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7 Winter Depression Busters

We’ve entered the “dark ages” as the midshipmen at the Naval Academy say — the weeks between Christmas break and Spring break when everyone turns a pasty white and the sidewalks are full of ugly slush. The lack of sunlight and the shorter days don’t help the pursuit of sanity. However, if you approach this time of year with a dose of creativity and enthusiasm, you need not fall down the rabbit hole of depression. Here are some ideas to keep your mood sunny when the weather is anything but. 1....
Tags: Psychology, General, Noah, Depression, Creativity, Epa, University of Pennsylvania, Ucla, Omega, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Martin Seligman, Harvard Medical School, Fernandez, Naval Academy, Maddock


5 Questions for Self-Growth in the New Year

The adrenaline that pushed you through December has worn off and you’re feeling the January blahs. That’s not uncommon. In fact, January 24 is on record as being the most depressing day of the year, due to a combination a factors: Christmas bills, broken resolutions, and dark and dreary weather. However, if you are brave enough to sit with the uncomfortable feelings of this depressing time of year, January can be a period of important personal growth. With a new year, we get a blank page of pap...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Adam Sandler, New Year's, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, New Year's Resolution, Overwhelm, Carlile, Schwartz


5 Questions for Self-Growth for a New Year

The adrenaline that pushed you through December has worn off and you’re feeling the January blahs. That’s not uncommon. In fact, January 24 is on record as being the most depressing day of the year, due to a combination a factors: Christmas bills, broken resolutions, and dark and dreary weather. However, if you are brave enough to sit with the uncomfortable feelings of this depressing time of year, January can be a period of important personal growth. With a new year, we get a blank page of pap...
Tags: Psychology, Research, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Adam Sandler, New Year's, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, New Year's Resolution, Overwhelm, Carlile, Schwartz


Needed Self Care for the New Year

As adults the holidays can be a blur and cause us to lose sight of good habits and healthy behavior. We rush here and rush there trying to make sure we find the right gift, visit with all the friends and family, squeeze in holiday parties and cookie exchanges, and all while trying to keep up the “holiday spirit.” It’s no wonder that by the time the new year arrives we feel exhausted, cranky and just done with everything. This time of year is supposed to be fun and full of joy and camaraderie...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Stress, New Year's, Self-compassion, Motivation And Inspiration, Holiday Coping, Self Care, New Year's Resolution, Linda


7 Tips to Stay Focused and Achieve Peace of Mind 

If you’ve been struggling with anxiety, stress, or depression then the phrase “peace of mind” might sound like something from a fairytale. But I can assure you that peace of mind really does exist. And not only that, it’s something that you can accomplish in your own life. Some people mistakenly believe that peace of mind is something that you only experience when things in your life are trouble-free, but that’s not true.  Peace of mind and focus go hand-in-hand. Therefore, when you learn ...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Meditation, Mindfulness, Self-help, Stress Reduction, Focus, Motivation And Inspiration, Don, Merriam Webster, Peace of Mind


Intention, Action and Accountability to Accomplish Your Goals

I don’t create New Year’s Resolutions  because, for myself and most others I know, they don’t last. As we have just crossed the threshold from 2018 to 2019, this topic is fresh on people’s radar. Diets, gym membership and smoking cessation programs take upticks at this time of year. At my gym where I work out 3-4 times a week, I notice that the machines are more occupied right before and right after Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve/Day. Does motivation run higher at those times...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Navy Seals, Friends, Habits, Accountability, Action, Personal, Exercise, Intention, Perfectionism, New Year's, Motivation And Inspiration, New Year's Resolution, Naval, Adm William H McRaven


9 Tips for Breaking Out of a Rut

Lately, you’ve felt utterly uninspired. Lately, your days have been bland, dull and boring. It’s as though you’re a robot stuck on the same setting and program. Every. Single. Day. Maybe everything feels like one big slog. And you’re not sure what to do about it. You feel trapped, restless, frustrated, or overwhelmed. In other words, you’re in a rut. Ruts can have a variety of causes. Sometimes, something has simply gotten old. For instance, a once healthy and fulfilling routine, over time, ca...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, General, Shonda Rhimes, Habits, Happiness, Inspiration, Social Media, Self-help, Rochester, Journaling, Journal, Boundaries, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Success & Achievement


