Ah, insomnia—my old friend. How is it that I’ve come to know you so well? The science behind mindfulness training suggests we’re training our brains all the time. We actually get better and better at the things we do most. Those of us who practice piano or violin regularly get to the point where the brain … Continue reading Why Am I So Damn Good at Insomnia?
Sleep is the foundation of good health. Even when we intend on having the perfect morning, a restless night’s sleep can make our next day feel more like a nightmare. Wake up call: the idea that we have to get more done and that sleep is not a necessity is a delusional daydream. According to … Continue reading Sleep as Medicine: Your Wake-Up Call
“Don’t worry, be happy.” Everyone says that, but never reveals how. Why is that? Did you know that happy salesmen sell 37% more and that companies with happy employees outperform the competition by 20%? Sounds like happiness is beyond fluff. It can even improve employee wellbeing and productivity. The beauty of happiness is that it’s … Continue reading Hardwire Your Brain for Happiness
Contrary to popular opinion, letting go doesn’t mean being lazy or passive. It doesn’t mean to dissociate or let the world pass you by. Letting go means saying yes to what’s happening right now by allowing the moment to unfold without your having to control or manipulate it. Letting go is relinquishing your need to … Continue reading Give Up Control for a Happier and Healthier You
Your phone is an intensely addictive device. Americans check their phones 8 billion times a day. According to Deloitte, who ran the study, that averages out to about 46 times per day- up from 33 times in just one year. Most of these looks happen while doing some other activity like working, shopping, hanging out … Continue reading Put it Down: 6 Performance Benefits of Checking Your Phone Less
Here at Whil, we work with companies all around the world. One of the questions we get most often is, “What’s the right age for employees to try mindfulness?” Getting into a mindfulness practice is like going to the gym. People generally start when they’re going through something difficult (e.g., a breakup, putting on weight, … Continue reading What’s the Right Age to Try Mindfulness?
A few years ago, a friend recommended that I try journaling when I was working in the ad agency world and suffering from stress. At the time, I was in my early 40s and my response was literally, “Do I look like a teenage girl?” This was meant to be funny. At the time, I looked … Continue reading If Journaling Is For Teenage Girls, Buy Me Some Hair Clips
Neuroplasticity! Brain training! Mental fitness training! Habit formation! Use it or lose it! Harder, better, faster, stronger! Man, we sure do put a lot of pressure on our brains to be better at their jobs. To the point where some students think playing their class notes on audio while they sleep will help them absorb … Continue reading Even Your Synapses Need A Good Night’s Rest
I have the good fortune of traveling the world to speak about the health and performance benefits of mindfulness training. Our company, Whil, specializes in digital training. We offer up a wide array of programs to help people reduce stress, be calm and focused, increase their resiliency and improve their performance. There’s a misconception in … Continue reading Why Tough Guys Like Digital Mindfulness Training
When I turned 40, life started catching up to me both physically and mentally. Stress took its toll. Global travel went from exciting to taxing. On multiple occasions, I herniated two disks in my back. I had insomnia. I started developing asthma. I was making more money than I ever thought possible. And I was … Continue reading How Much of Your (Stressed Out) Life is Coincidental?