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...

The Importance of Good Posture

Many of the practices on this platform and on this website are simple. Well, simple, but not necessarily easy. They may not be easy because change can be hard. We are creatures of habit and our brains like familiarity. But anyone can change and overcome our brain’s powerful tendencies to...

Reading: It’s Great for the Brain

I find it pretty remarkable how simple it is to change our brains. Well, simple, but not necessarily easy. Small, daily activities can lead to lasting change. But it does take discipline and can be challenging at first. However, some of the “brain changing” practices are so simple, there should...