Hypnotherapy, an alternative medicine, helped Halsey quit smoking. The practice creates a state of focused attention, in which you’re open to hearing suggestions. This method has helped people quit smoking, but research is mixed. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. While Halsey was chatting about makeup and beauty on Manny […]
I tried yoga nidra, a sort of guided meditation that invites you into the state of consciousness between waking and sleeping. It feels more accessible than many meditation practices, since it’s entirely guided, you do it lying down, and you can’t mess up. The practice is linked to reduced anxiety, […]
Keeping a sleep log by hand can be just as useful as a high-tech tracker. Try minimising blue light before sleep or using it to your advantage in the morning. Meditation is a tried and true relaxation technique that can help you sleep deeper and easier. Visit Insider’s homepage for […]
Stress relief looks different around the world, but a common theme across cultures is doing simple activities in a mindful way. Martial arts and meditation seek to quiet the mind and shift focus to breathing. Exercise and eating spicy foods trigger the production of euphoria-inducing neurotransmitters. Time in nature can […]
Preparing for sleep should start two to three hours before bedtime. Winding down with a relaxing before-bed routine and dimming the lights will tell your body it’s time for sleep. Avoid doing non-sleep activities in bed, especially worrying and watching Netflix. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. Investing in your […]
Watching the presidential and vice-presidential debates might be extra stress-inducing this election season. There are certain meditation techniques you can do beforehand, as well as setting up a relaxing physical environment to improve your debate-watching experience. If you feel triggered by something you heard during the debate, notice that and […]
Scottie Pippen spoke to Business Insider about partnering with American Express and the Calm meditation app to narrate an audio history of basketball for the app. Pippen also discussed how he and the Chicago Bulls used mindfulness to excel as a team, and called the NBA bubble “pickup basketball” in […]
Katie Nave is freelance writer, advocate, and nonprofit communications specialist based in Brooklyn, New York. At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, she moved in with her ex-husband so they could safely co-parent their 5-year-old daughter. In an aim to improve her mental health, she developed self-care morning […]
Actress and singer-songwriter Rita Wilson is committed to a healthy, active lifestyle, especially because she survived breast cancer. Quarantine life made keeping up a routine challenging, leading to some weight gain, but says “you just have to accept it.” Songwriting and meditating helped have helped her cope with quarantine life. […]
Six months into the coronavirus pandemic in the US, the pandemic had radically altered how people enjoy themselves. In a recent Bloomberg opinion article, George Mason economist Tyler Cowen suggested that a key to feeling happier during the time might be to spend money in “covid-compatible interests” like perhaps buying […]
OpenSeed sells meditation pods designed to help people relax. The 50-square-foot pods start at $US25,000. They use lighting, aromatherapy, and sound for guided meditation experiences. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Offices, hotels, and other features of daily life (back when they were open) can be stressful. OpenSeed says […]
Jay Shetty is an award-winning storyteller, podcaster, and former monk. The following is an excerpt from his new book, “THINK LIKE A MONK: Train Your Mind for Peace and Purpose Every Day.“ In it, he draws principles from his life as a monk and applies them to modern problems, revealing […]
Jack Dorsey said his strict diet, exercise, and meditation regimen is the result of taking on his second CEO position at Twitter. During an appearance on “The Boardroom: Out of Office” podcast hosted by NBA star Kevin Durant’s manager, Rich Kleiman, Dorsey was asked why he’s willing to put up […]
During the pandemic, Michelle Gross has been practicing voice meditation as a way to help relieve stress and combat anxiety. After being introduced to Zen meditation with a Buddhist monk in Japan and taking online virtual sessions throughout the pandemic, Gross says she’s found that voice meditation is the most […]
Harry Styles has made a Sleep Story called “Dream With Me” for the Calm relaxation app. The Calm Twitter account teased a short clip on Monday with the caption “Wednesday. #DreamWithHarry,” while the video ended with Styles’ voiceover saying “Hello, I’m Harry Styles.” Fans are already being sent into a […]
Breathing exercises can help you fall asleep fast by relaxing your body and mind. The best breathing exercises for sleep include 4-7-8 breathing, diaphragmatic breathing, and body scan mediation. Here’s how to practice these breathing exercises and get better sleep. This article was medically reviewed by Alex Dimitriu, MD, psychiatrist […]
Sleep meditation may help you fall asleep more quickly. For example, if you’re having difficulty calming your mind when you try to sleep, meditation can be a useful strategy to wind down and relax yourself for a more restful sleep. In addition, some research has suggested that a daily meditation […]
Morning meditation is one of the healthiest ways to start your day. The benefits of morning meditation can include a mood boost, improved focus and productivity, and lower levels of stress and anxiety later in the day. Here are a few different ways to practice morning meditation, with tips for […]
