Keys to a Good Night’s Sleep
Few things feel better than a good night’s sleep. Quality time with the sandman puts us in a better mood and sharpens our brains. It also gives us the energy and the ability to run our busy lives — from exercising to keeping up with our kids to excelling at work.
Americans are no strangers to depression — nearly 17 million of us are affected by it every year, but that prevalence doesn’t make it any easier to go through, or even to understand.
Factors that we can control, including our social circles and how we choose to spend our free time, are instrumental in how we get through the tougher times, as well as our day-to-day level of happiness.
Resilience, the ability to bounce back from difficult situations, can predict how satisfied you are in life. Learning to be more resilient can help you stay strong and positive in the face of daily upsets as well as major life events. It can boost self-esteem, help you be less afraid of change, and encourage you to take risks where you could fail.
Stress is a given, and you will always have stress in your life. The question is not really whether you have stress, but rather, whether you’re riding the waves or they’re beating you up. Your own strategies for managing stress make a big difference in the health of your brain.
Meditation and Brain Health
Meditation is good for your brain health. Research shows that regular meditation helps keep your brain happier and healthier for years and years to come.
How to de-stress
Practice saying “no”
to requests to take on projects you’d prefer to avoid.
Focus on the present.
Try not to worry about what may never happen or what’s already in the past.
Keep a list of what’s bothering you
and schedule five minutes a day to review the list.
Give your brain a 10-minute break
each day by sitting in a quiet place and focusing on your breathing.
Consider placing a photo of your favorite spot where you can easily see it. Whenever you feel stressed, you could look at that photo, imagining for a moment how it feels, looks, sounds, and even smells to be there.
When you find yourself in a stressful situation, tell yourself: I can do this. I can figure this out. I’m going to be okay.
Allow events to unfold naturally.
This mindset may help to reduce the anxiety that comes with high (sometimes unrealistic) expectations.
Focus on the specific problem at hand
to protect yourself from making it into a bigger issue than it actually is.