How Psychotherapy Sessions Benefit From Music

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Music has long been known to affect one’s moods and emotions. Because of this, it has become more common for psychologists to integrate music with psychotherapy in addressing behavioral, emotional, and cognitive issues among their patients. Known as music therapy, these specially-designed programs are proving helpful to people with a wide variety of issues, from developmental delays to anxiety and mood disorders.

According to Robin D. Stone, LMHC, “Today, more people are making psychotherapy a part of their self-care practice. In the same way they have personal trainers, they are investing in therapists — and that’s a good thing.” That is the reason Music therapy is beneficial in numerous situations and is a great complement to traditional psychotherapy. That being said, there are some things you should remember if you’re undergoing music therapy.

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What Does A Good Music Therapist Need?

Similar to traditional psychotherapy, music therapy is best practiced by experts in the field of psychology, or at least by a licensed counselor. Usually, music therapists are expected to have a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology or a similar field. In addition, they should also be certified by a major music therapy organization.

Generally, patients diagnosed with developmental, behavioral or other disorders start music therapy as recommended by their psychologist or counselor. However, anyone who feels that he can benefit from music therapy can scout for a practitioner within the vicinity or online to suit their individual needs. Whatever the case may be, it is always recommended to search and verify the qualifications of the therapist before getting the treatment or engaging in any kind of program that is available.

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What To Expect From Music Therapy

“Therapy doesn’t have to be talk-based; there are some modalities, like music therapy and art therapy, that can help you get those in tune with those emotions without having to cough them up verbally.” Hannah Goodman, LMHC said. Since music therapy is a relatively new practice, prospective patients may have some questions regarding the method and how the sessions are done. Just as there are a wide variety of issues that can be addressed by music therapy, there are also many ways to administer the treatment. Depending on the patient’s specific condition, a practitioner would usually tailor the program to the patient’s needs and to the extent of his condition. That being said, there are several exercises that the practitioner uses in order to get the desired results, and these may all be modified as the treatment progresses to a higher level.

In other sessions, patients may have to listen to and discuss a particular type of music or song. Based on the feedback, the therapist may analyze his patient’s emotional state. Certain lyrics or parts of a song may also bring up important memories which a therapist may discuss in another session. Other possible exercises include group sessions, dancing, singing, and other musical expressions.

If you wish to know more about other music therapy techniques, you can always ask them for more information. For concerns which might affect your treatment (maybe performing in front of other people makes you especially anxious), it would be good to make it clear with your therapist even before your program begins. “Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.” Chris Corbett, PsyD explains.

 

In conclusion, a majority of the patients find the said therapy to be a very effective and uplifting form of psychotherapy. It has been proven helpful in addressing cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems. Through one-on-one and group sessions, it may even help improve a patient’s interpersonal skills. As both an alternative and a complement to other types of therapies, mainstream music therapy is a great choice for many people hoping to improve their quality of life.

How Traveling Inspired My Writing

Surely, every writer knows what it feels like to get stuck in a rut. Just the monotonous churning of life with very little room to gather inspiration and motivation. And no matter how you force yourself to start writing an extraordinary piece, there are just not enough stimuli to even let you write your first line. Woe is you.

 

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The Best Shows On Netflix You Need To Binge-Watch

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I think it is pretty much evident that whenever you want to watch some good shows, you immediately look for one on Netflix. As of now, it has been the most extensive channel that provides quality films and series. Not all can argue with that. Though there are other places to watch, still Netflix suits most of the people’s taste. I am not promoting, just stating facts. Since there are a lot of categories to choose from, you might get bombarded with all of that. So let me cut down the list for you and allow me to make some recommendations. Here are the shows you probably never heard on Netflix that you need to binge-watch.

Sex Education – It is Netflix’s most recent show that gathers a popular rating among teens and young adults. It is a fantastic show that is played by Asa Butterfield. He is the son of a sex therapist who uses the knowledge from her mom to help assist couples in his school. It includes providing therapy sessions and counseling to a bunch of teen couples who explore and have different sexual issues. Warning! The few first episodes may seem quite cringy, though. But I guarantee the overall lesson of the show is worth watching.

