By Western Standard
February 3, 2022
Take a deep breath and relax. It’s only taxpayers’ money.
Blacklock’s Reporter says federal managers billed taxpayers more than $150,000 for videoconference workshops with a consultant offering deep breathing exercises, records show.
The spending followed questionnaires indicating many government executives complain they work too hard.
Cabinet in an Inquiry Of Ministry tabled in the Commons disclosed managers at nine departments and agencies spent a combined $153,060 on training sessions with Exco2 Incorporated, an Ottawa consultancy offering stress reduction seminars.
The spending dated from the outbreak of the pandemic in the winter of 2020.
All of our programs put an emphasis on equipping you with knowledge, the kind of knowledge that can change your life, Valerie Clements, a certified yoga teacher and former president of Exco2, stated in one training video.
Clements explained the company’s programs covered the simplest and best stress management techniques.
I have been exploring and implementing stress management techniques for myself and my clients for a long time, over 40 years now, said Clements in the video.
The best techniques are the simplest and the most accessible, like The Breath.
Pause right now. Take a deep breath. Let it out slowly. Why is it we all forget we can do this at any time? That’s what we need to work on, remembering and implementing right in the middle of the drama of life.