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Facts About Brain and Meditation
Category: Blog,Recommended,Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0
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You will be surprised by how a simple daily meditation session affects one’s life so powerfully! If you type in Google “facts about brain and meditation”, you will get tons of research and scientific studies on meditation and how it affects your brain. But when it’s all summed into a sentence, we can freely say that meditation can transform almost every area of your life.

5 Interesting Facts About Brain and Meditation

Here are 5 scientifically proven facts of how meditation rewires your brain for success, peace, and happiness.

#1: Stress Reduction

Is the weight of the entire world on your back? Did you know that meditation effectively reduces anxiety and stress? Studies show that Zen-type and mindfulness meditation drastically lower the levels of stress if practiced regularly for 3 months. There are also studies that explain the literal density reduction of the brain’s tissue associated with worrying and anxiety. If you want to lower the amounts of stress in your life, meditation might just be the answer.

SourcesScienceDirectNCBIThe American Journal of Psychiatry, Wiley Online Library.

#2: Increased Sense of Well-being

Do you think that your life should be filled with energy and happiness? Then know that mindfulness meditation boosts your psychological functioning. Furthermore, your sense of well-being improves as well. In addition, studies explain how tai chi and yoga have significant therapeutic effects as well as how they increase the quality of life.

Sources: ScienceDirect, ResearchGate, US National Library of Medicine, Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

#3: Increased Sense of Empathy and Connection

Do you think that you’ve disconnected from your closest ones? Compassion Meditation can offer you a solution for that disconnected state of mind. The type of meditation in question is more known as Metta (Love and kindness). This meditation is compassion-based and it enhances brain areas associated with empathy and mental processing. In addition, this meditation also increases your sense of social connectedness.

SourcesUS National Library of Medicine, US National Library of Medicine.

#4: Improved Focus

Do you think that you need some focus in your life? According to some studies, meditation increases your ability to perform tasks that need you to focus by improving your cognition. For example, the best focus improving meditations include Hindu Meditation, Sufi Meditation, Tibetan Buddhist Meditation, Vipassana, and Transcendental Meditation. It is up to you to discover which one replaces your cup of coffee best.

SourcesThe Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, ResearchGate.

Interesting Facts About Brain and Meditation – Fact #5 – Improved Relationship

Do you feel like your relationship needs some strengthening? Did you know that meditation allows you to relate to others better? There’s good news because by improving how you empathize and improving your ability to register the varying cues from other people’s feelings, you can relate to others in a much deeper way than before. Furthermore, meditation boosts your emotional stability, which means that you will fall under negative people’s influence lesser.


5 Habits of Happy People
Category: Blog,MENTAL HEALTH,Recommended,Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0

Is the question “Am I really happy?” bothering you? Do you think that you could be happier? Do you have a problem with defining when you are actually happy and when not? Here are 5 habits of happy people so that you definitely know the next time you are happy and relax and enjoy the moment!

 

Living in the Moment

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The modern way of living makes us running at lightspeed with our pants on fire. Therefore, there’s little or no time to actually enjoy the moment when an opportunity arises. Sure, you probably have a walk to clear your mind or sit in the park, but even then, are you actually enjoying the moment or creating a new list of things you have to do when you get back home?

Happy people tend to enjoy their moments of happiness. There’s nothing bad in, for example, relaxing and savoring moments when you feel relaxed, without thinking about the problems. They won’t run away, no one else will solve them for you, so why not indulge yourself, put them aside for a moment and truly be happy, even if it’s just for a moment.

 

Being Resilient and Flexible

 

The definition of being resilient is being able to get back on your feet and successfully continue where you left off after a setback. Can you say “That’s me!”? Not many can, unfortunately. But, happy people can! When people are happy, when their plans go downhill, they are capable of not focusing on the bad and stopping in their tracks.

On the contrary, happy people get even more motivated to reach the goal they set even if the whole world is against them. Okay, maybe they won’t get back in the track right away, but planning when to come back is better than drowning yourself in sorrow because your plan misfired, right?

 

Staying Calm

When people lessen their stress level by managing to stay calm, they automatically feel better and are happier about themselves. Simple as that! Sure, it takes a lot of self-control to keep it verbal, not physical, and to keep a calm tone than to burst into flames.

Just think about it, were you ever in a situation where you lost your nerve and said or did something you regretted later? Did you think “I could have handled this differently and remained calm…” Well, just remember this next time stress makes you want to erupt and trust us, you will be much happier.

Being Good to Yourself

Do you know how airline companies tell you to “In case of emergency, please put the oxygen mask on yourself then help the person next to you do the same thing.” These drills are not designed just like that, they are well planned and there’s a reason why they are the way they are. The point of the story is – You can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Therefore, if you want to be happy, you have to learn how to be good to yourself. Only after you are happy, you can make people around you happy as well. With this in mind, the next time you want to treat yourself with something that makes you happy, go for it! Don’t put your happiness down because you think others come first. Sure, in many cases they do (kids, loved ones, family). If you keep neglecting your happiness, in the long run, it will be bad for both you and the ones that you care for.

