Do Not Ignore These 5 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Full Of Toxins Which Are Making You Sick


Do you suffer from usual conditions like headaches, active stomach or sometimes you have constant need to snooze, no matter that you are practicing healthy life, drinking plenty of water, eating heathy foods and having proper amount of sleep?

These little but annoying things can get under our skin and cause a lot of discomfort in our lives. They aren’t serious enough so that you feel the need to go to the doctors but you still can’ function properly. There comes a time when you just feel like it’s the normal aging process and there’s nothing you can do about it.

Fortunately for you, we’re here to let you know that it has nothing to do with maturing and you can unwind. There is some kind of problem with your body, you may very well be presenting your body to a lot of poisons and it’s harming your living being. In the event that despite everything you aren’t certain whether this is genuine or not here are 5 indications that your body if loaded with poisons and they are making you wiped out.

Do Not Ignore These 5 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Full Of Toxins Which Are Making You Sick
Do Not Ignore These 5 Warning Signs That Your Body Is Full Of Toxins Which Are Making You Sick

Feeling tired constantly

You’re getting your tremendously required excellence rest each night and still get up tired in the morning? You’re having an inclination that you’re continually attempting to keep your eyes open and complete even the most modest assignments? This is an indication that your body is overclocked and you have to flush out the poisons which are bringing on the weariness. A high dangerous burden is an additional weight on your body, which can be trying for your adrenal organs. Long haul perpetual anxiety from a high dangerous burden can prompt adrenal weariness. Simply pouring espresso down the throat and stuffing sugar in your face isn’t going to offer, you some assistance with willing just exacerbate the circumstance. You have to detox your body!

Bad breath

Beside the fact that you constantly maintain your dental hygiene, you’re eating breath mints and chewing gum and still have that foul odor from your mouth? This may have nothing to do with your oral hygiene but it can be connected to digestive problems. It can also be an indicator that your liver is having trouble eliminating toxins from your body.

Smell-affectability

On the off chance that you have a solid response to aromas and scents your body might be letting you know that it’s brimming with poisons. It’s letting you know that it’s getting excessively delicate, making it impossible to chemicals and it wouldn’t like to associate with them any longer. This is an indication that your liver can’t flush out the poisons in your body which is making your faculties additional watchful and unsettled. This additional affectability to new smells and scents can frequently prompt cerebral pains and queasiness, and on the off chance that you begin encountering smell-related sickness and migraines you should detox your body.

Trouble losing weight

You are doing everything right but the excess pounds are still here, and it is really not your fault. This can be a result of some hormonal disruption. Our normal hormonal functions can be disrupted by toxins in the food and skin and hair care product.

On the off chance that you are feeling unexplained muscle a throbbing painfulness it might be that the poisons in your body are working ceaselessly your muscles and joints. A few poisons even invigorate the torment receptors which can prompt muscle fits, bunches, and general solid a throbbing painfulness. On the off chance that you can’t connect the muscle agony to inspiring yourself at the exercise center, and you are feeling torment all the time, it’s most likely your body’s approach to let you know that it’s brimming with poisons.

If you have some of above mentioned symptoms, then you should consider to try some detox process and get rid of the toxins. You feel better immediately.

Hair Loss Treatment, Causes and Prevention


Today, hair loss is a problem for men, women and children. Many women with hair loss suffer in silence. They will alter their hairstyle to hide thinning or patches. But the sooner you seek care, the better the chances of successfully treating it. Unexplained, excessive hair loss can be really worrying and scary! The good news is that there is often a way to fix it. Here are 7 causes of hair loss, and how to treat them.

 

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Death by overwork on rise among Japan’s vulnerable workers.


Japan is witnessing a record number of compensation claims related to death from overwork, or ‘karoshi’, a phenomenon previously associated with the long-suffering “salary man” that is increasingly afflicting young and female employees.

Labour demand, with 1.28 jobs per applicant, is the highest since 1991, which should help Prime Minister Shinzo Abe draw more people into the workforce to counter the effect of a shrinking population, but lax enforcement of labour laws means some businesses are simply squeezing more out of employees, sometimes with tragic consequences.

Claims for compensation for ‘karoshi’ rose to a record high of 1,456 in the year to end-March 2015, according to labour ministry data, with cases concentrated in healthcare, social services, shipping and construction, which are all facing chronic worker shortages.

Hiroshi Kawahito, secretary general of the National Defense Counsel for Victims of ‘karoshi’, said the real number was probably 10 times higher, as the government is reluctant to recognise such incidents.

