depression

I’m Too Smart To Be Happy: Debunking Depressive Realism – Self Improvement Article

One common belief I come across (especially in many truly smart and talented individuals), is the thought that “I’m too smart to be happy.” Many believe that there is a direct relationship between being too intelligent and being depressed. This is sometimes referred to as depressive realism, which is the idea that depressed people have a more accurate and rational view of the world. To people that have an “I’m too smart to be happy” mindset, they see their intelligence…

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Staying Down Is a Choice — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Someone once wrote to me a little note: “Life may put you down, but staying down is a choice”. I happened to find that small note one morning when depression was pinning me down in my bed. It was the perfect moment to read it because this time I was able to understand it. Life can give us some hard lessons from time to time. The common reaction is to feel like a victim: “things happened to you”, “somebody hurt…

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5 Things To Be Proud Of When Fighting Depression (And How To Get Better)Pick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

I have heard depression described as an angry black shadow that follows you wherever you go — and this is a description I agree with wholeheartedly.I mean, if you take a second to think about it, it just makes sense.You are forever in its presence, constantly aware of it, but not often within its dark embrace. You feel it creeping away at the edge of your consciousness, but everytime you turn to look at it, it disappears into nothingness.Then it…

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How Millenials Are Dealing With COVID-19 Stress – Self Improvement Article

As a part of its COVID-19 related activities, YourDOST conducted a survey on “COVID-19 related stress”. Our findings were very interesting. When analysed specifically for responses from our community members who belong to the millennial generation, here’s what we found: 55% Of Indian Millennials report experiencing moderate to no stress from the COVID-19 pandemic With the majority not experiencing high stress, this number is a testament to the resilience of Indian millennials. After all, we’re in the middle of a pandemic.…

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How to Use Mindfulness to Unwind Anxiety (With a Free Meditation) – Meditation Article

We all feel a little anxious at times. It’s a normal reaction to the more stressful events of our lives, such as a job interview, a driving test or say, a global pandemic. You may notice a few physical responses, like the sensation of ‘butterflies in your tummy’ or your heart beating faster than usual. But these feelings and responses tend to pass by in time. However, when your anxious thoughts become excessive—when your problems and worries keep running around…

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6 Positive Ways to Maintain Your Mental Health During Covid-19 – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” ~ Tom Hiddleston As we try and adapt to a new normal in this world which is completely different from what we expected it to be, emotional & mental health is drastically affected. And not in the most positive way. There is magnanimous stress on us as we try to adapt to new relationship dynamics with partners, family,…

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Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic – Self Improvement Article

A pandemic and an ensuing lockdown, never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined that we would experience these outside of movies. Yet, here we are, confined to our homes, for the sake of our safety and good health. This, of course, brings with it, it’s own set of challenges.  There’s a lot of talk out there about the business aspects, the economic aspects, or the financial aspects of this strange-strange situation. But a topic that isn’t getting sufficient…

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How To Deal With Coronavirus Blues – Self Improvement Article

The Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting safety measures have completely taken over our lives. The uncertainty of it is unsettling, and as was discussed in our earlier article, adverse effects on our mental health are real.  We’ve all read about the precautions to take to avoid contracting the virus – washing hands, social isolation, etc. But are there any must-take precautions to cope with the mental toll this situation might have? Let’s have a look: 1. Fear and Anxiety Fear…

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Dr. Vivek Murthy — Former Surgeon General on Combatting COVID-19, Loneliness, and More (#417) – The Blog of Author Tim Ferriss – Personal Development Article

“All of us, regardless of what stage of life we’re at, we’ve got three basic needs: we all want to know that we matter, we want to be seen for who we are, and we want to know that we’re loved.” — Dr. Vivek Murthy Dr. Vivek H. Murthy (@vivek_murthy, vivekmurthy.com) served as the 19th Surgeon General of the United States between 2014 and 2017. As the Vice Admiral of the US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, he commanded a…

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Take Care of Your Mental and Emotional Wellbeing during Isolation or Quarantine – Positivity Article

Coronavirus fear –  How do you manage it? And how can you take care of your mental and emotional wellbeing if you are in isolation or quarantine or have COVID-19? You may be worried about coronavirus or not (yet). You might be affected by it or not (yet). I say ‘yet’, because the story of the coronavirus seems to change and expand on a daily basis. And so may be the way we feel about it, and the way in which…

