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

How to Breathe Better for Focus & Calm

With distractions coming at us from every direction on a daily basis, it’s no wonder why many of us have difficulty staying focused and getting things accomplished efficiently. That’s when stress really kicks in and we forget even the most basic, important tasks like proper breathing. Unfortunately, stressful situations are usually when we should focus on our breathing methods and use our breath to help us focus and relieve stress. Bad breathing habits are a detriment to everyday performance.

Luckily, we can learn how to breathe better, not just when stress hits, but every day. Read more

How to Stay Calm at Work: 5 Lessons for Reclaiming Peace of Mind in the Workplace

Looming deadlines.

Endless to-do lists.

Conflicts with colleagues.

Late nights worrying about that next promotion.

Whether we love or loathe our jobs, these experiences are common among working people. According to a 1999 National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) publication titled Stress…At Work, 40% of workers reported their jobs to be very or extremely stressful and 25% of workers viewed their jobs as the number one stressor in their lives. These numbers demonstrate that staying calm at work has become a major challenge.

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Mind Over Matter: What To Do About Mind Chatter

During my quiet, contemplative states, I laugh at losing my temper at those external sounds (bird’s squawking, gardener’s equipment, car’s honking, children’s laughter, etc) which I blame for pulling me out of my meditation. More often than not it’s my own mind chatter that’s intrusive. However, shushing it or willing it to “Shut up!” is akin to telling myself not to think about pink elephants.

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