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March 1, 2012

Peace of Mind Tips and Advice

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Most people would be glad to have some peace of mind in their life. They would be happy to forget their troubles, problems and worries, and enjoy a few moments of inner calmness and freedom from obsessing thoughts.

What is peace of mind? It is a state of inner calmness and tranquility, together with a sense of freedom, when thoughts and worries cease, and there is no stress, strain or fear. Such moments are not so rare. They may be experienced while being engaged in some kind of an absorbing or interesting activity, such as while watching an entertaining movie or TV program, while being with someone you love, while reading a book or while lying on the sand at the beach.

When you are on vacation, do you experience some sort of mental numbness? At this time, the mind becomes calmer, with fewer thoughts and fewer worries. Even while you are deeply asleep, not aware of your thoughts, you are in a state of inner peace.

Such activities, and similar ones, take away the mind from its usual thoughts and worries, and bring about temporary inner peace.

The question is, how to bring more peace of mind into our life, and more importantly, how to experience it in times of trouble. You might also ask whether it is possible to make it a habit, and enjoy it always and under all circumstances. First, you need to learn to bring more moments of inner peace into your daily life. Later, you will be able to experience these moments in times of trouble or difficulties too, when you really need inner calmness and tranquility.

You can turn peace of mind into a natural habit, but to do so, special training is required, through concentration exercises, meditation and other means. Browse this website, and you will find articles, advice and techniques for attaining peace of mind, as well as a special book dedicated to this subject.

Here are a few simple things that can help you:

  • Reduce the amount of time you read the newspapers or watch the news on TV.
  • Stay away from negative conversations and from negative people.
  • Don’t hold grudges. Learn to forget and forgive. Nurturing ill feelings and grievances hurts you and causes lack of sleep.
  • Don’t be jealous of others. Being jealous means that you have low self-esteem and consider yourself inferior to others. Jealousy and low self esteem, often lead to lack of inner peace.
  • Accept what cannot be changed. This saves a lot of time, energy and worries.
  • Every day we face numerous inconveniences, irritations and situations that are beyond our control. If we can change them, that’s fine, but this is not always possible. We must learn to put up with such things and accept them cheerfully.
  • Learn to be more patient and tolerant with people and events.
  • Don’t take everything too personally. Some emotional and mental detachment is desirable. Try to view your life and other people with a little detachment and less involvement. Detachment is not indifference, lack of interest or coldness. It is the ability to think and judge impartially and logically. Don’t worry if again and again you fail to manifest detachment. Just keep trying.
  • Let bygones be gone. Forget the past and concentrate on the present moment. There is no need to evoke unpleasant memories and immerse yourself in them.
  • Practice some concentration exercises. This will help you to reject unpleasant thoughts and worries that steal away your peace of mind.
  • Learn to practice meditation. Even a few minutes a day will make a change in your life.

Inner peace ultimately leads to external peace. By creating peace in our inner world, we bring it into the external world, affecting other people too.

3 ways to instantly build self confidence

Would you like to feel better about yourself? Do you need to find simple ways of building your self esteem so that you can make more money, look and feel better physically, and have better communication with other people? Below we have three simple techniques that have been proven to help build self confidence.

1. Talk to yourself. All of us have a running monologue constantly running in our heads, whether we realize it or not. Everything we see, hear, or touch sparks off immediate dialog in our thoughts. And if we are not careful, this monologue can be filled with many negative messages that are received from television, radio, advertisements, newspapers, and overhearing other people talk to each other.

Negative thoughts literally deplete our mind and body of energy and block the flow of attracting self confidence and self esteem into our lives. Take control of this by using your thoughts to talk to yourself in a positive manner, as often as you can.

For example, one my favorite things to say to myself is “I like myself, I like myself, I like myself”. Now before you think it is cheesy, just try it. I bet that if you go to the mirror right now and repeat out loud “I like myself!” 50 times, it will be impossible to keep from smiling.

2. Be at your best. You will be shocked at just how much more confidence you will have just be looking your best. It just plain feels good when you are wearing your best clothes, are well groomed, and are surrounded by a clean environment. So what if it Saturday? Put on your nice clothes, get the car washed, style that hair! A hairdresser once told me “Everyday is show time!”

Increase your self esteem even more by giving thanks to what you are, how you look, and what you are doing. Say “thank you” to yourself to everything you see, all whom you meet, and each smile that you receive.

