Tag: Habits

Turn Off the Procrastination Station

A dizzying array of thoughts indeed. Each one was cleverly designed to keep me from addressing the issues that I know will arise as I explore the concept of procrastination. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines it this way: Definition of procrastinate transitive verb : to put off intentionally and habitually intransitive verb : to put off intentionally the doing […]

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If You Don’t Have Enough Time, This Can Help

This is certainly valid. You likely have a long to-do list and many responsibilities. You likely could use an additional hour—or 5 each day. But what’s also true is that we could benefit from becoming more intentional and ruthless with our time. We could benefit from paying closer attention to what’s actually going on. Because […]

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When Your Job Requires Brilliant Ideas, But Brainstorming Feels Like Pulling Teeth

Maybe you’re a writer, speaker, designer, artist, podcast host, publicist, teacher, researcher, or entrepreneur. Either way, idea generation is a priority in your position. And, unfortunately, you feel utterly and completely uninspired. Mary Potter Kenyon, an author, certified grief counselor, and program coordinator at the Shalom Spirituality Center, typically feels uninspired when she’s tired or […]

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Ways the Long-Lived Live Longer

Ways the long-lived live longest: Choose the right parents. Well, maybe it’s not a choice. But genetics have a lot to do with it. Simply put: If your parents and grandparents didn’t have diseases that have an inheritability and they lived past 90, chances are you will too. The big “if” is whether or not […]

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New Research on the Benefits of Informal Meditation Practice: Taking Meditation Off the Cushion and Into Our Lives

It struck me how rare it is to see someone pause in the midst of the busyness of their day and savor the moment in this way.  It also surprised me that in all of my times back and forth to the gym I had never once noticed this little patch of nature.   Consider these […]

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How My Weight Gain Contributed to My Son’s Disordered Eating

He begged me to lose weight. Of course, it was difficult to do so, instead of me dropping pounds, he began to limit his food intake until he had lost weight. He went from 115 to 107. This doesn’t sound like much but on his 5’2″ frame, it seemed like a huge amount. I could […]

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8 Ways to Minimize What’s Bad about Social Media and Keep What’s Good

First, here are Professor Kecmanovic’s suggestions. #1 Commit to times when you will not use social media. Kecmanovic feels strongly that you should not let social media disturb your sleep. Keep your phone and computer out of your bedroom. She also suggests that you turn off your notifications or your phone when you are interacting with […]

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How to Add More Joy to Your Days

Sometimes, we can get so swept up in the daily hustle that we forget to ask ourselves this question—and we have no idea about the answer. According to therapist Lynn Zakeri, LCSW, “joy is found in different ways by different people.” She defines joy as “better than feeling good,” and “better than fun.” It’s forgetting […]

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How Teens and Young Adults with ADHD Can Thrive

Friedman was convinced that because of these differences, she wouldn’t be able to succeed. She feared she’d “never be good enough, smart enough, quick witted enough to be successful in school” and beyond. “It is hard to get used to the idea that my ADHD won’t be going away and I have to actively manage […]

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Self-Care: Why Is It So Important? Why Is It So Hard?

You are not alone if you are asking yourself this same question. Many of us tend to prioritize our day to day duties in something similar to the following order: family, work, chores (cooking, shopping, laundry, etc), activities or other commitments, and last but not least self-care. Rinse and repeat. We consistently put self-care as […]

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How to Make Time for the Things You Really Want to Do

So, if we barely have enough time to do the things we really need to do, how the heck will we have time for the things we really want to do? Below are eight tips to answer that very question. Forget the traditional to-do list. According to Holly Reisem Hanna, creator of The Work at […]

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Fake It Till You Make It: 5 Cheats from Neuroscience

When it comes to exploring this principle, I prefer the tricks and perspectives learned from rigorous studies in neuroscience to flesh out the truth. No one is an advocate of hypocrisy, fake news, or blatant self-deception. But in some cases, a few psychological “white lies” (to oneself or others) can accomplish a miraculous change in […]

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5 Things You Need to Start Forming Better Habits

If you’re interested in life advice for self-improvement, you’ll need to learn how to form good habits and how long it takes to break bad ones. When it comes to forming good habits, there are no golden rules. 10 Ways You Can Become a Better Version of Yourself It does not take two weeks, 21 […]

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Feel Better in Just One Breath

I worked through therapy and medication to get my anxiety into a manageable place. Once there, I still needed something to help me manage the day-to-day stresses that would sometimes trigger mild panic or send me into a stormy tailspin. It should be noted that for severe or chronic forms of anxiety and depression, more […]

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Psychology Around the Net: June 15, 2019

Get to learning! Therapists Share 7 Ways You Can Be “Good” at Getting Therapy: No, this definitely is not about winning at therapy. You won’t find tips on how to make your therapist like you or trick your therapist into thinking you’re not as sad as you actually are or that you’re “getting better.” Instead, […]

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Tidying Up Should Also Include People, and Here’s Why

You can’t tidy people up … or can you? We’ve heard it said over the years that toxic people aren’t good for us. In fact, they can be seriously damaging to our mental health. Through the many relationships we experience, those that are harmful to our wellbeing shouldn’t be prioritized. And yet, we find ourselves […]

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8 Ways to Write Away Your Worries

Lynn R. Zakeri’s clients tend to worry about money and relationships. They tend to worry whether their kids are OK and whether they’re good enough. They tend to think “I have too much to do and not enough time,” or, the reverse: “I should be doing so much more than I am currently doing,” said Zakeri, […]

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