Resiliency & Change

Seeing the Gift

By Leo Babauta There are a number of common blockers for creating powerful change in your life: Each of these can derail your efforts to create something new. And to be clear, there is nothing wrong with any of these — they’re wonderfully human traits. But to create powerful change, we have to learn to work […]
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A Mindfulness Practice for Holiday Stress

By Leo Babauta The holidays can be stressful, with shopping, travel, family gatherings, extra busyness, winter storms, and more. The chaos of our lives plays out in sometimes heightened form over the season. In this post, I’m going to share the practice I’ve been using to deal with whatever stress has been arising in my […]
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How the Feeling of Pointlessness Can Derail Us

By Leo Babauta Something I’ve noticed that derails a lot of people’s goals or attempts to form habits is the feeling that it’s pointless to even try. If it feels like it won’t matter if you do anything … why would you try? And so when people feel this, they will usually give up, understandably. […]
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The Counterintuitive Way to Create Change in Your Life

By Leo Babauta A lot of us want to make changes in our lives — whether it’s changing a bad habit like smoking or overeating, creating a new habit like meditation, or simply being less distracted or reactive during the day. Whatever the change, you’re likely to face internal resistance. There is a part of […]
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What to Do When You’re Feeling Drained

By Leo Babauta Lately I’ve noticed a lot of people are feeling drained by life — the challenges they’re facing, their workloads, the anxiety of the world around them, and more. Someday soon I’ll write a longer guide to how to get yourself to a place of renewed resilience … but for today, I’d like […]
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Being Balanced in Chaos

By Leo Babauta When we’re hit with uncertainty either suddenly or in large amounts, it can throw us off. We can get frustrated, overwhelmed, stressed, discouraged. This is normal and there’s nothing wrong with it. However, it’s my belief that we can train ourselves to stay more balanced when things get chaotic, stay level-headed and […]
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Use Story to Change Your Life

By Leo Babauta Most of us don’t realize how powerful stories are in our lives, because we don’t even notice that we’re telling ourselves a story. But stories shape everything. For example, the stories you tell yourself is the reason you feel: Resentment toward a loved one or coworker Guilty about what you haven’t done […]
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Become Your New Habit

By Leo Babauta Quitting an old habit or forming a new habit is fairly simple when it comes to the steps to doing it: find your trigger and do a new habit at that trigger over and over. Remind yourself to do it. Make it rewarding. The simplicity is deceptive, though: there are some physical […]
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Destroy What You Know

By Leo Babauta We are held back from creating the life we want, from our highest purpose, from our greatest growth and learning … by what we know. Destroy what you know. Once we feel like we’re a little good at something, we cling to that. We cling to wanting others to think we know […]
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Why Perfectionism Stops Us from Creating New Habits

By Leo Babauta When we decide to create a new habit — exercise, healthy eating, meditation, writing — we can get excited and optimistic, and have an idea of how it will go perfectly. This is such a hopeful time! Unfortunately, reality has other plans. Our perfect idea of how our new habit will go […]
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Using the Pandemic as Mental Training Ground

By Leo Babauta This neverending pandemic hasn’t been the best mental health environment for many people — it has created raised levels of uncertainty, anxiety, loneliness, unhappiness, procrastination and feelings of dreariness for large numbers of people. That’s understandable, and I feel tremendous compassion for everyone who is suffering right now. I strongly believe that this […]
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Energy Depletion & the Practice of Relaxing Our Threat Detector

By Leo Babauta I’ve been working with a large number of people who are very often exhausted, not just from sleep problems but from their daily activities. A lot of us are drained by being around other people, doing video meetings, going out in public … and so we start to avoid those activities to […]
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Expanding Our Capacity to Be With Chaos

By Leo Babauta We don’t like chaos. It is uncertainty, overwhelm, a feeling of groundlessness, being unmoored, out to sea without a compass. And it usually triggers a shut-down response in us: hide, avoid, procrastinate, try to get control, anxiety, or wanting to give up. Or not wanting to even start in the first place, […]
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Practice: Grounding Yourself When Life is Chaotic

By Leo Babauta Lately my life has felt pretty chaotic: lots of projects, calls, and creation, along with helping loved ones with things, and preparing to move once again to a new home. Chaos can be beautiful! And I’m embracing it. But it can be hard to embrace chaos when we’re feeling scattered, lost, confused, stressed. […]
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Staying Light & Flexible While Traveling

By Leo Babauta Earlier this week, Eva and I hopped on a last-minute flight to take care of some family business. We each had our lightweight backpacks and nothing else, so it was a relatively easy trip. On the flight back, I reflected on how flexible we had to be on this last-minute trip … […]
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Becoming Nimble at Dealing with Ever-Changing Plans

By Leo Babauta With the world in so much flux these days, many of us are noticing how difficult it can be to deal with ever-changing plans. It’s always been a challenge, but as with so many things, it’s become an in-your-face challenge these days. Some people really struggle when plans are always changing — […]
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How to Stop From Spinning Into Meltdown

By Leo Babauta If you’re someone who tends spin out into a meltdown, rage, shutdown, or anxiety attack, things can be really difficult. A small frustration or fear can be turned into something huge, and ruin your entire day. If this is you, know that you’re not alone. This happens to a lot of people, […]
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Find Freedom in Any Moment

By Leo Babauta One of our deepest desires is for freedom: to be free of stress, anxiety, a frustrating person, a difficult situation, financial struggles, health problems, the daily grind, distractions, feeling inadequate.  So many books, products and other paid solutions offer a version of this freedom. Escape. Peace. Mindfulness. Simplicity. Self esteem. A better […]
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Unstuck: Create a New Path for Yourself

By Leo Babauta Sometimes it can feel like we’re stuck in life, doing the same things we’re unhappy with, over and over again. Maybe you’ve been procrastinating on your meaningful work, or getting stuck in indecision or perfectionism. Maybe you’ve been putting off exercise or meditation, getting your finances in good shape, or making some […]
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The Practice of Trust

By Leo Babauta In this chaotic world, we worry, we avoid, we try so hard to “do it right.” At the heart of it, all of that worry and anxiety is because we cannot trust. We don’t trust others: we judge them and try to tell them how to live their lives, we get frustrated […]
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The Challenge of Doing Hard Challenges

By Leo Babauta This year, I’m doing a series of 40-day discomfort challenges, as a way to continue my training in falling in love with discomfort and uncertainty. It’s a training I’ve been doing for 1 1/2 decades now, but I’ve been deepening into it even more in the last 5 years. And now I […]
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A New Year is a Beautiful Fresh Start

By Leo Babauta At the beginning of every year, it’s like a blank slate: the year can be whatever you want it to be. This is freeing, exhilarating, magical. Take advantage of it, my friends. Of course, we always have the magic of a fresh start available to us — in any day, any hour, […]
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The Magic of a Fresh Start

By Leo Babauta One of the biggest obstacles to sticking with a habit change, a new system, a goal or long-term project … is that we get disrupted. Something interrupts our progress — we skip a workout day or two — and then some programming in our brains turns that into a message of how […]
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The Subtle Power of Changing Your Identity

By Leo Babauta One of the most powerful switches I ever made when changing my entire life was switching up my identity. And while I never did it overnight, I successfully did it in multiple areas: I changed from a smoker to a non-smoker — and once I did, I stopped thinking of smoking as […]
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The Lost Art of True Rest

By Leo Babauta OK, calling this a “lost art” is a bit of hyperbole, because there are some people who actually rest these days. But I don’t believe most people do it anymore. I could rail about the age of distraction (I’ve done that before), and social media and devices. Yada yada, you’ve heard it […]
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