 

Doing Nothing is Also One of the Habits of Happy People

First of all, let’s not confuse Doing nothing with being lazy! There’s nothing wrong with allowing yourself to do nothing from time to time. Do you feel tired and want to spend the day in your PJs? Just binge-watching your favorite show? Go for it! Just don’t turn it into a habit because it will turn into laziness instead of allowing yourself to recharge your batteries.

Did you know that in Japan, the higher your responsibilities are at work, the bigger your garden is? They realized that huge amounts of stress are bad for productivity and overall happiness, so their garden is their place of Zen and a place where you go to do nothing except sit, relax, and enjoy the view. Therefore, you see what we mean when we say – Doing nothing from time to time hugely affects your happiness and is one of the habits of happy people.


How Smartphones Affect Mental Health
Category: Articles,Blog,Recommended,Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0

So, how smartphones affect mental health and is Smartphone addiction a real thing? We are all aware of how smartphones have become an essential part of our everyday lives. It doesn’t matter where you are, work, school, home, out, or wherever we are, smartphones are usually in our hands most of our time. Unlike before, phones have literally become smarter and now you can check on your friends, news, or find some information by just touching the screen of your phone. This is an amazing technological achievement but it does not come without a price, unfortunately. Smartphone addiction! Keep on reading to find out more.

 

Dopamine Chasing

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Just as any other addiction, the craving for something (a smartphone in this case) is a direct result of brain chemical interplay, but mostly because of dopamine. As you might already know, this neurotransmitter is the “I feel great” message that is carried on through the brain synapses when we do something we really like. Dopamine is in charge of reward-seeking behavior and motivation, as well as for a neuroplastic change, which is the main culprit in forming addictive habits.

So, what does your Smartphone have to do with dopamine and neuroplastic change in your brain? Well, it’s like this: Every time your phone rings, or you get some other notification (Facebook, Viber, Messenger, and so on) you actually get a shot of dopamine from your brain. And, since dopamine is the “happy pill”, in time, in order to get more “shots” you start checking your phone more often, and end up with an addiction in the end. You lose interest in other activities and find yourself spending way too much time looking at your Smartphone and that can be damaging to your mental health.

Here’s why…

Anxiety

 

Believe it or not, many people sense severe anxiety when they don’t know where their Smartphone is. Or when the battery is empty and they can’t stay “connected”, or when there’s no Wi-Fi… Not being close to your Smartphone can even display withdrawal-like symptoms we see with heroin addicts.

Overuse of smart devices is a psychological dependency, with anxiety as most dominant.

 

Sleep Disturbances

Disrupted sleep is a common side effect of constant Smartphone use. When you use your Smartphone in bed, before bedtime, the blue light that comes off the phone’s screen is actually making your brain believe that it’s day time. This further causes a lack of melatonin hormone production, and you don’t feel sleepy despite how tired you are. In the long run, this is not good for neither your brain nor your body.

 

Relationship Stress

 

Despite the popular belief that Smartphones make us closer to each other, they are actually doing the opposite. People tend to check on their phones during dates, family meals, and so on… This only makes the other side (partner, family member, friend) feel left out and widens the gap. Being too attached to a phone creates problems in friendships and relationships. This further leads to isolation and mental stress.

Depression

You will probably be surprised by finding out that science links smartphone usage with rising teenage suicide and depression rates. There’s also a study saying that teenagers who use their smartphones all the time are not as happy as teens who spend most of their time without being glued to a screen.

However, since we live in an era that requires us to have access to information, being without a phone completely can also cause depression. The happiest teens and people, in general, are those who have an ideal balance between spending time with the phone and without it. A normal smartphone use would be about an hour daily.

 

Reduced Productivity and Attention

 

Don’t you find it hard to concentrate on something when your phone keeps beeping all the time? Whether we are talking about messages, Facebook or other social media notifications, phones are quite a distraction. Therefore, it’s hard not to link attention and productivity problems with smartphone use. And, the science agrees because there have been experiments proving that people who excessively use smartphones have less gray matter in brain areas that are in charge of attention.

 

Conclusion

So, how do you know that you have a problem when it comes to smartphones? How do you know that this gadget is affecting your mental health? If you become anxious when separated from your phone and happier when glued to the screen than when engaging real-life, you have a problem that can seriously affect your mental health.

However, not everything is so dark because all the research and studies are focused on excessive phone use not moderate to a minimum. Also, it is still not clear if mental health symptoms are caused by heavy smartphone usage or the other way around. It is possible that people with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety have the need to stay connected to social media because they are looking for attention… In any case, finding a balance between smartphones and real-life is the key as with everything else in life.

