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Have Trouble Ignoring Cravings? Science Says This Could Be Why

A new study published in Psychological Sciences explains why it’s so hard to ignore temptation when we’re distracted, stressed, and trying to do it all.  …

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At the Brink of Losing, I Found Myself

You’re reading At the Brink of Losing, I Found Myself, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realise is that you’re not alone.” ~Dwayne Johnson

Did you ever bow down to your mind demons? I have… but that experience taught me the best lifetime-lesson.

My life was not a fairytale. But fortunately, my fight was never for bread and butter. 

I had every means to suffice my materialistic desires. I had beautiful people around in the form of friends and family.

But the ironical truth is I was alarmingly sad with no one knowing it. I had droll people around to laugh with but no one to share my gloomy secrets. My outer world was full of light but my inner world was pitch dark.

Unable to recognize the cause, I couldn’t express.

A…

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How I Stopped Scrolling My Life Away

You’re reading How I Stopped Scrolling My Life Away, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

“What did you mean you didn’t know?! I posted it on Facebook!”

How many times have you heard this statement from friends
and family members?

Staying away from social media is not easy.

Everyone you know is on one single platform.  Even when you want to switch to an entirely
new one, where would you go!? That is called the network effect. You’re “stuck”
in this one place since everyone you know congregate on that same platform.

I was a phone addict since 2011 when I received my very first mobile the HTC/T-Mobile G1. Around that time, Facebook already took over the social media reign that previously belonged to Myspace. Popular social networking services Twitter and Instagram had also witnessed daylight by then.

This whole concept of posting short updates and commenting instantly…

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Want Better Mental Health? Head to the Great Outdoors!

The average American spends 93% of their life indoors – according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The…
The post Want Better Mental Health? Head to the Great Outdoors! appeared first on FinerMinds. …

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How Meditation Can Help With Anxiety

You’re reading How Meditation Can Help With Anxiety, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Putting it rather simply, meditation is the intentional process of forming a higher level of awareness through stopping thought and sharpening focus. Meditation is not easy, but when done properly, has amazing healing properties when it comes to stress and anxiety.
Since anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States alone, meditation is becoming more mainstream than it ever has before, with apps like Headspace and Calm paving the way for normalcy. You don’t have to be a pro to reap the benefits of meditation, since practicing as little as ten minutes a day can help to decrease stress and battle anxiety.
Like anything, the more time and effort you put into your meditation practice, the more you’ll get out of it. Your skill will deepen, and…

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How to Deal with Anxiety in Just 3 Breaths

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Anxiety is a common daily struggle for many. With constant work stress along with competition and comparison fueled by social media, anxiety has become somewhat of a social “norm” in our modern society. In the United States alone, anxiety affects approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54, mostly in stressful work and school environments.
Many turn to medicine and doctors, which might seem like the easiest solution. But, what about those who are looking for more independent ways to manage anxiety? Are there easy and practical ways to do so, and do they really work?
The answer is a resounding YES, and it’s as easy as taking three mindful breaths.
Anxiety’s Relationship with Your Breath
Did you know that anxiety is…

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Why Meditation Doesn’t Always Work and What To Do About It

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How often have you carved out time to meditate, only to squander those twenty to thirty minutes obsessively thinking of what you need to accomplish, or drifting off to sleep from exhaustion only to emerge with your anxieties intact? I can certainly attest to having this type of meditative experience and I’m not the only one. My clients often express that meditation makes them more frustrated and sometimes even erroneously validates their sense of being a failure, simply because they cannot achieve stillness. It would seem that unless you grew up in a Buddhist monastery and learned to still your mind at age eight, meditation is likely more exasperating than refreshing for you.
The bottom line is that few of us are…

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These 5 Mental Health Tools Will Help You Cope with Any Difficult Situation

You’re reading These 5 Mental Health Tools Will Help You Cope with Any Difficult Situation, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Though it may be a surprise for some, mental health problems are commonplace. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million American adults deal with mental health symptoms on an annual basis. That’s nearly 20% of the country’s adult population.
Thankfully, similar to physical conditions like joint pain or eczema, mental health problems can be treated and managed before they become increasingly debilitating over time.
That’s why it’s so important to develop strategies for improving your mental health on a daily basis. This goes double for those who are actively working through substance abuse recovery. In the same way, a bit of daily exercise makes a big difference in long-term physical health, utilizing mental health tools helps to…

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6 Benefits of Mind-Boggling Games for Child Development

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Games are synonymous with activity. Playing is a basic human need and practically all humans enjoy to play. Playing games is not just an activity used to pass time, for leisure or relaxation but psychologists recommend playing mind-boggling games since they are an important part of the learning experience especially in children.
All parents and caregivers should not only encourage and value their children’s play but also join in the play activities while guiding them. The gameplay is a brilliant way of helping a child to develop their growing brain. Puzzles and crosswords are able to help strengthen specific abilities like cognition, memory, and even improve concentration.  According to a study conducted and published in the Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, limiting children’s screen time…

