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The Health Benefits of Staying Organized: An Interview With John Linden

Ever since I moved into my very own office — away from the dirty laundry and magazine piles of my home office in the bedroom — I’ve been studying the relationship between space and productivity/mood. As I organize my files, hang paintings, and eliminate the first threats of clutter, I am paying special attention to what promotes health and creativity and what destroys it. Interior designer John Linden knows this subject well. He is a nationally recognized designer of mirrors and other wall décor...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, General, Organization, Stanford, Self-help, John, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Interior, Marie, Kondo, Therese Borchard, John Linden


Free Live Webinar: Who Are You Dating? Learning About Our Patterns

(Please note: This free live webinar will be recorded and a copy made available to all who register.) So, who have you been hanging out with lately? Think about the last person you dated. Have you been dating the same unhealthy type each and every time only packaged a little differently? Have you thought that this time it looks promising, only to be surprised when it didn’t work out again? Have you read every article you can find online about what you should look for next when choosing a date?...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Self-help, Dating, United States, New Jersey, South America, Breakups, Loneliness, Webinar, Relationship Advice, George Washington University, Gabe Howard, Heartbreak, Love Life


Don’t Force Gratitude

In his book What Happy People Know, Dan Baker argues that you can’t be in a state of appreciation and fear, or anxiety, at the same time. He explains: During active appreciation the threatening messages from your amygdala [fear center of the brain] and the anxious instincts of your brainstem are cut off, suddenly and surely, from access to your brain’s neocortex, where they can fester, replicate themselves, and turn your stream of thoughts into a cold river of dread. It is a fact of neurology th...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Happiness, Personal, Self-help, Depression, Arkansas, Oprah, Baker, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rutherford, Dan Baker, Margaret Rutherford, University of California in Berkeley


Learn How to Resolve & Release Emotional Pain

How can empathetic people let loose the burden of other people’s emotions? When your body has disease, illness or painful conditions, suppressed (somatized) emotion can exacerbate symptoms and escalate deterioration or decline. In my last article, I shared a practice for identifying and acknowledging emotional energy to avoid suppressing it into the energy system of the physical body. Validating and embracing emotions that you may have been taught are unacceptable or inappropriate for you, an...
Tags: Psychology, Earth, Empathy, Self-help, Feelings, Emotions, Jeanette Winterson, Publishers, Spirituality & Health, Emotional Pain, Don, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Emotional Energy, Jill Bolte Taylor, Sabaa Tahir


Wearing the Inside Out: Meaningful (Dis)connections

When used for purposes of knowledge acquisition, information sharing, and community involvement, no one would debate the idea that social media can have an enduring positive impact our lives. However, with every scroll, click, like, and share, the digital debris that we collect and store on our internal ‘hard drive’ has a way of leaving its indelible mark on our psyche. And therein lies the bane of our socially mediated existence: Our desire to connect with the energies that make us feel who...
Tags: Psychology, Technology, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Creativity


8 Ways to Find Yourself Before Looking for Your Soulmate

Finally fall in love…for real. You might call them your soulmate. The love of your life. Your life partner. That special person. Many of us are seeking to find someone to love us, unconditionally. We crave our perfect complement — someone with whom we will share the memories of our lives with. So we go all out in the pursuit of this special somebody — our so-called true love. We start dating with loads of optimistic energy, but after looking for some time, we become frustrated and start doubti...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Love, Self-help, Publishers, Self Care, Yourtango, Self Love, Soulmates


Does Calling Depression an Illness Worsen Stigma?

I plead guilty to expounding on the biochemical vulnerabilities and abnormalities in neural wiring of depression to make the case that it is a legitimate illness alongside lupus, breast cancer, or psoriatic arthritis. I thought I was doing a good thing by quoting experts like Peter Kramer, M.D, who believes that because depression can be associated with the loss of volume in parts of the brain, it is the “most devastating disease known to mankind.” My intention, like so many other mental health ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Research, Mental Health, Self-help, Depression, Treatment, Psychiatry, Mental Illness, Stereotypes, Stigma, Joe, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Mood Disorder, Hahn


5 Mental Shifts to Stop Caring What People Think of You

“Care about what other people think and you will always be their prisoner.” – Lao Tzu We carefully pick out what we wear to the gym to make sure we look good in the eyes of the other gym goers. We beat ourselves up after meetings running through everything we said (or didn’t say), worried that coworkers will think we aren’t smart or talented enough. We post only the best picture out of the twenty-seven selfies we took and add a flattering filter to get the most likes to prove to ourselves tha...
Tags: Psychology, Values, Personal, Self-help, Opinions, Feelings, Expectations, Judgments, Publishers, Tiny Buddha, Lao Tzu, Portland Maine, Lapsang Souchong, Byron Katie


