Posts by Karen Salmansohn

Karen Salmansohn is a bestselling author, award winning designer, respected research geek on happiness and wellness—plus a columnist for Oprah and Psychology Today. She's sold about 2 million books globally—and has many celebrity fans including Jon Stewart, Madonna, Deepak Chopra, Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Tim Ferris, Marie Forleo, and then some. You can visit her at NotSalmon.com, and find her on Facebook and Instagram here.

Why I Quit Beast Mode and How I Traded Burnout for Peace and Balance

“Beast mode.” Sounds pretty badass, doesn’t it?

It’s like an adrenaline-fueled battle cry, a call to arms. It’s a way of life that’s all about giving every single thing you’ve got to every single thing you do.

For most of my life, I lived this mantra—and prided myself for living this way.

In fact, I had a sticker on my bathroom mirror with the words “beast mode” that I stared at all the time. It was my constant reminder to be all in, every single day, pushing harder, reaching further.

But here’s the reality check: Life isn’t supposed to be …