How to Keep a Sense of Normalcy During Quarantine

This quarantine has us all on edge. While it may have been nice to have a short break from reality, at this point, we’re all desperate to achieve some sense of normalcy again. But we must face the reality that we can only control so much.  The virus is still very much alive, and the risk of contracting the virus remains. So, if you want to keep a sense of normalcy during quarantine, focus on remaining safe while creating a routine.  Here are some tips to help. Get on a schedule The boredom can become maddening if you’re spending all of your days at home without much to do. Instead of succumbing to food and alcohol binges, get on a …

5 Things To Be Proud Of When Fighting Depression (And How To Get Better)Pick the Brain

I have heard depression described as an angry black shadow that follows you wherever you go — and this is a description I agree with wholeheartedly. I mean, if you take a second to think about it, it just makes sense. You are forever in its presence, constantly aware of it, but not often within its dark embrace. You feel it creeping away at the edge of your consciousness, but everytime you turn to look at it, it disappears into nothingness. Then it suddenly engulfs you at the slightest provocation, and you are rendered completely and utterly incapitated.  During these times it feels as if the world is ending. It feels as if no matter what you do in your …

Are You Sabotaging Your Future Self? Here’s What You Should Know

I get the feeling we’ve all heard what it takes to be successful. We’ve probably heard it time and time again. I would go as far as saying there isn’t a secret step, ingredient, or set of bullet points you need to follow to be successful.  If you had the opportunity to sit down and talk with successful people and ask them whatever you wanted about their success, do you think they would give a lot of the same answers? Maybe they wouldn’t give the same answers, but how about what characteristics or the “how did you become so successful?” If you asked any top athlete, leader of an industry, mogul, or anyone that has achieved a level of success, …

Buddha Quotes on Compassion, Discipline, Mind, Anger and Love

A Collection of Buddha Quotes Various quotes attributed to Buddha. You will find here quotes about about love, compassion, anger, the mind, patience and about other topics. Buddha Quotes on Love and Compassion “If you wish to be gentle with others, be gentle first with yourself.” “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” “You should respect each other and refrain from disputes; you should not, like water and oil, repel each other, but should, like milk …

One Simple Way to Appreciate What You Have and Be Happier

We have all experienced rejection at some point. It can hurt and can take years to heal from. As human beings, we innately want to be loved and accepted. A sense of belonging to a community is one of our fundamental ingredients for survival, so a fear of rejection has naturally grown into our psyche. Receiving rejection today is certainly not what it used to be. With technology, we are somehow more connected than ever yet more socially isolated as well.  In the split-second instant we post on social media, we’re unconsciously broadcasting our desire to be seen and to connect. But when that Instagram selfie or Facebook post doesn’t receive the number of likes or comments we thought it …

6 Ways to Take Your Creativity to The Next Level

Our creativity often comes and goes, meaning we need to have a true understanding of how to work with it in order to unleash our true potential. If you believe you’ve hit a creative plateau, here is how you can take your creativity to the next level.  Let Go of Expectations Perhaps the biggest thing holding you back in your creativity is yourself and your expectations. Either you care what others think, you are comparing yourself to others, or you are expected to create a certain type of art that only fits with a certain part of your life. You can change the way you express yourself creatively whenever you please.  When it comes to being creative, you should hold no …

4 Unique Ways to Remain Productive Working From HomePick the Brain

You may be one month into working from home and wondering how you can remain productive or even improve your productivity. Working from home can naturally increase your productivity because you don’t have to worry about a commute. You can now put that time into focusing on the tasks at hand. Second, you may have a natural inclination to be more productive because fewer teammates are asking questions throughout the day.  This may be true. However, on the flip side, you may see productivity dips because a news article or social media piece catches your eye. Like me, you may have a few kids running around. Or, you may have roommates that are not working and want to spend time …

3 Ways to Finally Commit to the Career Change You’ve Been Dreaming About

How many times have you said you were going to leave the job that makes you miserable, burned out and empty only to give up after hitting a roadblock or rough patch? We’ve all done this, started out with the best of intentions but we quit trying and end up right where we started or worse.  We end up feeling defeated and telling ourselves we’re a failure. Or we justify staying where we are because we question whether the change is worth it. We rationalize that we have a good-paying job, it’s stable, there’s financial security, it’s a good company, it’s an impressive place to work, etc. Why does this happen? Why is it so difficult to stick with a …

