As I mentioned in my previous post, there are 4 factors that can trigger the stress response in us, and in this article, we will briefly discuss the first and most common trigger : our perception (thoughts).
How we perceive situations, events or circumstances, will play a massive role in whether we will create stress for ourselves at any given point in time. For example, the type of response to an email we have just received from a coworker heavily criticising our work in a project, will come down to how our neural network is configured in our brain. (more…)
If lately you have been ill, or have had trouble focusing and concentrating, or if you have been experiencing mood swings, feeling withdrawn or even experienced loss of motivation, commitment or confidence, most likely you are experiencing symptoms associated with stress. In order to cope with stress effectively, it is important to understand the stress response in the first place.
To keep us alive, nature hard-wired in our mind-body system a physical and mental response known as the stress response. In ancient times, when our ancestors were faced with a threat to their survival, such as confronting a hungry lion, their biology would trigger the fight or flight (stress) response. (more…)
Play time is one of the 7 daily essential mental activities that we need to expose our mind to in order to optimise our brain and perform at our very best.
As children, we were the masters of playtime. It is a pity to see how in adulthood, some of us have disconnected with our inner child, an aspect of ourselves characterised by vivid imagination, loving kindness, innocence, unconditional love and a tension-free way of living. Reconnecting with this dimension of ourselves will significantly increase our capacity for professional wellbeing. (more…)
Down Time is one of the 7 daily essential mental activities that we need to expose our mind to in order to optimise our brain and perform at our very best.
Decades of mind-body research has shown that in order to experience creative and insightful breakthroughs, you need to : A) Immerse yourself in the work you are doing, B) Step away from the work by switching your mind in another direction, C) Allow your unconscious mind to percolate and present you with new ideas. (more…)
Focus Time is one of the 7 daily essential mental activities that we need to expose our mind to in order to optimise our brain and perform at our very best.
Focus time is the time that we generally devote to our job, occupation or main activity, when we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, and when we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain. (more…)