Image from the project ‘Nature Sound Form Wave’ by Anna Marinenko

Pre-modern humans were strongly embedded in nature. They connected regularly and deeply with the cycles nature that can be found in the weather, seasons, plants, animals and so on. With our development into a modern society, we increasingly desynchronized with this cyclical nature of our environment and of life itself.

For example, we are no longer embedded in natural cycles of day and night, or those of activity and rest. With our artificial lights, industrialized working schedules and unnatural stimulants (caffeine, sugar, drugs) we can self-direct our environment and biology. …

In my coaching practice and training we often talk a lot about stress and flow. One thing that I discovered is that many people mistake being in ‘flow’ for actually over-stressing themselves. This isn’t too surprising since flow is a bit of a subjective and vague word. However, there is a different way of looking at flow that can help you understand what is and isn’t a true flow state. To clear up myths about flow we have to take a neurobiological perspective.

The neurobiological basis of flow

Although the underlying neurobiology of flow states is quite a complex subject, there are simplified models that…

Burnout has been a controversial topic, especially the last decade or so. For a long time — and still — many people deny that such a thing even exists. Some people go as far to criticise those who burn out for easily giving up, not trying hard enough or being weak. Such harsh judgments reflect a serious PR issue around burnout.

Contrary to what many people believe, burnout has been well researched — but as with anything that involves health and money, there is a lot of junk information floating around. …

Pet the lizard, feed the tiger, hug the monkey (Rick Hanson)

We may think of our brain as one single unit that operates our body and mind, but actually it is a little bit more complex than that. Evolutionarily, we can trace three major levels of developments that have distinct features, needs, feelings and behaviors. Understanding our brain this way can be very helpful to better understand our own complexities and behaviors. In this article I will give you a simplified but very practical way to think of the three levels of your brain and what they do.

Your three different brains

Paul McLean, an early (comparative) neuroscientist developed his Tri-une brain concept to describe…

Rollercoasters are exciting, as long as you don’t get stuck…

I love the startup community. Like many I enjoy the taste of energy you get when you work with startup entrepreneurs. Being around them makes me feel inspired and hopeful about all the amazing creations that are waiting to emerge from their potential. This bright and optimistic side is contagious and happily shared through the many startup hubs, events and media.

But there is also a darker side to the startup world that isn’t talked about all that much, at least not openly. It’s a side I get to see in my coaching work when I work with startup entrepreneurs…

Bas Snippert

Stress Specialist | Leadership Coach | Writing a new book 'Effortless: The New Science of Biological Self-organization', campaign here:

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