“The government hosts a lot of symposiums and makes posters about the problem, but this is propaganda,” he said.

“The real problem is reducing working hours, and the government is not doing enough.”

The labour ministry did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Kawahito, a lawyer who has been dealing with ‘karoshi’ since the 1980s, said 95 per cent of his cases used to be middle-aged men in white-collar jobs, but now about 20 per cent are women.

Japan has no legal limits on working hours, but the labour ministry recognises two types of ‘karoshi’: death from cardiovascular illness linked to overwork, and suicide following work-related mental stress.

A cardiovascular death is likely to be considered ‘karoshi’ if an employee worked 100 hours of overtime in the month beforehand, or 80 hours of overtime in two or more consecutive months in the previous six.

A suicide could qualify if it follows an individual’s working 160 hours or more of overtime in one month or more than 100 hours of overtime for three consecutive months.

Work-related suicides are up 45 per cent in the past four years among those 29 and younger, and up 39 per cent among women, labour ministry data show.

Two-tier workforce

The problem has become more acute as Japan’s workforce has divided into two distinct categories – regular employees, and those on temporary or non-standard contracts, frequently women and younger people.

In 2015 non-regular employees made up 38 per cent of the workforce, up from 20 per cent in 1990, and 68 per cent of them were women.

Lawyers and academic say unscrupulous employees operate a “bait-and-switch” policy, advertising a full-time position with reasonable working hours, but later offering the successful applicant a non-regular contract with longer hours, sometimes overnight or weekends, with no overtime pay.

Refusing overtime pay and break time are illegal, and the applicant could refuse the job, but activists say companies tell them they will be given regular contracts after six months or so.

They say young applicants often accept due to lack of experience, while women trying to re-enter the workforce after childbirth often feel it would be difficult to get a foothold elsewhere.

Emiko Teranishi, head of the Families Dealing with Karoshi support group, said she hears lots of complaints about hiring tactics, with some companies telling new hires that their salary includes 80 hours of overtime, and they must reimburse the company if they work less.

“Some people don’t even make minimum wage under this system,” said Ms. Teranishi, whose own husband committed suicide after working long hours.

Such abuses have become so common in the past 10 years that such companies have been dubbed “black” companies in the media.

Hirokazu Ouchi, a professor at Chukyo University, wrote a book last year about such companies when he realised some of his students were being treated illegally at their part-time jobs.

Mr. Ouchi said their hiring practices typically follow a similar pattern.

“Companies will hire someone for two to three years, but they have no intention of investing the time or the money to nurture that employee,” said Mr. Ouchi.

He added that the labour ministry lacked the manpower to follow up on complaints.

A ministry official working in corporate surveillance acknowledged that his department was somewhat short-staffed but the government was taking steps to recruit more every year. He declined to give his name as he is not authorised to speak to the media.

Japan’s working-age population has been falling since the mid-1990s, which would normally lead companies to improve working conditions to attract workers, but Mr. Ouchi said it was not happening because they can get away with bending the rules.

“This is a way for companies to keep labour costs down, but it is also a path that leads to death by overwork,” he said.

How Tesla became the most lusted after car


Showbiz-style rollout and media hysteria, rah-rah reviews and long lines to book the latest Tesla Model 3. You have to wonder what took so long for a country — where it is famously said, “If you don’t look back at your car after you park it, you’ve bought the wrong car!” — to lose its head over a car. Maybe because there wasn’t anything like this before?

America is car heaven. The US has the highest number of motor vehicles in the world (both absolute, and per capita, if you leave out minor principalities like Monaco and Luxembourg). At 809 vehicles per 1,000 people, it’s a surprise toddlers aren’t driving (Tesla may fix that too; it is working on a lithium ion battery-powered toy car for children). Learning to drive and buying the first car (and making out in it, according to some) are rites of passage in American life.Nowhere in the world are cars so sought after, car companies so revered, and car salesmen so reviled.

Into this ritualistic world comes a brash young company that many have compared to Apple -both for the fetish its founders have for a fine finished product, and the hysteria they generate among fanboys (and some girls). Last week, as Tesla‘s South Africa-born founder Elon Musk unveiled the prototype of the company’s new product, Tesla 3 -still at least 18 months away from production — an assembly of whooping Tesla employees, owners, and cheerleaders (some media among them) erupted wildly in scenes reminiscent of the kind of celebration Apple’s Steve Jobs could drum up at product launches.

