PhD Research on Stress Management Techniques | University of Athens

PhD Research on Stress Management Techniques | University of Athens

According to the World Health Organization, stress is a significant problem of our times and affects both physical as well as the mental health of people. Stress is defined as a situation where the organism‘s homeostasis is threatened or the organism perceives a situation as threatening. Stress coping methods are the cognitive, behavioral and psychological efforts to deal with stress. After a thorough literature review some of the following techniques were identified: Transcendental meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness-based stress reduction. Source Life exists through the maintenance of a complex dynamic equilibrium, termed homeostasis, that is constantly challenged by internal or external adverse forces, termed stressors, which can be emotional […]

What is Meditation as a practise of Mindfulness?

What is Meditation as a practise of Mindfulness?

Meditation is a practice that requires mindfulness. Contrary to what some people believe, its goal is not to empty the mind of thoughts, but to experience them objectively. That is to say, you experience your thoughts, feelings, and memories as if they were leaves floating down a stream. You watch them all come and go, holding on to nothing. You pay attention only to the moment you’re living in, but it’s a deep attention, which accepts both the painful and the pleasant experiences. Source In practice, some people try guided meditations, in which a 3rd party helps them to direct their focus on different aspects of the moment they’re experiencing. Others […]

Why Mindfulness?

Why Mindfulness?

“I’m so busy, I don’t have time to slow down”: the mantra of our times in this always-connected world. Source Technology promises to make our lives easier, faster and simpler.  But, it’s made our world exceedingly unfocused and overwhelming.  Smartphones and laptops mean there’s no division between work and home.  Our brains, which grow linearly, are overloaded by the exponential complexity of technology, which deteriorates our focus and performance capacity. How do we overcome compounding distractions and evolve into higher-performing individuals?   Enter the science of mindfulness.  MINDFULNESS FOR PEAK PERFORMANCE  Mindfulness is a systematic approach to reprogram our brain and master ourselves to always perform at our peak. Through conscious attention to your mind, body […]

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Harvard neuroscientist: Meditation not only reduces stress, here’s how it changes your brain

Sara Lazar, a neuroscientist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, was one of the first scientists to take the anecdotal claims about the benefits of meditation and mindfulness and test them in brain scans. What she found surprised her — that meditating can literally change your brain.   She explains: Source: Health Science Journal.gr  & remedyspot.com Q: Why did you start looking at meditation and mindfulness and the brain? Lazar: A friend and I were training for the Boston marathon. I had some running injuries, so I saw a physical therapist who told me to stop running and just stretch. So I started practicing yoga as a form of […]

Eight Ideas to Reduce Employee Stress for Free

Eight Ideas to Reduce Employee Stress for Free

Keeping employee stress levels low is a common interest among business owners and managers. The less overwhelmed by stress employees are, the more productive they can be. Unfortunately, there’s not usually a big budget set aside for office stress relief. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we go over 8 ideas for free office stress relief.    Offices aren’t the most relaxing places. Far from it. That is, unless you find countless meetings and deadlines relaxing. It’s not just offices themselves. Work’s just stressful. Always has been, and probably always will be. Try as we might, the more we invest money in open layouts, feng shui, or rewards, […]

Five Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today (by Forbes)

Five Reasons Executives Should Schedule A Massage Today (by Forbes)

Most people still view massages as a luxury item. They feel like they are spoiling themselves by booking a massage whether it’s a 30-minute massage, one-hour massage or a four-hour spa day. But some business leaders are starting to look at massage more as a necessity just like working out and eating healthy. Study after study keeps touting the benefits of massage. As a result, many executives are changing their mindset from thinking of massage as a nice treat to thinking of massage as an essential item in their routine that helps them perform at the top of their game.    Here are five reasons why you should stop making […]

Εργασιακό Άγχος και ρεαλιστικοί τρόποι Διαχείρισης αυτού

Εργασιακό Άγχος και ρεαλιστικοί τρόποι Διαχείρισης αυτού

Μελέτη του Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health στη Βρετανία έδειξε ότι πολλοί είναι οι εργοδότες που πιστεύουν ότι οι εργαζόμενοί τους δεν θα αντιμετωπίσουν ποτέ πρόβλημα με την ψυχική τους υγεία. Όμως, 10 εκατ. εργάσιμες ημέρες το χρόνο χάνονται εξαιτίας προβλημάτων ψυχικής υγείας, τα οποία οι εργαζόμενοι συνδέουν άμεσα με τη δουλειά τους και τις συνθήκες εργασίας τους.   Λίγα νούμερα    1 στους 5 εργαζομένους αισθάνεται κόπωση 1 στους 8 εργαζομένους υποφέρει από πονοκεφάλους 25% των εργαζομένων βιώνουν στρες στην εργασία Με τη βοήθεια του ειδικού Προσπαθήστε να εντοπίσετε τις στρεσογόνες καταστάσεις-ερεθίσματα (συχνά δεν συνειδητοποιείτε τι είναι αυτό που σας στρεσάρει) Πρώτα καταγράψτε και έπειτα αμφισβητήστε τις αρνητικές αυτόματες […]

Εργασιακό Άγχος

Εργασιακό Άγχος

Tο επαγγελματικό περιβάλλον μέσα στο οποίο το άτομο περνά ένα μεγάλο μέρος της ζωής του, αποτελεί ένα χώρο στον οποίο το εργασιακό στρες και η ψυχολογική πίεση αποτελούν στοιχεία της σύγχρονης επαγγελματικής καθημερινότητας. Σύμφωνα με τον Ευρωπαϊκό Οργανισμό για την Υγεία και την Ασφάλεια στην Εργασία, το 22-28% των εργαζομένων στην Ευρωπαϊκή Ένωση υποφέρει από υπερβολικό στρες που οφείλεται στην εργασία. Οι εργαζόμενοι μη έχοντας αρκετά συχνά τα κατάλληλα εφόδια, τόσο σε επίπεδο γνώσεων (κατάρτισης και εξειδίκευσης), όσο και σε ψυχολογικό επίπεδο, έρχονται αντιμέτωποι με πολλές δυσκολίες τις οποίες πρέπει να ξεπεράσουν, προκειμένου να επιβιώσουν, να παραμείνουν στην επαγγελματική τους θέση και να υποστηρίξουν τον αντίστοιχο επαγγελματικό τους ρόλο. Οι οικονομικές […]