Categories Addiction, Advice, Health, Videos

Phone Addiction Video Series

Many people are addicted to their phones. This addiction is very difficult to break- phones are constant sources of entertainment and are always available when we want them.

There needs to be a lot of effort and planning put into breaking bad phone habits.

Your time could be spent doing other, more important, activities. If you spend hours a day scrolling through social media, you may feel pressured for time.

You might also miss your hobbies. By putting the phone down, you are taking steps to value your time again.

With this course you’ll learn how to reduce phone addiction and become productive.

Topics covered:

  • 5 Healthy Cell Phone Habits
  • 5 Hobbies to Help you Manage Your Phone Addiction
  • 5 Steps to Use your Phone Less
  • Best Ways to Spend Less Time Scrolling
  • How to Spot a Phone Addiction In Others
  • How to Test if You’re Addicted to Your Phone
  • Spending a day away from your Phone
  • Why Everyone Should take Breaks from Social Media
  • Why Its easier than ever to become addicted to your phone
  • Why Social Media is so addictive

 

Visit our page on mental health as it has information on how high histamine can cause addictions, also visit our addiction page. You CAN overcome your addictions and learn to Excel Well at Life!

Categories Advice, Mental health

Control Your Brain

Master Your Brain

 

If you were to buy a car, a computer, a games console or even a toy of some sort, then in all likelihood it would come with an instruction manual of some sort so that you could find your way around it and how you should use it.

This is important because it allows you to get the very most from it and it allows you to avoid making mistakes that could damage it. But unfortunately, the most important and most complex things in the world come with no such instruction manual.

Take children for example: any new parent will tell you just how dismayed they were when they realized that no one could tell them how to be an effective mother/father. And then there’s the big one: our own brains.

These are the most complex supercomputers in the entire world and they are what create all of our subjective feelings, sensations and experiences. And yet our brains come with no instructions and no guidance: we are left simply to try and figure them out on our won.

So, the question becomes: how can you master your brain?

Fortunately, neuroscientists and psychologists are uncovering more of the brain’s secrets every single day. While there is still a huge amount left to learn, we know more than we ever did and a lot of this information can be used practically to help us become happier, smarter and more effective versions of ourselves.

Read on and we’ll see how you can master your brain for complete and total self-mastery.

How Your Brain Works

Neuroscience is a subject that can take decades to learn and even then it will be necessary to specialize in one area – like I said, it’s a complex piece of machinery. There is much more than can possibly explained here then, but we can nevertheless give a brief overview to give you some important clues as to how the brain essentially works.

So, what do we know?

First of all, the brain is made up of neurons. These neurons are cells that have long tendrils called axons and dendrites. These reach out so as to almost touch each other and that in turn means that they will be close enough for small signals to jump across the gap.

This in turn creates a huge map made up of billions of neurons with incredibly intricate connections. This network is called the ‘connectome’ and everyone’s is slightly different. These individual differences are what give us our different skills and abilities and our different personalities.

Every single experience that you have can be mapped to one or more of these neurons. Each neuron represents a sensation, a memory, an experience, a feeling or something else.

Your vision is mapped to a huge array of neurons that represent what you’re seeing and likewise, your memory is made up of lots of interlinked neurons that reflect your thoughts and ideas. These neurons are groups roughly into different regions throughout the brain based on their function.

In the occipital lobe for instance we have all the neurons responsible for our sight. In the motor cortex we have neurons that correspond with movements and sensations throughout our body. Our prefrontal cortex is where we handle things like planning and motivation. Our brain stem handles breathing.

And our hippocampus stores many of our memories. This is why damage to a specific area of the brain can result in a loss of specific function and this organization is so extreme that there have even been cases where a head trauma has led to a patient losing their memory of vegetables and nothing else. Interactions between neurons occurs through ‘action potentials’.

These are electrical impulses that occur once a neuron has received enough stimulation. That stimulation is normally the result of lots of nearby neurons firing enough to put it past a certain excitability threshold. When an action potential occurs, this can also result in the release of neurotransmitters.

These are chemicals released from vesicles (sacs) that alter the way that neurons work – perhaps making them more or less likely to fire, or perhaps making the event seem more or less important/sad/happy/memorable. 

Another factor that influences our individual differences is our balance of neurotransmitters and hormones. If you have lots of the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin, then you will be often in a good mood and you’ll be relaxed. If you have lots of cortisol and glutamate, then you will be a more wired and panicked kind of person.

