Recent studies regarding happiness show that people who have jobs -- something one does for money -- are not very happy; similarly, I've found that those are the type of people who often eat lunch at their desks.
When we race through our days, ignoring the physical symptoms and mental anguish that can accompany stress, we miss the opportunity to give ourselves a much-needed rest, to regroup and to calm our racing minds and tense bodies.
When you can't find the perfect care situation that enables you to take long stretches of quality time to yourself, we recommend you do the next best thing -- commit to just five minutes a day to do something for yourself.
I saw how I can get so caught up in the apparent urgency of the moment when I so don't want to. I understood that not getting caught up in the apparent urgency of the moment is the universal "work in progress" for humankind.
As our world continues to speed up and get more complex, being able to access inner calm -- particularly in the midst of crisis -- is a critical skill.
As an animation director, my job requires a lot of sitting alone in my studio, often in my pajamas, drawing the same thing for hours on end. If you do this every day for three months, you can start to go a bit mad -- especially if the workload doesn't allow for much down time.
It is through listening, attention and willingness to engage in the most vital energy of our lives, our hearts, that that we reboot our heart drives.
If we can try to relax and breathe during moments of stress, I think we give ourselves an opportunity to move past the negative and stress-producing emotions of fear, jealousy, anger and sadness with no regrets and greater ease.
Job demands can certainly cause stress. But your own reaction to those demands can have a significant impact on the intensity of stress you experience.
I am always mindful of ways we can enhance mood and wellbeing, specifically methods related to our ways of thinking and daily behaviors. Here are my top 10 recommendations for improving depression and anxiety, sans medication.