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Atypical – It is a unique show that seems underrated. But if you watch the whole series, you will agree that Netflix made a great choice on creating this one. It is a story about an autistic person played by Kier Gilchrist. He went on deciding his future by wanting to have a girlfriend regardless of his autism spectrum disorder. If you do not understand what autism is all about, then it is a great show that entirely gave justice and respect to the mental illness.

Mind Hunter – If you are a fan of action and mystery movies and shows, then this one is for you. The concept targets the exploration of psychological aspects of criminology. The storyline revolves around two FBI agents played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany. Their task is to teach other police officers the right handling of situations where somebody has mental issues. If you are up for that, then this one is a great show.

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90210 – Yes, it sounds familiar because it is an adaptation from the old version of teen drama called Beverly Hills 90210 in the 1990s. It is all about the life stories of a bunch of high school kids. There is drama, thriller, comedy, romance, and mystery that sit in one show. It is a depiction of reality where the kids suffer from trauma, abuse, and neglect, which they use to create a character out of their personalities. It is funny, raw, and endearing. So if that is the kind of show you want to spend time with, it also worth it.

There are too many shows that you can watch from Netflix. Their originals are great and satisfying as well. There is no reason to feel bored because you can binge-watch depending on your choice of category.

The Hobby Of Simplifying Life (Part II)

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If we can still recall the best things about trying to get better habits to create a meaningful life entirely, there is a constant reminder there. That is to choose what is beneficial for our overall development. Honestly, it is not just about stepping away from social media from time to time. It is not only about getting enough sleep and not always about limiting negative people to enter our lives. Yes, these are all part of life’s simplification. These are still ways that help us maintain a healthy living environment. But if we go down deeper from these basics, we will realize that our life in on the line here. Therefore, it takes more than the nitty-gritty.

The Additional Care To Take Things Simple

The Ways Of The Thoughts Matter – “Anxiety is often thought of as an emotion, but it’s really more than that, especially when it gets to be problematic.” says Robert Allison, MA, LPC. Anxiety and depression are the mind’s retribution for all the unwanted thoughts we consciously want to refuse during a particular day. There is a need for carving off time from the things we need to do to find rest. The concept of lying in bed with a pad of paper and pen becomes enough for us to think about three particular topics. First, are the things that make us anxious and depressed. Second, the things that cause us pain. And third is the enumeration of things that excite us. By answering these questions, we get to sift through the disorganized status of our minds.

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Lowering Down Expectations – The problem with this habit is that we know its importance, but only a few of us apply it in our lives. Yes, the feeling of being extraordinary is way better because there is all of these acknowledgments and appraisals. However, would it be a more exceptional achievement to stay kind? There is no reason to aim in conquering the world in favor of living an extraordinary and well-known life. Marla W. Deibler, PsyD said, “When you’re consumed with what may or may not happen in several minutes or months, you can’t appreciate the here and now.” No, not wanting too much does not represent a step backward from the challenges of life. It merely states a shift in our sense of what the real hurdle should and might be. And of course, knowing where the real rewards lie.

It Is Not All About A Quite Life – In some people’s perception, quiet life is a reward to one’s self. Choosing it is the act of creating a better environment that allows growth and development. However, it is not always like that. Life is about adventure and exploration. There are things that a lot of us should discover the benefits by ourselves. The unquiet idea of life constitutes the truly satisfying things. It includes family, friends, significant other, peace, self-development, freedom, faith, and purpose. But as much as possible, we should take things slowly. We must learn to create better decisions that do not harm or interfere with our beliefs and life principles. “Happy people make healthier choices,” explains Scott Glassman, PsyD

 

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The simplicity of life is guaranteed a pearl of true wisdom. If there is anything particular that we can learn from our existence, that is never to let things control us. We are the sole controller of our lives, and that should stay that way.

