, Martin Luther King III, Stephen Fry, Hans Zimmer, Dolph Lundgren, and Jools Holland.

Both zodiac sign and element are believed to affect one’s personality and destiny. Below are the five types of Roosters:

1. Wood Rooster – Born in 1945, 2005 – These people tend to be energetic, overconfident, tender, and unstable.

2. Fire Rooster – Born in 1957, 2017 – Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work.

3. Earth Rooster – Born in 1909, 1969 – Lovely, generous, trustworthy, and popular amongst their friends.

4. Gold Rooster – Born in 1921, 1981 – Determined, brave, perseverant, and hardworking.

5. Water Rooster – Born in 1933, 1993 – Smart, quick-witted, tenderhearted, and compassionate
Very interesting!

Chinese New Year 2017

What is your Chinese Zodiac animal?

We wish you a very fun Chinese New Year and hope you enjoy the rest of 2017!

Celebrating Our Amazing Workplace Diversity At BumbleBar

Throughout the last twenty years at BumbleBar, our workplace culture has become more and more diverse. And we love it! There are many benefits to having a diverse work environment, including elimination of discrimination through promotion of a safe work culture.

Our team consists of women and men of all ages and backgrounds!
Currently, we’re working on revamping our training videos so that BumbleBar’s human resources team may provide them in multiple languages.

We continue to experience high employee morale resulting from workforce diversity.

According to Rob McInness of Diversity World, top talent is no longer (but really, was it ever?) represented by a homogeneous group, but by a group representing people from many different backgrounds and life experiences. Top recruiters know that true talent lies in passion and experience, not gender, age, or ethnicity. Encouraging a diverse facility steadily builds synergy throughout the production team and improves communication skills!

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“Workplace diversity also increases productivity. Diversity and inclusion bring different talents together, working towards a common goal by using a unique set of skills. Igniting employee and company loyalty as well as improving retention and productivity, workplace diversity is, of course, beneficial. With so many different and diverse minds coming together many more solutions will arise as every individual brings in their way of thinking, operating and solving problems and decision making,” according to Sahar’s Consulting.

Do you have diversity in the workplace? What benefits does it bring to your company? We would like to know! Share your story in the comments below or send us an email here.

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