If we are employed, chances are we describe work responsibilities as overwhelming, blaming the long hours and requirements that are increasingly demanding. Technology now requires that we take our work wherever we go, a constant connection with no off switch.

We are constantly connected, without a break. Our work and home life begin to merge and there’s no separation. We begin to lose touch with the things and people that matter to us, and we become more stressed out and it feels like there’s no change in sight. That’s where we are wrong.

According to a study by the Milken Institute, “in terms of lost productivity, to the U.S. economy due to chronic, stress-related conditions like cancer, heart disease and diabetes comes in at a staggering $1.1 trillion,” but a study from Harvard found “that for every dollar a company spends on wellness programs, it makes back $3.27 in the form of lower health costs.  [1]

The good news? We can change how work impacts us through finding a work-life balance that suits our needs. For managing stress, mindfulness has been scientifically proven to not only reduce the symptoms of stress (and the illnesses it causes), but also physically changes our brain. Once positive neuroplasticity has been taken place, we become wired and trained – our responses to stress physically changes in our mind and becomes a part of us.

Created from a Capilano University, Liberal Studies project – I have relied on current research in the fields of mindfulness to encourage people to use mindfulness. This site is a deliverable of that information, without the academia. This is a resource for everyone, filled with videos, articles, book and app recommendations – to help you manage your stress, and to bring you back to the life that you want to live.

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  1. Huffington, Ariana. ReWork: Rethinking Work & Well-Being. Huffington Post, April 1, 2015.
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