You often hear people say, ‘be yourself’ or ‘be true to yourself’ or ‘just be you’. Many legendary quotes speak to this concept and it is one of the topics about which I’m most passionate.
I deeply believe (and have experienced this with hundreds of people) that if we are ‘true to ourselves’, we will experience greater success and more fulfillment with less stress and frustration along the way.
My primary goal as a coach and consultant, is to help people do just that — to live a life of greater happiness, fulfillment and success; to get them from where they are, to where they want to be by removing any obstacles along the way; and to help them take one step closer, towards health, towards balance, towards wholeness.
While there are many (awesome) books, courses, programs, and words of advice on living a life you love, I always come back to the conclusion that the fastest way to get there, is to be true to you and get back to who you are.
In this article, I will share with you the importance of being true to yourself to get back on track.
We all experience stress once in a while but some of us suffer from extreme anxiety that keeps them from living their life. They are so afraid to take even the smallest decision thinking that they’ll ruin their lives or the lives of others.
I was one of them and, after figuring out how to calm my anxiety effectively, things got much better. I might even say that anxiety is a thing of the past now.
Anxiety is not dangerous. However, it might keep you from living a good life and having great relationships that will support your well-being. Anxiety makes you avoid people or situations that will trigger an anxiety attack.
In this article, I will share with you how to calm anxiety by showing how I healed my anxiety with the psychodynamic technique. If you’re interested in calming your anxiety, I advise you to start as soon as possible.How to calm anxiety with the Psychodynamic Technique
After four years of therapy, I learned that you can calm anxiety in few steps. It will take you months to practice these steps, do have patience with yourself!1. Go to the root cause of your anxiety
This is the most important step in recovery. If you skip this one, you might just well skip the entire article. You won’t calm your anxiety in a million years if you don’t know where it came from.
There is a cause and...
Those who succeed in an unending changing environment are able to do one thing really well:
Create meaning from contradictory ideas.
We can create meaning by determining the factor of the interaction between contradictory ideas. We can do this through what is known as the Dialectic Method. This method was constructed mainly by Karl Marx, yet it heavily built on the ideas of the Hegelian dialectic.
In this article, I will explain to you what exactly the Dialectical Method is and how you can apply it in life to be a more creative problem solver.
Dialectic implies a process of evolution, where dialectical logic is a system identifying the structure of thought and was initially intended to replace the laws of formal logic. Nevertheless, I do not intend to dive into the history of the Dialectical Method.
My intent here is to propose this method as a way to create meaning and create something new in our contemporary chaotic world by examining the three stages of development within the Dialectical Method:
All thought is based on pieces of a previous thought:
You’re standing behind the curtain, just about to make your way on stage to face the many faces half-shrouded in darkness in front of you. As you move towards the spotlight, your body starts to feel heavier with each step. A familiar thump echoes throughout your body – your heartbeat has gone off the charts.
Don’t worry, you’re not the only one with glossophobia(also known as speech anxiety or the fear of speaking to large crowds). Sometimes, the anxiety happens long before you even stand on stage.
Your body’s defence mechanism responds by causing a part of your brain to release adrenaline into your blood – the same chemical that gets released as if you were being chased by a lion.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you overcome your fear of public speaking:1. Prepare yourself mentally and physically
According to experts, we’re built to display anxiety and to recognize it in others. If your body and mind are anxious, your audience will notice. Hence, it’s important to prepare yourself before the big show so that you arrive on stage confident, collected and ready.
“Your outside world is a reflection of your inside world. What goes on in the inside, shows on the outside.” – Bob Proctor
Exercising lightly before a presentation helps get your blood circulating and sends oxygen to the brain. Mental exercises, on the other hand, can help...
Is there a “magic pill” that could solve all your stress and anxiety? Unfortunately, the answer is no.
In a world that’s becoming increasingly more stressful, people are now experiencing the symptoms of stress and anxiety more than ever before.
Many of the solutions you’ll find on a typical Google search will tell you to “reduce stress” or “avoid stress,” but there’s a problem with that logic.