A Panic Attack, the Wrestle Within

Samantha felt overwhelmed by her school assignments, her relationships, and her job. She often felt like she was walking a tightrope while holding a pole that contained all of her “should” and “must” type of thoughts. “It’s not a matter of if, but when I’ll fall and crash!” she’d repeat. She would imagine placing her thoughts and feelings in a bottle and shutting the lid tightly. “I place them there so I can cope,” she would declare. She recognized her panic attack cycle: stress, anx...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Samantha, Anxiety And Panic, Carl Young


Why You Should Express Your Sadness

No one likes to feel sad. Sorrow can be hard to contend with and it can seem like it will never go away. Many of us try hard to push those emotions down and ignore them. But ignoring feelings doesn’t make them go away, and trying to do so can often lead to bigger problems down the road. The truth is that you can’t really push emotions out of the way and get rid of them. It simply doesn’t work that way. Trying to do so is generally a matter of distraction and avoidance. Once the distraction...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Depression, Sadness, Emotional Expression


Empower Your Inner Peacekeeper

Inner peace is the centerpiece of your soul. Stress is  a constant, a fact of life, a silent killer. These catchphrases grab our attention because, yep, they sound pretty stressful   —    as though we’d better put on our protective gear, grab our weapons, and prepare for combat… or else . No doubt, our daily exposure to the stress factor can make us feel like we’re in the trenches and quickly losing the war. And when stress eventually retreats, there we stand  –   bloodied and bruis...
Tags: Psychology, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, Tai Chi, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Breathing Exercise, Overstimulation, Peace of Mind, Inner peace, Qigong, Zumba Boot Camp


Why You Should Make This Your 'Depth Year'

When you’re on a quest for self-improvement, there are countless books, apps, methods, etc., out there that promise to “fix” you, or help you become the best you you can be. Bullet journals, meditation apps, yoga studios, books promising to help you “get your shit together”—there’s no shortage of products, services…Read more...
Tags: Personal Finance, Money, Lifehacks, Growth, Self Help, Depth, No Spend


Why We Don’t Perform at Our Best and How to Change That

Riley Jenkins, a consultant at an elite firm, prides herself on responding to her clients’ emails within an hour. She works every Saturday. She never takes a flight that doesn’t have internet access, so she can work (and of course attend to her inbox). She stays up late working on clients’ proposals. She always picks work over her personal life. And her face is always in her phone. But none of this makes her a star employee. And she doesn’t feel any more caught up. Instead, she constantly fe...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Habits, Happiness, Stress, Self-help, Mental Health And Wellness, Industrial And Workplace, Success & Achievement, Riley, Laura Vanderkam, Vanderkam, Doug Lemov, Riley Jenkins


8 Reasons Why Your Depression May Not Be Getting Better

You’ve been to four psychiatrists and tried over a dozen medication combinations. You still wake up with that dreadful knot in your stomach and wonder if you will ever feel better. Some people enjoy a straight path to remission. They get diagnosed. They get a prescription. They feel better. Others’ road to recovery isn’t so linear. It’s full of winding bends and dead-ends. Sometimes it’s entirely blocked. By what? Here are a few impediments to treatment to consider if your symptoms aren’t improv...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sleep, Support, Self-help, Insomnia, Depression, Bipolar, Treatment, Trauma, Johns Hopkins, Medications, Mood Disorder, Johns Hopkins University, Kay Redfield Jamison, National Institute on Drug Abuse NIDA


6 Tell-Tale Signs You’re Not Ready for a Relationship Yet

  Just because you want a relationship, doesn’t mean you’re ready for one. When everyone around you seems to be dating and are in a relationship, you may start asking yourself, “When’s my turn? When will I find love?” Society gives us messages every day of every month that we should be dating by a certain age, having sex by a certain age, married by a certain time, and having children at some point as well. And if you are still single and not hitting these socially-constructed milestones, then...
Tags: Psychology, Relationships, Love, Values, Self-help, Intimacy, Publishers, Lonely, Yourtango, Healthy Relationships, Gary Chapman, Sense Of Purpose, Unhealthy Relationships, 5 Love Languages, Relationship Boundaries


