Stress

 

Stressed at Work? Here’s Help!

By Tricia Molloy

Stress at work and home has been at an all-time high lately. It’s easy to consider this feeling as normal. But it’s not and it’s hurting you.

You may be less focused and productive, and more likely to get annoyed at clients, coworkers and your boss. You feel tired and achy and out of sorts. Although we can’t always control what happens to us–from growing responsibilities at work to a dwindling portfolio–we can control how we respond.

You know what you should do, like eating right, drinking lots of water, exercising, being around positive people and taking time to play. Here are three more ways to alleviate stress in your life without even leaving your office. Learn More »

How People Rob You of Energy

By Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Why would it matter where you park your car of “life”? Dr. Bob Rausch explains how you can stay away from people who drain you of your energy.

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Has Your Creativity Tanked?

By Don Goewey

What makes a person highly creative? It has a lot to do with how much two parts of our brain talk to one another. Researchers have found that when the logical, analytical, linear left hemisphere is in dialogue with the intuitive, imaginative, brainstorming right hemisphere, it predictably produces highly creative, yet practical outcomes. The greater the cross-talk, the greater the likelihood innovation will follow.

How do we get the two parts of our brain to talk to one another?

A study published in the prestigious journal Brain and Cognition (1) reports on an incredibly simple method researchers tested that appears to do the trick. In the study, sixty-two subjects performed a task that required creative thought. They were given one-minute to dream up as many alternate uses for everyday objects like newspapers, brinks, paper clips, pencils, and shoes.

After performing the task, researchers asked half of the subjects to move their eyes horizontally right to left for 30 seconds. The remaining subjects were instructed to stare straight ahead for 30 seconds. The researchers hypothesized that horizontal eye movement would stimulate cross-talk between the hemispheres. Why? Prior research has suggested that people who have one hand that is dominant, so-called “strong-handers”, have less cross-talk between their brain hemispheres compared with people who are ambidextrous or “mixed handed.”

Following the eye exercise, all the subjects performed the creativity exercise again. The results were astonishing. Subjects who’d performed the horizontal eye movements showed significant improvement in their creativity. They were more original and more prolific. In contrast, subjects who’d stared straight ahead showed no improvement in creativity. The beneficial effects of the eye movement exercise lasted nine minutes for originality and six minutes for variety. It’s just enough time to get you unstuck and begin to build a head of steam, if your creativity has been blocked.  Learn More »

Going In The Right Direction

By Don Goewey

It’s now well established within neuroscience that an attitude of peace lights up your brain with the intelligence to excel.  The more peaceful your attitude becomes, the more neural networks expand and integrate to generate a change on the inside that ultimately manifests on the outside as maximum results — in business and in life.

The list below defines a dynamically peaceful attitude.  See if you can feel the strength in each of these qualities as you read them. Learn More »

 
 
 
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