Not all stress is avoidable or reducible. So what are you left to do? Anxiety help is possible, and it’s as simple as adding a daily meditation practice to your life.
Read on to find out how practicing meditation for anxiety is a smart solution.
You may not be able avoid the stressful...
As we get older, we begin to understand that a fulfilling life is one in which we are unapologetically happy.
However, finding and maintaining that happiness can be evasive for some; even though the potential for happiness is all around us!
If you’ve always thought of the potential of mastering the art of happiness, but was never quite sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered.
In this guide, we’ll break it down for you so achieving happiness isn’t just attainable, but actually quite simple!
If you want to live a happier lifestyle, here are 9 tips that will help you to get started on the road to happiness!
It becomes easy to lose track of your happiness when you are consistently fighting against the current of your life.
All things, no matter whether they are good or bad, enter our lives for a reason; and, we choose how to respond to each situation.
Rather than pushing each of these situations away when they don’t appeal to you,...
You may already be aware that you should drink plenty of water each day but do you know why? Yes, it’s true that you cannot stay alive for very long without drinking water. But keeping well hydrated is also essential for general day-to-day health and well-being.
This article will give you scientific and academically based benefits of water. By the end of this article, you will learn great reasons to stay hydrated.
In terms of nutrition, plain water contains zero calories. This alone is a great reason to consume more of it.
Unlike almost every other consumable, water is not a source of carbohydrates, protein or fat. Its only function is to hydrate you and you can drink plenty of it without worrying about any weight gain.
Water has so many benefits for your health that it would be impossible to list all of them in this article. However, here are 5 solid scientifically and academically backed benefits that water has for your health and why you should always stay properly hydrated.1. Drinking water keeps you at peak performance
Your physical performance can suffer if you don’t drink...
Do you want to be a better parent? Chances are, the answer is “yes”. After all, as parents we are always looking out for the wellness of our children–and that especially includes our own interactions with them.
What if I told you that simple deep breathing exercises can vastly improve your parenting skills?
Not convinced? Read on to learn how this simple technique can make you a better parent.
Breathing is something that we take for granted. We’re potentially not even conscious of it, yet it is a key ingredient to human function and performance.
Breathing is a human reflex we’re born with; it’s attached to our nervous system, which has an input and an output. As a parent you most likely cried with joy at your kids first screaming breath; that very moment changing your life forever.
Most likely, though, no one told you as you dove into the art of parenthood that your breathing patterns have a profound affect on us.
If you have poor breathing patterns (input), you’ll have poor motor output, which can result in muscle compensations, stress and even possible injuries.
Breathing plays a huge role in optimal nervous system function, proper motor function, relaxation, focus,...
It’s back. That I-feel-like-I-was-punched-in-the-stomach sensation that leaves you hunched over, nauseated, and without an appetite. We’ve all been there, whether because we ate something bad or because there is another digestive health issue at play. Either way, you need relief – fast.
Before you rush off to the pharmacy to pick up a big bottle of Tums or chug Pepto Bismol, I’d like you to consider these home remedies for stomach ache that can not only take the edge off quickly, but help to address the reason why you have the stomachache in the first place.
Below are 13 home remedies for a stomachache:1. Take a “shot” of apple cider vinegar
Apple cider vinegar packs a big and beneficial punch when it comes to our digestion. It helps to balance the acidity of the stomach, which we need a certain level of in order to even break down food fully.
Oftentimes we actually lack enough acid in our stomach, despite popular belief that we have too much, and this can make digestion quite difficult. Stomachaches are one of the telltale signs of too little acid in the stomach.
Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it as soon as you can to help boost acid production and begin relieving your stomachache. It can also help to do this in advance of eating to stimulate digestive function...
A poor diet can leave you feeling sluggish, groggy, and lethargic.
You may even find your cravings for junk food are actually stronger, rather than satisfied, after indulging in salty or sweet snacks; unfortunately, your health and your waistline will pay the price.
With all the diet fads out there, it can be difficult to weed through the hype and find concrete information on what you should be eating, what you should be avoiding, and most importantly, why to do either.
