Mindfulness Articles

The Key to Being Productive at Work

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Businesswoman in office pointing at monitor with notes on itThere’s lots of advice on managing our time, getting organized and creating efficient to-do lists for becoming more productive. I explore these topics regularly on Psych Central.

However, according to psychiatrist and ADHD expert Edward M. Hallowell, M.D., these suggestions only scratch the surface. What we really need to do to be more productive is to retrain our attention. We need to delve into the deeper reasons we get distracted at work.

In his newest book Driven to Distraction At Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive, Dr. Hallowell identifies the six most common distractions: electronic devices, multitasking, idea hopping, worry, trying to fix everyone’s problems and underachieving. He presents these distractions in the first half of the book and shares practical solutions for each type of distraction.

One Way to Break a Bad Habit & Uncover Happiness

Friday, February 13th, 2015

One Way to Break a Bad Habit & Uncover HappinessBelow is an excerpt from Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.’s new book, Uncovering Happiness.

Start by picking one of the undesirable habits that you’ve identified as fueling your depression loop. Take a moment to picture in your mind the routine as vividly as possible. What time does it occur? Where are you? Who are you with? The more real you can make it and the more detail you can imagine it with, the better.

Next, pause before engaging with whatever the routine is.

The Benefits of Mindful Eating

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Making a choiceAt 2 p.m. I still hadn’t eaten lunch. I was struggling to finish up an article before my daughter walked in the door from school. But a growling stomach was making it hard to focus.

I moved to the kitchen, grabbed a banana and a handful of crackers and ate them at the counter, while making notes on my to-do List. Then I grabbed a piece of string cheese from the fridge and a rubbery Tootsie Pop from the back cupboard and carried them to my desk. I still don’t remember eating the lollipop, but the wrapper is sitting there under the computer monitor.

Psychology Around the Net: February 7, 2015

Saturday, February 7th, 2015


Learn more about money and happiness, how our personality types affect our habits, and — *gasp* — whether practicing BDSM can actually reduce anxiety in this week’s Psychology Around the Net.

The Psychology of Why Sports Fans See Their Teams as Extensions of Themselves: With the Super Bowl (and possibly DeflateGate — at least, somewhat) behind us, let’s take a look behind the scenes of how we see our favorite sports teams actually could be an expression of our own selves.

How Constantly Apologizing Affects Our Personal Relationships

Friday, February 6th, 2015


We’re not kids anymore: Apologizing doesn’t make everything right. So stop saying it!

While there’s no way of getting around ever having to you’re sorry, resorting to repetitious apologies in an effort to restore trust and intimacy with your partner can produce unexpected results.

Unfortunately, this guilty approach to relationships often backfires.

2 Helpful Practices for Easing into Mindfulness

Friday, February 6th, 2015

using-mindfulness-to-alter-your-moodMindfulness helps us move out of autopilot, where we think thoughts, feel emotions and act on behaviors without any awareness — without even realizing we’re having these experiences. Without any awareness of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, we can get caught up in negative cycles.

Our mind buzzes with anxious thoughts. We engage in habits that aren’t fulfilling or even healthy. We get swept up in anger and lash out at our loved ones. We get caught up in judging ourselves, and our stress only expands.

Mindfulness also helps us move away from thinking and doing to being. It is in this state of being that our five senses take center stage and connect us to what’s happening right now, in this very moment, according to mindfulness teacher Ed Halliwell in his newest book Mindfulness: How to Live Well by Paying Attention.

10 Ways to Brighten Your Winter Workdays

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

10 Ways to Brighten Your Winter WorkdaysAs a long-term transplant to New England, I was faced with a choice: spend the winters hibernating and grumbling or strategize on how to make it all work better. The “it” here is the New England weather — or these seemingly endless weeks between the holidays and springtime.

Happily, I’ve managed to brainstorm and practice a number of winter wellness tricks. You can, too.

1. Morning pages. Long before Natalie Goldberg coined the term “morning pages,” I kept a teenage personal journal. Now, in middle age, I see it as both a wellness and a creativity tool. Therapeutic, medical and wellness experts have long touted the personal, creative and professional benefits of writing down our lives and feelings.

Mindful Breathing

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

s-MEDITATION-large-1As a therapist, I can provide the best care by doing many different things. I see many different folks in my office for psychotherapy. When you work with people with everything from postpartum depression to acute panic disorder or even schizophrenia, you should have a lot of different tools in your therapeutic bag.

As I continue to build my therapeutic toolbox and have opportunities to work with different types of individuals, there is one exercise that I keep coming back to. In fact, I give it to almost all of my clients at some point.

Do You Squirm in the Presence of Unconditional Love?

Monday, February 2nd, 2015


Once I was in India visiting a holy man who my family had known since I was a child and hadn’t seen in nearly 30 years. As I sat across his desk from him, he looked at me as if he were watching a movie about my life. With no words said, I felt like he could see everything I had ever done, every unwise choice, every lie, every romantic encounter, every achievement, every good thing, and every thought.

I just somehow knew, without any proof, that he knew everything about me. All I felt from him was absolute unconditional love. You would think that that would be a beautiful experience.

The problem was that I was extremely uncomfortable.

How to Worry More Effectively

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

How to Worry More EffectivelyEveryone worries from time to time. The problem is, some of us have a tendency to worry about things more than is helpful.

Excessive worry can be accompanied by physical symptoms (such as tension, fatigue, or insomnia) or psychological ones (such as dread, anxiety, and sometimes depression). So how do we stop?

The unfortunate truth is that we will probably never be able to completely stop worrying. However, we can learn to worry more effectively. This is where scheduled worry time comes in.

How to Use Feng Shui to Enhance Love, Clarity, and Energy

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Looking to create more love, wealth or clarity in your life? Then watch today’s episode of Conscious Living ®, where …

Be Like Nature: Bend & Be Resilient

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Be Like Nature: Bend & Be ResilientNature teaches us a lot about what it takes to survive in the world. If only we’d listen.

As I watch the snow fall outside my window, I can’t help but be impressed. This perfect snow clumps on the tree branches, building a forest of white.

But branches can only take so much weight. What happens when the snow becomes too much?

This is where nature’s amazing architecture comes into play. Nature has a simple solution to the weight of the world — and it’s one we can all learn from.

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