Aging Gracefully: 4 Basic Tips To Strengthen Your Mental Health Through Positive Thinking

Aging Gracefully ~ Positive Thinking

Aging gracefully

 

According to studies, most millennials in this age have the same depression level as the prisoners in a mental asylum back in the 1900’s. This study, therefore, confirms the fact that depression and other negative illness in this age are affecting younger people. As a result, deaths linked to suicide are exponentially rising and the people affected by this demise are mostly young people in their early 20’s or younger.

 

So to speak, we live in a place that is not mentally friendly. We live in our daily lives walking on a fine line between sanity and insanity, and many individuals trip over the bad side.

 

However, as human beings of the modern age, we can battle against these negative thinking and acquire optimism that may help us age gracefully and live the rest of our lives – maybe not in full harmony, but in contentment and strength to welcome any challenges.

 

Here are 4 tips to develop a strong mental health through positive thinking.

 

Take a break

Take a break

 

The world is at a very fast pace and everyone is always trying to catch up to everything, from deadlines to meetings everyone’s expectation up to chasing perfection just to catch excellence. And we all know that this race is the most tiring race all of us is trying to win.

 

To get a hold of yourself, you need not run after time. Stop, look, and listen. Take the monks, for example, they are living life at a very slow pace but they are one of the wisest people to roam the earth. I’m not saying you should be a monk. The idea is, if we take life slowly, we may get more than just work fulfillments but self-fulfillment as well.

 

Have you ever noticed that we notice things easier when we walk than when we run?

 

Exercise

Exercise

 

Studies show that a person who exercises for at least 15 – 30 minutes a day becomes more productive compared to those who does not. When people exercise we tend to loosen up. Not just our muscles strengthen but also our neuron system.

 

You may want to go to a gym and try every equipment out there, or you can jog around town at dawn under the sparkly blanket of stars. Spending some time for yourself is not such a bad thing. After all the workloads, you deserve to look good so you deserve some time to do exercise and allow your brain to work properly. Let it breathe.

 

Stay away from gadgets

Stay away from gadgets

 

Most news these days are so transparent because of social media. People from America already knows what is happening in Korea, Japan, and China in real time because of this internet phenomena.

 

News from here and there are spurring in your Facebook feed or Twitter list and, let’s face it, not every news you receive are good news. And after hearing the terrible news in Syria or Philippines, you can’t help but feel sad.

 

Instead of indulging from these feeling, take a step away from your gadgets which are, unfortunately, the provider of negative vibes.

 

Talk to someone

Talk to someone

 

Some people do not like talking to therapists or psychiatrists because they feel like they are labeling themselves as “crazy” if they do so. However, contrary to the stereotype of many, talking to therapists or psychiatrists doesn’t make you crazy automatically. Talking to them is allowing yourself to seek for clinical help to get rid of your negative thoughts that may lead to worse cases.

 

If you are a worried parent who seeks professional attention for your child but is not comfortable with the thought of a psychiatrist or therapist, there is respite care Houston that offers home services to aid your problem. The respite care system also comes in different services so you can pick out which service best suits you or your family.

 

Takeaway

 

In this fast pacing world, we can’t help but feel stressed and left out. In most times we feel useless or worthless if we won’t be able to keep up with the race of time. But even when we are living in a very hurried moment, sometimes we just have to step back, relax, and breathe to regain ourselves.

 

We just have to find our positive self to stray away from our negative shell.

 

An article written by Patricia Cheng

Leap Stories with Elena Daniela Calin

Enjoy this wonderful interview ~ Leap Stories by Dialogue Digital with Elena Daniela Calin

 

Leap Stories by Dialogue Digital: a video series of interviews with a dialogue on overcoming fear and living with an unwavering faith. We speak to Elena Daniela Calin, Founder of Positive Words Research. Visit http://bit.ly/LeapStories 
Behind the scene pictures? Follow us on Instagram: @LeapStories

 

 

The Best Gifts for Making Someone Feel Better After a Painful Experience

The Best Gifts for Making Someone Feel Better After a Painful Experience

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When someone you know has undergone a painful experience, whether it be the death or illness of a loved one, their own health concerns, a turbulent move to a new job, city, or school, a natural catastrophe, or a break-up, giving a gift can be a wonderful way to show solidarity and to lift that person’s spirits.

