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The Best Way to Meditate Is to Not Try to Meditate

Meditation expert and author Dean Sluyter teaches the practice of “natural” meditation. In the video above, he explains how to get into the proper mindset, how often one should meditate, and how to avoid the common problem of “trying” to meditate.

Try This Military Meditation Routine to Fall Asleep Fast Try This Military Meditation Routine to Fall Asleep Fast

Need to fall asleep fast? One mid-century relaxation technique, developed in the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School, supposedly works within minutes. It may not be magic, but it seems like a pretty good way to relax your body and mind.

Replace Your Alarm Clock With Meditation Using This App  Replace Your Alarm Clock With Meditation Using This App 

We all know that waking up to an alarm clock is pretty much the worst way possible to get up in the morning, although arguably the most efficient.

Check Out These Audible Fitness Programs  Check Out These Audible Fitness Programs 

If you already use Audible for audiobooks, you now have a new perk in your account: access to three fitness programs from Aaptiv, with more in the works.

I'm Mallika Chopra, Author and Entrepreneur, and This Is How I Parent    I'm Mallika Chopra, Author and Entrepreneur, and This Is How I Parent   

As a kid, Mallika Chopra’s father, Deepak Chopra, would ask her to explore four questions: Who am I? What do I want? How can I serve? What am I grateful for? Now as an entrepreneur, public speaker and the author of the new children’s meditation guide Just Breathe, Mallika uses those questions to help others know…

How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise How to Find Google's New Built-In Breathing Exercise

Google has given us the best email service, the best Maps app, one of the best AI assistants, and the best search engine. And now, they’re getting into the mindfulness game, as well.

The Best Sounds to Put You to Sleep, According to Reddit The Best Sounds to Put You to Sleep, According to Reddit

Having trouble falling asleep, but meditation isn’t your thing? The good people of Reddit have some recommendations for chatty podcasts and tracks where the sounds of voices can lull you into dreamland.

How to Meditate in Bed Without Using Your Phone How to Meditate in Bed Without Using Your Phone

When you just want to turn your brain off and sleep, meditation apps are perfect. A guiding voice, or the sounds of something peaceful like rain, helps to fill the silence so your thoughts can’t creep in. The best ones strategically bore you into drowsiness. (You can look for sleep-focused meditation tracks, but I’m…

How Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads How Mental Health Apps Are Messing With Our Heads

Even before you download an app to help you meditate, or to manage your depression, it’s speaking to you. Apps’ marketing often implies that everyday stresses should be seen as mental health issues, and that you’re on your own (with the help of the app, of course) to fix whatever is wrong with you.

Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise Stop Procrastinating With This Mental Exercise

The hardest task on most to-do lists is the invisible one: getting motivated to do anything at all. And the more important your tasks are, the more you can scare yourself out of even starting. One trick to fight this, according to the producers of the YouTube channel How to ADHD, is a simple meditation-like technique.

Let Bob Ross Beat Away Your Stress Like a Wet Brush Let Bob Ross Beat Away Your Stress Like a Wet Brush

Sometimes, the best and only way to unwind is to pop open a bottle (or can) of your favorite beverage, dim the lights a little bit (or light up a candle or two or twenty), and fire up some Bob Ross videos.

Spring Clean Your Psyche Spring Clean Your Psyche

While you clean up your space, your finances, and your digital life, don’t forget that your brain can end up cluttered as well. Here’s how to sort things out so you end up happier and (mentally) healthier.

Stop Saying You'll 'Start Meditating' Someday and Actually Do It

When we last rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades, our editors were email batching, meal prepping, spring cleaning, and scheduling in extra downtime.

Search For Reliable Drug Info Using the FDA's New App Search For Reliable Drug Info Using the FDA's New App

When it comes to searching for medical information online, the internet can be a… mixed bag. This week, the Federal Drug Administration released an app to make searching for information about that new drug your doctor subscriber (or that other one you saw an ad for on TV) easier to find, and a ton more reliable.

Spend Part of Every Day Ignoring Your Email

When we last rounded up our staff’s Weekly Upgrades, our editors were installing our own bidets, cutting back on caffeine, and protecting ourselves from exercise-induced injury.

If Meditation Stresses You Out, Try This If Meditation Stresses You Out, Try This

I have a bad habit of trying to meditate, getting distracted, and immediately giving up, just to try it again six months later. So this observation from redditor Subduction really got me:

Breathe With This Website to Calm Yourself Down Breathe With This Website to Calm Yourself Down

Take a deep breath...hold it...breathe out...now wait a sec before breathing in again. Bookmark QuietKit’s box breathing for a follow-along animation to help you do this any time you need it.

This Meditation Track Will Make You Love Running and Yourself This Meditation Track Will Make You Love Running and Yourself

iOS/Android: When I run, my inner monologue sounds like an argument between a good coach and a bad coach. One voice tells me to take it easy, find my best pace, not to look at my watch, just find the right level of effort. Then the other voice butts in to say something like “Oh, look at you, running so slow, and…

How to Get Over Yourself, With Buddhist Psychiatrist Mark Epstein How to Get Over Yourself, With Buddhist Psychiatrist Mark Epstein

In this episode we talked with author and psychiatrist Mark Epstein, whose books include Thoughts Without a Thinker, and Going to Pieces Without Falling Apart. His latest book, Advice Not Given: A Guide to Getting Over Yourself, uses Buddhism’s Noble Eightfold Path as a roadmap for spiritual and psychological growth.…

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