Calm in the Chaos: A Survival Guide – Meditation Article

March 18, 2020 Let’s just pause and take a collective, audible *EXHALE*  Uncertainty and stress are bubbling up in all of our lives to various degrees given the current global health pandemic, and we are all experiencing this together.  Though we don’t know exactly what the future holds, you do have an opportunity to take this stressful time one day at a time – doing what you can to keep yourself healthy, calm, and connected.   To help you find a…

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A Conversation With One of the Most Sought-After Meditation Teachers in America – Meditation Article

Excerpts from an interview with Rob Roth – read the full article on Parade. Have you ever wondered what the Transcendental Meditation technique is? What is the mysterious technique beloved by so many celebrities? Well wonder no more, Parade interviewed Bob Roth, CEO of the David Lynch Foundation who has answered all your questions. What is Transcendental Meditation (TM)?Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a mental technique that is practised for 15 to 20 minutes twice a day, sitting comfortably with the…

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How to Deal with Sensory Overload as a Sensitive Person – Happiness Article

Have you ever been told that you are “too sensitive?” If so, you’re not alone. Sensitivity implies a certain heightened reaction to external stimuli: experiences, noise, chatter, others’ emotional expression, sound, light, or other environmental changes. Sensitivity and high empathy are common experiences for many people, but some people experience these qualities to more severe degrees—and don’t realize that they can be hallmarks of Asperger’s, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sensory processing sensitivity, and other traits. This essay is adapted from Divergent Mind:…

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Angelic Assistance with the Global Pandemic 2020 — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Falling deeper into fear during this Global Pandemic will not bring us closer to health. Nor will it make us feel safer. On the contrary. It will only lower our immune system and damage our brain’s ability to think clearly and find creative solutions. Fear is the most deadly virus in the world. And under fear, there is no health, no safety, and no peace. Only darkness, panic, and suffering. ~ Luminita D. Saviuc The Fear Pandemic With everything that’s happening…

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Prolonged Remote Work (in a Coronavirus World): 3 Major Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them – Productivity Article

Remote work, telecommuting, work-from-home (or whatever you want to call it) isn’t a new phenomenon or trend. It’s a way of life in a world where digital/mobile devices and technologies rule our lives 24/7. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again. A study by Global Workplace Analytics revealed that the number of remote workers has grown by 140 percent since 2005.  When you consider the many benefits – increased flexibility, productivity, autonomy, trust and work-life balance – it makes sense that remote…

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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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How to Help Teens Shelter in Place – Happiness Article

Last weekend, my kids began arriving home from their various schools. We invited our oldest daughter’s longtime best friend, Lena, over for a homecoming dinner. She’s like a member of our family, and we were excited to see her, too, despite closing schools and social-distancing recommendations. The kids are all healthy, we reasoned. We had Lena wash her hands when she came in; we resisted hugging her. On Monday we got a government order to shelter in place, and having…

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Effective Ways to Relax and Recharge from Stress – – Meditation Article

Choosing to focus on your well-being may be difficult because of the never-ending demands of today’s society. Hustle culture seems to be the norm nowadays, where people often find ways to push themselves to the limit. Aside from this, financial demands are also increasing because of the expensive prices of goods and other necessities. Stress has become a common phenomenon everywhereAs a result, people try to put in more overtime at work. Some look for other sources of income to…

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11 Tips for Staying Calm During the Time of the Coronavirus. – Happiness Article

There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. So a question that we all face is: How can we be as calm and happy as we can be, under these circumstances? Sometimes people assume that a happiness project means being 100% happy, 100% of the time. No! That’s not possible, and even if it were possible, it wouldn’t be a good life. There are…

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I Never Believed Transcendental Meditation Would Benefit Me – Meditation Article

Excerpts from an essay by Barry Marenberg. View the full piece on Medium.com. A year ago I was unhappy with the direction of my life. I was out of shape, overtired, and depressed. I was merely going through the motions of waking, working and sleeping. When I was awake, I was not fully “present.” I was experiencing financial issues, personal and professional issues. Once a week my family and I would dine at a restaurant at which time we would…