Like with Apple and Jobs, Tesla and its founder already have a dedicated fan base, albeit much smaller, considering Tesla’s products are as nifty as iPhones and iPads, but only about 200 times as expensive. But with the Tesla 3, a $35,000 base-price sedan that costs almost a third of what the existing line-up of Tesla Roadster, Tesla S, and Tesla X sell for, Musk is reaching for the middle-class Joe who is already ponying up the same price range for mid-sized SUVs and cars.It sounds like an unbelievable deal, even without all the bells and whistles that Tesla puts in its fully loaded car.

Just three things among many had car buffs — particularly environmentally conscious fans — rushing online and to showrooms to book the Model 3, plonking down a $1,000 refundable deposit. Musk’s promise that even the base model would have features common with its $100,000 top-of-line Tesla — an impressive battery range of 215 miles (344km) on a charge, the highest among current major electric vehicles, a capacious interior that can seat five people comfortably, and the great love of many Americans — acceleration and speed: Zero to 60 miles (about 100km) in six seconds. All for a sticker price of $35,000. Additional features could bump it up to $42,000.

Small wonder, some 200,000 people worldwide, including in Delhi, beat a path to Tesla showrooms (or the website) to put $200 million in Elon Musk’s pocket even before the first car has been produced. “Model 3 orders at 180,000 in 24 hours.Selling price w avg option mix prob $42k, so ~$7.5B in a day . Future of electric cars looking bright!” Musk tweeted triumphantly. Two hours later, he tweeted, “Now 232k orders.”

While financial mavens calculated that Tesla could do more than $2 billion in debt equity of fering with just the deposits he will be sitting on for at least two-three years, Musk himself indicated that if production is fully realized, it would generate more than $8 billion in cash flow for Tesla, putting the long-sought but frequently underperforming electric car in the sight of the average buyers spooked by its unreliable reputation, lack of charging options, and “range anxiety.” According to Musk, not only have all those issues been fixed, but the Tesla 3 will sweep every other car off the market.

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But carrying through the promises is fraught with big ifs — and risks. Although previous Tesla models have received rave reviews for design and performance, there were inevitable delays even though volumes were low for those cars. Last year, Tesla delivered little more than 50,000 cars all three models combined. The 232,000-plus orders for Tesla 3, which could go up to 5,00,000 before the hysteria subsides, will test Tesla’s assembly lines, all located in the US. Musk maintains that with any new technology, “it takes multiple iterations and it takes economies of scale before you can make it great and affordable.” He thinks Tesla can begin delivering within the 18-month timeline it has promised.

Meanwhile, what of India, now fast taking after the US as automotive heaven despite its dismal infrastructure? In a country where the mantra has long been “kitna deti hai?” (how much mileage does it give?), 346km per charge could seem like mileage heaven. But as the joke goes, how will it work if there is no power? On a more serious note, Tesla’s India problem is poor roads and lack of charging stations. Besides, where in heavens can you accelerate from one to 100km per hour in six seconds?

That hasn’t stopped Indian enthusiasts from joining the worldwide hysteria and singing “tu cheez badi hai musk musk.” Prime Minister Narendra Modi may not have succeeded in persuading Musk to set up a manufacturing facility in India, but given the size of the auto market, Tesla is certainly beating a path to India’s door -with Musk all ready to do his version of Car Seva.

5 Things That You Need To Know About The Newly Worldwide Spread Virus Called “Zika”


5 Things That You Need To Know About The Newly Worldwide Spread Virus Called “Zika”

Zika virus is spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon.

In May 2015, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) issued an alert regarding the first confirmed Zika virus infection in Brazil. The outbreak in Brazil led to reports of Guillain-Barre syndrome and pregnant women giving birth to babies with birth defects and poor pregnancy outcomes.

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1. There is no vaccine to prevent Zika or medicine to treat the infection.
2. The virus is transmitted when an Aedes mosquito bites a person with an active infection and then spreads the virus by biting others. Those people then become carriers during the time they have symptoms.
3. The Zika virus is now being locally transmitted in Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Suriname, Samoa, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela, says the CDC.
4. With no treatment or vaccine available, the only protection against Zika is to avoid travel to areas with an active infestation. If you do travel to a country where Zika is present, the CDC advises strict adherence to mosquito protection measures: Use an EPA-approved repellent over sunscreen, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts thick enough to block a mosquito bite, and sleep in air-conditioned, screened rooms, among others.
5. Researchers are hard at work in laboratories around the world trying to create a Zika vaccine. Until those efforts bear fruit, health officials are implementing traditional mosquito control techniques such as spraying pesticides and emptying standing water receptacles where mosquitoes breed. The CDC is encouraging local homeowners, hotel owners and visitors to countries with Zika outbreaks to join in by also eliminating any standing water they see, such as in outdoor buckets and flowerpots.

