5 Neuroscience Based Ways to Clear Your Mind

Neuroscientists have identified effective ways to forget unwanted thoughts. As an ultra-endurance athlete, I’ve competed in the Badwater Ultramarathon a few times. Some call Badwater the “world’s toughest footrace” because it’s a 135 mile non-stop run from the bottom of Death Valley to Mt. Whitney—in the middle of July—when temperatures can reach 130º fahrenheit. The physicalContinue reading “5 Neuroscience Based Ways to Clear Your Mind”

How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use

“Imagine that you could earn $10 million for just half an hour’s work,” psychologist Randy J. Paterson proposed to a group of people suffering deep, intractable depression. “… All you would have to do is make yourself feel worse than you do now…How would you do it?” The conceit of How to Be Miserable: 40Continue reading “How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use”

15 Ways to Get Someone Out of Your Head

Expert tips to manage your frustration and get past toxic thinking. Have you ever found that you just can’t stop thinking about someone—what they did or said, and how bewildered or hurt you were by their actions? When someone hurts us, our children, or someone we love; gossips behind our back; or simply acts crazyContinue reading “15 Ways to Get Someone Out of Your Head”

5 Psychological Habits That Limit Your Ability to Think

4. Overanalyzing rejection Our brain is like a computer processor: It has a finite amount of processing power, or intellectual resources, that can be used in a given moment. Any competing task (or emotional state) that occupies too much of our intellectual firepower impacts our ability to concentrate, focus, problem-solve, be creative, or use other cognitive abilities; as a result, our functioning IQContinue reading “5 Psychological Habits That Limit Your Ability to Think”

Cognitive Restructuring – Common Thought Errors that Lead to Depression and Anxiety

Sometimes, we allow ourselves to think in ways that lead us down paths of destruction. Common errors in thought processes can lead to a number of negative symptoms; most notably anxiety and depression! Disqualifying the Positive – Discounting the good things that have occurred in your life or that you’ve accomplished, saying “that doesn’t count.”Continue reading “Cognitive Restructuring – Common Thought Errors that Lead to Depression and Anxiety”

6 Biases That May Sub-Consciously Affect Your Thinking

Biases can creep into our thoughts by stealth, sometimes triggered by others. How many passengers do you think New York’s LaGuardia Airport served last year?  Would you say the count is more or less than 10 million?  Make your best guess, and I’ll give you the answer at the end of this article. Biases areContinue reading “6 Biases That May Sub-Consciously Affect Your Thinking”

Anxious Thoughts, Anxious Feelings

For those of us with anxiety, our thoughts can really influence our feelings and behavior. To cope with and overcome anxiety, we need to learn to be mindful of the thoughts we have and how they impact the anxiety we feel. Take this example. You made dinner plans with a friend, but she didn’t showContinue reading “Anxious Thoughts, Anxious Feelings”

4 Ways to Survive Unexpected Situations

Expert advice for maintaining your confidence and finding a positive outcome. Life throws unexpected things at us all the time. Some we like—such as finding a $20 bill on the sidewalk—but many of them we don’t, such as missing a flight due to an extra long line at airport security. Sometimes unexpected events can be muchContinue reading “4 Ways to Survive Unexpected Situations”

A Sure-Fire Way to Silence Your Inner Critic

You can learn to dis-identify from the inner critic voice in your head. Most of us have been conditioned from childhood to be our own harshest critics. That inner judge can shadow us, scrutinizing our every move and making us quite miserable. For years, I’ve been working on turning the inner critic into an innerContinue reading “A Sure-Fire Way to Silence Your Inner Critic”

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