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Three Ways to Boost Your Resilience as a Parent – Happiness Article

Self-care isn’t about being self-centered or selfish. If you’re a parent, taking time away from your usual schedule is one of the best ways to boost resilience and strengthen your capacity to nurture your children. Too often parents are stressed by the demands of raising children—helping with homework, getting them to after-school activities, keeping track of doctor’s appointments. But being overwhelmed isn’t part of the job description. Give yourself permission to reduce stress and be happy—in whatever ways work for…

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Unsubscribing From Your Thoughts – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

The human mind is a double-edged sword. On the upside, it enables us to plan, solve problems, create goals and work towards our dreams… But the dark side of the human mind is that it also tends to haunt our inner world with unhelpful and painful thoughts. We experience self-criticism, rumination and worry. For many of us, that inner voice can become our own worst enemy, crushing our self-esteem or driving us to feel constantly stressed, negative or anxious. Why…

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6 Positively Simple Ways to Heal From Emotional Trauma – *Positive Provocations* – Self Improvement Article

“If you are to free your heart, you must embrace your painful feelings, have faith that your thoughts will arise and cease of their accord. They will pass if you can face them head on, with kind eyes. Your thoughts and feelings will dissolve if you don’t try to hold on to them or push them away. Thinking will dissipate. Trust in this universal law of change.” ~ Valerie Mason-John from her book “Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Healing Emotional…

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How Mukul Decided to “Kick the Butt” & Quit Smoking for Good – Self Improvement Article

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed. Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” This is precisely what our friend Mukul Sharma believes. Hence he shares his own inspirational story of the mountain he climbed. Mukul, 25, a resident of Bangalore, is employed with logistics startup, BlackBuck. In June 2019, he approached YourDOST to help him quit his smoking habit. A business graduate, Mukul had started smoking about 3 years back. I started out purely…

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Doing What You Truly Value Makes You More Resilient – Positivity Article

There’s something I’ve learned through studying many successful and highly resilient people over the last 13 years and, from observing myself when in my most resilient state. It is the immense power of living in accordance with your own values and therefore by default, not living to other people’s values instead of your own. Whether at work or in our personal lives, if we don’t live a life that aligns to our core values – that is, things that are…

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Five Ways Hiking Is Good for You – Happiness Article

I’m a hiker—“born to hike,” as my husband likes to joke. It does my heart and soul good to strap on a pack and head out on a trail, especially when I’m alone and can let my mind wander where it will. The experience of hiking is unique, research suggests, conveying benefits beyond what you receive from typical exercise. Not only does it oxygenate your heart, it helps keep your mind sharper, your body calmer, your creativity more alive, and…

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How I Conquered Self-Doubt & Set Myself Up For Success – Self Improvement Article

“Tell the story of the mountain you climbed.  Your words could be a page in someone else’s survival guide” -Unknown Ankita Markan’s story is bound to add more than a few pages to your survival guide. Ankita, 20, from Chandigarh is a very pleasant, personable and smiling individual, who also happens to be a star basketball athlete. She’s a 3rd year B.Com Honours student at the prestigious Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. She’s a part of the college’s…

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How Cosleeping Can Help You and Your Baby – Happiness Article

Few parenting conversations in early childhood elicit as much angst and judgment as the one about our children’s sleep: Where should they sleep, and how do we get them to sleep through the night? We label newborn babies as “good,” or not, depending on how much they disturb us in the nighttime, or we believe babies’ sleep is a reflection of our parenting competence. But our beliefs and decisions about children’s sleep are more a reflection of the culture we…

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How to Reap the Benefits of Meditation Without Meditating – Happiness Article

“Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.” ~Bruce Lee The benefits of meditation are far reaching and have been well known for centuries. However, the idea of formal meditation doesn’t sit well with some of us. The idea of sitting cross-legged for extended periods and delving inward puts many of us off before we’ve even got started. Even the word “meditation” can be a very real barrier to entry for some. What…

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The Journey Inward – Rewiring Your Brain For Clearer, Calmer Thinking – Meditation Article

