We put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves to be different, new, fresh – a changed person full of health, happiness and inner peace. But when we don't achieve all we set out to accomplish, the blame slaps us back in the face. We build up self-resentment, guilt and negative perceptions full of fear and pity.
If you want change in your life, do it from a place of acceptance and love. You can't hate yourself into your perfect body, nor will you find your soul mate from a place of self-pity. You won't be able to make more money if you don't appreciate what you currently earn. Whatever your desire is, the inspiration to change and reach a new goal comes from an inner place of wanting to feel a new way. Your emotions can help drive lasting change.
If you want to start fresh, give yourself permission to reinvent yourself, but do it from a place of joy. That constant feeling that something is missing will disappear when you go for what you want.
Your true happiness is not in the ideal weight, your dream relationship or large sums of money. The happiness and feelings you desire are within you now. To make change stick forever, turn inward to the wisdom already in your heart. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind,Body,Green.
Depression has a way of tricking even the happiest of people into thinking that life isn't worth experiencing. Their energy is evaporated, what once was pleasurable is now less-than appealing and the physical symptoms are completely taxing.
Sounds pretty terrible, right?
While many people consider mental illness in the abstract -- an affliction outside the realm of possibility in their own lives -- the sad reality is that these disorders are distressingly common.
Below are 11 statistics that show depression has a greater impact than you might think.
The number of people globally who are affected by some form of depression.
Originally posted on Huffington Post.
The word ‘trauma’ is a derivative of the Greek word for ‘wound’. This of course encompasses physical, psychological, and emotional ordeals. One commonality between all types of trauma is that it interferes with the daily functioning of a person’s life, sometimes to a severe degree.
From nearly the beginning of the 21st century, people have had to increasingly deal with conflict. Without a doubt, the individuals that have suffered the most have been the men, women, and children placed in harm’s way. In addition to the obvious physical damage caused by war, there is a significant psychological cost.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a form of psychological trauma that is most commonly associated with war or violence. While this may have brought the condition to the surface, there are various reasons why someone develops PTSD. The condition usually results because the person saw or lived through a dangerous event. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Power of Positivity.
The latest research on the brain proves that working fewer hours doesn't just make you healthier. It makes you smarter, too.
You've probably heard the saying "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." I suspect that most people interpret this as a comment on Jack's personality: He's "dull" because all he can think or talk about is work.
But that's not what the saying actually means. According to the latest neuroscience, overwork makes your brain "dull" in the sense of being the opposite of "sharp." Overwork, in other words, kills your creativity.
Scientists studying brain scans recently discovered that moments of creativity take place when the mind is at rest rather than working on something. And since creative approaches are so crucial to success, workaholics are working themselves out a job.
Here's how Brigid Schulte, author of Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time, characterizes this phenomenon: Continue reading.
Originally posted on Inc.com.
Stress is not completely bad! It has benefits too. That is why it exists…
A mild degree of stress can help to increase focus, speed, alertness, stamina and strength, especially when carrying out a project.
In a stressful situation, the nervous system gets activated. The hypothalamus sends signals to the adrenal glands, which leads to secretion of adrenaline and cortisol hormones into the blood. The result will be irregular and faster heartbeat, shallow breathing, higher blood pressure and increased metabolism, which prepare the person to react quickly and more effectively. However, if such phenomenon gets repeated over and over again, it causes several problems in life, varying from health to relationships, affecting general vitality and the overall quality of life.
In fact when stress gets overwhelming and poorly managed, its negative effects appear!
It is therefore not possible to eliminate stress completely from our lives; it is not even advisable to do so. However, we can educate ourselves to manage it in such a way that its negative effects get minimized. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Steven Aitchison.
What's one thought you have frequently that fuels procrastination, self-sabotage and fear-based decisions?
I'm not good enough.
Let's face it: we all have a part of ourselves that believes that we aren't good enough.
This is the part of you that causes you to procrastinate on important work, even when you know it will make you feel guilty. This is the part of you that causes you to quit a project before it even takes off.
To this part of you, success is dangerous. Why? If you get too close to success, the chances of someone discovering that you're not good enough increase, right? Wrong. But I'll get to that ...
So, to protect yourself from the pain of having someone reject, judge or criticize you, this part of you keeps you "safe" by sabotaging your intentions through procrastination and fear-based decisions and behaviors.
Well, if you're ready to fulfill your purpose consciously and with the power of intention, here are three steps to rewire that pesky I'm not good enough thought pattern: Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.
You've stuck to your diet today and you feel unstoppable...until your co-worker hands you a cupcake. "It's just one," you rationalise, devouring every inch. Guilt sets in. The once promising day is ruined, but not until you polish off a large pizza and a dozen cookies. Does this sound familiar?
If you have ever dieted, you've experienced some variation of this scenario. Soon afterwards, a few uncomfortable emotions sink in: shame and self-loathing among them. As a coach, a conversation with the dieter above is quite predictable:
Dieter: "I binge ate all day. I have no self-control and feel like crap."
Me: "You're not crap. You've been doing great. Let's talk about what happened?"
Dieter: "I told you I ate cupcakes… then pizza... I had maybe three days worth of calo…"
Me: "I mean what was the trigger? What were your thoughts at the time?"
Dieter: "I don't understand. What do you mean?"
Originally posted on Lifehacker.
A YOUNG cancer survivor from Shepton Mallet puts his strong recovery down to his endless positivity.
Timmy Ashfield, 28, was diagnosed with bowel cancer last May and given the all-clear earlier this month after a course of chemotherapy and an operation.
He stayed at his job as a baker at Denela’s throughout his treatment. During Glastonbury Festival, which Denela’s supplies, Timmy still worked a 70-hour week.
“The biggest thing was normality,” he said. “It was good being at work because it keeps you in normality.
Originally posted by the Shepton Mallet Journal.
Sometimes gaining a little perspective on your life is just one inspirational quote away.
When things look dark, we can all use a simple reminder of what is truly important. We can all use a small burst of inspiration.
Here are 75 quotes about happiness that can do just that.
Tweet them. Share them.
But most important, pick one you like best and place it where you'll see it every day... and let it help make your day a little brighter.
Originally posted on Inc.com.
Sometimes changing your physical circumstances isn't possible — or not possible soon enough, or you may want a less drastic change, but you still want to be happier. You can't get to a new job right away or you regularly bump into that friend who makes you feel badly, what options do you have left?
Change your perception, belief or opinion of the situation — and that will help you change your attitude.
The Greek philosopher Epictetus said it beautifully more than 2,000 years ago: "People are disturbed, not by things (that happen to them), but by the principles and opinions which they form concerning (those) things. When we are hindered, or disturbed, or grieved, let us never attribute it to others, but to ourselves; that is, to our own principles and opinions."
Modern behavioral science agrees! American psychologist Albert Ellis, famous for developing rational emotive behavior therapy, explained that "how" people react to events is determined largely by their "view" of the events, not the events themselves. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind Body Green.
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