Research has found that meditation may be able to reduce implicit bias on an individual level. For example, studies have found that after meditating, people are less likely to have automatic negative associations – or stereotypes – based on race, age, and social status. Some experts believe that in order […]
A body scan meditation is a type of meditation where you focus on the sensations in your body. During a body scan meditation, you’ll notice how each body part feels, from your toes up through your legs, chest, arms, and head. The benefits of body scan meditation include managing chronic […]
Walking meditation can be an alternative for those who don’t like to meditate while sitting still. During walking meditation, you’ll focus on the sensations in your feet, as opposed to focusing on your breathing during many other types of meditation. The benefits of walking meditation include better balance, improved mental […]
Meditation is a wellness practice that has been proven to reduce stress, improve focus, and contribute to a range of mental and physical health benefits. If you want to meditate, it might be easiest to start with a class or guided meditation app, which will lead you through the process. […]
There are many different meditation positions you can try. While sitting is the most common, you can also trying kneeling, lying down, or standing up. Here’s how to do each of these meditation positions correctly, and how to make sure your posture allows for an effective meditation. This article was […]
Mika Kol, a.k.a. @TrustFundGoth on the popular Instagram-like resale app Depop, has made over $US50,000 since she joined the platform in December 2018. And she’s done it not by posting professional-looking photos but by writing up witty captions about her personal life. Here’s how she did it. Welcome to Success […]
These 12 tips can help make sure your meditation is effective as you build a daily practice. For starters, be patient and treat yourself with kindness, as it can be difficult to learn how to pay attention to your breath and sit for meditation. It’s also important to be disciplined […]
Five of the most common types of meditation are mindfulness, body scan, walking, loving-kindness, and transcendental meditation. Different types of meditation come with different benefits, but some benefits include reduced anxiety, improved self-control, better self-care, and less pain. If you’re a beginner, you may want to consider first trying mindfulness, […]
The benefits of meditation are extensive – and backed by science. The mental health benefits of meditation include better focus and concentration, improved self-awareness and self-esteem, lower levels of stress and anxiety, and fostering kindness. Meditation also has benefits for your physical health, as it can improve your tolerance for […]
Mindfulness is having an awareness of your experiences in the present moment, without passing judgment on them. You can practice mindfulness in daily life by focusing on a single task, paying attention to nature, and noticing your breathing – or you can regularly practice mindfulness meditation. The benefits of mindfulness […]
Apps like Calm and Headspace offer guided meditations and mindfulness exercises. Podcasts such as “Sleep With Me,” “Phoebe Reads a Mystery,” and “Boring Books for Bedtime” feature sleep-inducing bedtime stories. The soothing sounds of “The ASMR Podcast” and “Rain, Rain Sleep Sounds” can also lull listeners to sleep. Visit Insider’s […]
A study in the Journal of Positive Psychology found that just 15 minutes of meditation a day can be enough to produce results. Though I initially found it hard to quiet my mind, especially in this highly anxiety-inducing time, things started getting easier after the first week. I have found […]
https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php Deepak Chopra says the world is facing three pandemics at the moment – one is the infection, the second is the financial crisis, and the third is panic that is manifesting as stress. Chopra says when you feel stressed, follow the S-T-O-P method: Stop, Take three deep breaths, Observe […]
The purpose of mindful breathing is to anchor yourself in the present moment, so that you can let go of worrying about the past or the future. Mindful breathing has been shown to reduces anxiety, help with burnout, provide certain types of pain relief, and decrease negative thinking. See below […]
In the US, the amount of people practicing meditation more than tripled from 2012 to 2017. While meditation has a rich cultural history in countries like India, China, and Japan, it’s becoming increasingly popular in the Western world – and with good reason. Meditation can have extensive mental and physical […]
Peter Bocian, a 31-year-old automation engineer from Los Angeles, embarked on a silent meditation retreat in a remote part of Oaxaca, Mexico, on March 12. As part of the retreat, he spent nine days completely cut off from the outside world, with no cell phone or personal belongings. When Bocian […]
On January 4, Oprah Winfrey launched her nine-city tour in collaboration with Weight Watchers, called “Oprah’s 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus,” featuring celebrity guests like Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama, and Tina Fey. Oprah said the tour was designed to teach fans how to live in a way that’s healthy […]
Jennifer Aniston’s morning routine appears to involve intermittent fasting, celery juice, meditation, and working out. I tried it for a week to see what it’s like. While some aspects of her morning such as splashing your face 25 times with ice water and intermittent fasting were difficult, others were pleasant, […]
