How I justify 10 minutes of meditation a day.

In an increasingly scheduled life (work, parenting, community, health, domestics... you know the drill) it's hard to find 10 minutes to myself. 

If you've read about the myriad benefits of meditation but still find it tough to find 10 minutes to yourself, here's how I do it.

Why your brain doesn't want to you to look on the bright side.

We’re often entreated to ‘Look on the bright side’ and ‘Think positively’ when life is treating us poorly. ‘It could be worse…’ we're told. Well yes it could, but that doesn’t make me feel better.

Humans are wired to focus on difficulties and challenges. We see the bad before we see the good. We give more weight to negative experiences than to positive ones. In fact some researchers suggest that we pay up to three times more attention to our ‘negative’ feelings than we do to our positive emotions.

Why are we such sad sacks?

Why we worry about calamity and crisis (and how to stop.)

Worry will not change the outcome.
Yet we do it anyway. It makes no sense.

This is your crazy brain at work.

Worry is a natural response to thinking about the future and anticipating events. Some of us are wired up to do it more than others. When we worry excessively and uncontrollably we're heading into anxiety territory and that needs professional support.

A Productivity Tip: 5 Whys and a What

How I'm going to get the kids to school on time.

Every problem has a solution. I firmly believe that. But not every solution is easy to find.  Here's a productivity tip I learned last week that helps us to uncover the answers to some of life's peskier productivity questions. Questions close to my heart like, 'Why can't I get the kids to school on time? Ever?'