Neurotransmitters and Outside Influences

What’s important to recognize here, is that those neurotransmitters are not just a result of what is happening in the brain but can also be a result of biological signals from our bodies. For example, if you have low blood sugar, then your brain produces more of the stress hormone cortisol.

This is an evolutionary response that is intended to make us seek out more food – but it is also the reason that we tend to feel anxious and angry when we haven’t eaten for a while. This is where the experience of being ‘hangry’ comes from!

Conversely, serotonin can be released when we eat something and our blood sugar spikes. This is why we feel good when we’ve just eaten. That serotonin eventually converts to melatonin though, which is the sleep neurotransmitter, and which suppresses neural activity.

This is why we will often feel tired and dopey after a big meal. Countless other things also influence our balance of brain chemicals. Bright light for instance can actually reduce the production of melatonin and increase the production of cortisol and nitric oxide to wake us up.

Remember: there were no artificial lights in the wild and so our brain could rely solely on this signal to know what time of day it was!
While there is much more to it than that, this very generally describes the form and function of the brain and how it gives rise to our individual experiences.

Brain Plasticity

Another aspect of the brain that is very important to familiarize yourself with is plasticity. Brain plasticity – also called neuroplasticity – is the brain’s ability to adapt and grow. For a long time, it was thought that the brain only formed new neurons and new connections during childhood and after that point, it was set in stone.

However, we now know that this process continues until we die and is a crucial aspect of the way our brain functions. It does slow down slightly in adults but it is still what gives us the ability to learn, to change our minds and to acquire new skills.

Neural plasticity occurs through practice, repetition and events that we believe to be very important. The saying among neuroscientists goes: ‘what fires together, wires together’. In other words, if you experience something, a neuron will light up.

If you experience that thing at the same time as another thing, two neurons might light up (or more likely, two groups of thousands of neurons). If you keep re-experiencing those two things together, a connection between them will begin to form.

Subsequently, that connection will become stronger through a process called myelination during which point the dendrites and axons become insulated to better conduct the flow of electricity. Eventually, one neuron firing will cause the other neuron to fire. This is how you can then learn a complex series of movements when performing a dance, or how you can memories words in a new language.

How to Hack Your Brain and Take Control of Your Performance

This might sound like a lot to take on board, but hopefully you have the basic gist regarding a number of your brain’s functions. Hopefully, you also might have found some of this pretty interesting. After all, it is very relevant to all of us!
So now the question is how you can actually use this information in a productive way?

Controlling Neurotransmitters

One way to hack your brain for greater productivity, happiness or whatever else, is by influencing the production of neurotransmitters. We’ve learned that these influence our mood and our ability to learn… so changing the balance of these chemicals could certainly be very useful.

This is why a lot of people are interested in the idea of ‘nootropics’. Nootropics are smart drugs – supplements and medications that can influence the production of neurotransmitters so that we have more goal-oriented dopamine or less fear-inducing cortisol. Modafinil alters the production of orexin, which can completely change our sleep/wake cycle so we feel more awake more of the time.

This is also what caffeine does, by removing the inhibitory neurotransmitter adenosine (or neutralizing it, to be more precise).

The problem with this strategy is that it fixes the brain into a specific, unnatural state and prevents you from being able to easily ‘switch modes’. No one brain state is superior to all others – for example, creativity actually requires relaxation, not stimulation.

Worse, the brain can adapt to those changes by creating more or less ‘receptor sites’ (the points where the neurotransmitters work) to make us more or less sensitive to the neurotransmitters in question. This can eventually lead to addiction.

Some neurotransmitters work better by focusing more on neuroplasticity, or more on energy production, but for the most part this is not the solution. What is a much more useful solution is to look at those factors that natural influence neurotransmitter release.

If you want to hack any system, then the answer is to look at what the inputs are. So, we know that bright light can increase energy and make us less sleepy, so why not consider investing in a daylight lamp which is designed to combat SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) by simulating the sun’s rays?

We know that cold likewise can increase focus, while heat can help us to feel more relaxed and happy. We know that the sun and that exercise can boost our mood through the production of serotonin. We also know that our brain is subject to certain natural cycles – those relating to sleep and hunger for instance.

By timing our productivity around those things, we can work more effectively and freer from distraction. And if you find yourself feeling very stressed or depressed, then it might pay to consider some of the biological factors that may be causing that. Perhaps you’re hungry?

Or perhaps you’re a little ill and the pro-inflammatory cytokines are causing brain fog? Once you know the problem is transient and biological, it can be much easier to let it pass.

