How to Concentrate for Higher Productivity and Happiness

Concentration is a state of mind. It’s a way of engaging with our work, regardless of what that work may be.

This state of mind is not neutral: Concentration can be either unpleasant or energizing. Good concentration can best be described by the concept of flow. Coined by Mihály Csíkszentmihályi in 1975, flow describes a state of mind which is energized, focused and fully immersed in the process at hand. During flow, time moves by imperceptibly and you become completely engrossed in the work. Read more

Shift Work Sleep Disorder: How to Identify and Treat It

Working twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week has become common. Medical staff, call center agents, government workers and various other jobs require workers to be on hand at all times, which means someone has to work night and rotating shifts.

While this schedule has become commonplace for many people, it is not without dangers and health impacts. Many people have a hard time sleeping during the day or getting sufficient sleep when their schedules change so frequently.

Those who have sleep problems due to shift work suffer from Shift Work Sleep Disorder, and it can be a major problem. Read on to learn about this disorder and what can be done to mitigate the negative effects of our on-demand work culture. Read more

How a Body Scan Meditation Can Help With Mindfulness

Breathing meditations like Vipassana meditation are a great way to calm down and become relaxed. But your breath isn’t the only thing that you can focus on for mindfulness-based stress reduction. Focusing on your body and your body parts during a body scan meditation is a great way to pull your mind into the present moment and calm down. It is easy to learn and can help you connect in a spiritual and intimate way to your body. Read more

How to Treat Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder

In a world of working nine to five, it’s easy to take sleeping through the night and waking up early in the day for granted. It can be a hard world for those that don’t fit the mold: people like night owls, new parents and Netflix binge-watchers. And for some other individuals, the inability to sleep through at night and be awake for most of the day is due to a medical issue called Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder (DSPD).

For these people, their sleep cycle is completely shifted from the standard sleep pattern. Without treatment, people suffering from Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder can have significantly decreased the quality of life. Read more

Can Stress Make You Sick?

Stress is not just a mental concept; it also has a huge effect on your physical wellbeing.

In short doses, acute stress can help you become focused and give you an actual rush of adrenaline that energizes your body to get the work done. Unfortunately, most of us are unable to let go of stress once the initial panic is gone. Read more

Anxiety Attack Symptoms: 14 Physical and Mental Signs

If you suffer from anxiety, you may have also experienced an anxiety attack.

Commonly known as a panic attack, an anxiety attack is when feelings of dread or anxiety become extreme and a person experiences a physical reaction and intense fear. The physical symptoms are so strong that people believe they are having a heart attack or are dying, often causing them to seek help at an emergency room. Knowing what an anxiety attack looks like before it happens can help you recognize the attack, seek the proper treatment and equip you with the knowledge to prevent anxiety attacks in the future. Read more

How to Relax Your Mind to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

High-anxiety situations create racing thoughts that stick with you for hours or even days. If you don’t know how to relax your mind, your worries can make it difficult to enjoy what’s around you.

When you’re stressed out, you never really enjoy the present moment. Not to mention the physical harm that comes from stress — increased blood pressure, intense muscle tension and erratic heart rates. A chronically stressed out mind is not good for your overall wellbeing.

That’s why learning how to relax your mind is essential to stress reduction. Read more

Stress vs. Anxiety: What’s the Difference?

The world has become both more stressed out and anxious. There are seemingly endless tasks to complete and everyone experiences the pressure of short deadlines. Working long hours, keeping up with social obligations and constantly having bad news delivered through 24-hour networks makes is very hard to relax.

The words stress and anxiety are thrown around a lot, given our environment. But even though anxiety and stress are often experienced together, are these two emotions the same? Read more

The Best Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Your heart pounds. You can’t quite catch your breath. You’ve got butterflies in your stomach. You want to cry or run or curl up in a little ball. You can’t calm yourself down and, worst of all, you’re not sure why you’re upset in the first place.

Though you may feel trapped and alone, you aren’t. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, over 18 percent of U.S. citizens 18 and older suffer from this extremely common mental illness. There are breathing exercises for anxiety that can help you deal with oncoming attacks. Read more

How to Use the 4-7-8 Breathing Technique to Reduce Stress

Why is breath so important? Breath is readily available as a focal point during meditative practice and is a handy measure of your state of mind. Lowering our breathing rate helps lower anxiety, reduce stress and makes it easier to sleep.

Breathing exercises are one of the core tenets of mindfulness. In this article, we are going to describe a breathing technique called 4-7-8 breathing, which you can use to quickly tap into the power of controlled breathing and its health benefits. Read more