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The Cost & Solutions to Stress and Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Graeme Cowan

Friday, April 18th, 2014

The Cost & Solutions to Stress and Mental Illness in the Workplace: An Interview with Graeme CowanThe direct cost of depression to the United States in terms of lost time at work is estimated at 172 million days yearly. According to the World Health Organization, mental disorders are the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and Canada.

Australian Graeme Cowan, who experienced a horrific five-year mental breakdown, published a report on this topic called, “The Elephant in the Boardroom: Getting Mentally Fit For Work.”

The Benefits of Stress

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Benefits of StressStress.

What comes to your mind when you hear, read or write this word?

Most people consider stress to be bad. Many books and articles have been written about it. Much advice has been given on how to manage or overcome it. It is an unpleasant condition, which each of us try to avoid.

But stress is not necessarily your enemy.

Why Are We Drawn to Sad Movies?

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Why Are We Drawn to Sad Movies?“The best movies transport us beyond time. We hitch a ride on the emotional roller coaster of the main character’s quest.” – Cathie Glenn Sturdevant

Conjure up any heartbreaking film: Chances are, I’ll most likely be interested in it.

A Mindful Practice to Fully Feel Your Anger

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

A Mindful Practice to Fully Feel Your AngerEarly in her practice, psychotherapist Andrea Brandt, Ph.D, M.F.T, found that the clients she was seeing were able to talk about their anger. They used popular techniques such as “I” statements. They were able to articulate when they felt angry.

And, yet, their anger wasn’t dissipating. Communicating their anger wasn’t the problem. The problem was their inability to fully feel that anger.

Taking a Closer Look at Health Benefits of Meditation

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Enlightening Our Universities and Medical Schools About the Health Benefits of MeditationMeditation research has come a long way since the first scientific study on meditation was published in a peer-reviewed journal in 1971 [1]. That study declared the discovery of a major fourth state of consciousness— the state of restful alertness — experienced during the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.

Now there are over 1,000 published studies on various meditation practices, with over 600 studies on the TM technique alone. Many universities, medical schools and hospitals offer classes in mind-body medicine and provide training in meditation.

Nevertheless, recent press reports about a scientific review [2] published in JAMA Internal Medicine (January 2014) raised questions about the extent of health benefits that can be claimed for meditation. While the review has been criticized as too narrowly focused to represent the current state of meditation research — it excluded many major studies and randomized clinical trials — there is an upside: The JAMA review may prompt health professionals to look closer at meditation and discover how far the research has actually come at verifying the health benefits and specific effects of different practices.

Work with the Flow of Life for Business Success

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Work with the Flow of Life for Business SuccessThere is one secret to abundant business prosperity that only a handful of successful companies throughout the world seem to know. It is this: Human beings are hardwired to be social, interconnected beings. Enduring success in business depends entirely on working with the flow of human life rather than against it.

Too many corporations operate from a fundamental and deep-seated fear of lack, which turns them into forceful, resource-grabbing militaristic machines that leave workers deeply disconnected and discontented.

Healthy Ways to Navigate Negative Thoughts

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Healthy Ways to Navigate Negative Thoughts

I’ll never be able to do that. Nothing ever works. I can’t do anything. No one cares. Everything is terrible. I am terrible at everything.

These are examples of the negative thoughts that can bombard us on a regular basis, according to Tamar Chansky, Ph.D, a clinical psychologist who helps children, teens and adults overcome anxiety.

Negative thoughts are “automatic thoughts in response to uncertainty, anxiety, disappointment or other challenges.” She described them as “knee-jerk reactions of the mind.”

We often interpret our negative thoughts as cold, hard facts. We assume they’re accurate assessments of our performance, circumstances and anything else going on in our lives.

Yet they’re not.

Why I Enrolled in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Why I Enrolled in a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction ProgramA Buddhist proverb says that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

After five years of trying to learn and practice mindfulness — moment-to-moment awareness, or paying attention to the present moment on my own and ending up, well, different than the bald guys in the ocher and saffron robes, I decided that I was in desperate need of a teacher and some direction.

So I enrolled in the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) at my local hospital.

Waiting: A Tough Skill to Master

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Waiting: A Tough Skill to MasterWho wants to learn how to wait well? Nobody I know. We want not to wait! We are busy people. We’ve got things to do, places to go. We don’t want to waste our time on the phone, in waiting rooms or in traffic. We can’t even wait for winter to be over with.

Because the digital age had made our life faster and easier, by contrast, the times we are forced to wait have become more annoying. Two examples:

10 Daily Habits That Help You Manage ADHD

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

10 Daily Habits That Help You Manage ADHDThe first key in managing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is making sure you’re getting effective treatment. As Stephanie Sarkis, Ph.D, NCC, a psychotherapist and ADHD specialist, said, “appropriate treatment can make a world of difference.”

The second key in managing ADHD is building healthy habits that help you sharpen your focus, navigate symptoms and accomplish what you need to accomplish.

Below is a list of 10 habits that may help you better manage ADHD.

7 Tips for Setting Boundaries At Work

Monday, March 10th, 2014

7 Tips for Setting Boundaries At WorkMany of us spend the majority of our days at work. That work also can bleed into our life at home. So creating boundaries around our workplace is critical.

It also shows your boss, clients and colleagues that you have a backbone, said Melody Wilding, LMSW, a therapist who works with young professionals and business owners.

When you respect your personal boundaries, others typically will, too. Remember that “you teach people how to treat you.”

But creating boundaries at work can get tricky because there’s the real worry of being demoted or fired. Yet with clear communication, practice and preparation it can be done.

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every Day

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

20 Calming or Invigorating Mini Meditations You Can Practice Every DayNo matter how hectic or stressful our days are, whether we’re sitting at our desks or waiting in line, we have the opportunity to pause and adjust our perspective.

We have the opportunity to be kinder — both to ourselves and others. We have the opportunity to relax and slow down. And we have the opportunity to refocus. Even if it’s for a minute or two.

In her book Self-Meditation: 3,299 Mantras, Tips, Quotes and Koans for Peace and Serenity, bestselling author Barbara Ann Kipfer offers a wealth of inspiration for practicing kindness and breathing in the beauty of daily moments and the miracles that are our lives.

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