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What Scientists Have To Say About Boredom And The Brain

Think about it. Your brain never gets a day off.  Every single day our brain works hard to listen, make decisions, and keep us safe. The brain is so devoted to protecting us that it never takes a break.

Even when we’re sleeping, our brain is still running. Keep in mind that getting enough sleep is extremely important for our brain, and it’s health. When we don’t get enough sleep, the brain can’t function properly, which can lead to problems down the line. Believe it or not, sleep isn’t the only gift you can give your brain. 

Wondering what the other gift is?

If you guessed embracing boredom, you are correct!

Benefits of Embracing Boredom 

The idea of sitting down and doing nothing can seem quite counterintuitive. However, it can actually work wonders on our productivity.

When we are constantly on the go, we are much more likely to experience burnout and decision fatigue.

Several studies show that boredom can increase productivity and creativity. 

Just Be

When life gets busy sometimes, we can forget to take a minute to just be and do nothing. 

Many famous writers have said their best ideas have come to them while taking a shower or organizing the house.  It just goes to show how powerful the brain can be, and how ideas can come to us anytime. So many of us have a daily to-do list. But, it may be time to think outside the box and start a to-be-list. 

Taking a casual walk around the block or stretching for as little as 5 minutes a day can make a huge difference! What are you waiting for? It’s time to embrace boredom and give your brain the rest it needs. Learn More

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Coping With Back-To-School Uncertainty

It’s no secret that this school year will be far different than most. Children haven’t stepped foot in an actual classroom for many months now, and it’s been quite a unique summer.

The unknown can often be scary, and right now, no one knows for sure what this school year will look like.

Most children love the first day of school. It’s always so nice to catch up with friends, play games and chat about summer. 

This year, children can still have an amazing first day; it’ll just be done virtually. 

Every child is different, and there is no right or wrong way to feel about the first day back. If your child is experiencing some back to school nerves, here’s what to do! 

Talk About It:

Remember, your child has never experienced a first day back quite like this one. 

They may be feeling a little confused, anxious, or scared. 

Talking about our fears and worries can help us better understand and come to terms with them.

Getting Used To The New Normal:

If your child is young, they may not fully understand what the “new normal” means. Sit down with them and let them know exactly what they can expect this year to look like, and encourage them to ask questions.

Once they have a better understanding of what’s going on, you can create a game plan together.

Focus on the Positives:

Whether your child is nervous, afraid or confused, it’s so important to focus on the positives.

You and your child can sit down together and make a list of all the things they are looking forward to this school year. Remind them how fun it will be to experience a new grade, learn new things, and spend time with family. 

Establish a Daily Routine:

Kids thrive on structure. Even though your child will be learning online, it’s still incredibly important for them to go to bed on time, have fun, and connect with friends. 

Now, it may take some time to get back into a routine, but they’ll get there.

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Finding Your Purpose

Looking to find your purpose, but aren’t sure where or how to start? Well, you’re in the right place. Keep on reading to learn more. 

Know What You Care About:

Identifying what you truly care about is one of the first steps to finding your purpose. 

You may not know the answer right now, and that’s okay. After a little brainstorming and reflection, the answer will find you.

Here are a few personal questions that can help you get started. Feel free to write down your answers in a notebook so you can look back on them. 

1) What are you good at?

2) What do you care about?

3) When was the last time you felt proud of yourself? 

Reflect On What Matters To You:

Many of us have a long list of things we care about, which is great! However, landing on one or two things that matter to you the most can help you realize what’s important in life. 

It can also help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the little things.

You can start by writing out a list of things that matter to you in no particular order. Once the list is complete, you can organize the list in order of importance.

Keep in mind that your values may slightly change over the years, so feel free to re-arrange or add items to the list as needed.

Recognize Your Strengths:

Every single one of your strengths and talents helps make you, you!

When we’ve been good at something for so long, sometimes we can underestimate just how talented we are.

Opening up to people who know you the best, like friends, family, or colleagues, can help you recognize and appreciate your talents.

Here are a few great questions you can ask the people in your life. 

1) What do you think I’m great at?

2) What do you think I love doing?

3) How do you think I’ll make a difference in the world?

Find People You Admire:

Having someone to look up to can help you in so many ways. Remember, you don’t have to know someone personally to admire them. You can admire authors, public speakers or people in your community. Learn More

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Anger Serves A Purpose

Anger is a normal human emotion. And like all emotions, it serves a purpose. Anger can guide you towards positive change and inspire you to set long term goals. 

