When To Keep Your Mouth Shut and Preserve Your Energy – Self Improvement Article

When someone says a stupid or rude comment in front of you, it’s tempting to want to immediately respond to it. However, often it’s best to just keep your mouth shut and ignore it. Of course, practicing silence is easier said than done. We have a natural impulse to want to defend ourselves when we feel personally attacked or someone says something that offends us. But what good comes when you feel the need to always respond to others or…

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Hangxiety = Social Anxiety + Alcohol – Self Improvement Article

Social anxiety and alcohol are a common combination, but they can lead to some destructive patterns that ultimately hurt us in the long-term. For many with social anxiety, alcohol can be an effective way to diminish their nervousness and inhibitions, making it easier to socialize with others. There’s an obvious reason alcohol is called a “social lubricant.” At the same time, using alcohol to overcome your social anxiety is a bad idea from many different angles. To start, using alcohol…

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Thinking Kind Thoughts About Yourself Boosts Both Physical and Mental Health – Self Improvement Article

Self-compassion and kindness toward yourself is an essential factor in anyone’s happiness, mental health, and well-being. According to a new study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, thinking kind thoughts about yourself is not only good for your mental health, but can actually affect you at a physical and biological level. Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Oxford separated participants into 5 different groups and had each listen to a different 11 minute audio recording. Some of these…

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Top Mental Strategies to Get You Through Doing Things You Don’t Like

We all have to do things in life that we don’t necessarily like to do: a project at work, doing chores around the house, going to the gym, or attending an event you don’t want to go to. That’s just part of being responsible and taking care of what needs to be done in life. While it can be tedious, boring, and unpleasant to do these activities, psychologists have developed various “mental strategies” to make these activities a little easier…

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How to Use Your Positive Memories To Boost Mental Health and Prevent Depression

When you think back on your life throughout your day, are you more likely to revisit “positive memories” or “negative memories?” According to a new study published in Nature Human Behavior, recalling positive memories may play an important role in managing stress, preventing depressive symptoms, and boosting our mental health overall. Researchers set up an experiment where participants were shown either a “positive” or “negative” word on a screen, and were then asked to recall a specific autobiographical memory from…

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Why a Pet Can Be Incredibly Helpful For Social Anxiety, Loneliness, or Depression

Too anxious to make new friends at the moment? Feeling lonely living by yourself? Just need a boost in your mental health in general? Maybe a nice loyal pet is exactly what you need right now. While I certainly don’t think a pet can replace human relationships, they can be a very valuable companion for someone who suffers from social anxiety, loneliness, or depression. A relationship with an animal can often feel just as valuable as a relationship with a…

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Meditation Makes You Less Reactive to Negative Feedback in Life

Meditation is one of the most scientifically-supported “mental tools” for improving your mental health, well-being, and overall happiness. A new study published in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience has now added another piece of the puzzle for why meditation can be so beneficial for you. Researchers conducted an experiment with 3 groups of people: experienced meditators, novice meditators, and non-meditators. They had all participants perform a task where they were trained to pair certain images with a…

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