How to Stay Focused at Work During Personal Crisis

If you’ve made your career a top priority, you’re no doubt a pro at honoring your professional commitments and continually striving for excellence. You may have even made sacrifices to succeed in the workplace -- like not calling in sick when you probably should have or putting your social life on the back burner to stay late and produce the best possible results at the office.

But how do you keep those career ambitions on track then when a major life event suddenly rocks your world? And I’m talking big stuff -- like a family member is diagnosed with cancer, you find yourself in serious financial trouble, or your fiancé calls off the wedding.

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5 Ways to Expand All-or-Nothing Thinking

You’re either successful or you're worthless. You’re smart or you’re stupid. You’re a writer or you’re an artist. Your life is wonderful or it’s terrible. Something is right or it’s wrong.

These are examples of all-or-nothing thinking (also known as black-and-white thinking). According to Ashley Thorn, a licensed marriage and family therapist, this kind of thinking “means you have only two options: things have to be one way or another, and there is no gray area or in-between.”
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Finding Peace in Any Moment

Ironically, we’re often unaware of what we’re paying attention to. And where our attention wanders can be anything but peaceful. At any moment your mind might be stuck on a record of negative, troublesome thoughts.

According to psychologist Gail Brenner, Ph.D, “you might be worrying about the future, ruminating about something that happened in the past, thinking about what you should have said or done.” You might be thinking about what others should or shouldn’t be doing, she said. You might be clinging to expectations about how life should be, which aren’t being met, she said.

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Psychology Around the Net: August 8, 2015

Happy Saturday, Psych Central readers!

This week's Psychology Around the Net covers everything from ways to beat anxiety at work to learning how you can stop denying yourself happiness -- and much more.

25 People Told Us What Relieves Their Anxiety at Work: Anxiety sufferers can agree the condition harms both our relationships with co-workers and our performance. Would any of these tips help you get a handle on your anxiety at work?

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Brain and Behavior

3 Strategies to Reframe Your Thinking on Exercise

Even though most of us put happiness near the top of our want lists, many of us are secretly convinced that it will always be just out of reach. But the truth is that happiness is already available to us. All we have to do is start moving.

Scientific evidence is mounting that moving our bodies changes our brains in ways that can lead to happiness. In fact, it turns out that moving our bodies is one of the best ways to foster a chemical reaction that leads to happiness. Even small amounts of movement -- as little as one minute – boost energy and mood. Research also shows that we are much more likely to stick with exercise that we choose autonomously, enjoy doing, and makes us feel great right now.

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Brain and Behavior

Value Comes from Within

With the ever-growing popularity of social media and instant access to external feedback, it’s no wonder our society is wrought with invitations to like, heart, or share something about ourselves which we find valuable. But what happens if we don’t get the feedback we expected?

Research has found correlations between activity on social media and self-valuation. Utah Valley University researchers found that in a group of 425 students, the probability of “having negative feelings” about one’s self increases as the amount of time checking Facebook increases, due to assumptions of others living better lives (Chou & Edge, 2011). Another study out of the University of Michigan found that participants’ overall life satisfaction decreased over a two-week period the more they checked Facebook (Kross, Verduyn, Demiralp, Park, Lee, Lin, Shablack, et al., 2013).

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3 Powerful Tips to Keep Shame from Taking Over Your Life

Let those ugly thoughts out and pull some happy thoughts IN!
"When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you." - African proverb
When I was eighteen, I found myself caught up in a love triangle. It was more like two intertwined love triangles, actually. All was fun and games until I became pregnant. Long story short -- the sex, lies, and paternity tests created an "inner shame monster" in my heart and mind that I then dutifully carried around with me for decades.

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5 Ways to Stop Inbox Stress and Regain Control of Your Time

When was the last time your inbox was empty?

Sometimes I feel as if I spend the entire day just answering emails, without ever finding the time to get to more important projects and tasks.

When it comes to email, there’s an inherent pressure and urgency to the task. It’s easy to feel as if we should be constantly checking emails and responding quickly -- or we risk the potential of being seen as lazy, unorganized, and unproductive.
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Pets as Therapy

Growing up, I’d fantasize about what it would be like to have a dog. Besides the cuteness and fluffiness and opportunity to have an extra playpal, I rationalized that I could "talk" to this canine about my problems. And it would dutifully listen and lick my hand, and snuggle up against me whenever I felt down.

I never got the dog (and no parents, this isn’t a guilt-trip article, do not fret), but extensive research certainly illustrates that pets can be therapeutic.

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3 Powerful Ways Money Actually CAN Buy Happiness

Don't hold back, shop 'til you drop... as long as you spend that cash the "right" way.

When you need a little lift, do you like to go shopping?

Oh wait … or do you feel guilty shopping because it's bad, consumerism is wasteful, others aren't as fortunate as you, blah blah blah, and other reasons from a never ending list?

Well, here’s some news for you: Money can buy happiness!

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