 

Movies That Stir The Mind

 

 

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A writer’s mind is indeed marvelous. It wanders with just a bare thought in an ordinary day. It loves to learn about new things, and everything is exciting in its perspective. A tiny droplet of rain or the quiet blow of the wind can start a thought that is sometimes nonsense to others.

Writers love movies because like writing a novel, it brings to life an idea that has started from the imagination of a quiet mind on a lazy Sunday. They tend to think about how people come up with the idea or the concept of a movie. Several movies stir the soul of the sentimental lots especially the people who have the passion for writing.

 

Here Are Some Of The Movies About Life That Make Writers Want To React:

About Time

About Time is a movie about a young man who can travel through time and change his future, but some things are meant to happen regardless of how we try to control them. We all need to learn acceptance because this life is not all about happiness and bliss. According to Ben Martin, Psy.D., “A stressful change in life patterns can trigger a depressive episode. Such stressful events may include a serious loss, a difficult relationship, trauma, or financial problems.” The movie consists of everything else including failures, disappointments, and sadness.

Anyone would want the ability to travel through time because we all want to change something, somehow, but it’s just something we can’t do. People are interested in complicated things that will make them ask themselves “what if?”

 

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Pursuit Of Happiness

Pursuit Of Happiness is a story about the struggle of a father to give a better life to his son. It tells a story about determination and perseverance. It’s all about patience and not giving up no matter how life gets.

In the story, it shows how much a father could do for his son, which is sometimes simple for most people but seems hard for some. Sometimes, happiness just means getting a decent place and a decent meal for our children. It makes us think that some people already have this father’s “happiness” but are still unhappy. “Happy people do things differently. They make their emotional wellbeing a priority and practice daily and weekly habits that help them create joy, happiness and satisfaction in their lives.” That is according to Dr. Chantal Gagnon PhD LMHC.

 

Collateral Beauty

Collateral Beauty is a movie about a man who went through a tragic life event of losing his daughter. He started to question life by sending letters to abstract entities: Love, Time, and Death.

“We need help getting through the experiences of losing someone (or an animal) we love, life transitions, anxiety about the impending loss of a loved one, or stress because the situation is out of our control.” Zainab Killidar, LMHC said. We need all kinds of feelings, even grief, and loneliness. It teaches us that there is love in sadness and death, and we are all in control of how we are going to spend the time we have.

 

The Choice

The Choice is a love story that teaches us that a single choice, regardless of being good or bad, will always lead to another that could make a significant impact on our lives. It tells us that life is composed of the choices we make.

 

The Lucky One

Logan Lucky is a story of a soldier finding a photo of a girl that’s meant to keep someone else alive. He saw and picked it up from the rubbles, and it kept him alive. He then dedicated his life looking for the girl in the photo to thank her for saving him.

It teaches us that everything happens for a reason, just like the soldier in the movie. He was meant to find the girl’s photo because he was destined to be in her life.

 

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Safe Haven

Safe Haven is a movie about a man who lost his wife to cancer. He has two kids, and they’re living in a small town trying to continue their lives. This movie encompasses the endless love of mothers to their children, how we all deserve second chances, and how we need to give importance to the things we have – because not all who deserve it get it, and not all who get it deserve it.

 

Life Of Pi

Life of Pi is a movie about a young man who tragically lost everything and got stranded on a small boat with no one but a dangerous tiger. He went on an adventure with the most unexpected companion, but he refused to give in to negativity.

It is an inspirational movie about how everything is up to one’s life perspective. We have the power over our mind to decide how we see things. We can choose to hold on to blame and anger, or we can forgive and find the will to move on.

These movies are all mind-stirring because they tackle the complicated and perplexing topics about life – love, time, death, happiness, choices, and chances. These are all difficult issues that we don’t fully understand, and these kinds of movies will make the audience think twice about how they see and live life.

 

People are interested in things that question them. They want never-ending contemplative issues that seek an answer they ask themselves. After watching, people may realize that these people in the movies had it worse, but they chose to make things simpler, live better, and make their lives a story worth telling.

