Five Ways to Be a Better Person in 2020Pick the Brain

We often ask ourselves how we can improve, but we don’t always take the steps we must to see those changes take place. That is exactly where we should start. 1. Following up, whether with oneself, a friend, or a colleague, is one of the most effective ways to increase productivity and surprisingly, your self-esteem. That’s right, that weekend outing or workout that you so casually offered to make happen could be a catalyst for realizing more important changes in your life. So, go take that walk that you said you would take. 2. Another way to make these changes happen is to focus on the tasks and activities that interest you the most. This may seem like a no-brainer, …

How to Reduce Mental Stress Quickly (And Naturally)

Mental stress has become pandemic, and for many it is a default state in everyday life. Learning how to reduce stress, then, is becoming more and more important. Mental stress can be defined as: An inward tension or pressure caused by the inability to manage the incoming information of outside stimuli. In one of my recent (active) meditation sessions on how to reduce stress, a participant said they often got stressed quickly for no apparent reason and asked for a quick way to reduce stress. I said there is a way to learn how to reduce stress, but to be able to do it, you need to understand how and why stress builds up so quickly. If we get stressed …

4 Life-changing Ways to Overcome Depression

Depression can affect anyone, at any given time or age. It is generally a disorder that causes one to experience excessive sadness, loss of interest in once enjoyable activities, and a lack of motivation. Commonly, sorrow or despair results from a loss, significant life change, stress, disappointments, and so on. Although these feelings may seem ‘normal,’ you cannot just snap out of them. For starters, it’s imperative to face depression head-on and seek help rather than neglecting the feelings altogether. Moreover, you should incorporate the following tips to help you overcome the situation: Don’t blow-off or downplay your diagnosis Are you losing interest in activities that you once enjoyed? Have you been struggling with feelings of hopelessness or helplessness? Is …

11 Soothing Habits to Chill Out Your Kids | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self ImprovementPick the Brain

Kids are whirlwinds of energy, but even little ones need downtime. Plus, children aren’t immune to anxiety disorders. Today’s driven lifestyles with schedules chock-full of structured activities can leave tiny minds frazzled.  How can you help your child to relax? It’s critical to teach them to self-soothe so that they develop healthy coping mechanisms as adults. As a parent, failing to teach your kids healthy ways to chill out can lead to behavioral issues and even addiction down the road. Instead, try these activities to help them calm down.  1. Reward Downtime  If you’re a Type A personality yourself, you may think you’re doing your child a favor by encouraging them to remain on the go always. You might even pat yourself …