Controlling Your Brain

More importantly though, it is critical that you learn to create the moods and the feelings that you need by changing the way you think and use your brain. The thing that makes humans unique is our ability to visualize – to internalize events and to imagine future scenarios or possibilities.

This is our working memory at play and it is what enables us to think of long-term goals and to invent new ideas. And if you believe in the theory of ‘embodied cognition’, then you might find that this is even what we use to understand plain English (look it up – it’s fascinating!).

When we visualize or imagine, we do so by lighting up the same neurons in the brain as though the event were really happening. Neurologically, we find actually doing something and imaging doing something almost indistinguishable.

This means that you can use visualization in order to practice things and develop skills – you can trigger brain plasticity just as though you were really practicing the event! Not only that, but you can also use this as a way to trigger the correct neurotransmitters in order to put yourself in the correct state of mind.

Ultimately, this will lead to the ability to control your own emotions – to trigger the best possible mental state for the task at hand. It requires training of your visualization skills and the awareness to then use those skills to ease your anxiety and to motivate yourself to focus and to become more alert as necessary.

This is the neuroscience that underlies psychological approaches such as cognitive behavioral therapy and philosophies such as stoicism.

This is also why it is so important to avoid bad habits – even bad habits in our thoughts – as ruminating and indulging actually strengthens connections that make those habits harder and harder to break.

There’s a lot more to making the most from your own brain, but I hope this basic primer has given you a better understanding a little more control.

Categories Advice, Diet, Gut health, Health

How Food Affects your Mood

How Food Affects your Mood

Few things affect our state of mind, aka our mood, as profoundly as food. Women being propelled by some mysterious hormonal force to eat chocolate during PMS is one good example. There’s just something in that chocolate that makes them feel so good!

Aside from the emotional ties around food, such as associating it with celebration or entertainment, there is also the physiological side that affects our mood. We’ve all seen children throwing fits in the cereal aisles or at the checkout stand where all the sweets have been placed for impulse buying. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never seen such outbursts in the broccoli aisle.

People crave almost instinctively comfort foods which are high in carbohydrates, which the body immediately converts into sugar in the bloodstream upon consumption. Consuming processed and refined foods which contain exorbitant amounts of sugars and artificial ingredients and practically no dietary fiber renders the eater into a blood sugar nightmare.

Even cooked starches that some consider healthy such as potatoes, rice and pasta are converted into simple sugars quickly in the body. This gives an immediate burst of false energy and a short-lived sense of well being, followed by a nasty letdown and what some call ‘self induced hypoglycemia.’

In order to feel better after the letdown phase, which can make people feel exhausted, cranky and unable to focus, the body compels one to simply eat more of the substance that gave it that happy rush in the first place. Now we see how we get set up for addictions. Ever tried to be in a good mood, feel jubilant about life or get lots of work done when you are in the throes of caffeine withdrawal?

The main function of most anti-depressants on the market is to enhance the uptake of that famous ‘feel-good hormone’ serotonin. When this brain chemical is low, people crave carbohydrates and comfort foods in order to get it.

But if we learn how to nourish the brain properly, we need not suffer from nutrient or serotonin deficiencies and consequently we can avoid the addictions that keep us bound to the constant highs and lows. There is a sound and foolproof way to accomplish this.

One of the main reasons a raw vegan diet is so helpful in maintaining stable moods is due to the fact that there are no toxins, addictive substances or artificial ingredients in living foods. Moreover, raw foods are loaded with fiber to keep the intestinal tract and colon in tip top shape as well as clean.

If the colon is overloaded with waste, this waste is recirculated in the bloodstream again and again. How peaceful and blissful do you think you can feel with your body’s own waste nourishing your brain? Consumption of foods that are high in fiber and natural sugars also eliminates the wild roller coaster blood sugar swings which are notorious for ultimately depleting our serotonin supplies.

After a period of detoxification, which may sometimes be a bumpy road as our emotions are detoxified as well, the mind becomes clearer and sharper. Better health also brings an improved outlook on life and renewed hope that other improvements are possible. When we begin to look better, perhaps by dropping a few pounds or our skin clears up, we definitely begin to strike a more cheerful tone.

On a raw food diet, our brain becomes cleansed and nourished on a cellular level, our senses sharpen and we begin to see the sun come out in our life once again. Won’t you join me in eating naturally?

