A 5-Step Mindfulness Grounding Technique To Ease Anxiety & Why Mindfulness Works

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While a lot of psychological techniques have a learning curve and take time to make tangible improvements in life, some work within seconds. One of these is the popular 5-step psychological sensory grounding mindfulness technique. It is a widely practiced psychological & self-help “first-aid” technique which aims to stop uncontrolled thoughts, spiraling, mental chaos, growing …

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5 Myths About Grief That Show What Grieving Really Looks Like

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Grief is not a topic any of us really like to focus on as it brings up feelings, thoughts, and memories associated with heartache and pain. Grief can be messy, ugly, and complicated. However, the one thing we all have to face is that it is a universal experience we will endure at one point …

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Stop Negative Thoughts With Cognitive Defusion & Cognitive Restructuring Techniques

How to stop negative thoughts: Cognitive defusion and Cognitive Restructuring techniques

Everyone has negative thoughts at some point in time. Even psychologically healthy people have a fair amount of negative thoughts about themselves and others. And for those struggling with anxiety and depression, beliefs like “I’m a bad person” and “I am fat and ugly” are common. What are negative thoughts? Thoughts which cause emotional distress, …

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The Effect Of Social Media On Mental Health And Well-being

The mobile phone scrolling posture – Head down, finger on the mobile screen, and micro-expressions on the face – is an iconic human posture. That’s our social media posture. Is it iconic enough? Yes. 3.3 billion people use social media on their mobile phones (January 2019 stats). This brings us to a new field of …

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7 Proven and Practical Emotional Regulation Skills & Techniques [How-To]

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We all experience emotions with a huge subjective component. Most of us can recognize the emotions we experience, and sometimes we don’t know what to do with them. Whether it is trauma, a bad day, a terrible event, uncontrolled anger, pent-up stress, or unadulterated anxiety and sadness, emotions and thoughts manifest in ways we don’t …

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Is Yoga An Effective Form Of Treatment For Depression? Recent Research Reviews Give A Resounding Yes.

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Yoga is quite a popular choice when it comes to improving the quality of life, coping with mental health issues, and increasing the amount of daily physical activity. But is this popularity founded in scientific evidence? Most research reviews, today, conclude that Yoga has a generally positive influence on the mind and body – as …

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Third Person Self-Talk Is An Effective Way To Reduce Anxiety And Regulate Emotions – Insights From The Construal Level Theory

Third person self-talk is a powerful way to regulate emotions and reduce anxiety

Research shows that self-talk, when done in 3rd person, can be an effective method of emotional self-regulation which can reduce anxiety. It provides the necessary psychological distance between the self and anxiety-inducing contexts. This also helps when you are thinking about negative events and ruminating anxiety-ridden thoughts. This psychological distance allows a person to reflect …

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Biophilia: Sensory Contact With Nature Can Improve Your Overall Well-being & Mental Health

Humans love nature and connecting with nature improves wellbeing

Do you like it when you are surrounded by nature? Do you have a primeval desire to connect with nature? Most of us would answer that with a resounding YES. There is a term for that. Biophilia: The innate tendency of humans to connect with nature and other lifeforms. An exciting hypothesis emerged in 1984 …

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You Procrastinate Because Of Emotions, Not Laziness. Regulate Them To Stop Procrastinating!

I am so stressed that relaxing makes me more stressed because I am not working on what's making me stressed

There are two trains of thought – One leads to procrastination and one leads to motivation. And somewhere in between, there is a junction called anxiety. Let’s first look at the procrastination train of thought (at least that’s going somewhere, amirite?). People often think procrastination is about time management, laziness, or a weak will but …

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7 Practical ways students can manage exam stress and school Stress [Guest Post]

How to reduce student stress and school stress

As a student, you are probably worrying about the non-stop barrage of demanding tasks, project deadlines, and forthcoming exams. To make things worse, you probably are not prepared to take exams which creates a whole different class of stress called exam stress. The demands can cause a longterm study-life imbalance. The pressure can lead to …

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Simplifying Depression: A Serious Mental Health Issue [Guest Post]

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One might think that every person goes through mood swings and depression is just one intensely long mood swing, but that’s not true. Mood swings are just mood swings. Sadness is just sadness and depression is depression. There are subtle yet significant differences between sadness, mood swings, and depression. When you are sad, you can …

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Using the scientific method to beat the “I can’t do this” inner voice

Using the scientific method to beat the demotivating inner voice: I can't do this, I don't have what it takes

What do you do when your inner voice demotivates you and you feel you can’t do anything? You adopt the scientific method. By using the scientific method in how you think, you can totally defeat that demotivating pessimistic inner voice which tells you that you can’t do it or you don’t have what it takes.  …

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