Getting Started to Beat Procrastination

We all procrastinate from time to time. When we're in a low mood we can be especially vulnerable to procrastination. Personal and professional tasks that once seemed doable are now piling up and adding to our stress which makes it even harder to think about doing these tasks. It gets to be a bad cycle. One of the reasons we procrastinate on a task is that it feels overwhelming. It seems so big or uncertain or... that we can't imagine how we'll ever finish it and so we keep putting it off. There is an alternative that may help. Take a few deep breaths to get out of autopilot, then consciously remind yourself that you don't have to know right now how you'll get all of the task completed. Inste

Gratitude - The First Cousin of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has received a lot of attention recently for its ability to positively change your brain. A related practice, Gratitude has also been shown to produce positive changes. In particular, people who regularly practice gratitude experience significant improvements in several areas of life including relationships, work, academics, health, satisfaction, energy level and even dealing with tragedy and crisis. The practice of gratitude is relatively simple. Every day you take a couple of minutes for yourself and think about a few things that you are genuinely grateful for. They can be little things like your cup of tea, or big things like a great experience with family or friends. What's i

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