Words have a huge impact on your day-to-day mood with Scientists finding that humans regulate each other with our words. According to Dr Lisa Feldman Barrett, kind words from a friend have the ability to calm us down, while negative words from someone, for example, your boss, could cause your brain to predict threat and flood your bloodstream with hormones. Dr Feldman Barrett revealed her findings in her book Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain, where she shares the impact of words.
In one study performed by the psychology professor, she had participants lying still in a brain scanner while they listened to descriptions of situations. The participants were physically affected by the scenarios even though they weren't experiencing them first-hand.
One situation read, "You're driving home after staying out drinking all night, the long stretch of road in front of you seems to go on forever, you close your eyes for just a moment and...
When you think of hypnosis, you may envision someone swinging a pocket watch, saying, “You are getting sleepy, very sleepy…” In reality, hypnosis is not scary and it can actually help employees get ahead at work. Self-hypnosis and meditation are very similar but do have one main difference: In self-hypnosis, there tends to be a goal in mind, this could be to make you more confident, or to overcome anxiety, to cope with stress etc.
Whatever the end goal is, you’re entering self-hypnosis with that in mind and you’re able to access a part of yourself that is usually closed off. Self-hypnosis can boost confidence and help you develop new skills, but it can also improve your concentration and help you work more efficiently.
The skill of self-hypnosis has helped people overcome issues including depression, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety issues, self-esteem issues, addictions and other mental health...
No one enjoys being stressed, but we’ve all been there before. When we’re stressed, we’re less likely to perform at our best, but did you also know that being stressed has a direct impact on your confidence?
It’s true – your self-esteem can impact your happiness levels and either make life more or less stressful.
If you’re confident within yourself and trust that you can handle what is to come, you’ll likely be able to see difficult situations as a challenge, rather than stress-provoking.
Your self-esteem can majorly affect the way you perform in the workplace. So, how does one increase their confidence and lower their stress levels?
Can you imagine life without your iPhone or laptop.? We rely on our tech to tell the time (anywhere in the world), to be our alarm clock, our personalised music channel, our GPS navigation system, and so much more.
There’s no going back; technology is firmly engrained in our everyday life. And if it’s here to stay, how can we embrace it as a tool to grow and expand our minds, to build a healthier mind and mindset?
Technology platforms like Zoom, FaceTime, and WhatsApp help us remain connected to those we care about in the absence of seeing them in person. These tools are even more critical now in the new normal of COVID-19.
As the new norm evolves, the evolution of avatars and social video experiences will blossom. While Virtual Reality is nowhere near a mainstream tech solution and still predominantly utilised in scientific and medical environments, what we may see evolve is a more user-friendly, social adaption. A blend of Augmented Reality and VR,...
The mental health and wellbeing of employees plays a crucial role in their ability to contribute meaningfully in their personal and professional lives. When mental wellbeing of employees begins to suffer, it has a direct impact on employers and businesses through a drop off in productivity and morale. The fallout is significant.
Employees dealing with stress at work may find they’re unable to perform at their best and it can affect other areas of their life, including their sleep and relationships.
According to the World Health Organisation, depression and anxiety costs the global economy an estimated US$ 1 trillion per year in lost productivity. WHO also found that workplaces that promote mental health and support those with mental health disorders are more likely to increase productivity, decrease absenteeism and increase retention.
How to support employee mental wellness:
Experts previously believed that your brain could no longer change or develop further after a given point in life, but now we know this isn't true. With time and patience, you can rewire your brain, which may help protect against cognitive decline.
Neuroscience is showing that we can change our brains during our life. This is the plasticity of the brain. As our brain continues to reform and rewire itself based on how much or how little neural pathways are used. That means that we can learn new behaviours, and change our mindset by building new neural pathways. There is a saying, "Cells that fire together, wire together." Which, in essence, means that the best way to learn or create new behaviours for ourselves is by doing the new task a few times so that the neurons "fire together" and eventually "wire together".
The Firing and Wiring of pathways is a result of the connections of neurons in our brain. Each neuron has about 1,000 "arms" called dendrites that...
It is estimated we spend 90,000 hours of your lifetime at work. I shudder to think what this number will be in our new WFH normal as the COVID pandemic has turned “work life” balance entirely on its head.
Where many of us use to drive or commute to the office, and once there we had a range of different social connections – this has all gone. Sure, we got zoom – but let’s face it, Zoom can never replace those ‘water cooler moments’ that are so vital for building friendships and relationships, sharing information and knowledge, and catching up on juicy work gossip.
This new WFH mode has completely shifted the way we interact – and that’s affecting us – and not in a healthy way. HR UK reported that stress has skyrocketed by 200% since COVID. In our digital-age, we already had a big problem of never really switching off anyway, but Covid has blurred the lines of home and work life,
Feeling comfortable in our bodies and accepting ourselves can be liberating. Our bodies can make many of us feel vulnerable; seeing ourselves naked can bring negatives feelings from judgment, criticism, a sense of failure, or disappointment and can deflate our confidence. Yet self-acceptance is empowering.
No one is perfect, even supermodels feel flawed. Paulina Porizkova recently posted on Instagram that when she was what many consider the ‘prime years’ her 20’s, she felt inadequate and compared herself to other models. Interestingly, recently Paula also posted a liberating shot of herself completely naked.
Self- hypnosis works by combining being in a meditative calm state with the power of words and affirmations. Our inner dialogue to ourselves is enormously powerful, and for many, we mindlessly speak to ourselves in negative ways – harsh, critical judgemental voices. And over time, this becomes our norm, our internal reality....
You know that lovely feeling of contentment when you hug someone or that surge of nervous energy you get when you’re anxious about a meeting or an event? Those feelings are triggered by neurotransmitters which are little chemical messengers that tell your brain how calm or excited to be.
Some of these neurotransmitters are called “happy hormones” because they help us feel calmer, content, and focused. The constant stresses of our modern society mean that we’re likely to feel the effects of our “fight-or-flight” hormones more often than our calming ones. Fortunately, there are eating and lifestyle habits that support the production of the feel-good hormones and can stabilise your mood.
GABA – the calming neurotransmitter
GABA is my favourite neurotransmitter for its calming effect. It inhibits the speed at which your brain cells communicate with each other. Ever felt your mind racing with a million worries? Then you’ll appreciate how...
The breath plays a key role in our health and well-being. We know that taking some big deep breaths can calm us down, but what is happening to our bodies? Well research and science is showing that this calming affect is due to the Vagus Nerve.
The Vagus Nerve is the largest cranial nerve of the human body, it runs from your brain down through your neck and chest to your abdomen, and is part of the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS,) responsible for rest-and-digest processes.
The term “vagus nerve” comes from the Latin word meaning wandering, an apt name because this cranial nerve has many connections and branches through the body.
For all its complexity, the vagus nerve seems to have quite a simple yet significant role - and that is to calm us down. Emerging research is establishing such how important the Vagus Nerve is and the links between the Vagus Nerve and simple deep breathing techniques.
Recently, scientists established that activating the vagus nerve can slow...