As Lech Dvorak wrote, “Dedicate time to your loved ones.” Spending time nurturing and caring for your relationships with others is important to maintain healthy bonds of connectivity.

A present is a gift from the heart to the hands of someone who is passing through a difficult time. It is a non-verbal sign that you are thinking of them and want them to be happy and healed. That consideration alone is a wonderful present to give someone.

To make your present extra special, you don’t need to spend a great deal of money. What is best is a gift that shows your knowledge and concern for the person who is recovering. The perfect present demonstrates that you are attentive to their emotional needs and aware of the things that interest them.

1. Personalize to Please

The best gifts for making someone feel better after a painful experience are the ones that demonstrate that you pay attention to what that person cares about. Consider customizing a gift, such as a T-shirt or coffee mug or wallet. You can have it printed with the person’s name, favorite sports team, school, or city to make it extra-special!

2. Good Sports

If you know that your friend has a passion for sports, and in particular is very interested in volleyball and loves to play every weekend, find awesome gifts for volleyball players at your favorite sporting goods store. Is your friend a yogi? A yoga mat and PBA/PVC-free water bottle will be appreciated. A sports-related gift will encourage the recipient to exercise, which is a wonderful thing for the mind. According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise releases feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression, such as “neurotransmitters, endorphins, and endocannabinoids.”

3. Turn the Page

Another gift that is useful is a something that will take the individual’s mind off their problems, or conversely, show them others who have dealt with a similar situation and overcome it. For this reason, books make a wonderful gift. If you are inspired by a particular book, it makes an awesome gift to unwrap. If not, consider a gift card from a store like Powell’s Books – The World’s Largest Independent Bookstore. They have a wonderful website and they ship!

4. Bubbles Up!

Try making up a basket of organic bath and body care products. You can find lines from your local drugstore to the farmers’ market to upscale boutique lines. Simply fill an attractive basket or pretty gift bag with a loofah, soaps, lotions, and body scent for a fun treat. If you’re unsure how to begin to fill the basket, consider the Weleda brand of beauty products for men, women, and children. Weleda is one of the original lines of organic body and beauty products and they consistently win accolades for cruelty-free beauty products.

5. Go Green

Give a gift of green. There’s something inspiring about a plant. Whether cut flowers, a living plant, or planting a tree in someone’s honor or memory. There are many programs that will plant a tree, such as The National Forest Foundation, among others. Make the world greener and more beautiful as you’re cheering up a friend.

6. Experience It

A new experience may make the perfect present. Whether tickets to a must-see show such as Hamilton or a Southwest Airlines gift card, or season seats to the Lakers, or a night at the opera or the best jazz club in town, a ticket for experience, culture, or travel may be the very thing to help your friend move on. At the very least, it will be sure to inspire someone to get off the couch, and that can be the first step to getting over the painful experience.

7. Color it Beautiful

Creating something can be a meditative way to gain control, relax, and unwind. You don’t have to be an artist to enjoy the benefits. Give the gift of art supplies. For the more accomplished artist, an easel and professional quality paint may be perfect, while the beginning artist may enjoy one of the best-selling coloring books for grown-ups, such as “The Mindfulness Coloring Book” or “Secret Garden,” and a new box of colored pencils to make life more beautiful. Expressing oneself through creativity can take one’s mind off of one’s problems and help bring focus and clarity into the present moment.

Conclusion

Everyone loves a pleasant surprise. When someone is feeling especially vulnerable after a painful experience, just the pleasure of an unexpected gift can lift that individual’s spirits. “People love to receive gifts, especially if they’re not feeling well. It’s not about the money spent, but just knowing that a person cares.”

Consideration is like a balm. Caring and sharing your concern with a carefully selected present that shows how well you know that person will lift your friend’s spirits.

To feel cared for and nurtured in a concrete way after an especially painful experience is a priceless gift in and of itself, and the thoughtfulness of your present will sustain and grow the bonds of your friendship.

Play The Positive Words Game!

