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 …

Get Motivated — It Pays

Pain may sometimes be the reason why people change. Getting flunked grades make us realize that we need to study. Debts remind us of our inability to look for a source of income. Being humiliated gives us the ‘push’ to speak up and fight for ourselves to save our face from the next embarrassments. It may be a bitter experience, a friend’s tragic story, a great movie, or an inspiring book that will help us get up and get just the right amount of motivation we need in order to improve ourselves. With the countless negativities the world brings about, how do we keep motivated? Try on the tips I prepared from A to Z… A – Achieve your dreams. …

Focus on Others to Feel Better Yourself – 5 Kindness Motivation Tips

Focus on Others to Feel Better Yourself – Many times we can be guilty of focusing mostly on our troubles and worries. It can become an effort to do the everyday things like washing dishes, mowing the lawn, feeding the kids a decent meal. Is there a way to overcome these feelings that keep us down and unwilling to do the things we need to do? Is there a way to get back on track emotionally and make a difference at the same time? One surefire way to get your mind off your troubles and to make a difference is to stop focusing on yourself and focus instead on someone else and their needs. There are countless people who very …

Five Keys For Sustaining Motivation To Exercise

It would appear that many an eager beginning exerciser looses interest and stops an exercise plan within a month. In order to keep this phenomenon from happening to you, follow these five steps. If you have been exercising for some time and find yourself bored and dreading your next work out, consider a change of environment. If you have been exercising in your basement, you may benefit tremendously from joining a gym where you can interact with other people and use different equipment. Don’t worry about not using your home equipment. It may be that once you have exercised at a gym for awhile, you’ll be ready for another change and want to resume exercising at home. If you are …

Energy Boosters

I needed to learn about energy boosters. Fatigue and a lack of energy have been problems for all my life. In an effort to find out why, I’ve asked doctors, read books, and finally decided that some questions just won’t be answered in my lifetime. Fortunately, I’ve also learned that even without discovering the root causes of my tiredness, there are things I can do to alleviate it. Below are some of energy boosters that have worked for me and others over the years. Try them to see which work best for you, and use more than one at a time if necessary. Ten Energy Boosters 1. Energetic music. Different types of music have different effects on us, but you …

Effective Ways To Quit Smoking

A purpose is the eternal condition for success. Every former smoker can tell you just how hard it is to stop smoking cigarettes. However, there are a range of stop smoking commodities that can assist you on your transition to a smoke-free lifestyle. Though there is no cure for smoking, there are a variety of smoking free videos, quit smoking aid groups and prescription and natural stop smoking aids that will make your endeavour to quit smoking cigarettes much easier for you. Quit Smoking Tips A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. Lao-tzu, Tao-te Ching You may feel like you will never possess enough commitment power to quit smoking cigarettes. However, trying to stop smoking …

Do You Think Motivational Thoughts?

What do motivational thoughts do? They help you take action. This isn’t about positive thinking or motivating quotes. Those have their place in shaping your attitude and thinking. However, what motivates each of us is unique, so you need to have your own thoughts – those which are most effective at getting you going. “In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity” – Albert Einstein This is a decent quote, and it may help you look at the positive side of a situation, but what if it just doesn’t get you excited? Then you need to apply a little brainpower to make the idea your own. You have to make it a truly motivational thought for YOU. Motivational Thoughts Of Your …

Do Dreams Serve as a Premonition?

Being able to foresee an unfortunate fact of life like death, disasters, illnesses, etc. through a dream is very common. Anyone may dream of something good or bad happening to someone else or even to themselves. Do dreams serve as a premonition? Before we proceed in answering the question, let me first give you the definition of premonition and dreams. Based on dictionary meaning a PREMONITION is a presentiment of the future; or a warning in advance while a DREAM is a series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep; a wild fancy or hope or a reverie. Let us first talk about dreams. We all know that dreams do play …

Don’t Quash Exuberance

As children we are born exuberant. We don’t mind letting everyone know when we are excited. We squeal, laugh and shout out our exuberance for all to hear. Unfortunately, we are told by adults to be quite and calm down. We are told that our behavior is embarrassing. When we grow up to be adults we are socialized to believe that exuberance should be contained and managed. Along the way we get the exuberance knocked out of us. Exuberance, however, is not to be quashed, but celebrated and appreciated. According to Webster’s Dictionary the meaning of exuberance is, “Unrestrained in enthusiasm or style.” To be exuberant is not to hold back, but to allow the joy and happiness to flow. …

Does Your Life Lack Meaning?