Boiling Mad? It Might Not Be Anger After All

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar, as Freud may or may not have said. That is, sometimes anger is just anger. You’re annoyed or aggravated, because you’re genuinely annoyed or aggravated. But other times, anger sits on the surface while other emotions and past experiences swim underneath. According to Chris Boyd, a psychotherapist in Vancouver, these underlying emotions might include: “fear, shame, rejection, exhaustion, embarrassment, stress, disappointment, powerlessness, envy, sadness...
Tags: Psychology, General, Relationships, Stress, Self-help, Anger Management, Vancouver, Rochester, Anger, Frustration, Freud, Douglas, Mental Health And Wellness, Marriage And Divorce, Boyd, Chris Boyd


A Room of One’s Own: Why We Need Space and Quiet

Virginia Woolf believed that if a woman was to write fiction that she must have money and a room of her own. I would say the same for a mental health blogger or anyone in a creative field. Money can be hard to come by. But a creative soul should at least have a fort or office somewhere in her home or in the neighboring vicinity that is hers alone, where she can hang up a “Do Not Disturb” sign. A space to spread out notes and books and journals for days or months on end until the project is fini...
Tags: Psychology, Productivity, Family, General, Work Life Balance, Independence, Personal, Self-help, Creativity, Bob Dylan, Autonomy, Silence, Learned Helplessness, Virginia Woolf, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration


Podcast: Improve Your Mental Health with Super Powers

 Life is tough. Life with mental illness is tougher. Life with mental illness on top of other conditions and life experiences can seem too tough. Today’s guest shares how she dealt with Tourette Syndrome, OCD, anxiety, depression, and many other things, by tapping into her own super powers. Perhaps you can, too. Subscribe to Our Show! And Remember to Review Us! About Our Guest Everyone has challenges but some people have more than oth...
Tags: Psychology, Facebook, General, Wales, America, Self-help, Anxiety, OCD, Nancy, Vincent, Tourette, Gabe Howard, Jekyll, Hyde, Vince, Brett


6 Mental & Emotional Flaming Hoops You Jump Through for Your Kids

Few parents, if any, will say that parenting is a walk in the park. The truth is that parenting is real, raw, and involves a great deal of hard work. It’s not all rainbows and butterflies. While the happy moments are certainly there, they tend to get overshadowed by moments of anxiety, frustration, and fatigue. Our lives change once kids come on the scene and nothing is ever the same again. From dealing with the toddler tantrums to the taxing teen years and their eventual adulthood, nothing a...
Tags: Psychology, Parenting, Self-help, Guilt, Peer Pressure, Shame, Adolescence, Motivation And Inspiration, Children And Teens, Reneau, Risky Behaviors


6 Mindfulness-Based Techniques to Help You Fall Asleep

You’re all-too familiar with the cracks and indentations of your bedroom ceiling. Because you’ve spent one-too-many sleepless nights staring at it. And staring. And staring. And staring some more. You likely don’t struggle with insomnia or another sleep disorder, but on some nights, it’s simply tough to fall asleep–and stay that way. Psychotherapist Melissa Divaris Thompson, LMFT, noted that it’s tough to slow ourselves down when our minds and nervous systems have been going, going, going...
Tags: Psychology, General, Sleep, New York City, Habits, Stress, Mindfulness, Self-help, San Francisco Bay, Thompson, Mental Health And Wellness, Health-related, Yoga Journal, Williamson, Tate, Denver Colo


Kindness Counts: Here’s Why

“My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.” – Dalai Lama In my opinion, there isn’t enough attention paid to the recommendation to be kind. While we may read or hear the advice to “Be kind to yourself” or “Be kind to others,” how many times do we take the words to heart and act accordingly? Kindness, research shows, has many benefits to both body and mind. It also makes the giver and receiver of the kindness feel better. A deeper dive into how and why kindness counts reveals th...
Tags: Psychology, Self-help, Dalai Lama, University Of California, Motivation And Inspiration, Social Psychology, University of Sussex, Monash University, Journal of Social Psychology, Journal of Oncology Practice, NeuroImage


8 Vital Ways Dads Can Support Their Partners’ Mental Health Postpartum

You’ll be bringing your baby home soon. Or maybe you already have. And you want to be there for your spouse. You know that having a baby not only affects your wife’s body, but it also affects her mental health. You want to be supportive, encouraging and helpful. But you’re not exactly sure how to do that. What does it look like to support your spouse’s mental health? Where do you start? What should you avoid? Here, you’ll find suggestions from Kirsten Brunner, MA, LPC, a perinatal me...
Tags: Psychology, Books, Family, General, Parenting, Friends, Pregnancy, Self-help, Salmon, Child Development, Fatherhood, Mental Health And Wellness, Chapman, Brunner, Postpartum, Gary Chapman


