Here’s Why The Office Life Kills Your Neck, And What to do About it! – Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self ImprovementPick the Brain

Do you find yourself fighting against your sore neck after a long day in the office? I do! As much as 10% of the adult population is actually suffering from a stiff neck. That’s one out of every ten! A neck, like a train crash, is by far the most common physical issue amongst us office workers. 8 or more hours sitting at your desk in front of that screen in the office leaves you feeling as if you just ran a marathon – but with your neck and shoulders instead of your legs… Oh, the pain! The fact is: Our daily lives are not really lenient when it comes to escaping our work routines. And the magical solution of …

3 Reasons Open-Mindedness is a Key to Self-GrowthPick the Brain

Lately, more so than usual, social media has been flooded with opinions. Because people are being more vocal about their beliefs, others grow more hostile defending their own in response. Rational discussions are too commonly few and far between. I’ve noticed both through observation and experience that too many hostile disagreements stem from closed-mindedness from both parties.  from just persistently not listening.  So, why is open-mindedness an extremely vital part of self-growth?  It changes your approach to conversations.  I’ve seen way too many people approach debates (I’d honestly hardly call these conversations debates; they’re more like verbal thrashings) with, “If you ______, direct message me & I’ll tell you why you’re wrong.” This dehumanizes the person on the other side …

5 Tips for Overcoming Your Past and Becoming a New You

Everybody has a past, but not everyone’s past is the same. For some people, their past is a source of concern and anxiety for them in the present, making it difficult for them to live the life that they want. If you want to build a brighter future for yourself, then learning how to move on from your past is the first part of the process. Here are some important tips to remember for anyone who needs to overcome their past so they can start working towards a better future. Know the Limit of Your Memory Human memory is not perfect. Over time, we have a tendency to forget some details while exaggerating others. Every time we reconstruct events in our …

5 Tips for Overcoming Your Past and Becoming a New You

Everybody has a past, but not everyone’s past is the same. For some people, their past is a source of concern and anxiety for them in the present, making it difficult for them to live the life that they want. If you want to build a brighter future for yourself, then learning how to move on from your past is the first part of the process. Here are some important tips to remember for anyone who needs to overcome their past so they can start working towards a better future. Know the Limit of Your Memory Human memory is not perfect. Over time, we have a tendency to forget some details while exaggerating others. Every time we reconstruct events in our …

6 Ways To Live A More Positive LifePick the Brain

In a world where a great deal of people believe that negative thinking is a more realistic approach to life than positive thinking, it’s no wonder that our lives have become so negative. Try to tell somebody that is facing a major challenge they should reassess their values and that no matter what happens, it’s going to benefit their life and see how they react.  It’s very unlikely that they’ll just agree and comply. Yet, adversity is not only good because it adds uncertainty and surprise to our lives, which is the ingredient that makes life interesting, but it is also the best way for us to grow as human beings – challenges make us stronger persons. Unfortunately, most people …

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, …

Use this Time to Look Inward as a Way to Manifest Creativity

Many of us are finally settling into a place of acceptance about our new reality. One way to use your time while staying at home, sheltering-in-place, or under quarantine is to look inward and explore your emotions. Emotions define us, direct our actions, and express where we are in our spiritual evolution. Emotions affect our energy and make us human.  The longer you’re socially isolated the more you’re forced to examine and question and react differently to views and conventions you’ve always held dear. Beliefs you once identified with and which gave you a sense of yourself are stripped away. This is not always easy. In fact, it can feel quite painful. We’re all going through these unprecedented times together, …

Six Louise Hay Quotes That Will Help Get You Through Quarantine

Do you ever wonder how you’re going to get through it?  “It” being the scary, hard, seemingly impossible-to-overcome thing that you’re currently facing? If you’ve ever had feelings like that, you’re definitely not alone!  I think it’s safe to say that everyone has experienced feeling this way at some point in their life.  Especially right now, with so many people in quarantine from COVID-19.  I felt that way when it seemed like I was stuck in a job that I just couldn’t take anymore.  Every single day was a struggle to get through.  Monday through Friday, I woke up with the horrible awareness that I was going to spend the next 8 hours bored, unhappy, and unfulfilled.  I dreaded each …

