Anxiety: The Monster I Cannot See

Make no mistake: anxiety stinks.

Lately I have been anxious: unbearably anxious.

Maybe it is all of the impending changes in my life. Maybe it is the current state of our nation, the insecurity I now feel in the country I call home. Or maybe it is just my damn anxiety disorder, but whatever it is I find myself on edge. My heart has been racing and my mind has been chasing after random thoughts and barely formulated ideas.

I am afraid of a monster I cannot see, of a future I cannot predict, and of matters in which I have no control. And earlier today, my anxiety came to a head. I found myself shaking on the toilet, and in tears. I found myself unable to articulate anything. My thoughts, my feelings, everything was just too big. Continue reading “Anxiety: The Monster I Cannot See”

How To Stay Motivated And Energized When Working Long Hours

In today’s world, it has become normal for many people to work after hours and not get enough sleep as a result. While most people would tell you to simply stop working overtime and go to sleep at a reasonable hour, that is not always feasible. If you are tired of feeling drained, there are a few things you can do to combat this feeling.

Take some “me” time.

With a busy schedule, it can be hard to take time for yourself. It is important to establish this as a priority. During these sessions, you need to focus on what helps you relax. You may want to try some meditation or yoga to help relieve the stress. Make an effort to call a friend or family member on your way home. Even something this small can give you a small energy boost. Continue reading “How To Stay Motivated And Energized When Working Long Hours”

What To Know If You Love Someone With High-Functioning Anxiety

When someone you love has high-functioning anxiety, it isn’t always obvious. And success in life ― whether recognition at work or, say, being particularly sparkly at a party ― doesn’t mean he or she isn’t dealing with something internally.

While those living with the condition are dealing with debilitating side effects, they hide it well ― even from their loved ones or significant others. People who struggle with the disorder often experience excessive worry and panic, headaches and more.

As with any mental health condition, the more people know about it, the better. Education is critical when it comes to erasing stigma ― and less stigma could mean more people with disorders will reach out for help. Research shows negative stereotypes often prevent people with mental health issues from seeking treatment.

We asked our Facebook communities to share what they want their partners and families to know about high-functioning anxiety as a way to shine a light on the condition. Below are some things to keep in mind if you love someone who is dealing with it:

1. Routine tasks can feel impossible.

“Some daily activities that may seem easy for them are not for me. Shopping, going to the post office, school, etc. It’s not easy and sometimes there are days that I can’t fake it and pretend that my anxiety isn’t out of control.” ―Sabrina Campbell Continue reading “What To Know If You Love Someone With High-Functioning Anxiety”

12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation

It may come as no surprise that travel is also associated with mental health and happiness: While the wrong type of trip can leave you more stressed and frazzled than before, the right kind has the potential to grow your brain, help you find more meaning in life and provide memories that will give you happiness boosts for years to come.

Here’s how to take (and return from!) a trip that delivers the most mental bang for your buck.

1. Plan early and often. 

Research shows travel’s biggest happiness boost comes not from trips themselves, but from the excitement of planning beforehand. However, one small study confirmed that some people feel more stressed than usual the week before vacation, due to mounting strain at work and home before they leave. Continue reading “12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation”

7 Ways To Lead A More Confident Life

It is never too late to go after your dreams and do all the things you want to do.

When you are confident in your body, mind and soul it allows you to create a life that feels good from the inside out.

When you have confidence, it allows you to go after what you really want and helps you turn your dreams into realities.

If you want to feel more confident about life, if you want to have the courage to go after your wildest dreams, here are seven things that can help.

1.) Learn to trust your inner voice.

Under the copious thoughts that swim around in your mind is your voice of inner wisdom. This is the voice of your instincts and intuition, and it is always guiding you. The trick is learning to silence your mind so you can hear what your inner voice is trying to say. This voice is always positive and helps you to feel strong because it knows your true potential and what you are truly capable of. The mind, on the other hand, can fill you with fear and doubt. When you have to make decisions in life, try your best to take guidance from your inner voice. Continue reading “7 Ways To Lead A More Confident Life”

16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness

Let’s face it, happiness and work do not tend to go hand in hand. A 2013 Gallup study, which reported data from more than 180 million people, found that just 13% of us consider ourselves to be “happily engaged at work.”

Those who do rate themselves as happy are 36% more motivated, six times more energized, and twice as productive as their unhappy counterparts.

The good news is that just 50% of happiness is influenced by genetics—the rest is up to you.

When it comes to making yourself happy, you need to learn what works for you. Once you discover this, everything else tends to fall into place. And making yourself happy doesn’t just improve your performance; it’s also good for your health.

A critical skill set that happy people tend to have in common is emotional intelligence (EQ). At TalentSmart, we’ve tested the EQs of more than a million people and know what makes high EQ people tick. So, we went digging until we found 16 great ways that emotionally intelligent people create their own happiness at work.

1. Remember That You Are In Charge of Your Own Happiness

You have two choices in any dead-end job: find another one or make the most of the one you’re stuck with. Either way, your happiness is up to you and no one else. Remind yourself of this anytime you’re feeling stuck. Continue reading “16 Ways to Create Your Own Happiness”

8 Ways To Sleep Better When It’s Blistering Hot Outside

Jenni June raised four kids as a single mom, in homes in Oregon and Southern California where she wasn’t able to have air conditioning. She says it was hard to see her kids struggle to sleep in the summer heat.

As a result, she developed some creative tricks to cool down her kids before bedtime, like dampening and freezing a teddy bear that they could take to bed.

“It definitely broke my heart for my kids. It was hard to keep them cool and comfortable, and to protect their sleep,” said June, who now works as a child and family sleep consultant. “When a room is overheated because it’s warm outside, it’s a little more of a challenge to keep your core body temperature cool. And that’s absolutely necessary for us to be able to segue into those deeper, more restorative stages of sleep, and transition from one sleep cycle to the next without full arousal in the middle of the night.”

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7 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Less Stressful

We all have stress in our lives, but imagine if you could reduce your stress levels by making some small, simple and effective changes?

These 7 techniques will help to drastically reduce stress from your life and can easily be integrated into any lifestyle or routine.

1. Go to Bed Earlier and Wake Up Earlier

We all know how important sleep is. Going to bed earlier and waking up earlier can help you start the day off just right. If your mornings are chaotic, it is likely that the rest of your day will also follow this energy. To prevent this from happening, give yourself time in the morning so you can relax and get ready for your day at a more leisurely pace. You can even organize yourself the night before, so you can spend time in the morning doing things that you actually enjoy like reading, journaling, meditating and so on. You can even create your own power morning ritual. Continue reading “7 Easy Ways To Make Your Life Less Stressful”

8 Easy Ways To Completely Change Your Mental Space And Live Your Best Life

The best habits I have found among the most successful CEO’s and Personal Development Experts are:

  • Affirmations/Visualizations: Take five minutes, two times a day to re-affirm yourself with your goals, dreams and desires. Most of us do not achieve our goals not because we are too lazy, or untalented, but more because we forget them and our connection towards them.
    • Go outside: Even if it is for just ten minutes a day, take the time to go for a short walk or sit in a place surrounded by nature for a short while. Take the stress of the day off and you will feel instantly recharged.

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I Meditated Every Day For A Month And Here’s What Happened

I first tried meditation in my office about three years ago, when a group of colleagues met in a conference room for a quick guided session.

I remember that first simple meditation so well: After about 10 minutes of sitting with my eyes closed, in a circle of plastic chairs, I felt like I’d been in a spa for hours. My mind was quiet and my body moved slowly. I walked back to my desk bleary-eyed and relaxed, like I had just consumed a glass of wine.