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Tal Ben-Shahar - Multi-level stress recovery

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The problem in today's world Tal Ben-Shahar, Global thought leader is not the rising on Positive Psychology and Leadership levels of stress... It's the diminishing rate of recovery. We're good at dealing with stress. We've always been good at dealing with stress. Only, you know, 5,000 years ago, the stress was from a lion chasing us, you know, 50 years ago, it was, you know, work stress. The difference, though, is that 5,000 years ago we had recovery, whether it was around the fire or in our homes because it was dark outside, today we have light. We can work for as long as we want. More recently, we got the gadgets that allow us to be on 24/7... I.e., no recovery or not enough recovery in the modern world, and what healthy, happy, and successful people do. People who are antifragile at home, at work, personally, professionally... They experience stress just like we all do, best part of being alive, certainly part of being a manager's life. What they do differently is that they punctuate their crazy busy lives with periods of recovery. And through that they energize, they grow stronger, they become antifragile, or rather they realize their inherent potential for antifragility. Let me share with you some levels of recovery, the first level is the micro level of recovery. That is about taking, yeah, a 15-minute break every 90 minutes or 2 hours. That 15-minute break can be walking around, the 15-minute break can be meditation, having a cup of coffee with someone on your own, going to the gym. That's a great form of recovery for mental stress. Let me move on to mid-level recovery. There's a lot of research on the importance of sleep. The importance of sleep for psychological well-being, the importance of sleep for overall mood for creativity, productivity, for relationships, for teamwork. Sleep is a good investment. Now research coming out of Stanford, of UC, Berkeley, of the University of California, Riverside, Davis. You know, for some reason all the research on sleep, much of it comes out of California. I don't know why, maybe it's a coincidence, but important research, good research. Now if you go to bed and you don't fall asleep, don't worry about it. Don't use that as another form of stress. Just write down, open a book, not your phone, a book. The phone will just drive sleep away. And when you fall asleep, you fall asleep, or taking a day off. You know, even God needed a day off. I think there is an important message here for us mere mortals. And in fact, God turned out to be correct on this matter, and I guess many other matters too. Why? Because there's research showing that people who take a day off, at least a day off the week are actually more productive, more creative, more successful than people who do not all other things being equal. And finally, macro level recovery. J.P. Morgan, Father of North American investment banking once said, "I can do the work of a year in 9 months, but not in 12." I can do the work of a year in 9 months, but not in 12. Now most of us don't have the luxury of taking, you know, three months vacation, but even a week off here and there can go a long way in providing the recovery that we need and interning our system into an antifragile system. In other words, helping us grow as a result of the stress. So stress from being a silent killer when we have no recovery, it really is, to actually an intervention that prolongs life that helps us be stronger, happier, better of antifragile.

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Tal Ben-Shahar - Multi-level stress recovery

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