Accept Your Anger:

It’s a common misconception that anger is a negative emotion and should be avoided at all costs. When in fact that is far from the truth. Dismissing and avoiding anger tends to intensify and prolong it. 

We all get angry. Accepting and embracing your anger can help keep it under control. 

Here’s an example. Let’s say traffic jams often make you angry, and in turn, cause your palms to sweat.

Instead of getting frustrated, take a few deep breaths, and accept what is happening. 

Remind yourself that your sweaty palms are simply the body’s physical response to anger and nothing to worry about. You are experiencing a human emotion, and it shall pass. 

Identify Your Anger:

Once you’ve accepted and come to terms with your anger, you have to identify the reason behind is.

Anger is communicating a need for change. You just need to figure out what that change is and its significance. 

Why do you think you’re angry right now? What is your anger trying to tell you? 

Establish Boundaries:

Once you’ve identified the source behind your anger, you can reset your boundaries and set appropriate expectations. 

Anger is an emotion for a reason and serves a purpose. 

It can teach you about yourself, others and the world around you. 

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Making Friends as an Adult

Ever wish making friends was easier? You’re not the only one.

Here are a few great places to meet new people and form friendships.

Social Media

Social media is a great platform to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

You can organize social events, join Facebook groups, connect with communities and much more.

Don’t be shy to reach out to someone via messenger. We bet they’ll be glad you did.

Connect With Coworkers Outside of Work

Even though you may be around your coworkers the majority of your week, we bet there is a lot you don’t know about them.

Sometimes it’s easier to connect with colleagues and establish friendships outside the office.

Inviting them to grab a coffee or watch the game after work is a great place to start.

Connect With Your Neighbours

Your new friend may be closer than you think. In fact, they may even be next door.

The next time you run into your neighbour instead of politely waving, walk over and start a conversation.

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How to Foster Meaningful Relationships

Maintaining meaningful relationships can be tough. People come in and out of our lives all the time. When we change, our relationships do as well. Here are a few ways you can successfully foster meaningful relationships.

Treat Others They Way They Want to be Treated

It’s so important to remember; we are all different.

What works for you may not necessarily work for someone else. It may even make them feel worse.

You’re not a mindreader. The only way you can know for sure what others need is by asking them directly.

Take a Pause

Have you ever said or done something out of your character in the heat of the moment?

It’s completely normal to argue or disagree with friends and family from time to time.

You have to learn to take a step back and deal with negative emotions in a healthy way.

Don’t be afraid to hit the pause button for a few minutes. During that time you can reflect on your feelings in order to calmly communicate them.

Teach People How to Treat You

You can’t read other peoples minds right?

So how are they supposed to read yours?

Don’t be afraid to open up and show people the real you. The sooner your friends and family know what you need, the sooner they can help.

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Most People With Social Anxiety Crave These Things

Most People With Social Anxiety Crave These Things

Just because you have social anxiety, doesn’t mean you don’t crave connection, growth, or confidence. Sound interesting? All you have to do is keep on reading.

Connection

Relationships are such an important part of life. They give us meaning, a sense of security and happiness.

It’s completely normal to feel uncomfortable when trying to meet new people. But the more you practice, the easier it’ll become.

Growth

Personal growth is the recipe to a better and happier you. By reading this article, you’re already one step in the right direction.

Confidence

Confidence isn’t something that develops overnight. It takes time, dedication and bravery.

Those of us with social anxiety, often want to appear confident in social situations.

Every single social interaction is the perfect opportunity to practice.

Make small talk with your sales associate. Ask a stranger for directions. Practice makes perfect.

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Helping Your Friend Through Anxiety

Helping Your Friend Through Anxiety

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Have someone in your life who suffers from anxiety? If so, check out the link below for seven ways you can help them get through it.

Offer Support: Sometimes, all we need is someone to listen to us. Have you ever had a bad day? Trick question! We all have. In life there will be those situations where you just don’t know what to say. What you can do is listen!

Encourage Them To Challenge Their Thoughts: Those with anxiety, often struggle with black and white thinking.

Here are a few questions you can ask that may help switch their mindset.

1) What’s the worst that can happen?

2) How likely is that outcome?

3) How can we turn this negative into a positive?

Ask Them What They Need: Everyone has different ways of coping with anxiety. You’re not a mind reader.You may not know what someone else needs unless you ask. The answer may surprise you.

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