I’ve been writing about balanced living these last few months. But a recent phenomenon known as The Momo Challenge illustrates the importance of balanced thinking. That is, you have to balance what you think is happening from what is really happening. The Momo Challenge: How Fear Perpetuates Anxiety The Momo Challenge started blowing up across major news outlets and social media apps a couple of weeks ago, but it’s b
Exercise is a great way to regulate mood, improve your overall wellness, and help you move towards a more balanced life. But when you take it to the extreme, as elite athletes do, exercise and physical fitness can also encourage the athlete to neglect areas of life that need attention. Such was the case with Clara Hughes, a dual-season Olympian, and the only athlete in the world to win multiple medals in both the win
Relationships are an important part of living a balanced life. But during the holiday Christmas season, relationships can lead us to feel a host of uncomfortable emotions. If you are experiencing stress in any one of your relationships (i.e., romance, friends, or family), it’s easy to feel like a major part of your life is out of balance. During the Holidays, you might feel obligated to spend time with people you are
It’s the first thing I forget about when I’m stressed or anxious: My breath. When I feel overwhelmed with whatever is happening in life, I seem to forget about my breathing. In a way, I end up taking it for granted. This is the brilliance of the human body. The systems essential for keeping us alive – the heart and the circulatory system, the lungs and our respiratory system – are all done non-consciously
I’m a typical extrovert, which means I get energized by being around people. If I’m feeling tired, unhappy, or stressed out, spending time talking to others is a great way for me to improve my mood. Yet, even as an extrovert there are times when I get nervous about talking to others. A few years ago, I did an interview for GlobalTV on the psychological benefits of gardening. During the interview, I could just feel th
We’ve all experienced something painful in our lives. The ending of a relationship, the death of a loved one, an experience of failure…the list can go on and on. These painful events are often referred to as trauma, and they can lead us to feel, think, and behave differently. One of the things that happens when we think of the traumatic event is that we might “zone out.” This “zoning out” is known as dissociation. Ev
Even though I deliver quite a few presentations each year, I still get nervous every time I’m about to speak. It’s normal to feel this way before a speech. But for some people, they feel nervous over speaking with anybody (a cashier or clerk at a grocery story, a customer service representative on the phone, speaking with a co-worker whom they worked with for years…and many others). When this happen
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