How to Use Your Positive Memories To Boost Mental Health and Prevent Depression

When you think back on your life throughout your day, are you more likely to revisit “positive memories” or “negative memories?” According to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior, recalling positive memories may play an important role in managing stress, preventing depressive symptoms, and boosting our mental health overall. Researchers set up an experiment where participants were shown either a “positive” or “negative” word on a screen, and were then asked to recall a specific autobiographical memory from…

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The Only Cause Of Stress (and how you beat it)

You gaze down through the open window at the sparkling Ionia sea resplendent in the late summer sun. Your taxi weaves itself dexterously down the narrow mountain road from Vrachionas, the highest point on the Greek island of Zakynthos. The sun twinkles and a hundred shades of azure bounce back from the gently lapping waves. High above a Cory’s Shearwater banks and weaves barely beating it’s long brown wings as it scans the turquoise waters for an afternoon snack. It…

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4 Ways to Relieve Anxiety Before Going to Bed — Purpose Fairy

Image source. Anxiety and stress are horrible for your sleep. Ever done a quick email check before turning off the light–only to see an urgent email from your boss about that project that’s due the next afternoon? Then you know what I’m talking about. Just knowing the fact that something must be done the next day, can already make you feel anxious. And in turn make you sleep less (deep). The irony? Worrying makes you lose sleep, which makes you…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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Tiny Social Anxiety Hacks To Make Your Daily Life Easier and Less Stressful

If you suffer from social anxiety (or you’re just a very shy person), you’ve likely developed little ways to make your day a tad easier and less stressful, whether it’s at school, work, home, or just out walking in public. We all get socially overwhelmed sometimes, and in those situations it can be helpful to have “tiny hacks” to help you get by without causing a scene or going into full-on panic mode. Here’s a comprehensive list of these tiny…

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3 Deceptively Simple Ways to Overcome Your Fears

What are you scared of? Oh, don’t shake your head and say, “Nothing!” We are all scared of something – it could be fear of something real like mice and cockroaches or fear of the possibility of something going wrong – like feeling humiliated while addressing a crowd.  In this article, you will be taken through a three step process of understanding why you are scared of something, what to do about it and finally how to overcome it. 1. It’s…

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5 Ways To Beat Procrastination Like A Boss

I have so much to do! I have emails to answer, lectures to prepare, and clients’ problems to solve and on top of all this a big presentation at work! You know what the worst part is? People assume I am magically immune to procrastination, just because I am a psychologist. But hey, I’m still a person and at times I get overwhelmed, or plain bored with all the work I need to do. But the difference between me and…

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The Introvert’s Guide To Public Speaking

So, there’s this project at work you’ve been working really hard on. Your boss loves the idea and everything is going great until s/he tells you to present the idea to the whole team tomorrow. You’ve created the slides and proofread them twice, but every time you think of the presentation, your head feels light and you get a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. What are you afraid of? That you’re a quiet, reserved person and not…

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My Best Psychology and Self Improvement Articles From 2018

As we approach the upcoming new year, it’s always a great time to take a step back and reflect on what we’ve learned and experienced over the past twelve months. First, let me ask you an important question: “Are you better or worse than you were exactly one year ago today? Or about the same?” I sincerely hope it was a good and productive year for you; but even if it wasn’t, keep in mind this is just one chapter…

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A Psychologist Reveals How Your Mind Tricks You Every Day

I was once asked if I liked what I wrote. I said I have different phases, I like my writing in some phases and don’t like my writing in some phases. Huh? Let me explain. I’m working on this children’s book, a series of short stories for children. In the beginning, as I was writing the first few stories, I was mentally rehearsing my Booker Award Speech, and I was all like, “Wow, this is going to be SO great!”…

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5 Insanely Helpful Tips to Start Working Out

“I don’t have enough time” “I am too tired” “I will start from tomorrow, definitely!” “Ok, from Monday for sure!” If these are some of the excuses you have for not working out, you are not alone! As human beings, we are hard-wired to do only which is absolutely needed — wired to minimize time and energy wherever possible. Let’s first try and understand why we are spending so much time on this topic. Believe it or not, Science has actually…

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“I Realized I Was Expecting More from Myself Than the People I Treat and Counsel.”

Interview: Samantha Brody Samantha Brody has spent more than twenty years in her practice addressing the physical, mental, and emotional aspects of her patients’ health, to help them effectively address and achieve their health goals. Her new book Overcoming Overwhelm: Dismantle Your Stress from the Inside Out just hit the shelves. I couldn’t wait to talk to her about happiness, habits, and productivity. For many people, stress is a big happiness stumbling block as they try to make their lives…

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6 Research-Based Hacks to Help You Avoid Overeating

So you were at an all you can eat buffet. Before you left home you had vowed not to overeat tonight, and just try small quantities of whatever seemed interesting. By the end of the meal, you need to unbutton your pants and need a few seconds to catch your breath after climbing down the flight of stairs. You overate, AGAIN! Well, here are a few hacks, all backed by research, you can use to not overeat: 1. Hide your…

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