Sugar and Mental Health
Sugar tastes amazing and is in so many products that most people aren’t even aware of how much they are consuming daily.  Most people are aware that sugar isn’t a healthy food, but may not realize how detrimental sugar is to your overall health.  More recent research is showing a strong link between mental health and diet, suggesting that there is a two-way street between our bellies and our brains. What has sugar in it? When people talk about sugar, the first thing that comes to mind is the white, granulated stuff that the Brits pour into their tea.  However, there are many forms of sugar...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 17, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: diet featured happiness health and fitness psychology self-improvement sugar Source Type: blogs

5 Mental Habits of People Who Thrive Under Pressure
Dr. Beau A. Nelson, DBH, LCSW Some people seem to deal with difficult situations better than others. Maybe they’re the only one in the room who keeps a cool head when everyone else gets upset, or the person who seems able to focus on solutions rather than getting mired in the problems. Sometimes they’re the people we go to in a crisis: We trust them to give us wise and level-headed advice when we most need it. What’s different about these people? Are they super-human? What about them allows them to succeed in times of stress and even thrive under pressure? One answer might be personality—and to be sure, pe...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 10, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: communication confidence featured productivity tips psychology self-improvement success mental pressure stress Source Type: blogs

How To Lead with Curiosity To Fall Back In Love With Your Job
Are you feeling a bit bored at work? Are you missing the growth and challenge you felt when you first started your role? If you have been in the same role or industry for a while, these surges of lethargy are completely understandable. Your connection with your work is similar to your personal relationships. Both require energy to keep the relationship exciting and stimulating.  How can you fall back in love with your job and your work? Lead with curiosity to invigorate what excites you most. Here are three questions to initiate your discovery of falling back in love.   Question #1: What interested you about your rol...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - May 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rebecca Ahmed Tags: career confidence creativity featured motivation productivity tips self-improvement success inspiration work Source Type: blogs

3 Tips to Start the  Process of Writing a Book
“I have a book within me just waiting to be born.” “I keep notes of these phrases that come to me.” “I’ve tried over and over and haven't been able to write it.” As a book-writing coach, I hear these types of comments a lot. There are so many talented, smart individuals who have a book living inside them, but for myriad reasons — time management, writer's block, fear of failure — they have trouble getting it onto the page. The process of writing a book is complex, time-intensive, and filled with obstacles, some mental and some physical. Every journey starts differently, yet the path ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: career confidence creativity featured productivity tips success writing tips how to write a book Source Type: blogs

10 Gender Narratives Women Can Break to Bloom
Have you ever felt like you were playing by the wrong “rules”, but didn’t know the right ones?  Are you experiencing the awkward “ick” vibe at work, in a relationship, or in life? Do you sometimes feel like you just don’t fit? Throughout our lifespan there are times when we simply outgrow our circumstances. When we find ourselves trying to fit into a job, relationship or lifestyle that no longer serves our needs, desires or values, it’s an inauthentic move. It can feel suffocating, anxiety-provoking, uncomfortable, irritating or just plain wrong. This is the feeling that signals to us that it’s t...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Gianna Contini Tags: career confidence creativity featured philosophy productivity tips psychology self confidence self-improvement success gender narratives Source Type: blogs

How to Get Back on Track and Succeed in Life
Is your life spiraling in a downward direction?   Are you challenged with not being as focused as you would like? Are you looking for ways to turn your life around?  Read the following to discover how to get your life back on track, and stay there.  At times our lives can turn upside down, spiraling into negativity and then just as quickly can soar positively upwards.  Clearly, we understand where the expression ‘mood swings’ come from.  Life is very much like a roller coaster,  if you like roller coasters.  Life is not perfect, never has been, never will be.  &...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 11, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lori Gradley Tags: career confidence creativity featured motivation philosophy productivity tips self-improvement success failure Source Type: blogs

How to Stop Emotional Eating and Make Peace with Food
Do emotions drive your eating? Sadness, boredom, exhaustion finds you at the bottom of a tub of ice cream, wondering how you got there.  Maybe you’re so accustomed to using food to drown your feelings, that each time you’re stressed you gravitate towards food. The urge is so strong that it seems uncontrollable. Having spent many years of my early adulthood as a self-confessed emotional eater, I know just how distressing it can be. Especially because you feel so ashamed after that last spoonful.  Worse, is that each evening you promise yourself that tonight’s going to be different, but somehow you find ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - April 4, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: drlarazib Tags: depression featured happiness health and fitness psychology self-improvement Emotional eating stress Source Type: blogs

