90:10 The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do For Your Stress

Published 2012-06-09
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DocMikeEvans follows up his viral health video "23 and 1/2 Hours" with this informative and practical video on managing stress. Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital.


Written and narrated by Dr. Mike Evans
Executive Producer, Dr. Mike Evans
Illustrations by Liisa Sorsa
Produced, directed, and photographed by Nick De Pencier
Editor, David Schmidt
Story/Graphic Facilitator, Disa Kauk
Whiteboard construction by James Vanderkleyn
Production assistant, Jesse Parnell
©2011 Michael Evans and Mercury Films Inc.

All Comments (21)
  • @horsegirlb7120
    10% what happens to you, 90% how you respond... I gotta remember that one
  • @catchersmom13u
    It's a shame teachers can't use a presentation like this to educate our children. The visual display kept me as interested as the topic itself. Great video!!
  • accept the things you can not change, have the courage to change the things you can
  • @riffifi47
    Thank you for such a generous consultation/ life-changing event, Dr. Mike! - I am a psychiatrist, and I will be sending this wise, brilliant, incredibly helpful video to every doctor, patient, and friend I have. I am deeply grateful. Dr. Rebecca
  • @jointhemelee
    This was great! For those with a neurotypical baseline. I just have to add, 90:10 works if that is really how the system is set up for you, if you have certain existing privileges on this earth and are not being systemically undermined or projected upon by OTHER people's inability to inhabit or deal with their stress. Dissociation and projection, or dispossession and transference of feeling, is known in the psychological community and for those often of marginalized or silenced otherness, in daily life. Additionally, I would advocate that some people are naturally rationally minded and CBT is an effective technique. Others are more somatically or kinesthetically sensitive, traits that are not typical tested for in young children in preference for the types of intelligence that succeed in cognitive culture. So to change our thinking towards coherence, we all can benefit from techniques to guide us towards our other brain -- no, not that one :) -- in terms of being guided by the heart. Choose coherence! I love it. The HeartMath folks are good at coaching this. Thanks again for this fun and guiding video.
  • @void212
    It simply amazes me how there's 110 dislikes on this. Guess it might have stressed them out.
  • @Str8singh
    Dr evans, I am a psychiatry resident in NYC. I love your videos and prescribed my patients your videos as homework. It really helps them put things into perspective for them and makes it easier for me to treat their more complex issues. thank you for your videos
  • @eriklacroix2684
    This was really great. I've been using mindfulness based therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy to manage stress for a while now. I would only add that exercise plus all of this makes it far easier to discipline your mind, something I've found lately.
  • @chutneymonsley
    I’ve watched this so many times and it always helps me to reframe things. I’ve shared it with many friends too, thank you
  • Thank you! Just the word "stress" use to stress me outages but my advice is that stress isn't a bad thing and when we realize that's we start to feel better about ourselves and I love how you said that we hold the KEY to our stress levels I'm going to start changing where and what I put my focus on and start living simple. I do want a simple life to be honest. Eat Sleep Breathe DO GOOD and FEEL GOOD And it's how you react to things that determines your sucess in life DO GOOD PEOPLE LOVE YOU
  • @TheChaselg1
    This video was recommended to me by a friend, and I found it very useful. I'll be reviewing it carefully and following the advice. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and providing support regarding a very difficult issue.
  • This video was really insightful and reminded me that letting things go redirecting your attention really does work. There have been times where I chose to stay upset/stressed about a situation and continued to think about it which only made me more stressed and upset. Then there have been other times where I chose to let it go and move on with my day saying, "It'll be okay." I think learning to let stressors go is quite the task. But I definitely think it's very useful in being healthier. Letting things go quite frankly sets you free because there are limited things someone has complete control over. When I get really stressed out I usually partake in deep breathing and sometimes I even write. The latter being very helpful at times to just expressing myself through creative outlets. Very informative and eye opening video!
  • My god, how simple yet profound. I'm going to watch this thing everyday for a month to see if I can soak it all in.
  • @sunnyrosa
    That was extremely helpful, it gives a different approach on stress "the car is not driving you you're driving the car" that's what I concluded from this video, it's an art form to be mastered after many years of being programmed as "helpless" it's difficult to think you can actually help your own self feel better by managing your thoughts.
  • @anyomay
    This was incredibly helpful, and such a pleasure to watch, thank you for creating and sharing!
  • @MelissaRae1975
    I love this style of teaching (narrative and drawings) I needed to hear and see this today.
  • @TLW016
    I watched this video for my Grief Counseling class, but it was extra useful for me because I do have problems with being overly stressed and anxious. Good video 
  • @Migs3
    Excellent video. Thanks for taking the time to film and edit it and of course for positing it for our benefit. Keep up the good work! -Migs