Positive Words GamePositive Words Research has launched this new game with positive words. The game is beautiful, fun and connects you with positive people all around the world. It adds positivity in the entire world, through the power of your name and the power of positive words. Words have power and your name has power. Add positive words and your name together and you can instantly brighten your day and the day of people around you.

How to play the positive words game? Very simple, just:

Write a positive word, that begins with the first letter of your name. It can be only one word. And, share this game on Facebook, so that your friends can also write a beautiful word for you.

Inspire yourself from our list of positive words. This game is created by Elena.

10 Apps that Promote Positivity

promote-positivity-positive-apps10 Ways to Promote Positivity Through Apps

The universe is a place where communication flourishes. Whether it be a vine communicating with a trellis, bats chirping in the night, or your next social media post, we all have the gift of gab.

Social media, internet, and applications are some of the most prominent ways we share news and ideas. Take advantage of the growing world of social media and smartphone apps and create your own sphere of love and positivity. Here are 10 of the best positivity driven apps you can find:

1. Happify

Free

This app allows you to track the positivity in your life by following your goals and focusing on happy and positive aspects of life. It includes affirmations, goal setting, quizzes and mini games that center around positivity.

2. Gratitude Journal – The Life Changing App

$4.99

Keeping a gratitude journal has been proven to increase your positive thinking. This app lets you list what you are grateful for, as well as add photos, tag friends, or use the location service to pin where you are.

3. Calm

$9.99

Calm is one of the best meditation apps of 2016 and it’s free! Spending at least five minutes a day meditating allows you to take control of your life and focus on the now and the happy. There are many apps out there that help guide you through meditation in case Calm doesn’t work out. Some will have music or naturistic noises to help you focus. Others have a social aspect to connect with friends who have the app. This will allow you to encourage your friends to keep up with their meditation goals as well.

4. Mindful Moon App

$2.99

The Mindful Moon app knows that life can be stressful. Life is stressful. But if you need to escape the stress and let in the positive, the Mindful Moon app offers positive and empowering daily messages. The founder, Eric Brown, changed his life when he had an idea for an app about sharing positivity and now his idea is available at your fingertips and it’s all good.

5. Pozify

Free

This app focuses on positive news. It rewards you with points for sharing happy news stories on social media rather than upsetting ones. With those points, you could earn products or gift cards. But, the actual meaning of this app isn’t the rewards, but the fact that you are spreading positivity online.

6. Positive Thinking

Free

This app has an index of different motivational topics to help you increase your positive thinking and control your negative thoughts. The app offers inspirational quotes as well as how to achieve more in life.

7. YouTube

Free

YouTube is an excellent app to watch pretty much anything you want whenever you want. Search positive affirmations, positive thinking or anything that will uplift you and you’ll find dozens of YouTubers out there sharing a great message.

While apps can be expensive to develope, being a part of an app, like having a YouTube channel, is not. You can create your own YouTube channel in a snap to promote your very own version of positivity.  If you’re camera savvy and carry an enlightening message, you can grow your YouTube channel and start spreading the love.

8. Moodscope

Free one week trial

Moodscope is a desktop app. This apps tracks and analyzes your mood on a daily basis. The user answers a few questions to determine what mood they are in and the results are sent to a network of other peers who work as supporters. The feedback and support of other moodscope users help in boosting your mood. Moodscope offers a free week trial.

9. Realifex (Real Life Change)

Free with In-App Purchases

Realifex is a well-being app that provides you with your own portable life coach. This inclusive app tracks your mood, offers positive motivation and helps you manage stress. Real Life Change was designed by a top app development company to help users bring their inner self to light with real time data.

10. Smiling Mind

Free with In-App Purchases

The Smiling Mind app stems from a non-profit organization with a goal of providing positive thinking and mediation to all. The app particularly promotes mindfulness meditation and has a vast reach around the globe with over 1.5 million users. The app offers meditation techniques that will bring a smile to your mind wherever you are.

Final Thought

Technology is a convenient way to access programs that promote positivity. Focusing on the good is not only beneficial for your health and well-being but it’s also good for others around you. If an app is not mentioned and you think it should have made the list, please share in the comments below!

Do you know other apps that promote positivity? Add the app to this list by commenting below!