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5 Yoga Poses to Help You Relieve Stress and Anxiety

You’re reading 5 Yoga Poses to Help You Relieve Stress and Anxiety, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Ice-cream , cookies, wine – tried and tested but not working ? Then a great stress buster like no other, yoga, is said to work wonders for both mind and body and bring about holistic healing and increase your resistance to the stress triggers.
In general, while yoga is said to calm the senses , there are certain poses or asanas of 200 hour yoga teacher training rishikesh that work on letting go of stress and tension. Try these out.

Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

This pose calls for concentration and focussing of the mind towards a single end. It is an excellent tool for managing stress. It also aids to release  shoulder stiffness and also tightness in the hips  which are the area prone to…

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Importance of Inspiration. 8 Tips to Stay Inspired For Life.

You’re reading Importance of Inspiration. 8 Tips to Stay Inspired For Life., originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Inspiration is an essential ingredient for success in any field. I have never seen a person without inspiration making it big. Inspiration enhances determination and creativity. Without determination and creativity, you’ll find yourself doing things just for the sake of doing them.
Do you think you’ve lost your inspiration? Maybe the ups and downs of life and work have taken a toll on you. You’re not alone. Majority of people across the world are trying newer and easier ways to get inspired. But they give up along the way. They start thinking to themselves that they are no good. And only a handful of people can stay inspired for life.
Maybe there is someone around you who is always inspired. “How does he or…

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How to Self-Evaluate The 4 Parts of Your Life That Matter

You’re reading How to Self-Evaluate The 4 Parts of Your Life That Matter, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

How is your life going over all?
If I asked you that in person, you’d probably give me a standard, “Fine,” answer, you wouldn’t likely self-evaluate, and certainly wouldn’t do anything to make your life better.  It would be an entirely pointless interaction.
Well fortunately, we’re not talking in person.  I’m some dude on the internet, and I’m not interested in your pleasantries.  You don’t have to worry about starting to cry in public when you think about everything going wrong in life, and making me and the waitress at this Applebee’s feel super awkward, so don’t worry about that.  
So instead of the canned answer, look within, and really ask yourself: How is your life going over all?
It’s a tough question,…

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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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7 Weird Ways To Get Motivated That Actually Work

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Description: It is often tough to think of ways to get motivated, especially when you are having a bad day, but this guide will provide you with seven ways that really work wonders for your motivation. These rules are easy to follow and can help you today.
Motivation is one of those elusive words and strange things to think about. Sometimes you can feel motivated and on other days really won’t want to do anything. A lot of people have developed real and effective practical solutions to increase motivation that actually work. Let’s have a look at seven different ways you can get motivated today.
1. Framing Work In a Different Way

 
When you don’t feel like working hard, don’t think of work as being something…

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How to Discover the Limiting Beliefs that Create Self-Sabotage

You’re reading How to Discover the Limiting Beliefs that Create Self-Sabotage, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Imagine walking toward a beautiful, white sand beach. The sky is clear, the sun warm. A soft breeze caresses your skin.

You can hear the cheerful sounds of your friends enjoying themselves, having the time of their lives on this perfect day.

You are anticipating a long-needed, well-deserved break from the stresses of life!

Suddenly, a police officer appears.

“Do NOT go out on that beach,” his voice is quiet and ominous.

“Huh?” You cannot help but stop in your tracks, although you don’t see any evidence that what he says has any merit.

“I’m not kidding. Stay off that beach. You can’t go there. That would be a mistake.”

“But why?” you reply. Other people are over there. My friends are calling…

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The Morning Routine of Successful People

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One thing that will never change about humanity is that we will always be fascinated by those that are rich and famous. We look at them, and we are filled with awe. All we want is to know how they got where they are and whether there are lessons we can take from them in order to lift ourselves to the same heights. Well, you don’t have to look very far. Part of the secret to how successful people achieve so much lies in their morning routine, and that is a very simple one, consisting of simple practices and routines that anyone can apply. Would you like to learn more? Read on!
They wake up early
We all know that famous William Camden saying about the early bird…

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5 Quick Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Brain as you Age

You’re reading 5 Quick Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Brain as you Age, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

As we know, the brain plays a vital role in the body as it controls or has a role in basically every physiological process. If our brains begin to fail,  it affects our whole body. Though aging is an inevitable process, this does not mean that you have to experience cognitive decline or any real loss of brain power.
This because, fortunately, there are lifestyle factors which could enable one to delay brain aging. These can also help reverse the risks that come with aging such as memory loss, stroke or mild cognitive impairment.  How then can you keep your brain healthy even as you get older? Below are 5 tips for keeping your brain healthy as you get older.

