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5 Ways Mindfulness Can Make Your Brain Healthier

5 Ways Mindfulness Can Make Your Brain Healthier | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Mindfulness is a simple, research-proven technique that physically alters your brain. Learn how to use it to become more effective and less stressed.

There's no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts your performance by physically altering your brain.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia recently pooled data from more than 20 studies to understand how practicing mindfulness affects the brain. While the researchers found significant changes in eight brain regions, there are two regions that are of particular importance to you.

In these brain regions, the simple act of practicing mindfulness increased both brain activity and the density of brain tissue:

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Amazing results from an approach that is very different.

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Meus's curator insight, May 13, 4:14 AM

Mindfulness doesn't have to take place in the mountains of Nepal or a weekend retreat under a vow of silence. The beauty of the technique is that it's so simple you can do it anywhere and just about anytime.

Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, May 13, 8:06 AM

#Mindfulness is mainly about where your #focus is and how you use your #brain. This process has the ability to completely restructure your brain.

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10 Signs You're Burning Out (And How To Stop It)

10 Signs You're Burning Out (And How To Stop It) | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

Even the best jobs can lead to burnout. The harder you work and the more motivated you are to succeed, the easier it is to get in over your head.

The prevalence of burnout is increasing as technology further blurs the line between work and home. New research from the American Psychological Association and the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago reported the following:

  • 48 percent of Americans experienced increased stress over the past 5 years
  • 31 percent of employed adults have difficulty managing their work and family responsibilities
  • 53 percent say work leaves them "overtired and overwhelmed."

A Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) poll found that “burnout from my current job” was one of the top reasons that people quit.

Burnout can get the better of you, even when you have great passion for your work. Arianna Huffington experienced this first hand when she almost lost an eye from burnout. She was so tired at work that she passed out, hitting her face on her desk. She broke her cheek bone and had to get four stitches on her eye.

“I wish I could go back and tell myself that not only is there no trade-off between living a well-rounded life and high performance, performance is actually improved when our lives include time for renewal, wisdom, wonder and giving. That would have saved me a lot of unnecessary stress, burnout and exhaustion.”   –Arianna Huffington

Burnout often results from a misalignment of input and output; you get burnt out when you feel like you’re putting more into your work than you’re getting out of it. Sometimes this happens when a job isn’t rewarding, but more often than not it’s because you aren’t taking care of yourself.

Before you can treat and even prevent burnout, you need to recognize the warning signs so that you’ll know when it’s time to take action. Here they are, in no particular order. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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Good weekend read. Very true, #burnout is everywhere, both #employees and #entrepreneurs will experience it at one time or another.

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6 Easy Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Focus for Greater Productivity

6 Easy Ways to Decrease Stress and Improve Focus for Greater Productivity | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it
No need to book a trip to an Ashram to control your stress. Your solutions for improved happiness, focus and productivity are right in front of you.

Meditation is now a multi-billion dollar business. In 2015, the industry generated more than $1 billion in revenues, not including revenues from mobile app downloads, and almost 25% of employers will offer mindfulness training to its employees in 2016.

Clearly, we are all seeking ways to reduce our stress and quiet our minds. As a slightly ADHD dual-CEO/author/speaker/wife/hands-on mom to two teenagers, I'm intentional about activities and natural remedies that help to quiet my mind and keep me focused.

Here are 6 ways I keep my stress at a manageable level so that I can be my happiest and most productive self. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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More weekend litterature. Do we have to re-learn how to #relax and decrease #stress? Find a few ways to add to your relaxation tools and in the end find greater productivity.

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Johnson Hung's curator insight, March 25, 6:09 PM

More weekend litterature. Do we have to re-learn how to #relax and decrease #stress? Find a few ways to add to your relaxation tools and in the end find greater productivity.

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18 Unusual Habits That Boost Your Energy More Than Coffee

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To understand unique and healthy ways to consistently and quickly boost energy daily, I asked dynamic entrepreneurs to spill their best-kept secrets.


"Being an entrepreneur is like eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.”

These words from Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX and Tesla, describe a mentality many founders can relate to as they go through the day-to-day grind of running a startup. Like Musk, entrepreneurs face huge ups and downs every single day, sometimes in the same moment. Having energy to confront those challenges is the essential ingredient to success.

To understand unique and healthy ways to consistently and quickly boost energy daily, I interviewed the country’s top ambitious young entrepreneurs, honorees of the Empact Showcase, who work tirelessly, day and night, to turn their visions into reality. Their responses will surprise you! Each response includes links to research and resources so you can incorporate the habit into your life if it’s right for you.

