There are days you feel depressed, anxious, and detached; you keep getting head and back aches; your job performance and relationships are suffering; and your weight continues to fluctuate, nothing seem to go well for your startup or business. If this sounds like you, odds are you are burned out. Burnout isn’t just the greatest challenge to the global health system , it’s wreaking havoc on your well-being. This post is actually targeted at people from all walks of life.
But with the help of TED’s expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what ten minutes of quiet a day can do for you, how powerful sleep really is, and why stress isn’t always bad for us.
How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed – Daniel Levitin
After a stressful event, this neuroscientist “started wondering, are there things that I can do, systems that I can put into place, that will prevent bad things from happening? Or at least if bad things happen, will minimize the likelihood of it being a total catastrophe?”
He found that there is in fact a way to avoid making critical mistakes during stressful situations when our thinking becomes clouded.
The surprising habits of original thinkers – Adam Grant
If you’re burning the candle on both ends trying to come up with your best idea, Wharton professor and organizational psychologist Adam Grant has some advice for you: Stop.
Stop what you’re doing, take a break, and get back to it later.
“Procrastinating is a vice when it comes to productivity, but it can be a virtue for creativity,” he explains. “What you see with a lot of great originals is that they are quick to start but they’re slow to finish.”
He argues that allowing yourself time to think by putting things off is how the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci and even Steve Jobs came up with their most brilliant ideas.
The Habits of Happiness – Mattieu Ricard
Happiness, as defined by this biochemist-turned-Buddhist monk, is a deep sense of serenity and fulfillment, a state of being that underlies all our emotional states, and a conscious choice.
In his TED Talk, he explains how we can train our minds in the habits of well-being as an antidote to destructive emotions.
The hidden power of smiling – Ron Gutman
When it comes to reducing stress, there may in fact be a way to fake it until we make it: by smiling more.
Gutman, CEO of HealthTap, shares surprising research that suggests a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being and can help you live a longer, healthier, happier life. According to Gutman, smiling can specifically help reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine, help increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and help reduce overall blood pressure.
Impact Will Keep You Motivated – Ron Gutman
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