Categories Advice, Health, Mental health

Mind Power

Mind Power Mastery: Time to Change Your Mind

This is all very good and well, but how exactly do you go about changing your mindset? How do you take back control, reclaim your happiness and start living a fulfilling and inspiring life again?

The thing to do is to diagnose the problem. What exactly is wrong with your mind to begin with? And how can you fix those issues? Well, not to alarm you, but there’s probably a lot wrong with your mind.

Don’t worry though: it’s fairly common and it’s very much a sign of the times. I can guess that you aren’t completely happy with where you are right now. Maybe you don’t like who you are right now.

I know this because you’re reading this article. If what you’re doing right now is working for you then great! But if it’s not, or if it could be working better, then something needs to change.

Here are some starting points that can help you see precisely what you might need to change.

1. Responsibility

The first problem that many of us have is that we don’t take responsibility for our actions and we don’t want to take responsibility for our actions.

Now we all know people who don’t like taking responsibility – they will blame others and they will make excuses for what they’ve done. These are the people with the external locusts of control that we have already discussed.

But while this might seem like an irritating problem for people around them, the reality is that this is a much deeper issue that affects them more than it does anyone else.

Because a completely refusal to accept responsibility means that you also reject your own autonomy and your control. If you believe that nothing is your fault, then you also really can’t take credit for anything that goes well.

Moreover, it means that you don’t have any power over your life and it means that you can’t choose to change things.

It’s not up to you, it’s up to chance!

It gets worse too. If you are too used to avoiding responsibility, then chances are that you will avoid taking responsibility for other things in your life too.

That means you’ll avoid making commitments to people, which might make you feel ‘free’ but ultimately means you get left behind as those around you settle down into relationships and find fulfilling careers.

It means you’ll put yourself forward for fewer tasks in the work place – at least those tasks that have any major consequences. And if you aren’t responsible for large amounts of money, then you can’t expect to get paid large amounts of money either.

Being afraid of responsibility will even make you less impressive, decisive and confident in a day-to-day scenario. When someone asks you to make a decision, you won’t want to because you won’t want to be responsible for what happens if you get it wrong.

And unfortunately, life has made it all too easy for us to learn this lack of responsibility. We are sheltered by so much technology and for the most part, life has become much easier. Our childhoods have also become extended to a massive degree and especially in the current generation of youths.

These days many of us will stay at school until we are 18 and will then attend college for 3, 4 of 6 years after that depending on the amount of qualifications we obtain.

Throw in a gap year and some time ‘finding our feet’ and many of us don’t begin our careers until we’re in our mid-to-late-twenties.

This was exacerbated by the economic crash of the last decade. Many people leaving college struggled to find work, which left them without workplace responsibilities and very often still living with their parents. Generations previous were likely married homeowners with children at this point.

And it’s hard to ditch this mentality. It’s hard to stop being a perpetual child. And while there are positive sides to this (it’s good for creativity, for dreaming and for enjoyment in the moment), ultimately life will catch up and we won’t be prepared. We are too soft mentally to cope with the challenges that will come our way. We’ve lost the ability to be decisive, strong, action-takers.

What can you do to fix it? We’ll explore this in more depth in some of the other reports but the key to acknowledge is that you must learn to accept the possibility of a less-than-perfect outcome. Accept that there will be times when things go wrong and it’s your fault. 

And when that does happen, be willing to put your hand up and admit it. That’s what it means to be an adult. And that’s what will give you the strength to start taking more chances and making more bold decisions.

2. We Care Too Much What Others Think

Ultimately, number one comes down to doing away with fear. This is another topic we’re going to address more over the coming reports but for now let’s hone in on one very specific example of fear, one very specific cause. That is that we care too much what others think.

This is something that occupies a lot of our thoughts for many of us and something that can actually be quite tiring. Many of us will simply not do something if we think it is going to make us look unusual. If we think it will elicit stares.

Not only that, but caring too much what others think is what makes it so hard for us to take responsibility for things: we don’t want to seem to be weak or to lose the trust or respect of other people.

You know what the biggest irony of this is? It is the refusal to take action and take responsibility that actually makes people lose respect. This is what makes us appear weaker.

Many of us also struggle to go after the things that we want in life because we are too busy worrying about pleasing others. We’re so busy saying yes to invitations that we don’t really want to go to and spending money on things that we think we should own, that we don’t have the resources left to spend on things that really matter to us.

And this of course greatly limits what we are capable of and the quality of our lives.

Now I’m not telling you to forget other people entirely and to become an ass. That’s certainly not going to improve your life!