Team Building Tips to Improve Your Business

There are many differing opinions to team-building days and how they can affect your team morale. No matter what your industry is, you definitely need to think about scheduling a couple of team-building days into your plans for the company. Here are some of the ways a good team building day can affect your business. What are Team Building Activities? Team building activities are some of the most important additions to a working day that you could choose. It might seem like no-one wants to take part in team building days, but there are also few who truly appreciate their value to a company. No matter what industry your business is in, you can benefit from a good team building …

How It Helps Me Cope

Are you feeling like an autumn leaf caught in a tornado right now? You are far from alone. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life as people know it, and many folks are battling unprecedented levels of anxiety at the moment.  One ritual that never fails to soothe me is getting in the kitchen and donning my baking apron. The room itself is my happy place, and the act of making something to delight my family helps me feel productive and useful when I’m not sure what else to do. Here’s what I get from my routine and how you can benefit, too.  Baking Gives You a Sense of Control  You can’t control much right now, and neither can I. Our …

Inspirational Michelle Obama Quotes

Who Is Michelle Obama? Here are a few facts about her: Michelle Obama is an American lawyer and writer. She is married to Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, who served as president from 2009 to 2017. Michelle Obama was raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She graduated at Princeton University and Harvard Law School, and then started working at the law firm Sidley Austin, where she met her husband. She got married to Barack Obama in 1992, and they have two daughters. Mrs. Obama is the former associate dean at the University of Chicago, and was vice president of community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Medical Center. We have collected here, …

How To Learn Critical Thinking And Improve Brain Power

Are you someone who acts on emotions? Do you find yourself struggling to form ideas or communicate better? All of these things can be solved when you discover how to learn critical thinking. When we become critical thinkers, we can often turn one-sided arguments into legitimate debates. We provide our own thoughts and opinions in a way that can make a larger impact. The catch is that learning how to engage in critical thinking isn’t so simple. To help, I’ll be covering what critical thinking is and some skills and methods that you can apply to develop it. What Is Critical Thinking? The Foundation for Critical Thinking has an apt description for this concept: “Critical thinking is the intellectually disciplined …

5 Ways We Invite Constant Conflict into Our Lives

Some of us encounter jerks all the time. Perhaps an aggressive driver flipped us off on the way to work, a harried woman cut in front of us in the checkout line at Target, or a coworker said something rude about the new shoes we wore to work – all in one day! But while most of us will encounter rude behavior from time-to-time, if we are responding to jerks on a regular basis, then we need to take a closer look at our own behavior.  Although there are numerous ways to invite conflict into our lives, there are a few that almost always trigger others, including: Righteousness. If we find that we must not only prove our point, but also …

Walt Disney Quotes that Inspire and Motivate

Walter Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) is known all over the world for the movies and animations he created. Walter Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. He was a pioneer of the American animation industry. As a film producer, Walt Disney holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was also presented with Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award. His well-known animated character is of course, Mickey Mouse. On July 17, 1955 Disney opened Disneyland Park,in California. Here are some of Walt Disney inspirational and motivational quotes. They are full of wisdom for any person aspiring to succeed …

A New Year, Just Keep On Being You

I was always one of those people who set New Years’ Resolutions/goals for the year ahead – to earn X amount, to exercise more, to relax more. My personal opinion is that goals for ourselves, our business or performance; whatever it is, are important to have – they help to keep focused if nothing else. New Year’s Resolutions can include:  No chocolate No alcohol Gym 3 or 4 times per week Losing X amount of pounds or stone in well To achieve that job promotion These are different kinds of goals that I’ve just mentioned; some are ‘refrain from’ goals and some are ‘aspirational’ goals. Many of us – including myself in this, give ourselves new and pressured targets to …

It’s a Habit

Do you sometimes have the feeling that you’re running into the same obstacles over and over again? Many of my conflicts have the same feel to them, like “Hey, I think I’ve been here before,” but I can’t figure out how I wound up in the same place. The situation is different, but the conflict feels the same. I first read this poem in “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying” by Sogyal Rinpoche. When I “Googled” it, I found fourteen pages of links. It’s clearly a favorite with many people; I know it speaks volumes to me. “Autobiography in Five Chapters” 1) I walk down the street. There is a deep hole in the sidewalk I fall in. I …