Take a deep breath, filling your belly. Pause. Now breath out slowly while counting to five. Repeat the cycle four times. Congratulations. You’ve just relaxed your body’s central nervous system. Controlled and mindful breathing, like the simple cycle described above, have been proven to reduc...
A majority of Americans experience stress at work – from minor but ongoing frustration, to full-blown chronic anxiety. And that stress clearly has negative effects on health, including increased risk of heart disease, liver disease and gastrointestinal problems. Still, although for years we’ve ...
In a widely-circulated article this summer, Jynne Dilling made a radical proposition to American workers who take fewer and fewer vacation days, and feel increasingly guilty when they do: go beyond the sanctioned 2-week vacation and expand your time away to a full 3 weeks. As she points out, the a...
  In a recent New York Times article, Malia Wollan asked us to consider how the disappearance of the classic lunch break in American work culture might be a sign of much bigger issues in our labor force. She cited the studies of an ethnographer, June Jo Lee, who has spent more than a decade tr...
[caption id="attachment_6312" align="alignright" width="300"] Anastasia Garvey, an actress and model, stays relaxed and focused by exposing her body to air cooled to minus 260 degrees. She undergoes the three-minute cryotherapy sessions three times a week.[/caption] August would traditionally be hi...
Ten years ago, Antje Schmid would have left her job at an advertising agency in Frankfurt, Germany, and headed out for a stout beer with friends, putting work out of her mind until the next day. But those were the golden days before smartphones. Today, the 25-year-old German marketer keeps gettin...
Every job comes with its own load of stress, but a new report from the job search site CareerCast details which positions have the most and least. As the study reveals, jobs where employees risk their lives in the daily round of work, such as military personnel and firefighters, rank as the most st...
[caption id="attachment_2506" align="alignright" width="300"] Workers “take a break” in a Manhattan park.[/caption] Most of us today feel too tethered to our smart-phones and computers. We feel obligated to constantly check e-mails, texts, Facebook and other networks, fretting about the remote ...
Last week the New York Times ran an op-ed titled “When You’ve Had One Meeting Too Many,” and to no one’s surprise, the article shot straight to the top of the most-read and most-emailed list. Carson Tate, who runs a management consulting firm, wrote the piece after working with one too many ...
CareerCast.com just published its list of the 10 most stressful jobs for 2013, and once again military careers topped the list. 1. Enlisted Military Personnel 2. Military General 3. Firefighter 4. Commercial Airline Pilot 5. Public Relations Executive 6. Senior Corporate Executive 7. Photojournalist...