How to Begin Journaling for Stress Relief

The therapeutic benefits of journaling have been scientifically proven. Journaling can be an effective tool for stress management, the processing of difficult emotions, and creating personal growth. It has also been linked to important health benefits like decreasing the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions, increasing cognitive functioning, increasing the immune system, and counteracting the negative effects of stress. If you were curious about it, but aren’t quite sur...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Journaling, Anderson, Anxiety And Panic, National Council of Teachers


When Your Teen is Struggling with Anxiety

Since she was 10 years old, Sophie Riegel felt like something was off. “My friends all seemed so carefree. And I had the weight of the world holding me down.” Riegel writes these words in her beautiful, invaluable new book, Don’t Tell Me to Relax: One Teens’ Journey to Survive Anxiety (And How You Can Too). Shortly after, in middle school, Riegel was diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), trichotillomania, generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. As a parent, you a...
Tags: Psychology, Family, Parenting, Disorders, Self-help, Anxiety, OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Adolescence, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Panic Disorder, Children And Teens, Natasha Daniels, Daniel, Duke University


How Hard Should You Try with Depression?

With depression we are told to “fake it til we make it,” to “act as if,” to go through the motions until we can feel again. But what if doing so sabotages your health? What if you push yourself straight into a wall of debilitating symptoms? Conversely, what if efforts to baby yourself keep you where you are? This issue of knowing when to push yourself and when to coddle is undoubtedly one of the most challenging aspects of recovery from depression. I ask myself this question a few times a day. ...
Tags: Psychology, General, Self-help, Depression, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Brain And Behavior, Rumination, Emotional Processing


The Power of Creativity in Helping Us to (Kind of) Cope

The intensity of Maureen “Marzi” Wilson’s anxiety varies day to day. Some days, it’s a “mild uneasiness,” a nagging feeling that she’s forgotten something important. “Other days, it’s closer to terror, a horrible premonition that something catastrophic is imminent,” she said. The outward expression varies, too. Sometimes, she fidgets. Other times, she’s “sitting in the corner of a closet wrapped in a blanket.” Because “some days are harder than others,” she said. Wilson has been strugg...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Disorders, Stress, Self-help, Anxiety, Creativity, Wilson, Mental Health And Wellness, Anxiety And Panic, Inspiration & Hope, Coping Skills, Overwhelm, Emotion Regulation, Marzi


4 Strategies to Foster Self-Compassion

“You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” ~ Quote often attributed to Buddha Nurturing self-compassion is by far the most difficult part of my recovery from depression because the self-hater is loudest when my mood dips, charging me to try harder, be tougher, and comparing ...
Tags: Psychology, Books, General, Happiness, Vulnerability, Personal, Austin, Self-help, Resilience, Shame, Perfectionism, Personal Growth, Self-compassion, Mental Health And Wellness, Motivation And Inspiration, Inspiration & Hope


How Journaling Can Teach You to Love Your Body

Journaling can transform not only my physical health, but also emotional and spiritual health. I didn’t always love my body. In fact, for years, I hardly thought about it at all. My body was a machine that I worked relentlessly and neglected constantly. It was simply a tool that my brain used to get where it needed to go. I paid no mind to aching muscles, searing headaches and other signs of stress and exhaustion. I ignored my body’s needs until a major health challenge forced me to stop and rec...
Tags: Psychology, Habits, Personal, Mindfulness, Self-help, Body Image, Body, Self-esteem, Emotional Health, University Of Arizona, Journaling, Publishers, Health-related, Spirituality & Health, Physical Health, Exercise & Fitness


How to Resist Negative Social Contagion

Researchers have discovered that people are remarkably responsive to what other members of their social group are doing. “Social Contagion” is the term social psychologists use to describe the tendency of a behavior, attitude or belief to spread among people who are close to each other. As much as we may not want to believe it, what we think everybody else thinks or does matters to us. Family harmony often depends on a certain level of conformity. We make friends based more on similarity tha...
Tags: Psychology, Communication, Self-help, Negativity, Young, Social Contagion, Ways to Resist Negative Contagion Resolve


Psychology Around the Net: February 23, 2019

This week’s Psychology Around the Net has the latest on a new website providing professional and unbiased reviews of mental health apps and other digital tools, what optimists do differently (and the changes you can make to become more optimistic), how setting realistic goals affects your well-being, and more. Enjoy! PsyberGuide Seeks to Provide Unbiased Reviews of Mental Health Apps & Digital Tools: Mental health apps and other digital tools have been on the rise for several years now, and at ...
Tags: Psychology, Health, Work, Uber, Image, Family, Technology, Study, Goals, Wealth, Research, Self-help, Schizophrenia, Optimism, Fame, Community