Mindfulness activities for stress relief

Everyone gets stressed from time to time. A long day at work, a fight with a friend or a big change in plans can leave you feeling tense, and that's normal. But constant stress is ​not normal. ​In fact, it's actually bad for your health. Stress can lead to all sorts of unpleasant conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and digestive problems. If any of this is sounding familiar, you aren't alone. According to the American Psychological Association in 2014, nea...
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Why every product you make should pass this 5-question test

To be successful as an entrepreneur you need to add value to the lives of your customers, whether it's through the products or services you create or the way in which you deliver them. Yet the same products that provide the convenience and ease of use that we seek as consumers can also be detrimental to our health and wellbeing. "What's true of snack foods is also true of the technologies we use," writes Thomas Goetz, and "it's the responsibility of every entrepreneur to consider the impact of t...
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The best investment decision I have ever made

While budgeting, saving and investing in stocks and shares are great ways to build financial wealth, the best investment you can make is investment in yourself. Most people think of investment as being solely about money, yet it's also about how you spend your time and what you put your greatest effort into. And there's no better investment than creating a happier, more successful and more fulfilling life for yourself. Investing in yourself always pays dividends and here Darius Foroux shares how...
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How to use mindfulness to manage your money better

Although 'mindfulness' and 'meditation' go hand-in-hand, they're not the same thing. Mindfulness meditation is one of several forms of mediation and although meditation is the most direct way to cultivate mindfulness, you can bring mindfulness to your daily activities without the meditation. Mindfulness means bringing your full awareness in a non-judgmental way to whatever you're experiencing, to be fully present in the moment. And, according to mindfulness coaches, regular practice offers numer...
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5 ways to get motivated when you're in a funk

The start of the New Year is a good time to reflect on what you've accomplished during the previous year and to make a fresh start, whether in your career, relationships or health and well being. Starting something new helps you wake up each morning feeling highly motivated and looking forward to a productive day. If you're finding it difficult to get motivated after the end of the festive season, these five top tips from psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen will help you take action and keep movin...
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4 tips to detach from your phone

Mobile technology has made our work and day-to-day lives easier in many ways. Having 24/7 access to the internet not only puts a wealth of information and resources at our fingertips, it helps us run online businesses, stay connected with remote teams, and expand our networks through social media. Nevertheless, while being able to constantly check and send emails might feel productive, being too attached to your smartphone diverts your focus, detracts from your performance and derails your progr...
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Health tips for the busy entrepreneur


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How to make your brain more resilient while you sleep, according to neuroscientists

In our busy society, we don't always get enough good quality sleep, even though we know how important it is is for our physical and mental health. There are five different stages of sleep that we cycle through each night and each one serves a different function. Lack of sleep disrupts these cycles and can affect our quality of life in different ways. One area of research is the stage during which most of our dreaming occurs. Although you always dream, you may not remember your dreams and some st...
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How to release negative emotions before they affect your health

There is growing evidence that our emotions can affect our physical health as well as our mental wellbeing. Studies have shown how sustained stress, anxiety, or chronic anger, cause changes in our biological systems that lead to illness. Research also shows that positive emotions may have a protective effect. In this article, Joseph Summers explores some of the evidence and offers his top tips for identifying and releasing your negative emotions to “keep your body in a healthy, balanced state.” ...
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14 science-backed reasons to disconnect over the weekend

Apart from spending a large part of our working hours sat in front of a computer screen, many of us also spend much of our leisure time using our laptops or smartphones. Whether we’re putting in extra hours for work or catching up on social media, according to research there are important health reasons for us to switch off. This article offers 14 science-backed reasons for disconnecting at the weekend, together with 10 top tips for setting boundaries between work and leisure.[Read the full arti...
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