Vera sought out counseling with me because her doctor advised her to discover the emotional causes of her chronic fatigue. Vera, a successful stockbroker, was in a loving 18-year marriage. On the surface, everything in her life was fine. She had enough money, friends, and a good relationship. Yet Vera awoke each morning battling fatigue and depression. David sought my help because of chronic feelings of inner emptiness. David is very successful in his manufacturing business, has a good marriage and two adult children. Like Vera, everything seemed fine. Yet the feelings of inner emptiness drove David to overeat, overspend, and indulge in porno on the Internet. While both Vera and David were successful in their careers, neither loved their …

Discover Your Path to Success – Part 3

If you have read this far, we both know you are serious about succeeding, getting the most out of life, and attaining your goals. Now, how do you “keep the fire burning” during life’s daily struggle? It’s simple really, but will require the patience to take each task into consideration, without doing everything at once. You will get the urge to make up for lost time. You now want to jump ahead at “light speed.” If you already read Parts One and Two of this series, you are way ahead of the pack. So many people sit around and dream, doubt, or just talk, but very few take action and then stick with it. The next step is to get …

Discover Little Known Secrets for Successful Living!

Being lucky in life is the result of putting yourself into action for good luck to happen to you. You’ve probably heard the statement “The harder I work the luckier I get”. Another way of putting it is “Whatever you are ready for is ready for you.” Are you satisfied with your life, the job you have, or the amount of money you’re making? Or are you not satisfied with the feeling that life is somehow passing you by? Chances are one of these reasons fits you because most people aren’t satisfied with their lives, and usually one of those reasons is the cause. Success is not a spectator sport, something that just happens before your eyes. It’s an experience, …

Counting Your Chicken Before They Hatch!

Have you ever heard the expression, “Do not count your chickens before they hatch?” Maybe an older, wiser individual would tell you this to keep you from getting ahead of yourself. Like buying a new car before you actually got that new job. Well, when setting and obtaining your goals, you need to “Count your chicken before they hatch” in your mind. What I mean by this is you have to start seeing yourself completing or obtaining your goal. What you profess, you possess! The first thing you need to do is sit down and set your goals. Diana Scharf Hunt said “Goals are dreams with deadlines.” A lot of times, people are thrown off by the idea of taking …

Using What You Already Have Inside Your Home

Are you planning on becoming one the millions of Americans who decorate their homes for Christmas? If so, where do you plan on getting your Christmas decorations from? When it comes to Christmas decorations, there are many individuals who choose to buy new Christmas decorations each year. While it is nice to have new Christmas decorations each year, you may not have or want to spend the extra money. If so, you are lucky because there are a number of different ways that you can go about decorating your home for Christmas by using the things that can already be found inside your home. When it comes to using the items that you already have inside your home, to create …

Change Your Thinking. Change Your Life.

Have you ever given up on a dream because you’ve listened to that ‘little voice’ in your head that tells you that you ‘can’t do it’ or ‘what’s the point?’ That inner voice is the critic inside of everyone that causes many bright futures to come to a screaming halt. Just like the mommy who freaks out when little Johnny runs with a stick, your inner ‘mom’ worries and frets over new challenges that arise, very often creating enough doubt to make you believe you can’t do it, whatever it may be. There are times when listening to your ‘gut’ comes in handy, but for the most part, what is perceived as a gut reaction is simply fear of failure …

Shopping for Christmas Tree Decorations

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, there are a large number of individuals and families who put a lot of time and focus into decorating, especially their Christmas tree. If you are looking to decorate your Christmas tree this year, either by yourself or with your family, you will need to have Christmas tree decorations. While there is a good chance that you already have some Christmas tree decorations saved, you may need or want to purchase more. If that is the case, you will have a number of different buying options. Perhaps, one of the easiest ways to purchase decorations for your Christmas tree is by visiting one of your local department stores. Department stores are nice because …