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7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART Life

7 Reasons Why Play Needs To Be A Part Of A Happy & SMART Life | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
SMART Living 365 is dedicated to exploring ideas and information that lead to a happier, more peaceful, and content life--365!
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36 Relationship Lessons From 36 Years of Marriage

36 Relationship Lessons From 36 Years of Marriage | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
One can learn a great deal after 36 years of marriage if they have an intention to make it the best ever. Here are 36 lessons that guarantee it will be a success.
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Five Behaviors That Keep Us Anxious

Five Behaviors That Keep Us Anxious | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Although there is no magic wand to wave and dispel chronic anxiety, we can do our best to avoid habits that make anxiety worse. By continuing with habits that create or perpetuate anxiety, we cannot hope to ever be free from the symptoms.
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How the brain controls our habits

How the brain controls our habits | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Habits are behaviors wired so deeply in our brains that we perform them automatically. This allows you to follow the same route to work every day without thinking about it, liberating your brain to ponder other things, such as what to make for dinner. However, the brain's executive command center does not completely relinquish control of habitual behavior


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Taking a break is secret to success

Taking a break is secret to success | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Taking a break is secret to success. Sydney scientists have found learning improves when students take a rest from continuous study or training.

 

''It seems intuitive that every minute of study should make you better, but, actually, if you do too much it might backfire and you end up wasting time,'' said the study's lead researcher, Joel Pearson.

 


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Make Stronger Decisions by Giving Value to Your Time

Make Stronger Decisions by Giving Value to Your Time | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Every person has an implicit hourly rate of value they create, in business and beyond. Determining that number is tough, but if you don't have an estimate—you don't have a framework within which to make decisions.
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4 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening | Yahoo! Health

4 Mental Health Benefits of Gardening | Yahoo! Health | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Gardening can improve the beauty of your surroundings or put a bounty of vegetables on your plate. But it’s also excellent therapy for your stressed-out mind.
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Mus say though, that in my ex's case, it just gave him one more thing to obsess about.
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Transcend Fear: Get A Spiritual Restraining Order | Heal Now and Forever

Transcend Fear: Get A Spiritual Restraining Order | Heal Now and Forever | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Fear often has us feeling very alone. If we have experienced trauma in our life, this sense of vulnerability multiplies to a panic. Some of us isolate ourselves, which only makes the situation worse. Others feel an intense need to be around someone who loves them and cares. This feels like a protection against what might harm them and helps them feel not quite so alone. I always side on connection being the best counter to anxiety. Staying home, alone, stationary is the worst thing you can do. Being around people, feeling connected to them and to the world around you, fortifies you with a sense of purpose and belonging. This counters fear as it goes against what the trauma made you feel like: unworthy and useless.

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Writing Without Paper: We're All Liars

Writing Without Paper: We're All Liars | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Lying is a cooperative act.

. . . Its power emerges when someone else

agrees to believe the lie.

~ Pamela Meyer

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Stop Pumping Them Up! They’re Really Just Not That Special! | Baggage Reclaim

Stop Pumping Them Up! They’re Really Just Not That Special! | Baggage Reclaim | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
At a time of year when many of us find an excuse to act a little (or a lot crackers) by using Christmas/the holidays to reach out or accept contact from exes,...
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Jodi Aman: Heal Now and Forever

Jodi Aman: Heal Now and Forever | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Dedicated to helping others heal though inspiration and love..

 

Today’s meditation is about forgiving ourselves. This is probably the single most important activity we can do to help us heal. Forgive ourselves. Often when we make mistakes or blame ourselves (even for something we didn’t do) the self judgment takes off like a rocket, causing all kind of spiritual, emotional and physical dis-ease. It is time to stop this rocket.

