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Mindfulness is Fine, but Staring at a Raisin Won’t Cure Anxiety

The blurb on the back of the book had an enticing promise: "Take a few minutes out of your day and colour your way to peace and calm". After decades of grappling with acute anxiety, perhaps this mindfulness colouring book would be my magic bullet. I bought a pack of fancy pencils and got to [...]

It’s Time To Give People The Ability To Call In On An Off Day

Ross Jones thought he was taking a big risk when he phoned his boss from the waiting room of a counselling service to tell him he would not be coming to work that day - or the next. "At that time in our organisation it was a lot riskier to talk about your mental health, [...]

Battling The Physical Symptoms Of Stress

Flikr Images Steve should have been celebrating. A 30-something entrepreneur in the Bay area, he had just closed a multi-million dollar round of Series A financing for his startup. Instead, he found himself in his doctor’s office—25 pounds overweight, physically exhausted, sleep-deprived and with a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes. This news only [...]

10 Tips For Preventing Burnout

Flickr Images Burnout occurs when a person has experienced prolonged and excessive stress. It builds up over time, and the individual may find themselves: Feeling overwhelmed Physically and emotionally exhausted Isolating self from others Forgetting why you do your job, de-motivated Questioning themselves Experiencing an increase in illness/aches and pains Having an increasingly [...]

8 Healthy Tips for Managing Stress

istockphoto A latest survey conducted by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) has highlighted that the number of Australians reporting distress, anxiety and depression is the highest it has been in the last 5 years, and concurringly, a significant proportion of them were engaging in risky behaviours to manage this heightened distress. The annual [...]

The Two Signs You’re A Workaholic

Earlier this year, researchers tested 333 employees for a number of characteristics to see if any of them were higher among workaholics. The findings, published in the International Journal of Stress Management, discovered two in particular as being “significantly associated” with this addiction: achievement motivation and perfectionism. - James Adonis via The two signs you're a [...]

Nine Steps To Forgiveness

From "Forgive for Good" (Harper Collins, 2002) By Frederic Luskin, Ph.D. 1. Know exactly how you feel about what happened and be able to articulate what about the situation is not OK. Then, tell a couple of trusted people about your experience. 2. Make a commitment to yourself to do what you have to do [...]

Six Myths About Stress

Stress is a part of our lives and there’s no getting around it. But as much as we all live with it, many of us misunderstand some of the basics about stress and its role in our lives. Why does this matter? Stress has been indicted in many research studies in exacerbating very real physical [...]

Meditation, Mindfulness and Mind-Emptiness

Mindfulness essentially involves the passive observation of internal and external stimuli without mental reaction. Ever been unable to sleep because you can’t switch off that stream of thoughts that seems to flow incessantly, mercilessly through your head? When your mental noise distracts you from the task at hand, makes you forget why you walked into [...]

Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging

A small pilot study shows for the first time that changes in diet, exercise, stress management and social support may result in longer telomeres, the parts of chromosomes that affect aging. via Lifestyle Changes May Lengthen Telomeres, A Measure of Cell Aging | ucsf.edu.