Agnes Heldewier

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15 Ways to Calm Yourself Down

We all worry and get upset from time to time. It’s a normal part of life, right? But what happens when that anxiety or anger takes over, and you …

Mindfulness

Take a Harvard Course on Buddhism for Free

If you’ve ever had an interest in learning about Buddhism, now is the perfect opportunity. You can take a Harvard University course on the beliefs, …

10 Educational Apps For Preschoolers, So You Can (Hopefully) Poop In Peace

For the (many) parents out there who allow their kids to have screen time, finding apps that are fun, engaging, age-appropriate, and somewhat …

Kids

The 10 Commandments of Emotional Intelligence

These 10 rules will help you make emotions work for you, instead of against you.<p>Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify emotions (in both yourself and others), to recognize the powerful effects of those emotions, and to use that information to inform and guide behavior.<p>It begins with …

The YouTube Star Who's Teaching Kids How To Bake

Rosanna Pansino broke into the world of nerdy baking videos in 2011 with a cheap $80 camera and a boxed cake mix. Actually, it's entirely possible that Pansino <i>created</i> the world of nerdy baking videos, with decorations for cakes, cookies and pizzas inspired by pop culture sensations like Super …

Yes, You Can Relax—With These 15 Easy Stress Relief Apps

When it comes to stress, we working moms have it rough. Kids, work, home, parents, pets—and that's just for starters. No wonder we feel stressed out. …

11 Top Positive Psychology Books That Will Improve Your Work and Life

The positive psychology movement is known for helping people improve their happiness, well-being, and productivity. This remarkable and practical book list will help you do just that.<p>The "positive psychology" field has been around for decades, but in the past several years, thanks to some notable …

Research Suggests How to Declutter the Mind

You’ve had a disagreement with a friend and can’t seem to get it out of your head. Replaying the exchange over and over again, you wish it never …

32 Easy Exercises to Boost Your Creativity Everyday

You don't need to be a talented artist to pick up a creative habit.<p>For a lot of people, creativity is a talent that few people have.<p>For me, creativity is a skill we all have and can improve with regular exercise.<p>"Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to …

The Best Brain Training Apps You Must Have on Your iPhone to Keep Your Brain in Top Form

The older you get, the more crucial it is to do everything to keep your brain in top form, although it is definitely never too early to incorporate …

Apps

Always angry or stressed? Here are six exercises to bring back happiness into your life

“I choose to be happy today,” is easier said than done. But, if we adjust how we perceive things, life can be a lot better.<p>Paul Emery, a master …

Yoga

This Meditation Exercise Builds Mental Muscle and Cures Procrastination

Imagine always having the strongest mind in the room.<p>That would mean being smart, sure.<p>But more importantly, you’d be grounded and unflappable. No …

Procrastination

If You Want to Quit Complaining, Practice These 2 Powerful Daily Habits

Change your mindset with the same hacks used by Will Smith, Muhammed Ali, and Oprah.<p>There was a time not too long ago when I complained so much my younger brother called me out. I had started to believe all the untrue stories my mind had created over the years. I was 26, and living a life that did …

Want to Be More Focused and Happier? Use Your Brain Like This

How to go from "overwhelmed" to "accomplished."<p>Have you ever been in the middle of working on something <i>really</i> important--like a report your boss wants "yesterday" or a presentation you have to give at the next staff meeting--only to have your mind drift away...right in the middle of it?<p>Perhaps you …

What is Different in the Bilingual Brain?

Interview conducted by François Grosjean<p>Research on the bilingual brain has gone through several stages over the years: the study of aphasic …

21 Easy Ways to Create a Calm Mind (Without Meditating)

<b>“Learn to calm down the winds of your mind, and you will enjoy great inner peace.” ~Remez Sasson</b><p>While juggling a full-time job and my writing, I …

The Fundamental Difference Between Parenting in America vs. the Rest of the World

It begins with an "h."<p>Here's a shocker: Turns out, most parents want to spend time with their kids. They want to care for them when they are sick, nurse them after they are born, vacation with them, support them, root for them. Parents want to be a family—that's why people have the kids in the …

Apps for Meditation and Peace of Mind

We are very lucky to have technology come as far as it has, and that there are developers out there who have our mental health and well-being at heart. They have creatively come up with apps that put tools at our fingertips to help with mood and to give us peace of mind. Here are 10 of my favorites …

The Morning Ritual: 5 Things to Do Before Breakfast to Clear Your Mind and Start the Day

It's easy to wake up and just start running around the house like a crazy person making breakfast, checking email, putting dishes away, doing push-ups, rummaging through closet hangers for an outfit and getting the kids out of the house. Ambitiously, in the spirit of "getting it all done."<p>Most of …

Productivity

This Mom Wrote A Powerful Letter About Parenting And Mental Health

<i>Get the five stories that will challenge you to rethink the world</i> <i>by signing up for</i> <i>MicCheck Daily.</i><p>Last month, 41-year-old blogger Sara Lindberg …

Mental Health

4 Meditation Tips For the First Timer

From a guy who trained as a Buddhist monk for 10 years.<p>Life can be incredibly stressful. If the tried-and-true methods for dealing with it—whiskey, some exercise, moving to another country and changing your name—aren't working, you might want to consider meditation.<p>Andy Puddicombe knows that you …

10 Instant Ways to Calm Yourself Down

As a highly-sensitive person (as defined by Elaine Aron in her bestseller <i>The Highly Sensitive Person</i>), I’m easily overwhelmed, or over-aroused (not …

I Tried Different Meditation Apps To Ease My Anxiety

Can an app really help with anxiety?<p>I go to therapy, exercise frequently, sleep well, eat mostly healthily, and have a small prescription for Xanax in case I have a particularly bad anxious episode. But day to day, I often wonder if there's more I could be doing to manage my anxiety, and to keep …

101 Motivational Quotes to Start 2016 Off Right

No matter how this past year went for you, use these 101 motivational quotes to start 2016 off right.<p>Another year has passed. It's time to start over with a clean slate. Maybe 2015 didn't go the way you planned; you didn't follow through with your great ideas and your goals weren't met. Well it's a …

These methods are most effective in reducing anxiety:

Reappraising your feelings is a better solution for reducing anxiety:<p>It has been suggested that reappraisal strategies are more effective than …

7 Online Classes That Will Make You Smarter and More Interesting

Massive open online courses have opened up classes from top-tier universities to students around the world. Here are some of the more unique offerings.<p>Since massive open online courses, known as MOOCs, exploded on the higher education scene, they've increased the breadth and access of classes in a …

What science says about meditation: it improves your focus and emotional control

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced by Buddhists for thousands of years. But today, in our electronic, distraction-filled world, the ancient practice seems to be having an unlikely moment of trendiness — so much so that it's the focus of a new app that recently garnered a New Yorker …

5 Quick And Easy Mindfulness Exercises You Can Do In The Office

When you feel close to flipping out, try one of these simple exercises to clear your head and calm your nerves.<p>When you think of relaxation, you think of meditating in the morning, or taking a hot bath at night—perhaps a glass of wine is in the picture too. But sometimes, when your day gets crazy …