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5 Questions to Consider When Drowning In Disappointment – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Disappointments are part and parcel of life. But if you don’t deal with it the right way, it can slowly consume you and derail your life. Hence, it is so important to learn how to deal with disappointment. In this article, I am going to share with you the 5 questions to ask yourself when faced with disappointment. These 5 questions will help you cope with that disappointment, and propel you to greater heights. 1.    Why am I disappointed? When…

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What it’s like to meditate with depression – Meditation Article

The World Health Organization recently listed depression as the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. It’s a global problem, and one for which many possible solutions have been explored; meditation and mindfulness are examples of solutions that have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years. The effect of meditation on anxiety and depression, two illnesses which are often closely interlinked, is promising. One 2017 study focused on two groups of adults suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), one…

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5 Powerful Tips to Overcome Depression While Studying — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Depression can happen to almost anyone, anywhere, doing anything. It can be especially damaging if you are studying for a critical course or exam that could affect your future. Students are often under a lot of pressure.  They are expected to show up to class on time, listen actively, take notes, absorb information, prepare assignments and take exams. Sometimes, the results of their activities aren’t what they had hoped to achieve.  How to Overcome Depression While Studying? This can be…

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8 Drug-Free Ways to Relieve Your Symptoms of Depression – Spiritual Article

If you let it, depression can take over your life, leaving you feeling helpless and alone. It’s important to remember that there’s a lot you can do to fight back!Medication and conventional therapy are both useful tools for fighting depression, but there are other coping skills and techniques you can learn as well. Making positive changes to your lifestyle, your physical activity and even the way you think are all drug-free ways to relieve the symptoms of depression.How to know…

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5 Things To Be Proud Of When Fighting DepressionPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

I have heard depression described as an angry black shadow that follows you wherever you go — and this is a description I agree with wholeheartedly. I mean, if you take a second to think about it, it just makes sense.  You are forever in its presence, constantly aware of it, but not often within its dark embrace. You feel it creeping away at the edge of your consciousness, but every time you turn to look at it, it disappears…

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Scientists Reveal That Toad Poison May Treat Addiction and Depression – Positivity Article

Do you know someone who struggles with addiction or depression?Just in case you haven’t been keeping up, there’s a bit of a psychedelic revival taking place. And unlike the communal acid trip that was the 1960s, today’s user of hallucinogens is more likely to use for reasons other than as a departure from reality.(Not to bash on LSD users of the 60s, including military test subjects of a CIA-sponsored military program.)Perhaps the biggest claim to fame of such drugs is…

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How to Get Out of That Funk – Productivity Article

Do you ever find yourself in a funk? I sure do. Once I was on the road, preparing to deliver a speech. I love speaking, but I was experiencing an unusual amount of distraction and self-doubt. I had about four hours before I went on stage. So, I decided to call my wife, Gail. A Call for Help She instantly knew I wasn’t in a good place. (This is one of the many benefits of long-term marriage. My wife can…

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I Woke Up And Realized Everything I Thought I Knew Was Wrong – Meditation Article

After helping out and supporting my mom as best as I could for thirteen years while she battled with cancer, when she passed away, I was a major train wreck—deep depression, suicidal thoughts, and countless nights of insomnia were just a few of my “symptoms.” A few months later, when a friend suggested I learn Transcendental Meditation, my only hope was that I would be able to get some sleep. I hadn’t read anything about meditation, hadn’t thought about it…

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The Random Show — On Fasting, Forest Bathing, How to Say NO, Rebooting the Self, and Much More (#391) – Self Improvement Article

Technologist, serial entrepreneur, world-class investor, self-experimenter, and all-around wild and crazy guy Kevin Rose (@KevinRose), rejoins me for another episode of The Random Show. In this one we discuss Japanese whisky, domestic speakeasies, wooden saddles, the rebooting power of Anthony de Mello’s Awareness, poetry, the art of surrender and letting go, mushroom cultivation in the Pacific Northwest, fasting, learning to say no, and much more! Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, Stitcher, Castbox, or on your favorite podcast…

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3 Powerful Steps to Dealing with Sadness – Self Improvement Article

Everyone goes through periods of sadness.Sadness is natural, yet most of us run away from our feelings.When we run away, we fail to uncover the hidden treasures within.Why? Because sadness has something to teach us.It’s here to nudge us to look within, to release yourself from the mental shackles that never existed.Let’s look at how you can do that, shall we?The VideoThe first step is to watch the video below, where I share what I’ve discovered to work.The video and article…

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What No One Tells You About Becoming a Mother – Happiness Article