Outlined below are 9 ways a clean eating diet can help increase your energy, reduce bloat, improve your health, and maybe even slim your figure– all while making you feel stronger, more focused, and in-tune with your body’s needs.
There are many different opinions out there on what constitutes a “clean” diet.
In general, and broadly speaking, clean eating means to focus on nutrient-rich, whole foods. It suggests you minimize pre-packaged, overly processed foods, and it...
You’re struggling to find this elusive thing called “happiness.” Most days, you feel either overwhelmed, anxious, angry, depressed, or flat. Or, maybe you experience quick shifts of mood.
You can remember times when you were happy, but they seem distant, and your life circumstances are different now.
But what if I told you that you can actually choose happiness? And, that it’s easier than you think?
In this article, I’ll break down the basics of how you can lead a happier life, just by following a few basic principals. These are easy to implement in your own life, which means happiness is just around the corner!
Ready to find out more about how and why happiness is a choice? Let’s dive in further to gain a deeper understanding.
The idea that happiness is a choice seems to be just that, an idea, and one that doesn’t apply to you. How can you choose to be happy when someone has treated you so badly, when circumstances beyond your control are bombarding you with pain?
Many people feel this way.
Each year, the U.N. Sustainable...
“What am I doing with my life?”
As a life coach and business consultant, I hear this question – or some version of it – all the time. Those asking the question are likely facing one of a couple scenarios.
One, you wake up one morning and find yourself in a job you hate, a relationship you don’t want to be in, or a life that has little resemblance to the one you had imagined. You might be feeling low, filled with frustration, shame or regret. This is not where you wanted to be at this time in your life… it’s not the life you wanted to live.
Or maybe you don’t feel unhappy or lost, but you wake up and realize you want something more, new or different. You may have accomplished many of the things you’d imagined for your life and now you’re trying to figure out what to do next.
My job as a coach and consultant is to support my clients to be happier, more successful and fulfilled. To help them get from where they are to where they want to be, uncovering obstacles along the way. This usually involves working through a process and asking powerful questions so they can discover the answers to their biggest questions – including this one.
One of the very first things I share with my clients is this: you...
You most likely were drawn to this article because you believe you are a people pleaser. Your friends ask of you one thing, your family another, and your boss is on top of you insisting that a job due tomorrow should have been completed yesterday. You say “yes” to it all.
All of this leaves no room for you or your work. Meanwhile, you’re just going around in circles, feeling as if no work actually gets done. The feeling is familiar to many, which is why it’s important to understand how people pleasing can negatively impact your productivity.
The solutions to reduce your people pleasing tendencies will be simple to implement, but not easy. So if you are expecting a magic pill, you won’t find it here. But, the good news is, with a little change of attitude and practice, you’ll be able to make positive changes in your productivity.
Below you’ll find a list of 6 things to do to stop being a people pleaser and increase your productivity:Pass on People Pleasing for More Productivity 1. Make Sure it Moves the Needle
Have you heard about the Pareto principle? If not, the Pareto principle tells us that 80% of effects come from 20% of causes.
20% of the things you do cause 80% of the effects. This can apply to wealth (20% of people hold 80% of wealth), territory (20% of people own 80%...
With this ever so competitive era consistently demanding people to be their best versions all the time, setbacks are bound to occur some stage. Be it failing to secure a job at the company of your dreams or not being able to marry the girl you held so close to your heart, many people dive into self-destructing coping mechanisms that take a toll on their mental as well as physical health.
This is where being resilient is so much more significant as it not only helps us to make a strong comeback whenever we lose control of our life, but also propels us in the right direction to attain the goals we cherish.
In this article, I will explain to you what resilience is and how you can apply it to life to become a better and tougher person.
Resilience is a method of how well a person can adapt to a situation when faced with trauma, stress, tragedy or other likewise scenarios. Simply put, it means getting your life back on track every time you’re being knocked down by a difficult experience.
Have you ever lost sleep worrying about something that has yet to happen?