6 Life Lessons I Learned Last Year

Danish philosopher and theologian Søren Kierkegaard once wrote, “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” The beginning of a new year is an appropriate time to look back over the lessons learned from the mistakes and experiences of previous months. In 2018, I wrote two letters of resignation, grieved the ending of two significant relationships, and spent several weeks on a hospital waiting list for severe depression and weight loss. I fumbled, got lost, and confront...
Tags: Psychology, Suicide, Work Life Balance, Communication, Stress, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Self-esteem, Psychotherapy, Perfectionism, New Year's, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Marriage And Divorce


My Top 10 Tips to Start the New Year Right

“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering ‘It will be happier’…” – Alfred Lord Tennyson Welcome to 2019. It’s time to start the New Year right. All the procrastination , stuffing yourself, indulging to excess, staying up too late — that’s got to go. Replace those bad habits and pure laziness with healthier behaviors. Trust me. It’s not that difficult. I’ve done each of these tips myself and can attest to their effectiveness. So, if you want to jumpstart a patt...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, New Year's, Personal Growth, Motivation And Inspiration, New Year's Resolution, Life Changes, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Habit Change


5 Sure-Fire Ways to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

The new year is here and you know what’s coming. Family members, friends and coworkers will ask, “What are your resolutions this year?” Usually it’s just an idle conversation starter. But sometimes they are seriously interested, which may mean to you that you need to get serious about making one. Or not. The very idea may make you annoyed, anxious or even depressed. Whatever your reaction, the questions do raise awareness of the yearly ritual. Maybe, just maybe, it’s time to do something to ...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Habits, Self-help, New Year's, Personal Growth, Motivation And Inspiration, Holiday Coping, Success & Achievement, Life Change, Rumination, New Year's Resolution, Janus, Roman god Janus, Overthinking


25 Powerful Prompts to Help You Pick Your New Year’s Resolution

Often we pick resolutions that we think we should do. We should put ourselves on a diet and start going to the gym. We should do anything we can to lose weight. We should stop eating ______. We should get organized. We should have a capsule wardrobe. We should make more money. We should go for the promotion. We should read a book a week. We should be ________ or ________. And, not surprisingly, we don’t stick to these resolutions. Because who wants to follow some arbitrary goal? Who wants to fo...
Tags: Psychology, General, Writing, Habits, Happiness, Mindfulness, Self-help, Creativity, Creative writing, Journaling, Gillette, New Year's, Personal Growth, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Holiday Coping


Writing for Bliss in the New Year

One of the many beautiful aspects about the beginning of a new year is that it can serve as an inspiration for change, and a new way of doing and thinking about things. It can also be an excellent time to kick-start a daily writing practice. I say practice , because like meditation, when you’re starting to write, it’s best to do so every day so that you get in the rhythm of writing. Why Write? Many people write for themselves as a means of self-discovery and transformation. Others may wr...
Tags: Psychology, New York, Bliss, Creativity, New Year's, Ann Arbor, Motivation And Inspiration, Pennebaker, Shakti Gawain, André Breton, Shaefer, Elizabeth Maynard Shaefer, Guilford Press Raab, Darkness Berkeley


Top 10 Tips on How to Beat the After-Christmas Blues

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens After all the wrapping paper, bows and decorations are put away, all the big holiday meals a thing of the past, and the thought of all the credit card bills coming due to pay for everything, if you’re feeling a bit low, you’re not alone. The after-Christmas blues affect everyone in different ways, but it does seem to be hard to escape. It doesn’t have to linger, though, and here are my top 10 tips on ho...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Charles Dickens, New Year's, Motivation And Inspiration, Holiday Coping, Facebook Twitter Instagram


Transitions: Outward Appearances Do Not Always Reflect the Struggles Within

Transitions can be hard. All of us go through many uncharted periods during our lifetime whether it is going to college; changing a career; becoming a parent; caring for parents; enduring a breakup or grieving the loss of a loved one. These life shifts are unavoidable. Acknowledging and understanding them can help you navigate the changes. One the most difficult times in my life was transitioning out of a sport I loved. I was a professional figure skater. My commitment and love for skating w...
Tags: Psychology, Personal, Self-help, Resilience, Professional, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Coping Skills, Life Changes, Kübler Ross


How Cleaning Clutter Could Clear Your Mind

We are acquisitive beings. We collect items that show the world who we are and what we value. As I look around my home, I see books. Lots and lots of books. Nearly each room contains them. Clearly, they matter to me. I have more of them than any other item. I have read most of them cover to cover and some await perusal, for pleasure and work. My home is light and airy, colorfully and creatively decorated, kind of like its owner. Unlikely that anyone would call me a hoarder, unless they lived...
Tags: Psychology, Organization, Habits, Happiness, Personal, Relaxation, Philadelphia, Clutter, Personal Growth, Motivation And Inspiration, Memory And Perception, Marie Kondo, Kondo, Homestead Florida, KonMari Method, Princeton University Neuroscience Institute