Studies show local control is only marginally effective, since it’s so hard to get to all possible breeding areas. And since Aedes aegypti has evolved to live near humans and “can replicate in flower vases and other tiny sources of water,” said microbiologist Brian Foy, the mosquitoes are particularly difficult to find and eradicate.

Lab-grown skin works like natural one for first time.


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Scientists have grown skin with the same functions as normal tissue for the first time. The bioengineered skin has great potential to transform treatment for burns and provide an alternative to drug testing on animals.

“Up until now, artificial skin development has been hampered by the fact that the skin lacked important organs, such as hair follicles and exocrine glands, which allow the skin to play its important role in regulation. With this new technique, we have successfully grown skin that replicates the function of normal tissue,” lead scientist Takashi Tsuji from the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology said in the press release.

“We are coming ever closer to the dream of being able to recreate actual organs in the lab for transplantation, and also believe that tissue grown through this method could be used as an alternative to animal testing of chemicals,” he added.

The study was conducted by scientists from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Japan, Tokyo University of Science and other Japanese institutions.

The team of scientists started the experiment by using stem cells taken from mice’s gums to create a tissue with multiple layers containing hair follicles and sebaceous glands. The structure resembled a developing embryo in an actual body. Next, they implanted the multi-layered skin into living mice with a suppressed immune system, in which the whole structure developed even further. Not only did it sprout hair but formed “proper connections with other organ systems such as nerves and muscle fibers” – something that is key for it to function like a natural part of the body.

The results of the latest research were reported in the journal Science Advances.

American Medical Association votes to BAN prescription drug commercials.


AMA board chair-elect Patrice Harris said that the vote “reflects concerns among physicians about the negative impact of commercially-driven promotions,” specifically railing on the drug companies getting people hooked on expensive drugs.

To this point, the United States and New Zealand are the only two countries in the world that allow direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs.  With the push for the ban by one of the most prestigious medical establishments in the country, we should listen.

They are also demanding greater transparency in prescription drug prices and costs.

Other doctors are joining the cause.   Michael Carome, M.D., director of Public Citizen’sHealth Research division, stated: “We agree that such advertising is primarily promotional,” explaining that it is “not educational” and that it “drives up the cost of drugs.”

It is now up to the US Congress to pass the ban.

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How Close Are We to a Male Contraceptive?


Men are often portrayed as simple creatures in the media. According to contraceptive researchers, men are anything but uncomplicated. For decades, biologists have said they were ten years away from a male birth control pill. The problem in one sense is scale. While women only ovulate once a month, men produce sperm at a rate of 1,000 per second. Another consideration is the necessity of reversibility. Despite difficulties, several new options are on the horizon.

One of the most promising is what is being called as a “liquid vasectomy.” Vasalgel is a polymer that is injected into the vas deferens, two ducts which allow sperm to enter the semen before leaving the body. In an actual vasectomy these tubes are surgically snipped and tied off, or cauterized.

In this case, the polymer forms a semi-permeable barrier prohibiting sperm from getting through. Whereas with a real vasectomy, reversing the procedure is tricky and not guaranteed, all that has to happen with Vasalgel is an injection of baking soda to dissolve the polymer. This allows the sperm to enter the semen once again. The gel isn’t hormonal and is designed to last for years. It is minimally invasive, an outpatient procedure, and literally takes five minutes to complete. Two injections and it is over. There are no side effects.

This idea has been developed from a similar one known as RISUG (Reversible Inhibition of Sperm Under Guidance). RISUG is currently undergoing advanced clinical trials in India. Vasalgel has been shown to work in rabbits and lower primates, but is having some trouble in larger mammals, namely baboons. Researchers hope to overcome this sometime in 2016, and begin human trials soon after. If you are interested and cost concerns you, take heart. The executive director behind Vasalgel, Elaine Lissner, told Medical Daily, “It shouldn’t cost more than a flat screen TV.”