Eat…

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7 Practical Tools for Picking Yourself up During Your Darkest Days

You’re reading 7 Practical Tools for Picking Yourself up During Your Darkest Days, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

These days most people experience some feelings of depression, anxiety, grief or general lack of motivation. This is a normal part of life, however, if we don’t take productive action, these states can linger and interfere with our functioning at work and in relationships. Here are some simple yet highly effective tools that can help you out of a dark period and propel you back towards balance and wellness.

Acknowledge and accept

The first step is simply to acknowledge the situation and the pain you’re in and accept your feelings as they are. When we’re in the throes of a depression or an unmanageable situation we often try to first fix our way out of it before we address the root cause and…

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Why Personal Power Comes from Being All of You

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Have you ever wondered who you truly are? When I was in my teens, I often asked myself who or what it is that is truly me. Especially in interactions with others. I would notice that depending on whom I was interacting with, I was a completely different person. Back then, I was kind of proud that I was able to switch instantly and accomplish so many roles. But I did wonder what was hidden behind all the roles and identities I could put on display. Is life really just an act? Is there a true “me”? And if so, how do I know the difference?
Is Life an Act?
Life is only an act if we are functioning from other people’s ideals and expectations,…

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How To Win Your Family Over To Minimalism

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Minimalism is a significant step to a cleaner and brighter world, but it’s also a great way to clean up your own life and feel lighter and brighter. Embracing a minimalist lifestyle as a family is an excellent way to encourage a new set of values for your kids, and adopt a more profound and more fruitful relationship with a partner. But it takes commitment, and not everyone is on board.
Sticking to your newfound low-waste lifestyle is a lot easier when you’ve got the support of your family. So how do you get your family to warm up to owning less, without shaming or force? These tips will help you put your family first on your hunt for a simpler, clutter-free lifestyle.

Stick…

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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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How I Handled a Toxic Boss (It Might Not Be What You’re Expecting)

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Ah, the thrill of securing a new job. It’s exciting! There’s so much hope that goes into looking for a new role and the sense of professional validation that comes from making it through the application and interview process can be a little intoxicating. They’ve met you and they want you. Yay!
But what do you do when a few weeks into your highly anticipated new position you realise it isn’t the shiny opportunity you had hoped for? What if it turns out the culture is hostile and there’s one very obvious culprit.
The Toxic Boss
This was a very real scenario I found myself in a few years back. I’d been working hard trying to climb that progression ladder in…

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5 Necessary Steps For Reaching Success

You’re reading 5 Necessary Steps For Reaching Success, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Success is something, everyone tries to reach every day.
How much would you like to make this year, the best of your life?
Would you like to remember this year, as a breakthrough in your and your family´s life?
Of course, you´d like it. But many people don´t know what is necessary to turn dreams into reality.
Actually, for reaching everything you always wanted from life, there are only 5 things, you need to change.
That´s the reason, why I decided to write this article, where I am about to share with you those exact 5 steps, for turning your deepest dreams into everyday´s reality.
Let´s right dive in…
Clarity
The first thing you need to know is your WHY. You simply can not reach any of your dreams when you don´t know what…

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5 Ways To Increase Your Intelligence Every Day

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First it is essential to understand that increasing your intelligence is quite simple when you use all of the tools and techniques at your disposal. Most people in the world do not know the following tools or techniques, so they have never used them and thusly their intelligence has not increased as much as it could. By applying these five simple tools and techniques, you can and will notice a difference in your cognitive function, your memory retention and your ability to easily grasp novel concepts.
The first tool you can use to increase your intelligence is food containing nootropic vitamins. Nootropics are vitamins in food that actually stimulate the growth of new neurons in the brain, a process called neurogenesis. According to an article…

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The Most Important Habits To Develop Before 30

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Looking at successful people, we tend to assume that they are cut from a different cloth. But once you factor in incremental progress, the image becomes less fuzzy around the edges. Whoever you think they are, and however you think they got there, what truly defines them is a set of important habits.
If you are in your mid-twenties, let me cut you a lot of suspense – the quality of your life, and perhaps even the length of it, will greatly depend on the routines you’re about to adopt.
Results and consequences, no matter how small, tend to accumulate year after year, so you better set your trajectory straight. I use 30 in my title in order to illustrate the importance of getting a head…

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3 Unexpected Things That Happened When I Fully Focused On My Strengths

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You have all probably been to that dark place where the only thing you see is a failure and the only thing you hear is the ticking of negative thoughts in your brain.
This is certainly a ‘place-to-be’ as our brain cannot function without negative thoughts. But one feels even more vulnerable when this dark place happens in a new country they have just moved to.
That is exactly what happened to me when I moved to France from Armenia. Luckily, I spoke French so getting around and meeting people was not a problem. But when it came to finding a job and making close friends, I made efforts that never landed.
Eventually, my confidence level shrank to a point where I was…