By Jeff Stoffer. Courtesy of The American Legion Magazine. Bob Ouellette was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in the Army as terrorism tensions escalated in the post-Desert Storm era. His duties included investigating any unattended briefcase or container that might blow up in his face, killing him or others. He spent much of his service time in the Washington, D.C., area, but also traveled the world to protect the president and other top U.S. officials. In a three-week period during…

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8 Practical Ways to Relieve Stress and Be at Peace Again — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

Knowing how to relieve stress in your life is very important. Continuous stress can cause some consequential health problems to a person like depression, personality disorder or heart problems like high blood pressure, heart attack, etc. Finding More Ways to Relieve Stress It is very detrimental to you. It is said that having stress is normal nowadays. According to research, 35-55% of people face stress in their daily life. Most of the people blame social media for this. But social…

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Understanding Karma – Melli O’Brien – Meditation Article

Few concepts are as misunderstood as the concept of karma. It’s often perceived as a kind of reward and punishment system that is woven into the fabric of the universe. People may assume that the more good deeds they do, the more they will be rewarded with good fortune. Or some people might witness someone experiencing something painful and say it’s just their karma. They must have created this situation. It’s just fate. There is often a feeling that the…

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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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My “Stress” Was Actually High-Functioning Anxiety – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

“Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” ~Jodi Picoult Many years ago, I worked in the technology sector in Austin, Texas, which is a big “tech town.” I was incredibly focused on building my career and earning a higher and higher salary. I also have two daughters, who were in elementary school at the time. I’m divorced and am the primary care giver for them. Like so many…

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New study shows meditation might have longer-lasting effects than vacation – Meditation Article

Everyone wants a vacation — sometimes from work, sometimes from our families, sometimes just from life. Stress happens to everyone, and imagining a place we can go where stress doesn’t follow does sound magical, but it’s a once-a-year luxury for some, and a fantasy for many others. But is there a way to reap some of the benefits of the beach without the sand and sun? Maybe. If you (like most of us) can’t book six days at a retreat…

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9 Tips for Battling the Winter Blues – Positivity Article

  As winter arrives, I’m taken back in my mind to last year… Last winter, I was really down and out at the start of 2019. I spent so much time in bed, engaging in unhealthy coping methods, and generally just feeling rotten about myself and my life. While I don’t know for sure if this was general depression or Season Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) — I should have sought professional help, but I didn’t — I do know that it…

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Calm Yourself Down Using a “Safety Signal” to Combat Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

When it comes to anxiety and fear, psychology shows us that we have many tools available to use. I’ve written extensively about many of these tools over the past decade, including reframing, acceptance, questioning, and writing exercises. One of my main philosophies behind self-improvement is that the more tools we have available to us, the more options we have when we find ourselves extremely stressed, anxious, or afraid… or just going through a very rough patch in life. In a…

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How I Battle Stress Over The HolidaysPick the Brain – Personal Development Article

It’s that time of year again! Mostly holiday cheer…but for me that can also mean quite a lot of stress. Wrapping up all of my end-of-year to-dos, spending more money than I probably should and being pulled in a a million holiday party directions. It can be fun, but it can also be a lot. Factor in the stress of seeing family, for some, this can be added stress, anxiety and a flood of emotions.  Earlier this year, I talked…

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How to Break Free of Emotional Eating – Happiness Article

Do you have struggles around eating? If you do, you’re not alone. In the United States, millions of people will fit the diagnosis for binge eating disorder at some point in their lifetime. Many more have less severe eating issues—such as obsessing over calorie counting or feeling shame when they eat “bad” foods—that wreak havoc on their health and happiness. Often, people with problematic eating patterns are worried about their weight and attempt to lose weight by cycling through dieting…

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HOW TO BEAT THE EXAM STRESS AND ANXIETY – Motivational, Self Improvement Article

Dear Student Friends, Out of my own experience as responsible parent of my two sons, both engineers, observing how they used to  beat the exam stress and anxiety, here below I share some thing worth for you to tackle effectively the issue of  ‘how to beat exam stress and anxiety’. HOW TO BEAT EXAM STRESS AND ANXIETY Anxiety is a result of one’s own scare in mind whether one  can beat the exam stress or cannot.  Having determined to beat…

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