But learn the subtle difference:

    • Care if other people are happy
    • Don’t care what other people think of you

This is the most heroic mindset because it means you’ll do kind things for people without even telling anyone and even be willing to make yourself look foolish. But at the same time, you’ll be much happier because you won’t be living up to the expectations that you believe other people to have.

You’ll be able to take more responsibility for yourself and you’ll have one less huge thing causing you stress.
So how do you make the switch? It is easier said than done of course but the key to getting started is to stop holding yourself to the standards of others and to start holding yourself only to your own standards. Judge yourself on your own terms and by your own code of conduct.

3. We Are Impulsive and Reactive

Perhaps the biggest symptom of modern life is just how badly impulsive and reactive we have become. And this really is something that has been exacerbated by modern technologies and convenience. Did you know that our attention span has measurably deteriorated over recent decades?

The reigning view is that this is caused by time spent on the internet. When we read a blog post we can skip across the headlines and the bullet points and then stop reading. Often we’ll get our information from YouTube or Twitter – which is limited to only 140 characters! When we find the piece of information we want, we can close the tab and search for the next thing.

It will be there in seconds! We’ve become very good at quickly skimming and assimilating information but we’ve trained ourselves out of sustaining our attention and concentrating. And this is then made a lot worse by all the other things vying for our attention and all the other immediate gratification we get.

We have all the food, all the entertainment, all the gratification we could possibly need right at our fingertips.

Much of it is free. And much of it can be served up in seconds depending on your internet speed. Adverts are designed with bright colors and attractive faces to grab our attention. There is noise everywhere. And thus we have become incredibly reactive.

Every one of these distractions that leads to reward will trigger a dopaminergic response. Eating a sweet, loading up Porn Hub, playing a computer game, watching a YouTube video.

This reinforces the same pathways in the brain that are present in addicts. And it completely undermines our ability to control our attention and to decide what we want to look at. How we want to behave. So, when we sit down to work towards a massive deadline, it should come as no surprise that the first thing we do is check Facebook. And make tea. And grab a snack.

How do you get out of this rut? There are a few ways and again, we’re going to delve deeply into all of this. But one of the simplest fixes is to try meditation. Meditation teaches us to take conscious control of our mind, to be more in the moment and to avoid distractions.

This can help us to become incredibly more disciplined and focused and can certainly do away with a lot of procrastination and impulsivity.

4. We Are Lazy and Tired

The other big problem that prevents us from achieving what we want and that causes a whole lot of unhappiness is laziness. Most of us know what we should be doing but we lack the effort to do it. When given a choice, we will take the easier route. In the short-term this is great. It means you get to spend the evening on the couch with a bag of chips watching your favorite trashy TV.

But in the long term it means you lack the stimulus for growth. And guess what? Growth is perhaps the most important thing we need to be happy. Because you are never still and stable. If you are not going forward, you are going backward. If you are not growing, you are regressing.

If you don’t exercise then your muscles atrophy. But likewise, if you don’t use your brain and if you don’t challenge your mind, then your brain physically shrinks.

Worse, you unlearn how to apply effort. But part of this is not laziness. Part of this is stress and tiredness. Because the problem is that we typically lead such busy, stressful and fast paced lives that we simply have no energy left at the end of the day to do anything about it. Is it any surprise? Most of us commute into work for 30-90 minutes on a train or bus or sitting in traffic in the car.

We then fight our way through a busy street into the office where we sit in a cramped, stuffy room and get shouted at by clients and unhappy customers. We work to urgent deadlines and end up staying late, then we make the precise same commute back home. You can add malnutrition on top of this for many of us. Halogen lights too. Loud noises. Air pollution.

All these things upset the body and cause physiological stress. These put us further into the fight or flight state and the body simply can’t tell the difference. This exhausts us. And that’s what makes us choose the fast food in the cupboard and it’s what makes us skip the workout.

It’s also what causes us to argue with our partners and not have time for our kids. And it’s not even time that’s the issue here so much as energy.

Your psychological energy is a finite resource. So, the first thing you need to do is to start buying yourself more energy. That might mean looking into easier ways into work, or it might mean swapping to an easier job.

It means finding space in your life so that you can stop reacting and being in fight or flight. Then you can start to become proactive and make your way onto your inspire path.

 

Categories Advice, Health, Mental health

Dealing With Everyday Stress

Understanding And Dealing With Everyday Stress

WHAT STRESS IS…

Stress is an abnormal condition that disrupts the normal functions of the body or mind. No two people are affected in exactly the same way, or to the same degree, but most people living in our highly industrialized society suffer from its effects at one or more times during their lives.

