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Breathing Space: Living and Working at a Comfortable Pace

Is the crushing burden of information and communication overload dragging you down? By day's end, do you feel overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted? Would you like to be more focused, productive, and competitive, while remaining balanced and in control?

Author Jeff Davidson says, "If you're continually facing too much information, too much paper, too many commitments, and too many demands, you need Breathing Space."

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Audiobook: Work-Life Balance Starting Today - Breathing Space Blog

Technology was supposed to make us ultra-efficient, thereby enabling us to finish our projects and tasks faster and have more leisure time! How is that working out for you? Actually, as the pace of work and life accelerates, people everywhere find themselves striving for solutions to the constant time-pressure that they encounter.

Here's help:  Work-Life Balance Starting Today

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Setting Limits to Preserve Your Focus - Breathing Space Blog

A book worth perusing: Boundaries in an Overconnected World: Setting Limits to Preserve Your Focus, Privacy, Relationships, and Sanity seems to be exactly what many people need these days!

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Monday, October 02, 2017

The Myth of 'Healthy Obesity' - Breathing Space Blog

From ...a myth is revealed: "The notion that some people can be overweight or obese and still remain healthy is a myth, according to a new Canadian study."

"Even without high blood pressure, diabetes or other metabolic issues, overweight and obese people have higher rates of death, heart attack and stroke after 10 years compared with their thinner counterparts, the researchers found."
Excess pounds raise death risk over time.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Chances Are Your Chance Are - Breathing Space Blog

When I was seven years old, my mother took me and my sister Judy to see the up-and-coming crooner, Johnny Mathis, on Route 10 in Plainville, Connecticut. The event was a combination luncheon and mini-concert. I was too young to know it at the time, but Johnny Mathis's golden tones were about to launch a decades long career that would see him on the adult contemporary charts and pop charts from the early 60's clear through 2000.

Johnny Mathis, still around today, seemed to offer a sense of Breathing Space to his listeners!

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Messing With Your Appetite - Breathing Space Blog

The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite is compelling reading, perhaps the most eye-opening book on our relationship to food and how to reclaim it that I have ever encountered.

With a laser-like focus, author Dr. David Kessler, former head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, explains in graphic terms how -- through no mass conspiracy to make us fat -- food manufacturers, producers, and servers offer us caloric bombs which we willingly wolf down. He pinpoints how, within the last few decades, 10,000 years of human consumption patterns have been completely overturned.

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Let Your Unconscious Decide - Breathing Space Blog

'Sleeping on it' is best for complex decisions!

From the February 16, 2006 issue of New Scientist (vol 311, p 1005):  “Complex decisions are best left to your unconscious mind to work out, according to a new study, and over-thinking a problem could lead to expensive mistakes. The research suggests the conscious mind should be trusted only with simple decisions, such as selecting a brand of oven glove. Sleeping on a big decision, such as buying a car or house, is more likely to produce a result with which people remain happy than consciously weighing up the pros and cons of the problem.”

“Thinking hard about a complex decision that rests on multiple factors appears to bamboozle the conscious mind so that people only consider a subset of information, which they weight inappropriately, resulting in an unsatisfactory choice. In contrast, the unconscious mind appears able to ponder over all the information and produce a decision that most people remain satisfied with.”

Ap Dijksterhuis at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands says “We found that when the choice was for something simple, such as purchasing oven gloves or shampoo, people made better decisions – ones that they remained happy with – if they consciously deliberated over the information.”

“But once the decision was more complex such as for a house, too much thinking about it led people to make the wrong choice. Whereas, if their conscious mind was fully occupied on solving puzzles, their unconscious could freely consider all the information and they reached better decisions.”

The unconscious mind appears to need some instruction. “It was only when people were told before the puzzles that they would need to reach a decision that they were able to come up with the right one.” If they were told that none of what they had been shown was important before being given the puzzles, they failed to make satisfactory choices.

“At some point in our evolution, we started to make decisions consciously, and we’re not very good at it. We should learn to let our unconscious handle the complicated things,” Dijksterhuis says.

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Monday, September 04, 2017

Virtues of Reading - Breathing Space Blog

Here's a surprising finding: "Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer" according to an article in Time Magazine. "'Deep reading' is vigorous exercise from the brain and increases our real-life capacity for empathy," not to mention bestowing upon us a sense of Breathing Space.

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