The Hobby Of Simplifying Life

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Some problems will come our way no matter what. But that is okay. Life is always going to be a lot more manageable, maybe in a couple of minutes or an hour. Unfortunately, not all of us think that way. Some of us exercise no caution with ourselves. Some overthink about having too many daily duties in the office. Some are too focused on getting things done regardless of the limits in capability. Some are easily frustrated when they cannot control their emotions due to lack of mindfulness. We know all those things take up a lot of energy and brain function. Then, we lament that life is so stressful and not as calm as it might be. As a result, we end up having a psychological breakdown.

The Care To Take Things Simple

“It’s unfortunate that when we are stressed or overwhelmed, the first things we neglect are the things we enjoy the most.” Melanie McNally, PsyD, LCPC said. Anxiety, stress, and depression are no phenomenon. It is the brains logical thinking and response to stay away from continuous overstimulation. It is the button that tells us we have to stop hurting ourselves, mainly targeting the emotional, physical, and mental aspects. It is a sign where the need to simplify things becomes a necessity. The possibilities of getting right into simplifying things are the list that follows:

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Fewer People For Fewer Commitments – Yes, having a lot of people around is a privilege. However, psychologically speaking, it is also a bit dangerous and exhausting at the same time. Some people are significant in our overall development. These individuals know how to react to our mood swings. They know how to address our self-loathing issues. They also understand our emotional crisis better than we do. However, there are those individuals that contribute to an unhealthy routine that leads to a mental breakdown. So to make things simple, and to avoid getting stressed, we have to cut down the numbers of those people who does not entirely do anything useful in our lives.

Sleep Is The Better Escape – “The amount of sleep you get and the quality of that sleep can actually affect your physical and mental health in ways you don’t anticipate.” Julia Hogan, LCPC said. Getting the right amount of sleep, say at least seven to eight hours is enough. If we can manage to push it to the maximum, then it is much better. Not only sleep can help in overall regeneration. It is also the most reliable way to stop us from aggravating our sorrows from our search to the profound explanation of life. A lot of times, there is entirely no need to make life-changing decisions. Sometimes we only need to get more rest to think about things through.

Social Media Restriction Is A Must – Normally, we check our phones every day every time we wake up. Who doesn’t do that these days? But what we take-in from social media is probably the single most significant contributor to our mental illness. Every bit of information presents and fills our minds with disaster, exploits, mania, scandals, furies, and insanities from strangers all over the world. It makes us fragile emotionally and mentally. Brie Shelly, MS, LMHC, RYT once said, “The rise and growing significance of social media has caused an influx of mental health concerns, such as low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. Now is the time to start paying attention to how social media is influencing your life choices and mental health.”

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As we can see, the only way to simplify life is to choose its betterment. Life is not that stressful. Only we humans can’t control the habits we do.

Reasons Why I Love Spending Time With People

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Perhaps you know that living alone is not the first choice anyone would consider. A lot of us will automatically desire to be with people who appreciate and value our worth. There is this sense of fulfillment when we surround ourselves with individuals that we can get along quickly. We feel alive when these people share things with us. That includes the personal stories they have, the affection they feel, as well as the considerations they need to go through for us. But for my personal preferences, here are the reasons why I love to hang out with different people.

I Get To Be Happy – We all feel happy when we surround ourselves with the right people. This sense of belongingness makes us believe that individuals are born for each other. For me, other individuals make me happy because I can be myself with them. I can laugh and cry anytime I want. I can share unforgettable memories with the people who stick around. There is a feeling of self-worth that makes me thankful for the people. “By building a list of people that you trust, with whom you can talk to in times of need, you allow yourself a strong sense of not being alone.” David Klow, a licensed therapist said.

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I Learn A Lot Of Experiences – Having people around does not mean they should represent a complete positivity. Sometimes, those people who are toxic also signify a role in your life. I spend time with people even though I know I can get emotionally and mentally hurt because I want to learn from them. I want to understand what it feels like to be surrounded by negative energy so that I can create a solution for different situations. I want to become more aware of people’s personality that often harms others.