 

 

 


11 Facts About Anxiety
Category: Blog,Recommended,Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0

Are you unsure that you might be having anxiety issues? Do you know someone who suffers from anxiety attacks and needs your help? In order to understand this problem better, you must arm yourself with facts. Here are 11 facts about anxiety that will give you an insight into the subject. This way, you can understand better what you are dealing with.

Facts About Anxiety

11 facts about anxiety

#1

When dealing with disorders such as anxiety, you have to understand that this disorder is not to be confused with anxiousness or nervousness as it involves excessive anxiety or fear. Also, anxiety makes you react out of proportions. And, in most cases, it interferes with how you perform on your job, or in school. Or how you interact with your family and loved ones.

#2

With anxiety, you will be feeling both emotional and physical symptoms. Those symptoms include chronic fatigue, restlessness, dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and worrying and fear only become worse over time.

#3

In some cases, anxiety disorder doesn’t come alone and can include other disorders. For example, selective mutism, social anxiety, separation anxiety disorder, specific phobias, and panic disorder.

#4

Among all mental disorders known to doctors, anxiety disorder is the most common one. Also, it hits almost 30% of adult people, in at least one point in their lives.

#5

When it comes to America, Anxiety disorder affects around 7 million adults. Furthermore, women have 2 to 1 odds of suffering from an anxiety disorder, when compared with men.

#6

“Interestingly” enough, nearly half the Americans diagnosed with depression, suffer from an anxiety disorder as well.

#7

Anxiety disorder has closely related disorders that have similar symptoms. Those related disorders include OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), chronic pain, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), BDD (body dysmorphic disorder), bipolar disorder, sleep disorder, and an eating disorder.

#8

Unfortunately, even though anxiety discord is highly treatable, just one-third of people suffering from it receive a treatment that is fully adequate.

#9

There are numerous factors that can trigger the onset of an anxiety disorder. Those factors include a family history of mental health issues, withdrawal from drugs or alcohol, stress due to an illness, stress buildup, and trauma.

#10

When it comes to kids and teenagers, up to 9% of them suffer from anxiety disorders. Also, many symptoms are already developing under 21 years of age.

#11

Up to this year, nearly 290 million people from all over the world suffer (or suffered at one point in their lives) from an anxiety disorder. This fact alone makes this illness the most prevalent mental health disorder on our planet.


Better Communication Is The Key For Better Relationships And Overall Social Life. Find Out The Best Ways To Achieve It And Improve It
Category: Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0

Communication has an essential role in our life. It has a massive impact on our social life and our level of happiness and wellbeing. It shapes our life and all its parts. So it is not a surprise when you notice the amount of weight it carries on.

The Beginnings of Communication, Its Importance, And Consequences

Communication has always played an essential role in the lives of all beings on the planet from primitive organisms, and animals to modern beings like us – humans. There has always been present a strong need to communicate. We need to express our emotions because we need to be heard and understood by other people.

Communication In Daily Life

In everyday activities, one continually communicates.
We do it all the time, on the street, passing by people, in shops with friends and relatives. Communication, both non-verbal and verbal always takes place. This is why it is considered the basis of human relations. With all these facts, it is easy to notice that such importance puts a lot of stress to it.

Necessity Or Need

Communication is not only a necessity to perform our daily tasks, but communication is also often an emotional and psychological need. We want to talk to people whom we find close and significant in our life. It is a tool to get more intimate, to get the understanding, and attention.

But communication is not necessarily satisfying and beneficial. Sometimes communication is burdened with various disagreements, misunderstandings and becomes a stumbling block and the root cause of problems. It is what we call – poor communication. It causes conflicts, and it can be harmful to our relationships with other people.

Poor communication, especially among spouses, or in a relationship, can cause many emotional scars, alienation, depression, as well as other psychological problems.

When Communication Becomes A Problem

What to do when communication becomes a source of trouble, not a source of joy?
Or even worse – when communication between loved ones is completely gone?
It most often results in numerous psychological problems and emotional difficulties.

This type of behavior is also noticeable in children, most commonly between teenagers and parents, amongst couples or friends.
Lack of communication can cause severe suffering for both sides of the conflict.

How To Solve The Need For Meaningful Communication?

If a person has unresolved conflicts or broken communication with loved ones, he/she can solve it in different ways. But first of all, it is necessary to recognize that the problem exists. That problem must be addressed and evaluated.

The most effective way would be if both parties recognize their mistakes and agree to work on improving their listening skills. One of the methods is to learn to express emotions without compromising the other party.
In severe and more extreme cases, there are experts, counselors, psychotherapists who can help.