Symptoms range from mind headaches, occasional bouts of insomnia, overall restlessness, digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation and diarrhea, and abdominal pain.

 

SELECTED LIFE EVENTS THAT CAN BRING ON STRESS:

  • Death of Spouse.
  • Death of a close family member.
  • Death of a close friend.
  • Major personal injury, illness or pregnancy.
  • Sexual molestation, drug abuse.
  • Major change in the health or behavior of a family member.
  • Gaining or losing a new family member.
  • Sexual difficulties.
  • Marital separation from mate.
  • Marriage, marital reconciliation, divorce.
  • Arguments with spouse, family members, friends, co-workers.
  • Changes in sleeping habits or change in part of day when asleep.
  • Vacations, Major holidays. In-law troubles.
  • Financing major purchases.
  • Beginning or ceasing formal schooling.
  • Change in usual type and or amount of recreation.
  • Change in outside social activities, religions, etc.
  • Major change in eating habits, living conditions, moving.
  • Spouse beginning or ceasing work outside the home.
  • Changing to a different line of work.
  • Major change in responsibilities at work.
  • Changes in working hours or conditions.
  • Troubles with the boss.
  • Being fired at work.
  • Starting a new job or career.
  • Retirement from work.
  • Business readjustment, changes in financial condition.
  • Minor violations of the law (e.g., traffic tickets, disturbing the peace, etc.)
  • Detention in jail or other institution.
  • Dealing With Work Related Stress

Examples that can cause work related stress are trying to get too much work done in too little time, cutting corners or otherwise taking chances that may put you, or someone else at risk, and trying to get along with superiors and co-workers.

Everybody has days when there simply seems there’s too much work to get done. Trying to get everything done by yourself can bring on stress. Some people try and deal with the pressure by delegating certain jobs to others. If you can unburden yourself and not worry about when and how the work gets done, if you can put full faith and trust in co-workers or subordinates it can be an effective escape valve.

Trouble is, most people can’t let go. If you have the type of personality that demands to know how things are going, chances are you’re only increasing the pressure and stress on yourself by constantly worrying if the work is getting done or not.

To lessen stress you must either learn to trust others to get the job done, or prioritize jobs to get rid of “what must be done” first. Many people tend to “put off” the difficult jobs they hate to do until the last possible minute. Of course, this only makes it all the more difficult and stressful when you finally get around to doing what you should have done earlier.

When you feel the “walls closing in on you” if possible, take a break. Many people in trying to relax actually kick their bodies into overdrive by using their break time to either get a nicotine or caffeine fix.

Instead of calming you down, both substances being stimulants speed up your body processes. You may think you’re relaxing, but your blood pressure and heart are working harder.

Instead of coffee or cigarettes try a brief chat with friends, a short leisurely walk, even just looking out the window for a few minutes. Never take breaks, or eat lunch at your work station. The point of a break is to get away from whatever work you’re doing. You can’t get your mind off your work if you’re chained to your work area.

Getting along with your co-workers and the boss can be more than a sore point. It can be something you learn to put up with, or it can turn into a festering wound that only gets worse with time. If you’re having problems, get them out in the open.

Most managers today at least have some training in dealing with personal problems. If you can’t clear the air or have tried using all the company procedures to resolve a grievance, and you no longer enjoy your job, hate to go to work in the morning, or feel that the pressure is getting to be too much, it may be time to seriously consider a change.

STRESS AWAY FROM WORK

Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a major traffic jam probably has seen the darker side of many people’s personalities. It seems everyone is always in a hurry to either get, or go somewhere, and never seem to allow enough time for the everyday problems that are bound to crop up from time to time.

Banging on the steering wheel, laying on the horn, giving someone the “finger,” or shooting a string of obscenities is only reacting to something that has already happened. You can’t make the guy in front of you go any faster, or prevent someone from cutting you off. Accidents, road repairs, and just plain heavy traffic happens.

Learn to deal with it or don’t drive. If you must, at least change your route from time to time. Always allow plenty of time, and try and make all trips as pleasant as possible. You may not realize it, but how you act on your way to work, or on your way home will have either a positive or negative impact. Accept the fact that it’s something you just have to get through so you may as well try and make the best of it.

Most people are smart enough to know that they should set some time aside to take it easy. If you participate in some sports activity, remember you’re doing it to relax! While many people naturally have their competitive nature come to the surface when engaging athletics, don’t lose sight of the fact you’re participating to have fun.

