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5 mindfulness tips to calm an overactive mind and re-access your natural state of calmness

Do you have an overactive mind? Do you also feel that this stops you from meditating and experiencing calm? If this is the case, there’s no need to worry. Below we’ll talk about 5 ways you can properly meditate and experience more peace. The goal of mindfulness isn’t to have an “empty mind” We have all heard that the goal of mindfulness and meditation is to have a completely empty mind. However, you may have experienced that there really is no way to “shut off” your mind. When you’re trying to empty your mind, thoughts occurring can even cause you to be frustrated and wonder what you’re doing wrong or what other techniques you can use to really master this “emptiness.” The...

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Stress: It’s Not in Your Head, it’s in Your Nervous System

Have you ever been told when you’re stressed to stop worrying and just relax? That it’s all in your head? It would be nice if it were that simple. But it’s not.Physiology research shows that the stress response memory lives in your nervous system. Take for example exposure to a stressful event. One in which you felt helpless, hopeless, and lacked control. In this case your autonomic nervous system (ANS) is engaged. This is the part of the nervous system responsible for controlling unconscious bodily actions like breathing. To be more specific, it was the sympathetic branch (fight or flight) of the ANS that kicked in while you were strained. In addition, the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the midbrain began firing....

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How I Escaped the Negative Thought Loop That Kept Me Down and Stuck

“You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own false thoughts.” ~Philip Arnold Do you ever doubt yourself? As if no matter how hard you try, it’s never enough. Do you always tell yourself that you could do more? Or that somebody else is doing more, so why aren’t you on their level? I’m not good enough. Do you keep your thoughts to yourself because you feel as though your opinion doesn’t matter? I’m not smart enough. Or how about when you’re casually scrolling through social media? You see beautiful people taking such awesome photos and they look so happy. I’m not attractive enough. These rapid-fire negative thoughts incessantly remind us of our faults and...

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The Strongest Women Are The Women With Anxiety

She’s been battling her anxiety for quite some time and she continues to do so with bravery. She’s not a victim of her mental struggle, because she knows in her heart that she’s so much more than the demons that live in her mind. She’s learned to hold her head up high when the chaos in her mind consumes her, so the word weakness is practically not in her vocabulary. She’s a strong girl because she manages to survive the battlefield that is her life, dealing with a mental illness that takes a lot of courage to tame and survive on a daily basis. She manages to function, because she’s tried every coping mechanism possible and she has found ways that...

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4 Keys To Overcoming Negative Thinking... For Good

Do you ever struggle with negative thinking? If you have a harsh inner critic or get caught in worry, stress, anxiety, depression or wrestle with low self-worth, then you know some of the symptoms first hand. Negative (unhelpful) thinking patterns can have a strong and sometimes devastating impact on our relationships, our health, our work… our lives. With the four keys listed below, and a little practice, I believe anyone can break free of negativity for good. Why do I believe that? Because if I can do it (and I have) from the dark place I used to be in, then I trust these tools will work for you too—no matter where you’re at. INEFFECTIVE WAYS PEOPLE TRY TO STOP...

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