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4 Incredible TED Talks That Help Keep Stress at Bay

October 3, 2017

Let’s face it, it’s difficult to combat stress. The silent killer in the modern workplace is said to cost $300 billion per year to employers. Nearly half (44 percent) of working adults say that their current job affects their overall health, but only 28 percent of those believe that effect is a good one. While some stress at workplace is normal, more of it has an impact on productivity and performance. Long hours, tight deadlines and increasing demands can also directly impact your emotional and physical health.

So, how do you make stress your friend and live a more happier fulfilling life? We at Brightpod aim to make your life easier so that you can focus on what matters. These TED Talk favorites could certainly be your answer. Check it out:

1. MAKE STRESS YOUR BUDDY

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Kelly’s fresh talk gives you a new perspective on managing stress. She speaks about stress by giving you remarkable insights about the science behind it and changing the perception about what stress is believed to be. With an estimate for 182,000 dying over a period of 8 years in a study on the belief that stress is bad for your health, it’s safe to say that we have to get our thoughts together. Kelly deep dives into how stress responses internally within our system which is surprisingly a callout to becoming more social. So the next time we’re stressed out, we’re definitely calling you. This talk is a can’t miss.

2. ALL YOU NEED IS 10 MINUTES

Andi Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes

When was the last time you did absolutely nothing? Not thinking about the past or the future but just living in the present and enjoying it for it is. With our minds lost in thought about 47% of the time, it’s hard not to be. Andi, a former Buddhist monk, lays down the rules for focused relaxation in this inventive talk giving you a step towards a healthier, happier you. This is an absolute relaxer!

3. LEARNING THE ART OF STILLNESS

Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness

Are you overwhelmed with work and increasing number of responsibilities that come with it? This is the talk for you. Travel writer Pico Iyer speaks about increasing importance of meditation, respecting the empty space and taking time to admire stillness. Laying down strategies to build a life that is more refreshed, Pico tells how it is to kick back for a few minutes or few days at time to live a long, fulfilling life.

4. STAY CALM

Daniel Levitin: How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed

We don’t make the best choices when we are stressed. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin helps you avoid making critical and life hampering errors by a simple way working around it — pre mortem. For instance, creating a corner in your house where you’re most likely to keep things that get lost. With our brain emitting cortisol during stressful situations, Daniel digs into the science of the matter and helps you avoid falling into the pitfalls but battle and fight it out.

So, whether you’re stuck in a stressful situation or expecting one, these TED talks will help you destress, relax and keep you in control of your life. So, take out a good 50 minutes of your time or watch these on your way to work and change your life.

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Natasha Sahjwani

I’m a marketer, writer and diver. I live for my next adventure and munch on the best of food and make a living somewhere along the way.

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