Don’t get bent out of shape if you don’t always win or otherwise play up to par. The whole point is to enjoy yourself and forget your everyday worries. Treat it as a night out with the “boys,” or gals and relax!

Families can be as source of support, an oasis away from the everyday pressures or sometimes it’s only a place to grab a few hours sleep and get back in the rat race. Your children, spouse, family members, in-laws can be a source of irritation at times.

If someone is constantly doing something that really “bugs you,” tell the offending person or persons and see if things can be straightened out before things get out of control.

A man’s home (a woman’s too) should indeed be a place to rest and relax. Many people find it helpful unwind by sharing the day’s events with their loved ones. It should not develop into a daily routine, nor should you give a detailed blow by blow recap of the day’s events, but when things go wrong, who better to talk to than your family?

Holding things back, keeping it inside yourself, almost always does more harm than good and can affect not only your well-being but everyone else in your family as well. Talking things over is a great way to get rid of built up stress that many people overlook.

You should also be a good listener. Don’t unload your problems and have no time for your mate’s or children’s problems. They may seem trivial to you, but they are real problems that need solving just like yours.

A great way to get rid of stress is, every once in a while, do something totally different and unexpected without any prior planning. Don’t fall into a trap when you must do such and such thing a certain way, or at specific time or place.

If you always put on a blue suit on Thursday, or go to an Italian restaurant on Tuesday, break the habit every once in a while. Even doing things you like can become stressful if you’re stuck in the same old rut week after boring week.

Stress can best be managed by realizing what you can change about your life and knowing what you can’t. Learn how to recognize the difference and you’ll enjoy life more and be better able to deal the ups and downs that are part of everyone’s life.

Categories Addiction, Advice, Health, Mental health

Overcoming Phone Addiction

60% of U.S. college students believe they have a cell phone addiction. About 71% of people sleep with their phones nearby. Plus, 35% of people wake up thinking about their phones- only 10% of people think of their significant others first.

Many people feel as though they can not stay away from their phones for too long. It is important to reflect on how much time you are putting into your cell phone use.

With this guide you will learn how to minimize your phone addiction so you can maximize creativity, increase productivity, and get back time.

Topics covered:

  • How to beat cell phone addiction
  • 10 different signs of cell phone addiction
  • How to notice phone addiction in others
  • Why you should build connections with real people
  • Why social media is so addictive
  • 5 reasons why putting your phone away for 24 hours is healthy
  • Tips to avoid checking your phone too much
  • Why you want to step away from social media
  • Ways to avoid phone addiction
  • Resources to assist with phone addiction
  • What to do if your teen is addicted to their phone
  • The importance of limiting screen time
  • Why you don’t want to use your phone in bed
  • And much more!
Overcome Phone Addiction
Stress Managment
Categories Advice, Mental health

STRESS MANAGEMENT

 

Discover How To Remove The Shackles And Burdens From Your Life To Become Stress-Free!

Never Before Revealed Information!

 

Dear Friend,

Do you feel tense and uptight most of the time?  Is there a chokehold on your life?  Are you more than ready to relive pressure and frustration from everyday problems?  Well, look no further…

Here’s a stress management plan that you can use today!  This plan can help you to relieve yourself of the stress you’ve been dealing with for years.  This guide can be your way to escape. 

This guide, Stress Management – Simple Solutions To Start Now To Live A Stress Free Life, can help you to start anew and rid yourself of the problems that you have been facing for years. 

Every time you turn around, you seem to be stressed out about something.  Some of the things that you’re stressed out about are not even worth devoting your time to.  Don’t fear, that is about to be a distant memory.

With this stress management guide,
you will discover:

  • What is stress
  • Causes of stress
  • Effects of stress
  • Warning Signs of stress
  • How stress and panic attacks are related
  • How to use simple solutions and techniques to become stress-free
  • And More

If you want to know how to live a healthy and peaceful life, this guide is for you!
Stress can come from anywhere, your job, your home, your family, you get the picture…

You are drained mentally and emotionally from things that seem to be out of your control.  Sometimes you feel like being a hermit because of these problems being thrown at you.  You feel powerless to do anything, but there is a remedy for all this.

When you have freedom from stressful situations, you feel good about yourself.  You don’t have to deal with feeling sad, angry or sick.  You also have time to do other things and not have to deal with people trying to dictate what you need to do. 