Has worrying about the future interrupted your productivity? Your flow? Your day? Your mood?
If you answered “yes”, you are not alone.
Worry happens to all of us, particularly when it comes to events, people, and things that are important.
The trouble with worry is it is a complete and total waste of our valuable time and energy. We all know that on a logical level, and yet we still worry.
Here’s the good news; while we may never learn how to stop worrying about the future completely, there are ways to help us better manage that worry so we can save ourselves some time. In this article, we’ll go over exactly how to do just that.
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” –Leo F. Buscaglia
Part of managing worry is being aware of the costs. When we create awareness we are better able to create proactive solutions to minimize or eliminate that cost.
Have you ever considered your life now, and how it would be if you had more time to spend with your family and less worries about money?
Nowadays, financial stress is one of the most troublesome weights in life. If you’ve ever encountered financial stress, you know the difficulty of not having enough income to pay your obligations or bills.
Many people say that money is not the ultimate goal of life. While that’s true, money certainly plays a very significant role. The meaning of financial freedom changes with the different phases of our life, but ultimately, it is something that many people strive for.
In this article, we’ll explain how to capture that financial freedom you’ve been looking for. Read on to learn the secrets to financial freedom.
Financial freedom is about having a constant flow of cash from your assets to cover all your regular needs.
When you are not worried about your income, or living paycheck to paycheck, you gain a great sense of freedom. It’s the freedom to be obtain...
Do you ever find that you understand a topic, yet you can’t explain it to anyone?
What if I told you there was a simple method you could use as a way to better understand and clearly communicate a concept or idea?
There actually is a very simple method you can use called SEE-I. This method was originally created by Richard Paul and Linda Elder and has been refined into its current state by Gerald Nosich.
So, what exactly is this method and how can you apply it?
Let’s take a look.
SEE-I is an easy-to-use and methodological critical thinking technique assisting people in clarifying their ideas. It stands for the following: State it, Elaborate, Exemplify, and Illustrate.
Let’s examine each element of SEE-I:
Essentially, SEE-I begins with a concise statement of the concept (S),...
Immunity truly does encapsulate the entire physiology of a person.
When you target your immunity by eating a variety of immune boosting foods, then you really can improve your entire body, both physically and mentally.
The immune system of a human being involves all aspects of one’s physiology and one’s daily experience. Eating certain foods can boost your health in a variety of ways. Below I outline several foods that will get you back on track if you’re feeling under the weather.
Be sure to stock up on these foods if you’re in need of a boost.
In order to even broach the topic of foods good for one’s immune system, it’s important to consider all aspects of the human body and experience.
What I mean...
Are you curious about lifting weights but not sure why you should get started?
You’re in the right place!
I’ll be revealing the mind and body benefits of lifting weights and tell you why it will literally transform your life.
Discover the secret of strength training for women, and why you should start today.
We all could use more friends! Although, many times our insecurity about our bodies and our appearances can prevent us from presenting our best selves in the world.
This lack of confidence we have about our identity can be enough to stop us from seeking new relationships both offline and online.
Lifting weights can and will positively change how you feel about yourself. You will experience a boost of self-confidence in many areas of your life such as your in career, in your personal relationships, and especially the relationship you have with yourself.
Confident people are linked with higher incomes, more friends, and–if you’re single–with having...
I’ve recently been on a date with a girl. When I told her that I don’t eat animal products, she asked me curiously: “So are you vegetarian or a vegan?”
“Wait what, do you know the difference?” – I replied. She answered with: “I think so, vegans completely avoid animal products while vegetarians sometimes eat eggs and dairy.” The definition was basic, yet spot-on. Needless to say, I was impressed.
Most people don’t know what veganism is nor the difference between vegan and vegetarian. In this article you will learn the difference between vegan and vegetarian so you are educated and can decide which one of those two are most suited for you.
Veganism is defined as:
“the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals.”
To put it simply: Vegans neither consume or buy anything that comes from an animal.
While most vegans act this way because of ethical reasons, the reasons don’t matter – the actions do. Behind veganism...