I Understand Myself Even Better – Being surrounded by different people is sometimes too much to handle. There are pressure, inconsistencies, lies, and drama everywhere. But the point of wanting to get involved with them is the fact of understanding myself. I want people to surround me so that I can see and evaluate myself towards them. I want to know my capabilities and limitations as to where I can put up with my life decisions. Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC,  once said, “Your environment, both your social and natural surroundings, can greatly impact how you feel.” Therefore, surrounding myself with different individuals make me acknowledge my flaws and insecurities as well.

I Can Value My Purpose – There is nothing that holds me in becoming the person I am right now. Thanks to those people who made me realize that I serve to please nobody. I spend time with them not only for happiness and great moments, but to also value my purpose in life. Together with the right or wicked influence people, I get to see myself even better. There is self-love. I get to know what the things I should and should not do for people and for myself too. I believe in Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. when she said, “Self-love is not simply a state of feeling good. It is a state of appreciation for oneself that grows from actions that support our physical, psychological and spiritual growth.”

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There is nothing sinful with spending time with people. But if their presence is not worth having around, we should consider changing our preference. I like everyone because I believe I cannot live without them. But I will not tolerate the damages they can cause me along the process of me trying to become better.

Why We Tend To Watch Non-Stop

Technology nowadays has paved way not just to multitask effectively but also to drown out the world wherever we may be. For instance, blasting music everywhere we go, to try and escaping reality; reading books without the hassle of carrying bulky ones, and watch movies and series so we can live vicariously through specific characters. Aside from an escape and the cultural phenomenon, therapists have unraveled deeper reason as to why people tend to watch non-stop.

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Binge-Watching

According to some sources, binge-watching or binge-viewing mean watching multiple episodes of a television series, even movies for a long time non-stop, and due to the increasing number of video streaming applications and services such as Amazon Video, Hulu, and Netflix, people can now watch anytime, anywhere and in any language you prefer. However, this does not only lengthen the person’s list of viewed movies and series, but it also affects how the mind works, the person’s emotion and behavior.

Why We Binge Watch

  • Empathy

One reason why therapists believe a lot of people get hooked to such practice is the person who is watching appeals to the idea of compassion. The person doesn’t necessarily vicariously live through the character; however, the person watching, sees how the character(s) respond to different situations, he observes how the character(s) adopt to different psychological perspectives, thus igniting the person’s ability to recognize and respond appropriately to the character’s situation.

  • Better State Of Mind

Binge-watching is also claimed to put people in a better state of mind. As a person watch his or her favorite TV programs and movie puts them in a good mood, which researchers believe that watching non-stop serves as an alternative to interacting socially without the worry of things going out of hand. Studies also show that a better state of mind restores one’s ability to control one’s self.

  • Helps Us Heal: Cinema Therapy

Aside from eliciting a better state of mind, watching movies allows us to explore our psyche. The person watching gets to be exposed to an entirely different perspective; he or she gets to relate and empathize with the characters, while some therapists believe that films help the person heal. Such as Gary Solomon, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S.W., P.H.C. and author of Prescription and Reel Therapy, believes that watching movies or films could also help change the way we think, feel, and even help us through our ups and downs, that could also help aid in treating mental or psychological conditions.

Therapists suggest watching movies that are similar to what the person is experiencing to look for therapeutic context to gain a different perspective on that particular situation, while others use films to help in aiding needed emotional release. People who find it hard to express emotions, including crying and laughing, rely on movies to help them open up.

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  • Gives Courage

The person often finds the characters to model behavior that he or she would like to emulate. Binge-watching hero films like Marvel movies; series like the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.S., evokes courage. Watching someone display dauntlessness help kills fear, in a way, it is living vicariously through the character, and that somehow empowers the person watching. Sometimes it could also help you figure out what you want, providing exposure to a career you might be interested.

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  • Provides An Escape

Although movies and series could help get anyone through ups and downs, doesn’t mean it can’t serve as an escape as well. Letting loose and getting lost in whatever a person is watching from time to time could help in stress management. As the person binge-watch his or her favorite show, the body continuously produces dopamine, which elicits drug-like high due to the pleasure you feel as you watch.