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I never drink coffee, I get too wired. I use several of the ideas described here, some adapted to what I know and who I am. Doing such things is very important to keep yourself going in a balanced way, it helps with the stress of 'living on the edge' while being an entrepreneur and stretching yourself too much - until you snap! Very important.

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7 tricks to keep a stressful job from taking over your life

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Holding down a demanding job these days can sometimes make you feel like your back is against the wall.

But when that feeling follows you home and makes you want to punch the wall, that’s a problem.

Work stress has invaded your downtime, threatening to mess with your personal life so you never score that breather everyone needs from the 9-to-5 pressure cooker.

Science backs up the way job anxiety chips away at your well being.

Chronic stress at work that you’re bringing home regularly “does damage — it causes a rise in blood pressure, GI issues and brain cell death over the long haul,” says Gail Saltz, M.D., associate professor of psychiatry at The New York Presbyterian Hospital Weill-Cornell Medical College.

If that doesn’t put job stress in perspective, listen to this: A 2015 Harvard and Stanford study even found that stress related to work is as bad as secondhand smoke exposure, insidiously seeping into your life like bus exhaust. Yikes.

Thinking about due dates and competitive coworkers when you should be chilling out and indulging in activities you love? It’s not what you’ve worked so hard for in your career. These strategies will help you create boundaries so the office can’t invade your brain after hours. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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#Stress is a tightening of your system. You have to find ways to unwind.

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Entrepreneurs On How They Handle Stress To Stay Focused On Success

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In this second column of a series, five more entrepreneurs chime in on how they manage the daily stress and what they think is the biggest misconception about entrepreneurship.

Ah, that emotional roller-coaster that is entrepreneurship--when you ask the question on "how do you manage it"- even the busiest entrepreneur has an answer. As I noted in a prior post, I decided to reach out to a variety of entrepreneurs (tech, established, funded, bootstrapped, local and global) how they deal with a particularly stressful days (which can be endless). Stress comes in an endless stream of forms--whether it is the stress which can arise from the drama of scaling a business or expanding into a new market or the stress which arises from juggling family commitments with the needs of a growing venture (and investor expectations).

My five questions must have hit a nerve, as Deborah Jackson, founder of PlumAlley.co (and my former business partner in a prior startup venture) fired back her responses in record time:

  1. Talk to husband, daughters or friends.
  2. Don't quit
  3. They succeed.
  4. Just get out there and learn and iterate. There is no straight line to success.
  5. Talk to someone who has started a company. Talk to a founder that did not succeed. If you do not have sufficient passion, conviction or an idea for something we actually need in the world, don't be the founder. Join a startup in another position instead to learn some skills and insights. Don't do something trivial. It is the same work to do something that matters.

Below you'll discover the answers from four more entrepreneurs on how they deal with stress, to their secrets to pushing forward to startup success and oh, those massive misconceptions of entrepreneurship. Read more: click image or title.

 

 

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The Surprising Way Meditation Made This CEO A Better Boss

The Surprising Way Meditation Made This CEO A Better Boss | Competitive Edge | Scoop.it

If you can't clear your schedule, you better clear your mind.

Tom Werner can rarely clear his schedule. Instead, he clears his mind.

“When you’re the CEO, you’re always thinking about the next thing,” the chief executive of solar energy titan SunPower said in a recent interview with The Huffington Post. “I have an interview for X time, then I’m going to that meeting, then I have that dinner tonight, and then tomorrow I’ve got…”

He said just 10 minutes of mindful meditation every night helps him stay present and subdue distracting thoughts or emotions that prevent him from paying attention during each of his obligations in a given day. That, he said, makes a huge difference in how he leads the San Jose-based company’s roughly 6,300 employees. Read more: click image or tittle.



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#Meditation makes a huge difference, especially when working stressful jobs. Make your life more pleasant, and yourself too for other people.

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How to Stay Fresh and Focused in Business

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Common sense, down-to-earth tips. Good to remember.

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Carlos Polaino Jiménez's curator insight, April 15, 2014 6:40 AM

Recomendaciones importantes, sobre todo para los trabajadores solitarios, cada vez más numerosos.

Lynne M. Williams BS, MA, ABD★'s curator insight, April 15, 2014 8:39 PM

Great tips to plan each day!

4twenty2's curator insight, April 16, 2014 4:18 AM

7 Tips for keeping focused and relaxed through the day.  It will not only make you more productive, your team will follow suit.  The more relaxed your work environment is the more you can achieve and the more approachable you are to your team.