4 min read · May 20th · How to overcome this surce of anxiety to achieve your goals
With success comes change. This fuels anxiety because we are creatures of habit who find comfort in our routines. We hesitate to enter uncharted waters even if this is our best course of action.
When we are anxious, we zoom in on our fears. We fixate on the worst-case scenario even if it has a low probability of occurring. We treat our worries as inevitable and imminent even if they are only hypothetical scenarios that live in our minds
Anxiety can have a paralyzing effect when it prevents us from taking any action towards our goals. This leads to avoidance behavior such as procrastination
4 min read · 2020-06-15 · Effective remote work involves these five habits, which prevent feelings of burnout and isolation.
Instead, have a reductive mindset, where it becomes second nature to get rid of unnecessary things. “Developing a reductive mindset means you adopt a habit—a reflex, tendency, effortless first inclination—to . . . eliminate, or cut the unnecessary,” says Funt. “We must dismantle the additive instincts most companies and professionals have developed.”
When you feel like you’re drowning in calls, when you tingle from adrenaline, or when your body is craving sugar or email or caffeine or any of the compensatory techniques for rest, take a break.
5 min read · Apr 15th · Think of mindfulness meditation as a brain gym. It is literally training your brain to be in the present moment, by focusing on your anchor point, which, for most people, is their breath.
the most foundational skill of good mental health is the ability to still the mind, and be in the present moment.
Mindful living is actually engaging in one activity at a time, and bringing all your attention to that activity with your mind and five senses. This could be mindfully walking, eating, or speaking.
Supplement with other single-minded activities This can include chess, puzzles, coloring, sewing, yoga, etc. which will help build the muscles of mindfulness through daily activities.
2 min read · Apr 2nd · Walking is good for you, obviously. But can it whip you into shape?
Some caveats obviously apply: losing weight is hard, and keeping it off is even harder.
the reason we rarely hear about walking as a major fitness tool—in the same conversations as stuff like yoga or expensive spinning bikes—is that people aren’t emotionally prepared for fitness to be easy.
"But a basic program performed consistently—even a half-assed effort done consistently—can bring you a really long way, much further than going hardcore once in a while. "
4 min read · Apr 10th · Cardea is a software system that streamlines and automates complex machine learning processes to yield insights into health care data. Developed by MIT researchers, the system has an open-source…
6 min read · Apr 1st · I’ve reported on behavior and mental health for 20 years. As I exit, I can’t help but wonder why researchers have placed so little emphasis on helping people in distress today.
There’s a reason that so many people use binge drinking, playing the lotto and runaway eating to support their mental health: because the effects are reliable. Because they don’t require a prescription. And because they’re available, right now.
5 min read · Apr 23rd · In Martin Scorsese’s new documentary series Pretend It’s a City, starring the author and raconteur Fran Lebowitz, there is an amusing shot of Lebowitz, a lifelong chain-smoker who detests sport (but…
Martschukat, who is professor of North American History at the University of Erfurt, dates the rise of fitness to the 1970s and helpfully supplies a conceptual framework for understanding it – neoliberalism: “an epoch that… interprets every situation as a competitive struggle and enjoins people to make productive use of their freedom.”
Martschukat suggests fitness is not merely one of many epiphenomena of neoliberalism, but that “the fitness athlete is the ideal type of self-regulated motivation and thus of the neoliberal self”.
~18 min read · Apr 28th · New research is intensifying the debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.
The United Nations estimates that there were about 95,000 centenarians in 1990 and more than 450,000 in 2015. By 2100, there will be 25 million.
As the global population approaches eight billion, and science discovers increasingly promising ways to slow or reverse aging in the lab, the question of human longevity’s potential limits is more urgent than ever.
“If the World War I generation and World War II generation and perhaps, you know, the Civil War generation were still alive, do you really think that we would have civil rights in this country?