Mental vitality

Escape Overthinking

  Feeling Locked In  When you suffer from overthinking, you feel like you cannot escape. You feel locked in within yourself, and there seems no way out. One thought leads to another, and it can be difficult to stop this process. Overthinking can become problematic and lead to indecision and a feeling...

Leadership begins with self-care

Managers think that self-care is a weakness. When I became aware of this, it was a very confusing observation. Many managers do not practice self-care. (When I write managers, you can also think of professionals like caregivers, consultants, etcetera). They think that working a tooth harder will help them. They...

Resilience can be learned!

I get the impression that we are becoming less and less resilient as a society. I suspect that the pandemic is also having a great effect on our resilience. This decrease in resilience is quite worrisome because it is precisely during a crisis that we need resilience. If the crisis...

Don’t take your thoughts so serious

Scientists calculated that an average brain makes 25,000-50,000 thoughts a day. (How many of these thoughts are you aware of?) This amount of thoughts means people have between 1,000 and 2,000 thoughts per hour if we include the night. That's a lot. The brain automatically and reflectively produces these thoughts....

Empowerment: is your brain fit and focused?

Last year during the summer holidays I wasn’t doing anything in particular when it suddenly occurred to me that the titles of all my 3 books have the word “power” in them. The subtitle of my second book reads, roughly translated, “transforming force into power” and the subtitle of my...

We leave too much brainpower unused

Did you know that 20% of your bodily energy is used by the brain? The average brain weighs approximately 1.4 kilograms. If you weigh 70 kilos, this means that 2%  is brains. So 2% of your weight uses 20% of your energy. Your brain is of the utmost importance to...

The evil effects of chronic stress on the brain

Last week, I was invited to give a lecture at a symposium on poverty reduction. I spoke of the effects of poverty on the brain. Poverty can be a significant stressor and there is a lot of information available on adverse effects of chronic stress on the brain. The following...

Poor leadership, a cause of absenteeism

Workplace absenteeism is often seen as a clear indicator of how a company treats its staff. A part of workplace absenteeism is directly or indirectly caused by the leadership style of the manager. When managers neglect aspects like security, and they increase work-related stress, this can encourage workplace absenteeism. In the...

Why top leaders meditate

"Modern leadership is not about how good you can do, but how good you can be." I firmly believe that good leadership is much more about being good than about doing good. Therefore, good leadership is about personal excellence. A lot of this personal excellence can be developed by being. Not...