Key Factors in Being a Better Leader

Leadership is not about your hierarchical role — parent, boss, teacher, elected official. It is not about being better or smarter than anybody else, nor is it about comparing oneself in relation to anybody else in any way. It is about how you act. People who practice the following actions naturally become better leaders. That is to say, others will look to them in a healthy way. On the flipside, even people who possess some type of hierarchical authority may struggle to be effective if they i...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Wtf, Leadership, Success, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Motivation And Inspiration, Industrial And Workplace, Don


How to Make the Most of Constructive Self-Criticism

Self-criticism is at the heart of so many mental health issues. When you’re constantly feeding yourself negative messages, it can be hard to find the energy you need to get through the day or to challenge yourself in meaningful ways. But this view of criticism is narrow and the solutions that most people spout — “Just be more positive! Don’t be so hard on yourself!” — don’t show us how to turn criticism into a tool that works for us, rather than against us. Here’s why criticism is a good th...
Tags: Psychology, Judgment, Habits, Happiness, Self-esteem, Criticism, Perfectionism, Self-compassion, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Constructive Criticism


Stop Being the Resented Thanksgiving Guest

You know who you are. You’re the person at Thanksgiving who everyone at wishes was not there. They think you are rude or critical. They think you drink and say far too much. Or that you tell the same stories and jokes that others find boring. You’ve been told you scare the little kids and offend the other guests with your opinions. And, yet, here you are once again, the unwelcome Thanksgiving guest others must put up with. Yes. There are families that are so toxic that it is best to just s...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Thanksgiving, Holidays, Habits, Mindfulness, Arguments, Narcissism, Resentment, Selfishness, Motivation And Inspiration, Holiday Coping, Family Tradition, Grudges, Family Feuds, Family Discord


Stepping Out of the “I” of the Storm: How to Mindfully Get Out of Our Own Way

Consider this scenario that happened to me recently. I had a very important phone conference scheduled with someone at 10 a.m., and I had been awaiting this call with some anticipation and excitement. We had never spoken, but this conversation involved an important professional opportunity for me. I scheduled my morning to make sure I would be available at this time, uninterrupted. I sat waiting for the call, but the person did not call. After a few minutes, I was puzzled, then became increasin...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Ego, Motivation And Inspiration


The Positive Side of Fear

How often have you heard that “magic happens outside the comfort zone”? Well, maybe not that exact line, per se, but there seems to be various reiterations of that sentiment. They say to not let fear stand in our way. To rise above. To not let fear of falling bring us down(I think that was actually a song lyric from my college graduation montage.) In any case, the self-help psychology market often urges us to transcend our fears and to conquer what’s in front of us. And for the most part, tha...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Personal, Self-help, Anxiety, Fear, Worry, Motivation And Inspiration, Ny Times, Rankin, Lauren, Lissa Rankin


Can Opening to Your Own Creative Gifts Make You a Happier Human Being?

“You cannot use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou Are you an Imaginista? A Creativa? An Inspirista? A Wild Enthusiast? If you had your way, would life be lived out loud, in Technicolor, vibrantly glowing, tap dancing to a rhythm that you alone can hear? And then, would you invite people to dance, sing and play along with you? Sadly, many were encouraged to lip synch, color inside the lines, stay inside the box, play it safe, and keep their light under...
Tags: Psychology, Happiness, Inspiration, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Pablo Picasso, Maya Angelou, Motivation And Inspiration, Creative Abilities, Celtic Cajun Woodstock


How to Create Greater Meaning and Purpose in Our Daily Lives

Sometimes we can learn very helpful life lessons from unexpected places. I had an interesting conversation with one of my nieces about her acting class, and began thinking about how the skills she is working on there might apply to all of our lives.  She was sharing with me how she is learning to (1) identify and develop her character’s motivation before she begins any scene; and (2) use techniques to make each scene completely fresh, as if it was unfolding in the moment and not coming from a ...
Tags: Psychology, Motivation, Books, Inspiration, Mindfulness, Self-help, Creativity, Purpose, Motivation And Inspiration, Contentment, Personal Values, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Existential Question


