Iva K

90 Added | 13 Magazines | 10 Likes | 5 Following | 7 Followers | @IvaK2016 | Writer, Artist, Overcoming Depression, Flip about Mental Health, Self-improvement, Spirituality and Mindfulness, Blogging at www.thoughdarknessindaylight.com

Why letting go of control feels like dying but can save your life

Control is a fundamental part of life.<p>Our body is an exquisite mechanism. Our lungs expand, our heart is beating, the digestive system is feeding our …

Finding Your Way to Peace

I found myself sitting in a small, underground room, illuminated by fluorescent bulbs. The air reeked of an old-fashioned smell, probably piped …

Meditation

10 things to avoid while recovering from depression [+ free printable worksheet]

I'm still depressed more than I'd like to admit. The small stressors of life can easily swallow me up, and the depressed side of me is fast to …

The insight into my depression

Depression. It's infinity and the symptoms never cease. They just wither with the right care.<p>And life doesn't stop happening just because a selfish …

Is there an antidote to loneliness?

Are you lonely right now? Does the feeling come and go like the ocean's waves? Does it hurt?<p>Is loneliness always present? Does it disperse into …

The World's Greatest Tragedy.

In this society, people are no longer honest and open about all the pain, discomfort, hardship and suffering that we go through on daily basis. We …

58 potential triggers of depression [+ printable checklist]

Depression is crippling and pervasive and according to Professor <b>Robert Sapolsky</b>, it is the worst most damaging disease you can experience.<p>The major …

In the grip of the ocean

You were not born like this. You were not born short of breath, terrified and overwhelmed.<p>You were not born with the thoughts of self-loathing and …

What the super survivors can teach us about resilience

Nothing can prepare us for the adversity life can throw at us.<p>We can't be sure whether our spirit would beam with resilience in the face of adversity …

Self-help

What does your inner voice say to you?

Perhaps one day there’ll be brain implants with customised voices, just as you can have Snoop Dogg do your satnav<p>Psychologists may be the only researchers barred, on principle, from encountering the thing they’re meant to be studying. If anatomy’s your passion, cut up a corpse; if you want to …

The Brain

The 5 Major Mind Traps that Hinder Happiness

These voices keep us stuck in the depression loop. One of the keys to cultivating an antidepressant brain is realizing you are not these thoughts or …

Mindfulness

Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior.<p>It all started when Langer asked her research assistants to cut in front of innocent people …

Psychology

Mental Health Care Still a Challenge in Rural Kenya

Millions of Africans suffer from mental illness, but local superstition — and, some say, ignorance — can leave them undiagnosed and forced to suffer …

Mental Health

New study supports link between Omega-3 supplementation and reduction in depression

According to the World Health Organization, depression is a major cause of disease burden worldwide, affecting an estimated 350 million people. …

Depression

Exercise May Help Young People with Severe Mental Health Disorders

For young adults who have experienced severe mental health disorders, exercise may help reduce the severity of their symptoms, a new, small study …

7 interview questions that determine emotional intelligence

Selecting informative interview questions can be a key factor in finding the right employees — as well as weeding out the ones that won't fit. A candidate's answers can be telling.<p>While different companies embody various values and cultures, success in the workplace is strongly influenced by a …

Employment

A former FBI agent explains how emotional intelligence will make you more mentally tough

While they considered themselves mentally tough, they preferred words like awareness and alertness to describe the skills they carefully honed over the years.<p>So what is mental toughness? It is being alert and aware of our emotions, thoughts, and behavior so we can manage them in ways that set us up …

Emotional Intelligence

Why We Need to Teach Kids Emotional Intelligence

For years, I’ve taught a weekly psychology class to students ranging from 7 to 14 years-old. In this class, I encourage self-reflection, asking kids …

Emotional Intelligence

The Magic of No Self

We don't like to suffer, and we take personally when we do. We have definite ideas about how things should be, and we don't like that they aren't. The Buddha's genius was his simple recognition and articulation of the obvious reality that people experience life as unsatisfactory and impermanent. …

Let Her Sleep In! Women Need More Sleep Than Men, Says Science

Photo: weheartit Are you getting enough sleep? According to a study, if you're a woman, you require 20 minutes more sleep than men.Keywords: sleep, …

Sleep

The Psychology Behind Strained Relationships Between Fathers and Sons

• shares<p><i>The relationship between father and son shows natural ebbs and flows. Dr. Goldenberg shares the psychology of such relationships.</i><p>—<p>Written by …

Why I'm Not Ashamed To Say I Go To Therapy

My sophomore year of high school, I had a lot of "appointments." I'd rotate on what I told my friends they were for: dentist, doctor, orthodontist. …

Mental Health

How to get and stay emotionally connected

We all want to feel loved, understood, and accepted as we are. Feeling connected makes us feel fulfilled and happy.<p>It is no secret that social bonds …

Conscious Evolution: The 10 Revolutionary Keys to Saving Humanity and Healing the Planet

The Awakening of Humanity Occasionally in the course of human events, a new worldview emerges that transforms society. It happened when Jesus’ …

Documentaries

Mindfulness: A New Relationship With Discomfort

We all hate discomfort, especially the emotional kind. Everyone avoids it. But, there are new therapeutic techniques that can actually help us tolerate it better by building a new relationship with it. Sounds crazy right? A new relationship with pain? WTF?<p>But, it works. It's called …

Mindfulness

Dan Harris: Daily Meditation ‘Will Change Your Life’

It’s familiar refrain: “I wish I could meditate, I know it’s good for you, but <i>my</i> mind is just too busy.”<p>ABC News anchor Dan Harris has something to …

Meditation

Study: Doctors Don't Take Mental Health As Seriously As Physical Health

It's 2016, and the stigma attached to mental illness is infuriatingly still alive and well.<p>Negative stereotypes deeply affect those with mental health conditions and may even discourage them from getting proper medical treatment. And now research suggests this stigma even creates an unconscious …

Depression

Resources

This is a growing list to check for all sorts of useful information. Reviews of books and techniques, links to helplines, links to useful videos or …

Keeping A Journal Can Make You Mentally Stronger, Science Explains Why

Some people might think journaling is just for recording bits of daily life. But usually it’s more than that. Science has proven that keeping a …

North Carolina State University

Natural Remedy Tips on Self Help for Depression and Anxiety

Are you feeling helpless and totally overwhelmed with your life right? Is getting out of bed in the morning impossible to do some days? The impact of …