Focusing on instantaneous results heightens self-imposed pressure. We can’t mess up because we need to exude flawless strength so we can lead and win, now. Caught in the short game, we become more easily frustrated with our losses, mistakes, relationships (or lack thereof), our jobs, our pay, our…whatever it is we don’t have that we think we want.
Focusing on the short-game, may seem more pleasurable. But what it’s really doing is setting us up for long-term pain. It’s like an addiction. We need and more and more instant gratification to sustain our sense of enough-ness and purpose. Or rather fill a void that only these two things can fill. The long game is your purpose which brings you your sense of enough-ness. The long-game is the meaning and magic in life. The long-game is living.
If you haven’t already noticed, your skin takes a hit when you’re stressed. Anecdotally we’ve known this for centuries, but western science is just starting to discover the reasons behind the mind-body connection. From what we know now, a lot of it has to do with hormones. Yes, those sensitive, sometimes pesky, not-so-little, Read More
Staying constantly plugged into your work can backfire. Even constantly plugging into digital devices for play, like social media and phone games, can backfire. Your brain and body can take a toll, from decision fatigue to chronic stress and all the health effects that those bring. On Jan. 1, a law went into effect in France referred to as the “right to disconnect,” aimed at reducing, at least, the work-related constant connection.
If we want to improve our digestion, hydration, potential weight loss, satiety, and enjoyment of our food, we should slow down and chew. Some food digestion begins as soon as you put it in your mouth; foods that are called carbohydrates (fruit, veggies, pasta, bread, candy, etc) start to break down as soon as you take a bite because of an enzyme in your saliva. The less you chew, the less time this enzyme has to start breaking things down.
the average work week in the U.S. is now 47 hours, most will work past 65, and many entered the workforce in some way before reaching the legal drinking age. Depressed by all that? I hope not; it could be a sign you’re unhappy at work. And if you’re unhappy at work, you could be risking your mental and physical health…really.
By this point, you probably know that self-care is the key to improved physical and emotional health. You probably even know exactly what initial changes you’d make to taking more time to care for yourself, if you only had the time. Here’s the thing, you’ll never have more time. There will always be only 24 hours in the day. So you have to prioritize the time and give yourself permission to take care of yourself first. These 25 health and wellness stats may be just the nudge you need to start investing in yourself. Remember, you only have one body and one life. It’s up to you what you do with it.
You’re probably stressed right now. Even if you don’t feel stressed, your body is probably in a heightened state. You’re probably breathing shallow into your chest, inhaling and exhaling more quickly than necessary, and your heart is probably beating faster than necessary. You’re in that fight-or-flight state we’ve all heard about. What you may, Read More
If you still haven’t tried acupuncture and are curious whether it’s worth your time and money, here are five encouraging reasons to give it a chance.
We’ve all heard stress kills. Stress is the basic cause of 60 percent of all human illness and disease, according to the American Institute of Stress. But what if stress itself isn’t the problem; what if it’s our reaction to stress that debilitates us. Try thinking about stress on the mind in life like stress on the body in the gym. If embraced and overcome, stress takes your mind out of homeostasis and rebuilds it stronger, ready for the next challenge.