Procrastinate Better

What does “procrastinating better” look like? Hint: Sometimes it looks like laziness, then you take action and turn it around. “ I can’t do this,” Louisa complained.  “It’s too hard.” Any task that seems too hard, Louisa doesn’t do. Push her and she’ll just yell at you, “get off my back.” Hence, all kinds of tasks, from cleaning out a closet to revising her resume remain undone. Now let’s look at Ann . “I can’t do this,”  Ann sighed.  “It’s too hard; it will take  forever. ...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, ANN, Laziness, Motivation And Inspiration, Anxious Thoughts, Overwhelm, Louisa, Yay, Procrastinate, Cultivating Optimism


On Positive Motivation and Accountability

“Positive” motivation arises from the need to seek out what can be experienced, i n contrast to “negative” motivation that is born out of the need to avoid something. In many ways, negative motivation is like being pushed from the behind (the past) while positive motivation is like being pulled by the future. Accessing  meaningful  motivation — not simply the kind of motivation that gets us to work each morning (which, believe me, is still incredibly important!) — is a lifelong challenge, ...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Perfectionism, Motivation And Inspiration, Ethics & Morality, Thom Rutledge


Getting Beyond “Get Over It”: Supporting the Emotional Development of Boys

Considering the idea that boys, as opposed to girls, “get over it” in terms of relationship conflicts, things not going their way, disappointment, and the associated feelings, there is a process reinforcing this myth that needs to come to light. The process both overtly and covertly points boys in the direction of “it doesn’t matter” when the emotionally challenging experiences are left disconnected in terms of skills and personal narrative. In the important formative years of childhood, we ...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Students, Parenting, Stress, Agitation, Child Development, Dallas, Anger, Emotional Support, Brain And Behavior, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Men's Issues, Ethics & Morality, Panepinto


Searching for Happiness Can Become a Barrier to Your Happiness

Huh?  Ok, the title of this article may appear somewhat confusing, but let’s try reading it again. Only this time look deeper into what it might mean.  I think we can all agree that we not only want our lives to be happy, but that we are all in search of some kind of happiness. I mean, who doesn’t want to be happy? Happy is subjective, of course. How you define happiness may be different from how I define it. We have all heard the saying that one man’s happiness is another man’s burden. ...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Disappointment, Intrusive Thoughts, Perfectionism, Self-compassion, Motivation And Inspiration, CBT


Let Go of Perfectionism with These 3 Shifts

In the real world there are no gold stars for effort or report cards to gauge your progress. Yet a common mistake is treating work like school. As CEO and author, Sallie Krawcheck points out, “Let’s not confuse what made us successful in school for what can make us successful in our careers.” While an honor roll mindset can translate into a drive to succeed that lands you deals and accolades, it can easily lead to workaholism and burnout. The industriousness that served you well in school ma...
Tags: Psychology, General, Students, College, Happiness, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Self-esteem, Performance Anxiety, Women's Issues, Perfectionism, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Inspiration & Hope


The Road to Resilience

Do you ever get stuck in a funk?   You feel miserable. The unexpected has happened. Too much is expected of you. You can’t keep up. So what do you do? You crawl back into bed (either literally or figuratively), telling yourself, “I can never keep up; I’ll always be stuck in this misery.”  Not only do you feel miserable; you keep obsessing about the “fact” that you feel miserable.” If you have ever felt like this, I want to tell you that the first thing you need to do to feel bett...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Trauma, Motivation And Inspiration, Linda Sapadin


Procrastination & Time Wasting: How to Temper Fear-Based Motivation

“I have to write this article,” I implore myself. “There is no excuse not to churn out 500 words; this Psych Central article isn’t going to write itself.” And then I surf the web — alternating between ESPN, CNN, and the New York Times before, much to my head-shaking dismay, circling back to ESPN to research my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes. Again. And as for that published article, well, we are still in the proverbial “brainstorming” stage. What explains my flagging motivation — even when I do want t...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Motivation, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Procrastination, Netflix, New York Times, Iowa, Espn, Writer's Block, Motivation And Inspiration, Gretchen Rubin, Iowa Hawkeyes, Knute Rockne


Why ‘Follow Your Passion’ Isn’t the Best Career Advice After All

It’s an often quoted phrase, “follow your passion,” and it’s becoming even more prevalent career advice for both career changers and job seekers who aren’t sure what they should be doing. The idea being that if you follow your passion you’ll ultimately find a line of work that is fulfilling for you. Online entrepreneur communities are rife with motivational quotes from successful individuals, across a range of backgrounds and industries, all with a very similar message:  “ Do what you love...
Tags: Psychology, Stanford, Happiness, Work Life Balance, Self-help, Creativity, New York Times, Career Advice, Malcolm Gladwell, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope, Industrial And Workplace, Elaine, Yale NUS College, Paul O'Keefe, Passionate Interest