Interoception: A Mindfulness Practice for Stress

A specific form of mindfulness that is useful for improving both physical health, and managing stress, is called interoception. Interoception, also referred to as interoceptive awareness, is simply focusing your attention on your internal physical states, or bodily functions. For example, when you pay attention to your heart rate, or...

The Importance of Sleep

I talk mostly about the non-physical aspects of health and well-being on this platform, namely the mind. That's because it’s our thoughts, in particular, philosophical notions like meaning and purpose, that bring about the greatest degree of fulfillment. But I also talk a lot about the brain, which is certainly...

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)

A simple relaxation exercise that helps to calm the brain and body, reduce stress, and is useful for falling asleep is called progressive muscle relaxation, or PMR. This easy practice consists of tightening one muscle group at a time, then releasing that tension and relaxing.  I found that, when combined...

Communication

In my blog post about Hormesis, I talked about the importance of good stress. I described why leaning into challenge is good for the brain and body and why we shouldn’t shy away from difficult situations in life. One of these challenges that we encounter almost daily is communication.  Communication...

Vision and Stress Management

A great way to reduce stress in the heat of the moment, and one that often gets overlooked (pun intended), is practicing different vision techniques. Our vision has a direct effect on our states of mind and levels of stress. For example, we stress ourselves out when focus hard on...