Some people find it difficult to shut their brain for a while, to distress and momentarily forget the pressure; watching non-stop allows the brain to block thoughts that could cause stress and negative emotions temporarily.

Although binge-watching has undeniable positive effects, keep in mind that this all depends on what the person is watching and how the person perceives what he or she is watching, it depends on the kind of thinking and emotion it elicits. Despite the therapeutic effect of watching films and series, this should not serve as a substitute for getting proper medication or therapy unless prescribed.

Lastly, keep in mind that binge-watching should not get in the way to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the purpose of movies and series, to begin with, is to entertain and open us to entirely new ideas and thinking, but to keep a healthy mind, we must also keep out physical body healthy.

Psychology Recommends These Hobbies For Mental Wellness

It is no secret that stress and anxiety are the worst types of mental illness that every one of us experiences. It is underrated but full of potential to damage our overall well-being. Most of the times, we don’t know we are getting affected by these. There are instances that we tend to ignore the symptoms because we believe that what we are dealing with is normal. With that particular instance, we become prone to other sources of damage such as emotional and physical. Since stress and anxiety is a psychological problem, here is psychology’s recommendation of hobbies that helps us in maintaining our mental wellness.

Painting Or Coloring

Painting or coloring is a hobby known to be so therapeutic. It helps in managing stress and anxiety due to its potential in increasing and developing creativity. It also allows improvement in communication skills through the use of expressionism and builds problems solving skills with the help of increased focus. It also improves memory and concentration, plus nurtures emotional growth. Coloring or painting is beneficial because it supports emotional and mental stability through the progress of skills and ability. It produces an open environment that is useful for healing and recovery.

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Journaling

One of the most leisurely hobbies any of us can do is journaling. There is a room for positive thoughts in its process. According to Alison Stone, LCSW, “Journaling is great for enhancing self-awareness through helping us detect and track patterns of behavior, thoughts, and feelings.” It helps in aiding mental wellness because it allows emotional and psychological relaxation. It proves to lessen negative emotions and provides a sense of worth in an individual’s overall presence. It develops a feeling of happiness and inspires us to think about the good things the world has to offer. It helps us in analyzing our thoughts and ideas so we can realize what causes our stress and anxiety and avoid them. It also supports the process of mental recovery through the help of increased concentration and attention. It promotes a better regulation of emotions as well.

Reading

Reading is one of the essential things that contribute to the betterment of our mental development. Not only it provides us with additional information, but it also supports a healthy brain function. “Reading, doing challenging puzzles such as crosswords or Sudoku, debating issues with others who have opposing viewpoints, learning a new language or musical instrument, trying a new hobby, or teaching and tutoring others are all ways to maintain or improve your intellectual wellness.” Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC said. Reading has the potential to increase our understanding and self-awareness. It heightens the level of brain development, enhances and protects memory function, aids stress and anxiety, and improves mood. It allows the brain to have different patterns where it supports complex cognitive workout. It also helps in reducing the signs and symptoms of certain mental conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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Traveling

Traveling is the world’s best anxiety and stress reliever. It supports the foundation of having a dynamic and independent personality. It improves overall balance in emotional, physical, and mental aspects. Traveling allows increased cognitive flexibility, better communication skills, improved creativity, boosted self-confidence, and increased overall awareness. Aside from that, it will enable a better understanding of the world out there. It securely resets the mind, soul, and body through the gathered knowledge from the process of personal experiences. It can take out the negative things in our lives and incorporate positivity in all of its areas. These include self and social development.

Practicing Yoga

According to Ben Martin, Psy.D. “Aerobic exercise and yoga have been found to be particularly beneficial for reducing stress and improving mood.” Yoga is the best practice that improves mental awareness. It undergoes the process of meditation, where it also relieves stress and anxiety. It benefits mental health significantly due to its potential to release good hormones in the brain. It becomes the best method for psychotherapy because it allows focus and concentration. Aside from that, yoga is beneficial for the physical aspects. Since it is also a form of exercise, it also has the potential to reduce muscle tension, lessen the risk of inflammation, and aids fatigue.