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How to Stop Lying to Ourselves: A Call for Self-Awareness

You’re reading How to Stop Lying to Ourselves: A Call for Self-Awareness, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

Finding a sincere person is difficult. We are not always ready to share our innermost feelings and do not show a lot of emotions. People have a right for little secrets, but problems begin when we try to deceive ourselves. One’s mind and heart conflict with one another, and harmony disappears.
Negative emotions and lying to oneself are harmful to one’s health.
Every person has self-talk from time to time. Although others do not hear us, slyness in front of our “self” can lead to serious disagreement. A person owes a grudge; complexes cultivate issues, low self-esteem, and makes a mess out of psychological health. Negative emotions can provoke apathy and prolonged depression. When there is an imbalance between inner mood and behavior, a…

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The Rules of Sleep Hygiene Made Me Rethink My Mornings

You’re reading The Rules of Sleep Hygiene Made Me Rethink My Mornings, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you’re enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

I think our modern compulsion to optimize the living hell out of our mornings is counterproductive.
Okay. Maybe I shouldn’t make such a sweeping statement.
Let’s try again. For me, personally, when I tried to apply takeaways from the seemingly infinite number of Medium articles depicting the morning routines of highly productive people, it made me…
Less productive.
Maybe not in the mornings! But overall. And isn’t the holistic picture of productivity, of how productivity plays into our deeper senses of accomplishment, the real point?
It’s not about drinking turmeric tea in the morning instead of coffee. When I do that, I get a headache (I know that means I’m addicted, I’m okay with it, don’t @ me). It’s not about running 6 miles before dawn. I’ve…

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Seven Ways Keeping a Journal Can Help Your Career

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Keeping a journal might seem childish, but you’d be surprised to find out about the help it can offer you during a period of struggle. An intimate journal is meant to keep a record of your daily activities as well as serve as a way to express your feelings. Therefore, this could be helpful for your job, especially when you’re encountering issues that are hard to deal with. In other words, you should quickly go and grab the nearest notebook and start writing your thoughts down, as this can help you in various ways. Read on to find out more!

Listing Advice. Whether you’re dealing with people with a long history in your area of expertise or just anyone in the same field,…

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7 Ways to Save Money For Young Adults While In College

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College may be the first time that many young adults will start having to manage their own life and money. For some, it may be the first time they actually have their own money to manage. This makes college a great time to start developing good money saving habits. Learning how to get into the habit of saving money is just as important at this time as learning how to budget or spend money wisely. Here are 7 great tips on how to start saving money in college.
 
1. Free is Always the Best
While there is nothing wrong with dropping $100 or more on tickets to your favourite band or other events, making this a weekly or monthly habit is not…

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Training Your Mind with Meditation

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“Meditation is a science, the systematic process of training the mind.” – John Yates, Ph.D.
By sophomore year of high school, it had become clear that my mind was completely out of control. After a series of car crashes resulting from my own distraction and declining grades in school, I was promptly diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and prescribed several medications. This came on top of a previous Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) diagnosis.
I’d sit down intending to accomplish something and end up scrolling endlessly on the Internet instead. A childhood of Lego-playing and reading had made me into an intellectual kid, but at this point in my life, I couldn’t pay attention for more than 10 seconds on any given task.
I was a wreck and this seemed to…

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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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Neuroplasticity- Botox for the Brain?

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The term Neuroplasticity is the hope of the future of every human on the planet and yet, few people have even heard of it, and fewer actually know what it means.  Why is it important? Simply, the theories of neuroplasticity have the capacity to change everything we know about living a happier and healthier life.  It’s the holy grail of the human experience.
Breakthroughs in neuroscience over the last decade have produced an understanding that indeed, we can alter our own brain’s physical structure.  Basically, the brain is able to re-wire itself.  Science now reveals that brain cells are able to regenerate, making new connections thereby forming new neuronal pathways.
These findings are proving we can change our own emotional states as well as heal our own physical bodies. …

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The 6 Stages of Personal Growth

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Personal development is a process that involves many steps. It’s a life-long journey. This article outlines the six main stages of personal growth.
These stages of personal growth are naturally recurrent and can become cyclical with more growth, goals, and obstacles in life.
It’s worth pointing out that these stages do not always occur in a linear fashion. The stages are also often reciprocal of each other.
These stages can apply to you or your life as a whole or certain areas of your life as well as new obstacles and goals that come up. For example, you may be at stage 4 in the career area of your life, but at stage 1 with your relationships.
Also, remember there’s no need to rush the process. It’s important to start…

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