 

Though researchers have had decades of trouble with this issue, German inventor Clemens Bimek thought up a technique as simple as flipping a switch. 20 years ago, while watching a documentary on contraception, Bimek wondered if a simple valve might not solve the problem of male contraception. Though the many physicians he consulted didn’t take him seriously, the inventor plodded on. The result, the Bimek spermatic duct valve or Bimek SLV.

Here, a switch is surgically implanted into the scrotum that controls two valves, one attached to each vas deferens tubule. A man with this implant can push the toggle switch into the upward position to “turn off” the flow of sperm. Toggle the switch down and sperm begins flowing again. Trials are set to begin with 25 participants this year. The valve, less than an inch long, and weighing only a tenth of an ounce, is made of PEEK OPTIMA, a polymer already in use in other medical implants.

Each valve must be surgically implanted, a simple procedure that takes about a half an hour. There is some concern that attaching these could cause scar tissue in the vas deferens which may prevent sperm flow, even when the switch is flipped open. Another issue is if the valve becomes clogged over time, limiting sperm flow.

 

Several options for a male birth control pill are in the works but each is in the, pun intended, seminal stages. One possibility is H2-Gamendazole. This is a medication taken orally that prevents sperm from maturing. So far animal tests have shown great results. Next up, human trials.

Another option is a form of vitamin A which prevents retinoic acid from forming, a key element in sperm production. Successful lab results at the University of Minnesota have been reported, but it has yet to be tested on animals. Eppin Pharma Inc. is developing a compound known as EP007, which prevents sperm from swimming and so reaching the egg. This would become a non-hormonal birth control pill for men. But it is too early to tell whether it is viable.

The last of is already in the works. But instead of a pill, it is a hormone-laced gel. The topical contains a combination of nestorone (a kind of progesterone) with testosterone. The gel suppresses sperm production and has been proven 91% effective. However, side effects in men included acne and weight gain. If women are exposed they may experience excessive body hair and acne. And exposing children can result in an early onset of puberty.

One final note, researchers at University of California, Berkeley have just uncovered the final mystery in human reproduction itself, how a sperm actually enters the egg. When it gets close, the egg releases a wave of progesterone which activates a receptor on the sperm’s tail. This causes it to swim vigorously. That strong whipping action allows it to reach the egg and cut through its protective covering. Biologist and researcher Melissa Miller called it the sperm’s “power kick.” If scientists could somehow find a way to block the sperm’s tail receptor, it would be unable to enter the egg. This discovery could lead to a future form of unisex birth control.

What Sadness Really Feels Like


Researchers map the way your body experiences emotion .
While pride “goes to your head,” shame “makes your ears burn.” And happiness? It gives you that all-over warm feeling, those time-worn adages say. Turns out, there’s more than a little truth in those old sayings: People experience emotion as different physical sensations, and those sensations appear to be universal among all cultures, indicates new research from Finland.

The study team provoked emotions ranging from surprise to depression among 700 people and kept track of the physical sensations each person experienced. The results showed the study participants, whether European or Asian, felt emotions in similar ways. While fear and anxiety settled in a person’s chest, anger tended to center itself in the head and fists. Love manifested itself in the chest, head and stomach, the research shows.


The emotions you feel—for example, fear—help prepare your body to avoid threatening people or situations, explains study coauthor Lauri Nummenmaa, PhD, of Finland’s Aalto University. Your emotions also help you feel at ease in socially rewarding settings. And just as your emotions help prepare your body for different scenarios, the way you feel physically can reinforce your emotional state, Nummenmaa says.

[sidebar]Why does any of this matter? Apart from helping researchers create interesting graphics (like the one above), understanding how emotion and the body interact could help psychiatrists better diagnose and understand psychological disorders, Dr. Nummenmaa says. For example, depression appears to show up as a lack of feeling in the arms and legs. Knowing this—or recognizing a disconnect between the usual emotion-body sensations—could lead to more accurate diagnoses and treatments, Nummenmaa adds.

“We think that these [emotion] maps are important because they further underline the strong link between mind and body,” Nummenmaa says. “Emotions are experienced as mental, but also as bodily states.”

Why You Need ‘Just Be’ for 10 Minutes a Day


Every day around the same time, Kathy Hollinger, a successful and remarkably productive executive, closes her office door for half an hour. Co-workers assumed she was trying to get work done until a friend looked through the sliver of glass in her door one day and saw that she appeared to be doing nothing more than staring off into space. It seemed curious enough that the friend began to pass by periodically when her door was closed to see what she was doing. Like clockwork, she closed her door once a day and appeared to engage in… nothing at all.