They can facilitate the whole process and lead to re-approaching and breaking of communication barriers.

 

New People, New Connections And Communication

What happens if a person feels lonely?
It there is no one to talk to, or people that should be close to them are not always there to listen? In this case, there are numerous support groups, counselors, and various places that can provide this.

One of them is our website.
We provide an opportunity for members to talk about their problems and everyday situations.
They can talk about virtually everything. From everyday situations to their life struggles, to ask questions and get answers from similar people who are going through or have gone through the same things.
Without judgment, without the need to create a false image, being able to get advice or support when they need it or to provide it to someone who needs it.
With this approach, we are trying to create a better world of connections and communication.

Our members are people who express love and understanding instead of giving likes. We aim to provide a place where everybody can feel welcome, a place without false representations of happiness. It is an online space where people come when they want to feel better.
There’s a spot for everyone. No matter if you need a little bit of motivation and positive energy for the day, or to get answers in the support groups about the topics you care about most.

Openness. Honesty. Understanding. Warm-Heartedness. These are our values.
It’s a harsh world so let’s build together a community where people motivate and support each other.


Food addiction – It’s a Real Problem Not a Myth!
Category: Blog,Recommended,Self improvement Author: Feel Better Date: 2 years ago Comments: 0
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For many people, eating healthy represents a huge problem because unhealthy food is easier to find, cheaper, and offers more “comfort”. Even though they know it’s not good for them, many people still eat large amounts of junk food daily. But, the truth behind this is that certain foods (in most cases bad, unhealthy food) have an addictive effect on the brain and people suffer from food addiction, even though they know it’s bad for them.

Food addiction is a serious problem that is very hard to overcome. Therefore, we created this article to help you realize if you are a food addict and how to overcome it.

What Is Food Addiction?

Like drug or alcohol addictions, food addiction is an addiction and a problem. Even though this type of addiction is relatively new and lacks clinical studies and statistics, it is a real problem and can trigger many health issues.

Furthermore, food addiction can be placed in the same category as compulsive overeating, bulimia, binge eating disorder, and other unhealthy food relationships.

Effects on Your Brain

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Again, just like drug addiction, food addiction stimulates the same neurotransmitters as drugs. Therefore, the bad food you are addicted to provides pretty much the same feeling as drugs (dopamine).

The problems come from eating standard junk food such as deep-fried food, sugar products, and bad fat food. But what you need to know is that food addiction doesn’t come from not being strong enough to say no, but because of the dopamine that “takes over the control” of your brain.

Food Addiction Symptoms

Like with other addictions, what defines food addiction are symptoms in behavior:

  • Frequently cravings for certain foods, even though you just had a healthy full meal.
  • Eating the food you craved much more than you thought you would.
  • You feeling excessively stuffed.
  • You start feeling guilty but you still eat more.
  • Making excuses for why you should eat that food.
  • You tried quitting eating bad food but didn’t quit.
  • Hiding the fact that you crave bad food from others.
  • Lack of ability to control yourself around bad food you “love” even though you know it can cause health problems.

How to Overcome Food Addiction

In order to successfully overcome food addiction, you have to prepare yourself with a few steps so that the whole process is easier.

Here’s what you need to do:

Trigger Food

Create a list of foods that you know is bad for your health but you can’t help yourself around it. This is called “Trigger Food” and you have to avoid it completely.

Healthy Food Places

Create a list of restaurants or dinners that prepare healthy food. Reach for this list every time you crave for something unhealthy or don’t feel like preparing your meal, and opt for a place that serves healthy meals.

 What to Eat

Create a habit of thinking about healthy food instead of unhealthy. This will help you gradually stop craving bad food and focus on what’s good for your body.

 Healthy vs Unhealthy

Make a comparison list of all the good things about health food vs cons of bad foods. Make more copies and put it in places like the fridge, kitchen elements, or even your purse or wallet so that you can reach for it every time you get the “munchies”.

Don’t Go on a Diet!

The most common mistake people make when trying to get out of their food addiction is going on a diet. This is not a smart idea because overcoming food addiction is extremely hard on its own and when you add starving yourself into the equation, you are just setting yourself up for failure.

Final Thoughts on Food Addiction

All addictions are problems that can’t disappear overnight or resolve on their own if you just leave the things the way they are. Therefore, you have to make hard choices and stick with them. Otherwise, you won’t overcome food addiction and it will only get worse and worse as time goes.

The first step to success is making an unbiased list of the pros and cons of not eating unhealthy foods. It’s best if someone else who is not addicted to junk food makes this list for you. Next, you have to make a list of good foods and stick to it and set a date when you will start.

The road to improvement is a hard one and you might also consider getting some help. There are plenty of support groups that help and make you realize that you are not alone with this problem and that it’s possible to beat it.

 


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