Well-being is not simply the result of good genes or good luck, says pioneering researcher Richard Davidson. It’s a skill we can cultivate.
Here are three ways Dr. Lipman relaxes at the end of the day.
Feeling overwhelmed? Intentional breathing can help quell your anxiety. Try these four breathing methods.
It’s no surprise that so many people feel stressed out. We’re living in a hyper-connected world where we’re always “on,” and multi-tasking is the new normal. Add in the constant fear-mongering by our ratings-driven news media and the fact that paying the bills is an increasingly difficult goal for many, and it’s little wonder that stress is on the rise.
“You don’t need to be a Buddhist monk to reap the benefits of mindfulness,” says Andy Puddicombe, founder ofGetSomeHeadSpace.com. He says mini meditation breaks throughout the day can clear your mind and help you feel less stress and more control. Commit yourself to giving it a shot tomorrow. Here’s how.
Living in a world where we are constantly bombarded with to-do lists, busy schedules and the struggle to find balance between our work and social life, it can be incredibly beneficial to your physical AND mental health to create a regular relaxation practice.
Stress. We’ve all experienced it. For some folks it’s intermittent, for others it’s relentless, and flat-out exhausting. When stress threatens to completely overwhelm, millions of people turn to what they believe is the quickest fix they can grab – a pill or a glass of wine to help bring them ‘back down to earth’. Though it may seem like a reasonable solution, do it a bit too much and you start to lose touch with your ability to calm or comfort yourself naturally. Take it a bit further and you’re looking at dependence or even addiction to substances that can destroy your body’s health.
Here at Be Well we love anything that makes living a healthy lifestyle easier. Apps are a great way to do just that! Here are 6 of my favorite healthy lifestyle apps.
“What do you do to relax?” This is a question that Dr. Lipman always asks patients, and they often get a deer-in-the-headlights look on their face, and have some trouble coming up with an answer. Because so many people don’t have a relaxation practice, we often encourage patients to meditate. According to Deepak Chopra, the health benefits of meditation are vast: “stress reduction, better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved cardiovascular function, improved immunity, and the ability to stay centered in the midst of all the turmoil that’s going on around you.” But the million dollar question is: If you want to learn how to meditate, where should you begin?
Sometimes our days get so crazy we forget to take a minute to breathe! But we must--it’s the only way to decompress before getting too carried away. Fortunately, there are many ways both physically and spiritually that we can do this. All of these methods for calming down can be done in under a minute.
There’s something about the promise of variety, novelty and sheer quantity. The other day, while I was at my trainer’s studio, I noticed a popular women’s fitness magazine on the coffee table. Mixed in with the usual headlines (flat belly, sexy legs, yada yada yada), one line with an eye-popping number grabbed my attention: “860 MOVES FOR A HOT UPPER BODY.”
Stress is an obnoxious thing. If not managed, it can derail your career, love life, and compromise your brainpower. It saps your energy, causes you to do irrational things, and even makes you stupid. To do away with this feeling, we do all types of irrational behaviors, such as smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, swear at our coworkers, and eat an obscene amount of junk food.