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Friday, 23 August 2019 05:45

The Myth of High-Functioning Anxiety

Anxious behavior is rewarded in our culture. Being high-strung, wound up, frenetic and soooo busy has cachet. I ask someone, “How are you?” and even if they’re kicking back in a caravan park in the outback with a beer watching the sunset, their default response is, “Gosh, so busy, out of control, crazy times.” And they wear it as a badge of honor. This means that many of us deny we have a problem and keep going and going. Indeed, the more anxious we are, the more we have to convince ourselves we don’t have a problem. We suck it up when we feel anxious and soldier on until, well, we tip over the edge and our anxiety turns pathological and medical. Depression, on the flipside, is frequently stigmatized, while anxiety is sanctified as propping up modern life, which ironically sees depression treated as a legitimate illness, and the anxious left in a cesspool of self-doubt and self-flagellation for not being better at coping with life. And so we buy each other Keep Calm and Carry On mugs as though that’s something you can just do.

Wednesday, 21 August 2019 05:40

Why People React Differently to Stress

Imagine the following situation. You’ve been waiting in line for your morning beverage for nearly 20 minutes. At this rate, you are going to be late for an important work presentation. Suddenly, the cashier decides to go on a break. You shoot him a cold glare, which doesn’t seem to faze him in the least. You’re infuriated. Your pulse escalates, your palms begin to sweat, and you feel a slight headache coming on. Meanwhile, the person behind you in line, who has been waiting nearly as long as you have, and who is also juggling two rambunctious children, seems unflustered. She simply moves to another cashier.

You might think you need to schedule additional moments of mindfulness into your daily routine in order to feel its full effect. The truth is, though, that mindfulness can be part of the tasks you already do every single day — and the benefits will speak for themselves. Science shows that practicing mindfulness can help you retain your focus when learning new information, solve problems in new ways, and even make you more resilient in the face of stress.

Saturday, 17 August 2019 10:22

The Small Miracle of Gratitude

Gratitude is such a light-sounding word for an emotion that’s so powerful. But there’s a reason why it shares the same Latin root — gratus — as the word grace. Living in a state of gratitude is our gateway to grace — and a vital part of our well-being.

In desperate need of solo time on the job? These tips can help.

For mothers, the struggle is real. By Katherine Wintsch, Author

Can dreams and nightmares deliver untapped insights about how you can lead a happier life? Here’s what a sleep scientist has to say.

An IQ can help measure your intelligence, and an EQ can help measure your emotional intelligence — but you likely haven’t heard of identifying your AQ — also known as your “adaptability quotient.” According to tech investor Natalie Fratto, adaptability plays a vital role in success, and as the future of work continues to evolve, acclimating to change can be stressful when you’re not prepared for it.

There’s nothing wrong with striving to be better — it’s part of the human condition, after all. But when a desire for self-improvement turns into perfectionism, it can be toxic: Scientists have linked perfectionism to higher levels of stress, burnout, and anxiety. A 2007 study of people who died by suicide found that more than half were described as “perfectionists” by friends and family.

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