Sheena Sharma is a yoga teacher, freelance writer, and dog mum living in Austin, Texas; you can follow her on Instagram. After making the decision to move from Austin to Philadelphia to be with her then-boyfriend, her and her ex packed up her things and dog and set out. En […]
Cory Muscara is a mindfulness teacher, a frequent guest of the “Ten Per cent Happier Podcast” with Dan Harris, a professor, and an ordained Buddhist monk. The following is an excerpt from his book, “Stop Missing Your Life: How to be Deeply Present in an Un-Present World.” In it, he […]
Silent meditation retreats are one of the fastest-growing trends in travel, Caren Osten Gerszberg reported for the New York Times. Meditation retreats range from a few days to a few weeks in length and can cost thousands of dollars. Silent retreats are among a handful of luxury wellness experiences, including […]
Home-exercise company Peloton is known for its luxury exercise bikes, cult-like following, and heavily hyped journey to the public markets. In addition to the bike or treadmill, consumers can exercise with Peloton through its app, which requires a $US19.49 monthly subscription. I signed up for a free trial of Peloton’s […]
Singer-songwriter Camila Cabello has previously been open about her struggles with mental health, including anxiety and OCD. She recently said deep breathing has “helped so much” with those issues. Breathing has long been known to reduce stress and improve well-being There are many breathing techniques that can help with stress, […]
There’s apparently been some turmoil on Apple’s health team within the past year, with disagreements about overall direction, according to a new report. CNBC’s Christina Farr spoke to “eight people familiar with the situation” on Apple’s health team, who said a number of employees “have become disillusioned with the group’s […]
Mindwell, a new meditation app, says it combines “isochronic tones, solfeggio frequencies, and spoken guidance” to create 350 meditation tracks. Mindwell’s flagship feature is MoodShift, a function meant to provide users with immediate help in beginning to alter one’s mood. Mindwell launched an in-app AI predictive engine on Friday. Click […]
Lil Nas X of “Old Town Road” fame visited the Twitter offices last week and met with CEO Jack Dorsey while there. In a video Twitter posted Monday online, Lil Nas X takes over as CEO for the day, fires a bunch of employees, and Dorsey tried to teach him […]
World-class fighter Mike Lee uses a variety of complementary wellness techniques to stay in a top physical and mental form for his fights, including his upcoming title bout against reigning champ Caleb Plant. Lee has ankylosing spondylitis, a chronic autoimmune disorder, which he manages through nutrition, CBD, heat, and cold […]
I asked several health experts their best tips for getting healthier. Their answers ranged from meditating and journaling to simply spending more time in nature. It takes more than just diet and exercise to be healthy. I asked experts and entrepreneurs in health-related fields, as well as average people, what […]
Over 36 million Americans practice yoga – a popular exercise that can have profound benefits to your mental and physical health. Studies show yoga can improve flexibility, which in turn can help treat and prevent back pain. Yoga and meditation have also been shown to lower inflammation, which is linked […]
Mina Guli is the 48-year-old CEO of Thirst, a non-profit initiative that encourages young people to use water more sustainably. To raise awareness about the global water crisis, Guli embarked on a mission to run 100 marathons around the world in 100 days. Guli said she prepped for her marathons […]
Melinda Gates is best known as philanthropist running one of the world’s largest charitable foundations with her husband, Bill. But she has a number of jobs of other jobs as well, including being a mum to three kids. Although her schedule is often jam-packed she’s got a trick for reducing […]
Calm, the popular relaxation app, backed by Aston Kutcher’s Sound Ventures and Insight Venture Partners, raised $US88 million in Series B funding – boosting its valuation to $US1 billion, making it tech’s first unicorn focused on meditation. The funding round is led by TPG Growth with participation from Creative Artists […]
A British company is selling a “thought box” for $AU900. It is essentially a box you put over your head, and comes with a stool to sit on. The product has been designed to “promote mental efficiency in the user.” Many people are entirely baffled by it. Have you ever […]
Having a set morning routine can help jump-start your day – it even works for billionaires. Both Jeff Bezos and Warren Buffett prioritise sleep and aim to get eight hours per night. Oprah and Jack Dorsey meditate and exercise before starting their days. WATCH NEXT: Here’s what caffeine does to […]
Of all the health tech gadgets I’ve ever owned, one of them has been life changing for me, a meditation device called Muse. I’ve been using the new version, Muse 2, for a few months. It offers more types of meditation: mind, heartbeat, breath and stillness. This device taught me […]
I tried Muse 2, a high-tech headband that pairs with a mobile app to provide guided meditation with real-time feedback on brain activity, heart rate, breathing, and more. The devices translate this data into soundscapes that change based on your level of calmness. It was sometimes difficult to properly place […]