Eventually the friend asked Hollinger about the practice. She laughed and said one of the secrets to her incredible productivity was the time she took every day to just… be.

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer describes doing something similar: “For 10 or 15 minutes twice a day, I sit peacefully. I relax and think about nothing or as little as possible. And this is what I’ve done for a couple of years.”

For both Breyer and Hollinger, the small chunk of time they carve out each day to “just be” helps them cope with stress at work. They both say the daily stillness leaves them more focused, productive and better equipped to deal with unexpected changes. Hollinger also says that, many times, the deliberate pause helps get her creative juices flowing.

The Danger of Distractions

Today’s technological advancements are both a blessing and a curse. You can order a pair of sandals with the click of a button, and they can be at your doorstep 48 hours later—amazing, right? But you can also become addicted to your devices and overwhelmed by the endless pings of emails, texts and social media notifications.

Sometimes we equate being active with being productive. But replying to annoying emails, answering old texts and calling our spouses about what’s for dinner can both stress us out and stifle our potential for creativity and growth.

Contrary to the popular belief that stress is the worst thing out there, a “stressor” itself can actually be a neutral or even positive event—it’s anything that knocks you out of balance, like a job offer, a loud noise or a first kiss. Stress falls into a spectrum: from good, to tolerable, to toxic.

Stress becomes dangerous when your body is constantly coping with it and there’s no relief in sight. The stress caused by distraction is similar to what happens when your kids run around as you try to cook dinner or send an important email. Distractions limit your ability to focus and process information, which in turn lowers the quality of your work. And the type of stress caused by distraction is chronic—it’s always looming just below the surface.

“I felt like my brain was becoming polluted by so many things, both physical and digital, that I couldn’t get much work done,” Mikael Cho, founder of the website Crew, says of his time as a project manager at a design agency. “I began the morning fresh, but as the day wore on, my anxiety levels would spike.” Cho says he felt a kind of sensory overload that prevented him from flexing his creative muscles.

Believe it or not, the stress caused by constant distractions can also be addictive—just think of the words adrenaline rush.

There is a comforting sense of certainty to endless to-do lists and nonstop activity because we despise the discomfort we feel when we’re uncertain. Many times we’ll go out of our way to make decisions just because we hate the feeling of not knowing. “Why is the most dangerous word in history,” says neuroscientist Beau Lotto, because it opens up the possibility of change and represents a potentially terrifying journey into the unknown.

Yet it is exactly in those wide open, uncertain spaces that innovators often find brilliant solutions to problems.

How to Stress Better

Research suggests there are healthier ways to stress—ones that won’t place such a burden on your well-being. The single most important thing you need to determine is how much stress is too much for you.

Sustainable stress means that, in your daily life, there is a healthy balance between short spurts of high stress and periods with little to no stress. Think of beneficial stress as the high-octane turbocharge that powers you through a career-making presentation or propels you through a particularly difficult series of negotiations. Otherwise known as acute stress, it can enhance your focus, memory, concentration and learning. It can also boost your brain’s plasticity.

But you can’t just take advantage of the benefits of acute stress—that’s only half of the equation. After all, stressing sustainably means that what goes up must also come down. And this is why the deliberate pause practiced by successful people like Breyer and Hollinger is the other half of the equation.

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Find Your Spot

Experts say we should all have a sacred space to “just be.” This may explain why practices such as meditation and yoga have exploded in the West. But a sacred space doesn’t have to be a hot, sticky yoga studio—it can be your car, a park bench or even the empty conference room at work.

Some people refer to the deliberate pause as the “creative pause.” The practice—which can relieve chronic stress—has been studied for decades by researchers, including physician and author Edward de Bono, an expert in creative thinking. In his book, Serious Creativity: Using the Power of Lateral Thinking to Create New Ideas, de Bono writes that “some of the best results come when people stop to think about things that no one else has stopped to think about.”

Both Breyer and Hollinger resist referring to their pauses as spiritual. “To say that I am a meditator is overstating it,” Breyer says. “I don’t know that what I do is meditation, or even whether it has a name.”

Hollinger doesn’t believe what she does is spiritual either, in any sense of the word. “The opportunity to pause and disconnect, especially given how rapid my decision-making has to be throughout the day: Yes. No. Right. Left. Do we do this or do we not? It’s stillness. It’s the opportunity to just be.”

Now it’s your turn to master the deliberate pause. Shut the door, put your devices away and just be.