You can find plenty of practical information out there about pregnancy and parenting, but what about the emotional rollercoaster and identity shift that occurs for many women and their partners when they have a child? We don’t talk much about it—and if we do, it’s usually in the context of postpartum depression. We need a new model to think about the transition to motherhood. That’s the focus of the new book What No One Tells You: A Guide to Your…

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Q&A With Tim — On Happiness, Dating, Depressive Episodes, and Much More (#390) – Self Improvement Article

Welcome to another episode of The Tim Ferriss Show, where it is my job to sit down with world-class performers of all different types to tease out the habits, routines, favorite books, and so on that you can apply and test in your own life. This time, we have a slightly different episode. As many of you know, I tested a “fan-supported model” earlier in the year, but I ended up reverting back to ads. That’s a long story, and…

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How to Prevent Your Anxiety from Rubbing Off On Your ChildPick the Brain – Self Improvement Article

Sometimes, it seems like our kids aren’t learning anything from us—but that’s simply not the case. Kids absorb all the information around them and learn by example. While that can be a good thing, it can also be a problem if you don’t want to pass on certain behaviors you’re modeling for them, like anxiety. If you’re struggling with anxiety, first remember that it’s nothing to be ashamed of. Lots of people have trouble controlling their anxiety. But it’s also…

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Hey Depressed and Anxious People! Can We Quit It with the Apology Tour? – Wit & Delight – Lifestyle Article

Image Courtesy of @delphinacarmonaHey, fellow anxious and depressive folks! Yeah, you. I’m talking to you. Don’t avoid me like you’re currently ignoring your friend’s email about Maureen’s surprise birthday dinner or that work project that makes your chest clench just thinking about it.You know the drill. An anxious or depressive time = missed appointments, ignored texts, ditched plans. Then following an anxious or depressive time, upon coming up for air from under the covers of avoidance, there’s the apology tour.…

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4 Ways To Take The Burn Out of Burnout – Self Improvement Article

Every day we work towards achieving a new goal. Be it staying overtime to earn more money, abstaining from sweets to lose weight, or simply trying to stay awake till the end of the day on a dull Monday morning. As humans, ambition is what drives us. The sense of satisfaction we receive when we succeed keeps us striving for more. But what happens when we overwork ourselves beyond our limits? We often think we can muscle our way to…

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At the Brink of Losing, I Found MyselfPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

“I found that with depression, one of the most important things you could realise is that you’re not alone.” ~Dwayne Johnson Did you ever bow down to your mind demons? I have… but that experience taught me the best lifetime-lesson. My life was not a fairytale. But fortunately, my fight was never for bread and butter.  I had every means to suffice my materialistic desires. I had beautiful people around in the form of friends and family. But the ironical…

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Tips for Improving Long-Term Mental Health and Addiction RecoveryPick the Brain – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Though it may be a surprise for some, mental health problems are commonplace. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly 44 million American adults deal with mental health symptoms on an annual basis. That’s nearly 20% of the country’s adult population. Thankfully, similar to physical conditions like joint pain or eczema, mental health problems can be treated and managed before they become increasingly debilitating over time. That’s why it’s so important to develop strategies for improving your mental…

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How to use Mindfulness to Cope up with Anger at WorkplacePick the Brain- Self Improvement Article

Do you remember how many times you were caught in anger at your workplace? Surely you don’t, as there probably have been so many such instances that you only remember a few. Anger is a negative emotion followed by more anger, stress, frustration and many other unpleasant emotions. It affects you very badly not only mentally but also physically. If you have a tendency to become angry on a regular basis, you’re running with a risk of lots of health…

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Dealing with Anxiety – In Cartoon FormPick the Brain- Self Improvement Article

Do you ever stay up all night replaying the mistakes you’ve made or could possibly make? How about struggle over deciding between seemingly identical outfits to wear? GREMLIN GIRL can relate. Gremlin Girl is a brand new animated web series about our inner critic who is often difficult to shut off. The show follows Franny, an independent, seemingly confident woman, and Gremlin Girl, the adorable manifestation of her anxieties. From stressing about the enduring consequences of adding avocado to your…

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Treating Depression with Community – Self Improvement Article

The Self Improvement Blog | Self Esteem | Self Confidence Human connection is essential to living a happy, well-adjusted life. It’s as fundamental to your health as food and water. When faced with trauma, loss, or significant life changes, the need to have a community around you is paramount, and actually allows you to remain connected to what makes you unique. Major depression affects nearly 16.2 million adults at some point in their lifetime. It’s one of the most common…

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