5 Reasons Why Games are Good for Mental HealthPick the Brain

About a year ago, I started feeling stuck on where I wanted to go next in my career. It was a unique window for me to start something new, but the anxiety of staring into the unknowing was overwhelming.  I found myself playing solitaire, a game I loved growing up, as a way to escape the stress of thinking about what comes next. After playing I felt less anxious, and even recharged. It made me realize that games are a powerful tool to address mental health. In fact, games allow people to exercise their minds, develop social skills, and in some cases, build up hand-eye coordination and physical fitness. There are many ways that games improve someone’s mental health, but …

Why Keeping Pets Gives You Positive Energy

Pets are hard work. Taking care of an animal is a financial investment, a time commitment, and sometimes a source of frustration. However, any pet owner can attest that their pet is worth all of the effort. This is because pets, by nature, provide us with an influx of positive energy that we can’t find anywhere else. Specifically, there are four important ways that pets provide positive energy that all pet owners should be thankful for.  1. They Support Your Mental Health No matter what you’re going through, a pet will be by your side to help you through it. With the spread of COVID-19, the emotional support of our pets is more important than ever. There is increased fear, …

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 …

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 …

Creative Visualization Concise Guidelines for Manifesting Success

From Imagination to Reality – How to Make Creative Visualization Work In the article Creative Visualization – How to Attract Success, you have learned about creative visualization. In this article, I have gathered the main steps for making this power work in your life. Creative visualization and the law of attraction work together, each complementing the other. Visualization provides the mental image, the blueprint, while the law of attraction provides the attracting power. After reading the article mentioned above, and becoming acquainted with creative visualization, it is time to learn how to use it. Below, you will find a concise guide for the steps you need to follow to make it work for you. This is a short guide to …

Feeling Drained? 3 Simple Steps to Reboot Your Energy

When you’re feeling drained, do you feel that it’s a more physical or mental (emotional) thing? Feeling drained is ultimately a wake-up call. The three steps in this article will help you understand how, and create the best way to reboot your energy. By practicing these, you can avoid feeling drained in the future. Studies in the psychology of mind and the practical experience I have gained working with hundreds of different people have shown me that feeling drained comes as a result of a disequilibrium between physical and mental energy. Whether it comes from conflicts with your boss, friends, family members, or your idea or opinion about your self-worth, society, or life in general, you create a disequilibrium between …

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 …

How Different Types of Exercise Improve Your Mental Health

Exercise has been shown to have a great effect on your mental health and well being. There are many types of physical activities that will positively impact your mood and the chemicals which influence your feelings and outlook on life.  Running  Running is one of the easiest activities to begin. It requires little equipment and you can go at your own pace. Humans have evolved to be naturally great at running. Once you push past the difficulty of beginning a running habit, the overall feeling during your workout can be positive for your mental health. Aerobic activities like running have been shown to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. It also has the immediate benefit of boosting endorphins, which can …

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 …

10 Ways to Be Healthier in 2020Pick the Brain

2020 is the year to have 20/20 vision on your health. Past the New Year’s resolutions, getting serious about being healthy is a lifetime goal. As there are no shortcuts for creating a new routine for yourself, it’s time to buckle down and see what you can do day-in and day-out to have a healthier lifestyle. And if you’re wondering about where to begin, then luckily for you, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best ways to get yourself healthier this year. Check them out below: 1. Implement CBD Into Your Daily Routine One of the best ways to improve your mental state and feel better about getting through the day is by implementing more CBD into your daily …