The signs are all there: 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.
If this sounds like you, odds are you’re burned out.
Burnout isn’t just the greatest challenge to the global health system or a drain on the American workplace — it’s wreaking havoc on your well-being.
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.
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Daniel Levitin’s ‘How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed’
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.
Andy Puddicombe’s ‘All it takes is 10 mindful minutes’
Puddicombe, a mindfulness expert, former Buddhist monk, and cofounder of mediation app Headspace, describes the transformative power of doing nothing for 10 minutes, undisturbed, each day.
“The sad fact is that we are so distracted that we’re no longer present in the world in which we live,” he says. “We miss out on the things that are most important to us, and the crazy thing is that everybody just assumes, that’s the way life is, so we’ve just kind of got to get on with it. That’s really not how it has to be.”
Sandrine Thuret’s ‘You can grow new brain cells. Here’s how’
This neuroscientist says growing new neurons in the brain is essential to improving memory formation, mood, and preventing the mental decline associated with stress.
In her talk, Thuret shares a few practical steps for increasing the production of new neurons.