Vitality

Being in the Now

Are you mindful? Mindfulness means you’re focused fully on what you are doing in the *present* moment. Since mindfulness is centered on the present, it means letting go of emotions related to the past and the future. It’s about being in the now. Over the next few days, be aware of your mindfulness. If you’re…

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Make Stress Your Friend

Stress has become a buzzword, but most of us don’t really know what it is. According to my friend Dr. Heidi Hanna, the word itself can cause stress just because it’s difficult to define. We use it as a catchall for anything that feels off in our lives, and by dumping problems into a bucket…

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Take That Break

Ultradian rhythms are natural body cycles occurring at intervals of less than 24 hours. We experience one every 90 to 120 minutes. Think about the last time you were working hard, feeling energized and productive, and then after 1.5 to 2 hours, you started to tire a bit and lose your focus. What did you…

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Sticky Attention

Our attention, it turns out, is quite fragile. We start by focusing on one topic and, before you know it, our thoughts drift elsewhere. Frequently, this shift in attention results in moving us away from the present moment to some thought or event that has already occurred in the past, or to some event that…

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Put the Glass Down!

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 oz.…

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