3. Fix your posture: How you stand definitely sends out a message to the world, and in turn, you will feel what message internally. There is even scientific evidence that shows how posture affects our mood. Slouching produces a down-low mood. Standing tall and upright will actually life your mood. Help build up your confidence by pulling back those shoulders, stop that slouch, and walk proud. Oh, and a smile won’t hurt!

Overcome Depression Today

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Depression is a difficult disease to live with and can often take time to overcome. . Factors for depression can be physical, emotional or both. Regardless of what the reason is, it is important to find way to combat your depression rather than let it consume you.
It has been proven that diet can have a huge impact on depression. The foods you put in your body can directly affect your mood. Therefore it is important to eat foods that are natural and high in nutrients. If you tend to eat things that are bad for you such as fast food, junk food, and processed foods then you will feel lethargic and low. Eating well clears your head and allows you to function at your best.
Make sure to take your vitamins. Studies have shown that B vitamins, vitamin C, convert amino acids and mineral selenium can lift your mood. These vitamins have actual mood lifting neurotransmitters. People who lack these nutrients tend to be more depressed than those who don’t.
Your serotonin levels dictate your mood and how feel overall. Low levels of serotonin lead to depression as well as several other mood disorders. If your levels of folate are low then your serotonin levels will be low as well. A lack of folate is one the top nutritional deficiencies in the United States. Clinical depression has a direct correlation to a deficiency in folalte.
There are ways to increase your folate levels. Beans and leafy green vegetable are high in folate and vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 supplements can also be taken to increase folate.
Increasing mineral selenium intake can decrease levels of depression as well. Eating fish is a good way to get the selenium you need. Whole grains found in foods such as wheat bread also contain high levels of selenium. If you suffer from depression consider changing your diet and you will see results.

How to Fight Depression and Anxiety

What’s the best way to deal with depressiona and anxiety? Quickly and definitively. Whatever kicks them off, depression and anxiety both are maintained by styles of thinking that magnify the initial insult and alter the workings of the brain in such a way that the longer an episode exists, the less it takes to set off future episodes.

Anxiety and depression are probably two faces of the same coin. Surveys have long shown that 60 to 70 percent of people with major depression also have an anxiety disorder, while half of those suffering anxiety also have symptoms of clinical depression.

The stress response system is overactive in both disorders. Excess activity of the stress response system sends emotional centers of the brain into overdrive so that negative events make a disproportionate impact and hijack rational response systems. You literally can’t think straight. You ruminate over and over about the difficulties and disappointments you encounter until that’s all you can focus on.

Researchers believe that some people react with anxiety to stressful life events, seeing danger lurking ahead everywhere—in applying for a job, asking for a favor, asking for a date. And some go beyond anxiety to become depressed, a kind of shutdown in response to anticipated danger.

People who have either condition typically overestimate the risk in a situation and underestimate their own resources for coping. Sufferers avoid what they fear instead of developing the skills to handle the kinds of situations that make them uncomfortable. Often enough, a lack of social skills is at the root. Some types of anxiety—obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, and social phobia—are particularly associated with depression.

The fact that anxiety usually precedes the development of depression presents a huge opportunity for the prevention of depression. Young people especially are not likely to outgrow anxiety on their own; they need to be taught specific mental skills.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) gets at response patterns central to both conditions. And the drugs most commonly used against depression have also been proved effective against an array of anxiety disorders.

Although medication and CBT are equally effective in reducing anxiety/depression, CBT is better at preventing return of the disorder. Patients like it better, too, because it allows them to feel responsible for their own success. What’s more, the active coping that CBT encourages creates new brain circuits that circumvent the dysfunctional response pathways.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy teaches people to monitor the environment for the troubling emotional landmines that seem to set them off. That actually changes metabolic activity in the cortex, the thinking brain, to modulate mood states. It works from the top down. Drugs, by contrast, work from the bottom up, modulating neurotransmitters in the brainstem, which drive basic emotional behaviors.

Treatment with CBT averages 12 to 15 weeks, and patients can expect to see significant improvement by six weeks. Drug therapy is typically recommended for months, if not years.

Exercise is an important adjunct to any therapy. Exercise directly alters levels of neurohormones involved in circuits of emotion. It calms the hyperactivity of the nervous system and improves function of the brain’s emotion-sensing network. It also improves the ability of the body to tolerate stress. What’s more, it changes people’s perception of themselves, providing a sense of personal mastery and positive self-regard. It also reduces negative thinking.

However, just telling a distressed person to exercise is futile, as depression destroys initiative. The best thing a loved one can do is to simply announce: “Let’s go for a walk.” Then accompany the person out the door.

A Little Black Pen

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