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Yes, Perinatal Anxiety Is Real & This Is What It Feels Like

Perinatal anxiety is real and this is what it feels like. …

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5 Life-Changing Pieces of Advice to Help you get Through Anxiety

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What does anxiety look like?
Imagine.
You’re hiking through a rough patch of mountainous woods, as dark and deep as the blackest sky. You’ve been here before many a time. This forest area falls in your way. You have to cross it in order to get to the other side, where your home is.
Even though the path is well-worn and quite familiar to you now, yet, the walk itself is nothing short of a struggle. Each step induces a mild sense of panic in you.
What if a venomous snake sneaks up on you from among the bushes and bites you in the ankle? What if it starts raining and a mudslide carries you towards a most painful fall? What if you meet someone…

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Mastering The Art of Meditation to Get Rid of Mental Diarrhea

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Our current lifestyle and food habits have made us vulnerable to several ailments and that’s why nowadays, more and more people are adopting different ways to live a healthy and balanced life. Long working hours, increased stress, improper sleeping habits, environmental pollution, all these things are taking its toll on your health and it’s high time to start thinking for a way to get out of this misery and adopt a healthy lifestyle.
When it comes to living a healthy life then most of the people think that by just keeping their body healthy, they will be able to get away with the chaos and health risk associated with the modern day world. But that’s not true as a body can’t stay…

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This Is How Team Sports May Alter Your Brain For Better Mental Health

Kids who did this showed fewer depressive symptoms. …

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We Might Soon Be Able To Suppress Bad Memories Using Anesthetics

It might help people struggling with their mental health—but we should proceed with caution. …

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An Integrative Dermatologist Explains Why Your Skin & Mental Health Are So Connected

An integrative dermatologist explains the mind-skin connection and the world of psychodermatology. …

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Young People’s Mental Health Issues Skyrocketed Over The Last Decade—Here’s Why

Teens’ and young adults’ mental health has gotten progressively worse. …

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6 Ways Social Media Negatively Affects Mental Health

You’re reading 6 Ways Social Media Negatively Affects Mental Health, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

When was the last time you were with family or friends and didn’t check your Facebook or Instagram feed? When you’re at a nice restaurant, do you pay more attention on clicking a picture of the food than eating it? When you upload photos, do you feel stressed if you don’t get a significant number of likes or comments?
Technology can be a great thing, but there is also a flip-side. The overuse of social media can have harmful consequences. Below are 6 ways in which social media can negatively impact your mental health.
1. Leads to Productivity Drain
While social media might help us connect more easily with others throughout the day, it can also distract our attention from the task at hand and get in…

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Feel A Depressive Episode Coming? Try This

It won’t heal your depression, but it can help soften a negative emotional reaction. …

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Why I took a break from Facebook?

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Facebook, a social networking platform founded by Mark Zuckerberg has around 2.2 billion monthly active users as of January 2018 (source Wikipedia). I joined Facebook in October 2007, and I was compulsively posting every minute detail of my life. From birthday wishes to photo albums with my friends and family.
I joined Facebook because you had to be on it or there was FOMO! Over the next few years, I was on Facebook for the sole reason that social media was now my bread and butter. I was a social media marketer, creating Facebook pages for clients and writing social media posts to grab the user’s attention.
I was addicted to it – followed thousands of brands, tried and tested every app and developed app ideas myself….

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Your Work Schedule Might Be Putting You At Risk For Depression

New research suggests you really need to protect your downtime. …

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Keeping Secrets Can Hurt Your Mental Health, But Here’s How To Stop It

Three ways to let go of shame. …

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Your Gut Has More Sway On Your Mental Health Than You Think, Study Says

Your gut may be making you depressed, study says. …

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Unthreading Anxiety

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I was born in the middle of a war zone. One of my earliest memories is of a bomb falling near our house on an otherwise quiet day. So wholly unexpected it freaked the hell out of me. And this is how my friendship with anxiety was born.
I went through life having a sensibly over-alert nervous system trying to keep me alive, even long after the war was over. In medical terms you might call this PTSD or generalized anxiety, I personally don’t identify with those concepts at all.
I don’t see my being or experience in the world as pathological or requiring medical intervention. This is true for me, but it may not be true for others. I’m not opposed to psychiatry or medical interventions. It has simply been…

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Here’s Why Deep Sleep Is More Important Than Hours Of Sleep

New Study Linking Deep Sleep to Alzheimer’s Proves Quality of Sleep is Greater Than Quantity …

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The Healing Power of Nature: How Walking in the Rain Saved My Life

“All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” ~Nietzsche
A recent study by the National Academy of Sciences found that a ninety-minute walk in nature slows our worried, troublesome thoughts about ourselves and our lives. Even better, it reduces …
The post The Healing Power of Nature: How Walking in the Rain Saved My Life appeared first on Tiny Buddha. …

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