It can be difficult to cope with these situations if you’re having to deal with them like a merry-go-round.  It can wreck your nerves and sap whatever spirit you have left.  There are some people who just cave in to the stress and allow it to take over their life. 

They feel that there’s no way out. They think that they must spend all of their time dealing with stressful situations and not having a life of their own. 

There are different things that cause stress to occur in a person’s life.  However, if all they do is continue to fight it instead of working with a solution to be stress-free, then they’re stuck between a rock and a hard place.

The Complete Guide to Finally Understanding Your Stress

What people who are faced with stressful situations must do is to get to the root of the problem they’re facing.  Where is the stress coming from and what can you do about it?  What triggers the stress to come about?

When you find out what triggers your stress levels, then you can work on combating the issue at hand.  Don’t you get tired of being angry, frustrated and pressured all of  the time?  Isn’t it a burden to feel tensed up in your body and not be able to relax? 

Do you feel like punching a hole in the wall because you allow things to get to you?  Are you continuously suffering from health or weight problems ?

There’s only one way to find out how you can get rid of this mess…

Inside this guide, Stress Management (Simple Solutions To Start Now To Live A Stress Free Life), there are many solutions and techniques you can use to combat your battle with stress and stressful situations. 

Who said you had to go through this for the rest of  your life?  You can download this guide immediately and get the help you need to start living a stress-free life today.  So, what are you waiting for?

Here are some more of the stress-fighting solutions and techniques you will discover in this guide:

  • What you can do to get energized
  • Things you can do to get away from the hustle and bustle
  • Five reasons for stress at the workplace
  • Why a cluttered desk is not a good thing
  • What to do if you’re in a toxic work environment
  • Why it may not have been meant for you to get that promotion you were hoping to get

 

Here is what you will learn inside this guide….

 

Stress Management

 

Categories Advice, Mental health

Success Habits

Discover Empowering Success Habits And Apply Them In Your Life To Achieve Destined Greatness!

You want to become successful. You can feel that there is more to life than what you are presently enduring. It has crossed your mind more than once that maybe you are doing things the wrong way.

You need a new approach to ensure you give life your best shot at becoming one of the individuals that history can never forget. You can make your indelible mark on the line of history as a successful person by trying some Success Rituals.

You are right about needing an approach to attain success. Success Rituals shares insight into steps that successful individuals conduct daily and some that you might want to implement in your life.

Success Rituals have certain fundamentals that every successful individual had to do, and some which they had to learn how to overcome. Likewise, you must decide without any form of doubt that you too will have to work hard and overcome whatever obstacles you will encounter on your journey.

SuccessRituals
Categories Advice

Dale Carnegie’s Golden Book

Benefit of this eBook

Over 50 million copies of Mr. Carnegie’s books such as How to Win Friends and Influence People and How to Stop Worrying and Start Living are sold, and over 8 million lives have been impacted by the Dale Carnegie training and Dale Carnegie’s timeless values and principles. A plethora of golden tips will set you on the path toward unimagined success. Put these tips in to action to excel as a leader and become the best version of yourself.

What You’ll Learn With It

Principles from How to Win Friends and Influence People show you how to influence others to support your vision. Discover 9 techniques for enhancing relationships, and fundamental techniques for becoming a respected leader. Tips for handling criticism and stress set you free to move forward with new ideas and stronger partnerships.

Why You Need It

For over a century, Dale Carnegie has been improving individual and business performance around the world. While our training techniques continue to evolve, our core principles remain true to a single vision: real transformation begins from within. From the humble beginnings of one man’s belief in the power to transform individuals, Dale Carnegie continues to inspire individual excellence by tapping into each person’s potential.

What You’ll Do With It

As you apply these timeless principles, you excel as a leader while gaining trust and respect from the people around you. Create positive change by illuminating a bright and resourceful workforce. By winning people to your way of thinking and reducing stress, you’ll set teams in motion and help entire organizations reach new heights.
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Categories Advice, Audio, Health, Mental health

Stop Negative Thinking

UNCHAIN YOUR BRAIN

For over twenty years Dr. Larry Iverson has educated, motivated and entertained audiences. From his work with Olympic athletes beginning in 1982, to the main platform of Fortune 500 conferences, he delivers motivation, persuasion and communication strategies you can apply right now. Larry blends vision with his background as a Clinical Psychologist in guiding you on an insightful journey, while you develop personal insights that assist your personal development. Larry masterfully uses enthusiasm and humor to help you gain control in your life.

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