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Aromatherapy Scents to Help You Think Better

The same essential aromatherapy oils that pep you up and reduce your drowsiness also decrease the likelihood of becoming irritable or of getting headaches. The following list shows the mind-stimulating [more…]

Aromatherapy For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Aromatherapy is built around the healing properties of essential oils to help treat minor — and even more severe — ailments, enhancing relaxation, and boosting your mental acuity. Buying the right type [more…]

The Many Forms of OCD

OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) can be categorized in quite a few ways, and no clear consensus exists among professionals. However, the following list shows some of the most common forms that this [more…]

Tips for Living with OCD

If you live with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), you may feel frustrated, isolated, and just plain strange. Keep the following facts in mind, or on a card to carry with you, as you go about your daily [more…]

Defining Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, or OCD

People with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) have recurring obsessions — intrusive thoughts, images, or urges that are disturbing and cause distress. OCD sufferers also have [more…]

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Living with obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, poses challenges, not the least of which is making sure you don’t let your OCD define you. If OCD is part of your life, make the effort to focus on other [more…]

Signs of Anxiety and Depression

Everyone worries and experiences sadness but when these feelings consume you and affect how you relate to people and situations, you could be dealing with anxiety and depression. Go through this list of [more…]

How to Deal with Distress

Use these techniques when you’re feeling stressed or a little down as a way to lighten your mood and rid yourself of that “not quite right feeling.” [more…]

Living for Today: A Remedy for Anxiety and Depression

Feeling guilty about things that have happened in the past or thinking that something horrible is just around the corner is central to most anxious and depressing thoughts. To keep yourself in the here [more…]

Anxiety & Depression Workbook For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If you think you may be struggling with anxiety and depression, examine this checklist to see if any of the signs of depression or anxiety apply to you. Then, you can adopt some techniques for dealing [more…]

Overcoming Anxiety by Confronting Your Fears

No single strategy works more effectively in overcoming anxiety than exposure. Exposure involves putting yourself in direct contact with whatever it is that makes you anxious. Confronting your fears directly [more…]

Controlling Your Breathing for Five Minutes a Day

Figuring out how to breathe with your diaphragm is a key skill in overcoming anxiety. The diaphragm is the muscle that lies between your abdominal cavity and your lung cavity. Try this exercise to start [more…]

Understanding When You’re Thinking Anxiously

In order to master overcoming anxiety, you have to be able to identify and overcome anxious thinking. People with anxiety generally think differently from other people. Look out for the following signs [more…]

Overcoming Anxiety For Dummies Cheat Sheet (UK Edition)

Do you have anxieties hanging around and building up? Don’t panic. Negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours can be controlled and conquered in very simple steps. Take a look at these varied tips and [more…]

Overcoming Fear

Fear is a strong emotion and can be motivating for some people while being paralysing for others. Here are a few tips for overcoming fear: [more…]

Plan to Take Motivating Action

Planning to take positive action helps you to overcome barriers and keeps you moving forward. Here are some general tips to help you with your planning. [more…]

Visualising the Benefits of Motivation

Visualisation is about making use of all your senses: what you’re seeing, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. Visualising a situation heightens your motivation and allows your mind and body to experience [more…]

Ten Motivating Tips

Achieving things can be hard when you feel demotivated. Help yourself to get motivated and stay motivated by always keeping these ten quick and easy tips in mind: [more…]

Consider Your Demotivators

You may need to check if there’s anything holding you back from getting on with the task in hand. Look at the following demotivators to see if they apply to you and if you need to change your situation [more…]

Creating a Motivational Environment

Your surroundings can have a strong influence on how you feel. Distractions can affect your motivation and stop you getting on with what you need to do. Think about: [more…]

Mini Motivation Questionnaire

Take a look at the following list of tasks and decide whether you want to achieve any of them. Select those activities you think you would like to take on: [more…]

Four Key Parts of Your Brain

The brain is complex but, thanks to cutting-edge science, knowledge of the brain has increased considerably. Here is a brief overview of the four key parts of the brain: [more…]

Five Questions to Ask before Training Your Brain

Everyone has days when they don’t feel on top form. The question is, does this happen to you all the time? Here are some questions that you can ask yourself as a kind of mini-check for how well your brain [more…]

Do’s and Don’ts of Training Your Brain

Before you get yourself going with the process of training your brain, take a quick note of these tips to help you on your way. [more…]

Five Considerations for Training Your Brain

Training your brain involves more than just your brain itself. From what to eat to doing the right physical activities, to socialising, you can help your brain to work more efficiently in lots of different [more…]

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