Let’s face it … there is no way to remove external stress from your life. But there are countless ways to manage your reaction to stress. Here are nine ways to respond to stress that will leave you feeling centered.
The voice inside your head claims you’re not good enough, not qualified, and don’t deserve your achievements. You just don’t understand how you’re so successful; Everyone will figure you out as a fraud sooner or later. Does this inner dialogue sound familiar? If so, you may have imposter syndrome. Here’s how to deal with it.
When I was young, my mom had a terrible fear of flying. She would clench up on the way to the airport, gasp during the smallest air pocket mid-flight, and sigh with utter relief when we deplaned. Needless to say, we did not fly often. Looking back, I wish I had known what I know […]
Amy Cuddy, social psychologist, professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people everywhere—from students in the classroom to CEOs in the boardroom. Her research has revealed that simple changes to body language can not only change how other people think and feel about us, but also how […]
Your heart rate speeds up … your blood pressure soars … your breathing gets shallow … your palms start sweating … your mind begins to spin … sounds familiar? These are all normal symptoms of the acute stress response commonly known as fight or flight. The next two things I say shouldn’t surprise you: 1. Our culture […]
When the possibility of success strikes, what do you do with the self-doubt that shows up uninvited? When you throw yourself into a big project, when you open yourself to something new, when you push yourself into a challenge or toward a goal—especially one you’ve had for a long time or one that’s important to […]
Yoga Nidra—known as yogic sleep—is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice that is intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. I’ve heard that an hour of yoga nidra can be as restorative as four hours of regular sleep (although I could not find the research to back this up). The first time I […]
As humans, we have at least 50,000 thoughts every day, which means we have a new thought approximately every 1.2 seconds. This human condition is often referred to as the monkey mind, and it can make us feel like we’re crazy. Buddhists gave our minds this nickname and defined it as “unsettled; restless; capricious; whimsical; […]
I didn’t like the idea of meditation at all when I first heard about it, and I liked it even less when I first tried it. I have trouble slowing down in general; just the idea of sitting still intimidated me. I had some preconceived notions about what meditation was and what prerequisites and personality […]
If you live in a civilization of any kind, you probably find yourself with space between moments and events in your day. And chances are, you’re not always happy when you have to wait in line at the grocery store, stop at a red light, wait for a friend “running just 5 minutes late,” or […]