6 min read · Sep 15th · Rituals come in many different forms and are practised in cultures the world over, but why have they become such an important part of our lives?
Sports psychologists also propose that pre-performance rituals can confer benefits for athletes, such as better execution and possible reduction in anxiety levels
Given that rituals have stress-busting qualities, Gino advises us to "adopt pre-performance rituals during stressful situations in your own lives, perhaps before giving a presentation at work, taking an exam, or having a difficult conversation.
a predefined sequence of symbolic actions often characterised by formality and repetition that lacks direct instrumental purpose"
6 min read · Aug 1st · Experts say it’s important to set clear limits and prioritize certain tasks early on in the school year to help prevent stress and burnout later.
To help her determine if a voluntary opportunity is worth her investment of time, Short now asks herself a few questions: Does this commitment allow me to use my strengths to help others? Will it further my professional growth? Will taking on this commitment lessen my ability to fulfill my current obligations? What can I take off my plate before adding something new?
5 min read · Aug 5th · This is the midweek edition of Culture Study — the newsletter from Anne Helen Petersen, which you can read about here. If you like it and want more like it in your inbox, consider subscribing.…
I think the real problem is that life is still exhausting because the pandemic was and remains exhausting in so many invisible ways — and we still haven’t given ourselves space to even begin to recover.
I could spend a year doing pretty much nothing at all and still, with just a moderate amount of social life, find myself drained.
our society, our jobs, even our family arrangements — none of them are engineered to accommodate rest, let alone grief.
10 min read · Sep 20th · *** Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. *** In 1930, famed economist…
2 min read · Aug 24th · If we’re hungry, the obvious solution is to eat something. If we’re restless, it pays to get up and walk around. Is stress different? Along the way, it seems as though we got confused a…
6 min read · Sep 7th · We speak of meditation as exercise, something that’s good for everyone. But, like scaling a mountain, you must use caution
Exploring one’s inner world can be a profound and life-changing experience, but it must be approached with respect for the risks and some idea of the journey ahead. Reaching the summit of the mind via a careful, guided trek could present the challenge of a lifetime. It’s not as simple as taking a few more strolls around the block.