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» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner - World of Psychology

» 5 Things That Make a Good Partner  - World of Psychology | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
There are various myths about what makes a good partner. For instance, it’s a myth that a good partner has to agree with what you say, do or think, according t
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What Chokes You Up? Why We Cry And Why It Is Helpful

What Chokes You Up? Why We Cry And Why It Is Helpful | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Helping you heal spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically.
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» Mental Health Checkups as Important as Annual Physicals - Psych Central News

» Mental Health Checkups as Important as Annual Physicals  - Psych Central News | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
It is common practice for an adult to visit their physician every few years to get a physical. The visit is often a preventive or maintenance encounter
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How to be optimistic, but not annoying

How to be optimistic, but not annoying | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Here is my secret to optimism: I operate under the assumption that no matter what oppresses people, they enact some resistance somewhere, even if it is in their mind. We hear a story the way we experience the world. I hear the resistance, the skills, and the hope. And then I hold up a mirror for my clients to see it, too. This instigates an immediate change in their perceptions and feelings. And it is not annoying. (Maybe they are just being polite.)

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Talking to Yourself: Not So Crazy After All

Talking to Yourself: Not So Crazy After All | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
How and when you "self-talk" can increase your concentration and improve performance...

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Your Brain on Vacation: 11 Proven Benefits of Taking Time Off | OnlineMBA

Your Brain on Vacation: 11 Proven Benefits of Taking Time Off | OnlineMBA | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

Your brain works hard every day, regulating your breathing, controlling your heart rate, helping you shout answers at the TV while “Jeopardy” is on. Isn’t it time you gave it a rest? Sure, you could zone out for a few minutes and take a so-called “brain vacation,” but then you risk making all your other organs jealous. Allow us to give you the incentive to book that trip you’ve been debating taking to the Bahamas: your brain reaps terrific benefits like these when you shut the office down and check out.

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Reader's Questions about Guilt Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety | Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog

Reader's Questions about Guilt Anxiety and Generalized Anxiety | Anxiety-Schmanxiety Blog | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
What to do about guilt anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder, forgive yourself and write a list of your skills and knowledges about safety.
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Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested

Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
Remembered Wellness - The Placebo Effect tested...

 

As explained by Ronda Bresnick Hauss in a recent article in the Hill Rag, advanced technology such as PET scans and MRIs allow researchers to examine the brain. While using the mind to heal the body was often discredited or disregarded in the past, these new approaches indicate that the placebo effect does cause actual changes in brain chemistry which in turn leads to changes in the body.

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Tiny Wisdom: Avoiding the Urge to Numb Pain

Tiny Wisdom: Avoiding the Urge to Numb Pain | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it
"Suffering is not caused by pain but by resisting pain." -Unknown The other day I was watching TV when one of those pharmaceutical commercials came on.
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How Important Is Self Worth in Terms of Healing?

How Important Is Self Worth in Terms of Healing? | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

For some, the unworthiness runs deep and has been running a long time. It comes in a voice from the past. It is often the voice of someone who should have been trustworthy- a parent, an uncle, a grandparent. But instead this person told them that they were stupid and not good enough in speech and in action every chance they got. The voice stays with people, long past the end of the abusers’ life, and it is dreadfully hard to get rid of. It defines for them who they are and what their position in the world is: loser, disgusting, subhuman, undeserving.

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Self-parenting 101: Part 2

Self-parenting 101: Part 2 | ISO Mental Health & Wellness | Scoop.it

These are a few exercises to help with reprogramming negative messages from childhood into positive ones by Offra Gerstein Ph.D, a clinical psychologist and contributing author to Relationships matter.com.

 

1. Imagine what you would say to a child who told you that he was exposed to these messages and asked your opinion about him. (This exercise inspired the post, An Unavoidable Meeting.)

 

2. Visualize the abuser’s head placed on your shoulder whispering these toxic words. Lower the volume of this torturous chatter until you can no longer hear it.

 

3. Add to your other shoulder a loving, affirming voice of someone who has been supportive to you. Increase the volume of these encouraging words.

 

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