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Exercising

It is the number one most recommended hobby that every one of us should consider. Aside from the healthy and fit physique that exercising can provide, it also helps in flushing out all the unwanted toxins in the body. It helps the heart in reaching its best rate so it can pump more oxygen beneficial for brain development. From that, it dramatically reduces stress and anxiety with the help of the increased endorphins and serotonin levels in the brain. It also aids in channeling all the negative emotions such as anger and frustration.

No one is immune to stress and anxiety. It has nothing to do with gender, status, and age. It merely stems out unpredictably at any point of time. With that, we have to make sure that when the mental illnesses strike, we are capable of dealing with it no matter what.

Basic Stuff You Need When Starting A Blog

The cyberspace has become an avenue not only for entertainment and income-generating projects but also for stress-busting hobbies. Most people with anxiety find writing a therapeutic activity as it becomes an outlet to channel their thoughts and emotions. At the same time, writing occupies their mind to ward off unhappy and depressive thoughts by being busy with something they find fun and worthy of their time.

Most people who publish their writings and works online also find it fun and worthwhile to have people read and look at them. While these writings may not directly involve their stressed thoughts and swirling emotions, it can, however, be about a particular niche they like. As mentioned, writing occupies the mind. Sharing one’s thoughts, especially something new to the target readers, is, in fact, stress-relieving.

Are you now convinced to start a blog? Finally! Worry not. While it may look hard at the moment, we will take it step by step. The following are the basic stuff you will need to start your own online space:

Look For A Blog Host

 

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There are a lot of blog-hosting sites that you can find on the Internet. Start by searching the best platforms based on trusted reviews and positive ratings. Read reviews about the pros and cons of using a particular hosting site and weigh these against that of another site.

There are specific criteria you can consider in choosing the best blog-hosting site. Think of the interface’s user-friendliness for beginners like you. Before subscribing, look for the available themes and layouts that the site has to offer. Check the plugins that might appeal to you. Consider also the online forums and technical support it has so that if something goes wrong with your data, you already have someone to ask help from.

Find Your Niche

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What particular topic do you want to write about? Do you want it to be profitable in the long run? Or do you want to share your adventures and personal life with others? The decision on which niche you mainly want to focus on is up to you. You may have thousands of ideas right now, but remember that you are choosing a niche so that you know who your target audience is.

Choose A Domain Name

You make your brand and personality online. While your goal is not really to earn money, your blog is a reflection of you, and it should create a first impression about who you are or what your content is. Keep in mind that this blog of yours will soon contain your essential files and data. Be creative in choosing a name.

It does not need to be very long as one-word blog names are enough. But don’t worry if you cannot find a proper name that will satisfy your choices. More often than not, blog-hosting sites offer and suggest domain names based on your name or even preferred keyword.

Design And Personalize Your Blog

Here comes the fun part. Choosing a pre-made layout from the blog-hosting site may not even satisfy you. Worry not. These pre-made layouts can still be personalized depending on how you visualize your blog to be.

Add plugins, different dropdown buttons, sidebars, and other tools for entertainment on the page itself. Choose the text fonts and color gradients that appeal to you and your personality. You can be minimalist or even be elaborate in details inside your soon-to-be-published blog.

Prepare Your First Post

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After all the time you’ve spent in trying and finding the best layout for your online space, it’s time to test it out with your very first blog post. It can be a random post or of any topic you like accompanied by pictures or any visuals you have. You can share your thoughts or engage the readers already on your first post. A short write up will do for the meantime.

Now that you have your own space, you are free to write anything about your chosen topic or even include a section of your online journal about everyday dealings in life. Setting up a blog is not that complicated if you will take it slowly, starting with the basic things you need to prepare. Your blog is a reflection of you, so take your time to set it up according to your taste, without any rush or pressure in doing so.