* NOTE: This article originally appeared on LinkedIn in an interview with Jeanne Thompson, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments.
Some days it doesn’t take much to feel stressed out: a horrible morning commute, a hectic day at work, arriving home in the evening to find breakfast dishes still in the sink and dinner left to cook. You realize that it will be hours before you are able to kick back and relax. So much to do–and so little time. And it can feel impossible to de-stress, be mindful and find the calm that’s key to being the real you: productive, creative and innovative.
How well did you sleep last night?
Many members of our global mindful living community were up late watching the drama of the U.S. Presidential election unfold well past our bedtimes. There are scores of pundits dissecting the results; I am more interested in dissecting the process of how we start to heal.
Roughly one-half of our nation is celebrating that their candidate is now president-elect while the other half of the nation this is mourning the loss of their party. Then there are the Americans who decided not to engage in the process at all.
It doesn’t matter what camp you fall under, we all suffered. Research shows that more half of us (from all political parties) were suffering stress-related symptoms.
Is the start summer holiday season feeling like a hot mess with stress?
Holiday long weekends, barbecues, and family reunions bring a mixture of joy, food, sometimes added drama, trauma and stress.
With children out of school work and home can become a bigger juggling act. Do the lines at the theme parks, movie theaters, and restaurants seem a little longer, hotter, and unmanageable?
When I say stress, you say______?
Job? The current dating scene? Finances?
As a neurologist and mindfulness teacher, stress is how our mind and spirit responds to our external situation.
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