The Law of Attraction – Meaning and Definitions

The law of attraction is the attractive, magnetic power of the Universe that manifests through everyone and through everything. It is part of the creative power of the Universe. Even the law of gravity is part of the law of attraction. This law attracts thoughts, ideas, people, situations, circumstances, and the things you think about. The law of attraction manifests through your thoughts, by drawing to you thoughts and ideas of a similar kind, people who think like you, and also corresponding situations and circumstances. It is the law and power that brings into your life people that can help you with your plans. It is the power that can create the situations and circumstances you want. It is also …

How to Release Anger Without Hurting Others

Motivation is life changing.  Your life is changing every day. What happens today, you wouldn’t have imagined a few months ago. What would tomorrow bring? You might only find out tomorrow. Change is either changing for the better or it is slowly changing for the worse.  “Change happens in an instant.  It happens the moment you decide to change.” Motivation is derived from the verb “motivate,” which means “move.” It is the burning desire that compels you to take action. It is so deeply intertwined with what you believe to be true and right in life that it moves you from a simple desire to a moment of decision. Have you ever watched a working dog? The only motivation is …

What is the Role of a Facilitator in Strategic Planning?

In the business world, strategic planning meetings serve a number of purposes. Most often, companies use these gatherings to make critical decisions for the organization, such as setting business initiatives for the coming year or multi-year period. They might also plan for potential challenges to ensure the business is prepared for any unexpected circumstances. All of this means that strategic planning meetings are some of the most important company gatherings that take place over a typical year. While strategic planning sessions are undoubtedly beneficial, they do come with a few challenges. Specifically, they can be difficult to plan, as they require all company executives and upper-level managers to gather in one location. This can be quite costly, especially if the …

Expert Tips Revealed: How to Boost Mental Health in LockdownPick the Brain

Many of us have our own hacks for managing mental health, but how do they fare in lockdown? In these unprecedented times, we’re all having to adapt to a new way of living, and with that, new ways of managing our wellbeing, too. In these trying times, and with social interaction being largely off limits, it’s important we give our brains that extra bit of love. While experts have been calling self-isolation ‘a mental health crisis waiting to happen’, there are some ways that we can strengthen our emotional regulation and cognitive abilities through simple daily practices. Specialist lawyers Bolt Burdon Kemp have released a Mental Health Training guide, with some top tips for boosting your brain health – all …

Your Differences Are Actually Your Greatest Professional Strengths

You’re a night owl, a mother, a daydreamer. Or maybe you grew up economically disadvantaged or deep in rural isolation. Whatever your personal difference is, you’ve likely been conditioned to believe it’s a weakness—a flaw. Something to be hidden at work. I’m here to tell you that what you think is your weakness might, in fact, be your biggest professional strength. Our personal stories influence how we think about our abilities, achievements, and possibilities, and often, our views of ourselves are more negative than the assessments from our peers.  When You’re Different from Your Peers I worked with a young leader in private equity named Emily who struggled with reconciling her difference from her peers, and her story taught me …

Seneca Quotes and Words of Wisdom

Who was Seneca? Seneca full name was Lucius Annaeus Seneca. He was a Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman and dramatist from the Silver Age of Latin literature. As a writer, Seneca is known for his philosophical works and for his plays. His prose works include essays and letters dealing with moral issues. When did Seneca live? Seneca was born in 4 BC in Corduba in Hispania, and raised in Rome, where he was trained in rhetoric and philosophy. He died in AD 65. What did Seneca say? Seneca was a major philosophical figure of the Roman Imperial Period. As a Stoic philosopher, he made a lasting contribution to Stoicism. He had held an central position in the literature on Stoicism at …

3 Reasons Why Mental Health Is So Important

Mental health matters. Taking care of our mental health aids in our resilience and recovery from anything that happens. Anyone can have a bad day, but it doesn’t mean that it’s a bad life. How we respond to it and take care of our mental health are what’s important. Mental health is important at every stage of our lives. It encompasses our overall wellbeing and affects our lives in many ways. Why Is Mental Health Important? Research shows that one in five adults in America – 43.8 million people – experience mental illness, which is 18.5% of our total population. This means that mental health issues frequent our population and affect everything we do. According to HealthyPeople.gov, “neuropsychiatric disorders are …

Why Do Men Love Navy SEAL Watches?

Around this time of year, the internet is peppered with lists of great gifts for graduates. The lists for men often seem to include the Luminox Navy SEAL watch. What is it about these timepieces that make them so fascinating to men of all ages? Perhaps it is the aura of masculine beauty and strength. If “Top Gun,” maple-smoked bacon, whiskey and Chuck Norris were rolled up into a watch, it would be the Luminox. These watches are everything men aspire to be.  Tough Luminox Navy SEAL watches are nothing if they are not tough. The tactical timepieces can withstand the most severe conditions and the harshest terrain. Being a dive watch, it was created to perform under extreme pressure, literally. …