The Mindful Life™ Blog

While I have never come close to having abs of steel, I have had a brain of mush, especially after a mentally taxing or stressful day. And while I’m (obviously) a big proponent of mindfulness for managing stress, I’m also a strong believer in the stress reducing, productivity boosting powers of exercise. Challenging workouts create a… Read More

As we finish up our series on reinventing our relationship to stress, I wanted to be sure that one of the most important aspects to building stress-resiliency isn’t forgotten about: Rest and Recovery. Despite all kinds of messaging from productivity podcasts, books on achievement and motivational “experts” telling you that constant hustling is the only… Read More

We’re all connected in this human experience and it’s probably not all rainbows and unicorns at your neighbor’s house, either.

About a month ago, I was leaving my son’s end-of-season banquet for his ski team. It was late and cold. As we made our way through the parking lot, I saw a mom struggling to get her 3-year-old in the car. He was having a big tantrum - stomping his ski boots, crying, yelling -… Read More

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. Viktor Frankl

According to Dr. Kelly McGonigal: stress is most likely to be harmful when the following conditions are present: it feels against your will, out of your control and utterly devoid of meaning. If you can change any of these conditions – by finding some meaning in it – you can reduce the harmful effects of… Read More

Making sure that no one ever sees us sweat should only be the goal of the deodorant industry. Instead, having faith in yourself that you are more than equipped to handle life's challenges is the better option.

In 2012, I was asked to give my first TEDx talk. About 10 minutes after hanging up the phone with the organizers, I went from being very flattered to being very freaked out. It was hard enough to condense my life’s work into a 15-minute talk, but how was I going to remember and successfully… Read More

tend and befriend the stress response you might not have ever heard of

About 2 weeks ago, my computer’s hard drive crashed. My son was checking the weather forecast and said that it was “acting funny”. I ran in to assess the situation, tried a reboot, a hard reset, plugged it in. Nothing worked to resuscitate my unresponsive machine. Since everything I’d ever written about the stress response… Read More

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