The Spirit of Cherry Blossoms: Lessons for a Materialistic World
Nature’s wonders disclose many profound truths. Cherry blossoms, or Sakura in Japanese, are one of her most eloquent marvels. As these ethereal blooms begin to flower once again this spring, we might consider the wisdom they embody, especially in these self-centered times.     Whether you are one of the millions of people who have thronged to the cherry blossom festivals in far-flung places like Washington, DC, Vancouver, and Tokyo or witnessed the blossoming and snowy fall of these exquisite flowers from a tree in your own backyard, you have probably been moved by their fleeting splendor. If we look deeper at the ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Serina Aramaki Tags: creativity featured happiness philosophy self-improvement sakura Source Type: blogs

The Best Morning Routine for You Based on Your Love Language
Building an effective morning routine packed with self love will help you start your day with a calm mind, ready to be productive.   Everyone experiences love differently – both in relationships and self love, too. This is where your love language comes in. Your love language is the way that you give and receive love the best based on your personality. While this concept is important in personal relationships, it can also tell you which self love habits will have the biggest impact in your daily routine. To find out what your love language is take the test and then find out what your person...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 13, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: creativity featured free ebook happiness meditation productivity tips self-improvement success love language morning routine Source Type: blogs

Digital Detox: Take Control Of Your Smartphone
It’s so easy to become addicted to our smartphones, but it doesn’t have to be. If you want to break the cycle of addiction, it’s important that you take control over your smartphone habits. As much as we like our phones, too much time spent on it can lead us into a trap where we are checking emails first thing in the morning and scrolling through Facebook at night or before even getting out of bed. It would be difficult to argue that this is anything but unsuccessful living. (Image Source: Reviews) In the past, there were a few apps that could help us control our smartphone use. Nowadays, there are tons of ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - March 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Erin Falconer Tags: career creativity featured meditation philosophy productivity tips psychology self-improvement addiction digital detox Source Type: blogs

Breathe Deeper While You Workout with These 3 Techniques
This article will show you three techniques to help you breathe deeper while working out. Deep breathing has been shown to increase oxygen levels in the blood, improve cardiovascular health, and even boost mood. The problem is that most people are not aware of breathing correctly during exercise. You should inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This helps prevent air from entering your lungs and causing them to collapse. You also open your chest and expand your ribcage when you breathe deeply. It is a great way to stretch the muscles of your upper back. When you breathe more deeply, you get more ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Hannah Boothe Tags: featured health and fitness meditation self-improvement breathwork exercise Source Type: blogs

Why Self-Care Can Assist You in Stress Management
Many of us have so many duties in life that we neglect to look after our own needs. This is especially true for those who are responsible for a large number of people. Self-care is a vital element of stress management, even if it's difficult to prioritize when you have so many other things on your to-do list. How Self-Care Can Help You When we're physically and emotionally exhausted, we're less equipped to handle the challenges that life throws at us. Or, to put it another way, when we are physically and emotionally at our best, we are more robust and capable of handling life's stress. A massage, a hot bath, or some ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lilly Partin Tags: featured happiness meditation philosophy psychology self improvement self-care stress wellness Source Type: blogs

Making Space For Positive Change: Burn It To The Ground
When I first arrived in Australia from the UK in early 2012, I witnessed the WEIRDEST thing…. I was driving along a country back road ‘out bush’, when I noticed the Department of Parks and Wildlife trucks making a roadblock.   A tunnel of thick black smoke filled the hot summer air just beyond them, billowing and undulating aggressively as if it was sent by the Devil himself to annihilate all life on Earth. I stopped at the roadblock, mesmerized by the ferocity of nature, when I saw the weird thing… Men and women, wearing fluorescent yellow onesies were deliberately setting fire to the bushlan...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 14, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Sarah Cordiner Tags: creativity featured happiness philosophy habits positive change Source Type: blogs

Renew your Mind with a Mental Spring Clean
Spring is the season for new beginnings, a time to renew and recharge.  But more importantly just as we do a regular ‘spring clean’ of our home to declutter our personal space we should also be focused on a ‘spring cleanup for our mind’ as well.    After all, it is your mental thoughts that create your life’s destiny Declutter your mind, what a fabulous idea!  Begin to rid yourself of any negative thoughts and behaviours you have harbored from the past in order to live a fulfilling life now.   Let’s use a seed we plant in the earth as an analogy. ...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - February 8, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Lori Gradley Tags: featured happiness productivity tips psychology self-improvement success mental health Source Type: blogs

Why Confidence Is Silent And Insecurities Loud – The Honest Truth
Confidence is silent and insecurities are loud. This is a common quote in the world of self-development. This quote is very true and understanding it is crucial. Yet, not everybody understands it. If you understand it, you'll achieve a greater level of confidence that benefits you in many ways. You'll gain more happiness, higher self-esteem, and more opportunities. Fail to understand it, and the consequences can be nasty. Today, I'd like to break down this topic for you. If you want to know how to implement this mindset and why it’s like this, read on. Determining confidence In an informal language, conf...
Source: PickTheBrain | Motivation and Self Improvement - January 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Veikko Arvonen Tags: confidence featured self confidence self-improvement success insecurities quiet confidence Source Type: blogs