Morning routines can be hard to develop, but having one can set you up for a productive day and successful life. Neurosurgeon Mark McLaughlin shares the three-step morning routine he follows to set up the rest of his day for success. He calls it his “triple threat”: meditation, filing, and […]
In a recent blog post, Bill Gates said he and his wife, Melinda, enjoy meditating together. Gates was inspired to meditate after reading the work of Andy Puddicombe, the co-founder of the popular meditation app Headspace. While Gates once dismissed the practice, he now sees it as an important tool […]
As an avid reader, Bill Gates often shares his recommendations for the best titles of the year. This year’s list includes two books on meditation, a memoir, a cautionary Silicon Valley tale, and an exploration of autonomous weapons. Gates said his 2018 recommendations are particularly gift-worthy, with a little something […]
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Five-year plans and punishing morning routines are often perceived as being integral parts of the path to success. But the obsession over a perfect life can distract us from appreciating our days as they really are. A variety of experts and writers suggest appreciating the present as it is. Essayist […]
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I spent a month trying different hobbies in an effort to become a more interesting person. Those hobbies included baking, meditating, colouring, and letter-writing. Many super-successful people, like Warren Buffett and Marissa Mayer, speak publicly about their hobbies, and experts I spoke to say hobbies can make you happier – […]
A team of 12 Thai boys and their soccer coach were rescued on Tuesday after more than two weeks trapped in a flooded cave. Ekapol Chanthawong, the 25-year-old coach, used meditation to help keep the boys alive. The practice is known to have a host of scientific benefits and may […]
Tech startups are coming out with a range of new tools designed to tackle depression and anxiety. Some are revamping existing wellness apps so they can be used to diagnose conditions like depression and PTSD; others are expanding the range of mental health services they provide by adding the ability […]
Headspace, a favourite meditation app of Wall Street and Silicon Valley, has launched a new subsidiary charged with developing a suite of prescription-level apps for a range of health conditions. Called Headspace Health, the subsidiary is starting clinical trials on its first product this summer. Headspace Health hopes to get […]
Ryan Reynolds told the New York Times that he uses the meditation app Headspace to cope with an anxiety that he has “always had.” Headspace, a popular app among Olympic athletes, Wall Street executives, and a number of celebrities, teaches meditation through breathing exercises and visualisation. Reynolds, whose film “Deadpool […]
A growing body of evidence suggests regular meditation is linked with benefits including lower stress and better focus – a key trait that dissipates with age. Meditation is also one of Silicon Valley’s hottest trends, with everyone from startup employees to CEOs adopting the practice. And a new study suggests […]
Calm, a meditation and relaxation aid, is now worth roughly $US250 million, according to CNBC. The San Francisco-based startup’s new valuation comes after Insight Venture Partners invested more than $US25 million into the company on Monday. Calm’s value now matches its closest competitor, Headspace, which also was valued at $US250 […]
The David Lynch Foundation is the premier Transcendental Meditation organisation in the US, with members including Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump, Tom Hanks, and the Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio. The organisation teaches a simple meditation practice that federally funded, peer-reviewed research has determined to be effective in lowering blood pressure […]
In San Francisco, seas of people staring down at their phones are as much a fixture of the city as trolley cars and fog. But a few nights out of the year, 1,300 people put away their digital devices and sprawl across the floor of Grace Cathedral church for a […]
Ohio congressman Tim Ryan announced he’s running for president in the 2020 election. After going on a mindfulness retreat in 2008, Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has become a vocal advocate for the practice in Washington D.C. In the video above, Ryan explains the benefits mindfulness can have for veterans, schoolchildren, […]
Matthieu Ricard is a Tibetan Buddhist monk and the Dalai Lama’s French interpreter who became globally renowned for his bestselling books and popular presentations on happiness. He (unwillingly) gained the title of “happiest man in the world” from the Western press due to the level of brain activity registered in […]
Over the last several years, meditation has surged in popularity in Wall Street and Silicon Valley. Even though it’s trendy, it’s still a scientifically proven way to alleviate stress. Apps like Headspace are useful for learning the basics. To develop a habit, it’s important to set aside as little as […]
I sat down with Matthieu Ricard, a Tibetan Buddhist monk who found himself famous among the TED Talk set and reluctantly decided to use the spotlight to share teachings. He said meeting with powerful people taught him that “success” should not be defined solely by influence, but by “personal flourishing.” […]
Jack Dorsey, CEO of both Twitter and Square, said in a tweet on January 1 that he completed a 10-day silent meditation over the holidays. He used the hashtag: #Vipassana. This type of meditation comes from an ancient technique used to calm the mind and find a way out of […]
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