Dealing with Negative Thoughts and Emotions

Many of us spend a lot of time in our own heads. Our own emotions can often feel like a roller coaster ride at times. We replay bad events from our past, worry about the future and often focus to much on the negatives in our lives. To many negative thoughts can lead to things like anxiety and depression. It can also drain all your energy from you. Getting drawn into this cycle of negative creates a prison in your own mind.   The good news is if you are struggling or  find yourself stuck in a cycle of negativity you can turn it around. With some effort, understanding, and some practice you can completely transform your life and turn your negative mind into a more positive one. Here are some tips on how to overcome negative thinking.   Understand and recognize your negative thoughts and patterns Many of these patterns are brought on by something. What is important to understand is that much of these negative thoughts serve no real person or function. They are unproductive thoughts that do nothing but drain you of your energy and directly cause you to feel negative emotions. By analyzing and recognizing the patterns you can then start to make a conscious choice as to how you feel. It is not an easy task but with practice and effort it can be overcome. One type of negative thinking is being too critical and hard on yourself. Many of us are our own worst critics. We think way more negatively of ourselves than anyone else around us. It is important to understand your...

7 Best Personal Self Improvement Apps for Android

  Duolingo: Duolingo is a great way to improve yourself by learning a second language. This app is great because it makes learning a new language fun, and there are hundreds of languages to choose from. I have begun learning Spanish by playing Duolingo for 15 minutes a day. Duolingo slowly builds a complete knowledge by teaching you not only how to speak but also how to write the language.     Argus: Argus is a great self-improvement app designed with physical health in mind. What I love most about Argus is that it’s a complete multi-faceted health solution. Argus tracks your activity, your diet, water intake, sleep and offers a social media community for encouragement. Installing Argus allowed me to stop using four separate apps simplifying my day to day life. Argus has a honeycomb layout and every day slowly fills in different tiles so you can get a complete view of your habits over time.     Meetup: Meetup is my favorite hobby building and networking app. Meetup will ask for your interests and location. Then it will show you a list of local meetups matching your interests. There are two great benefits to using this app. First this is a great way to learn more about your favorite interests and grow your hobbies. Secondly Meetup will get you out of the house and networking with a group of like minded people. Not only can you join other meet ups but also you can create your own meet up if you so choose.     Headspace: Headspace is guided meditation app. I started using Headspace to try...
Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

Prepare for Conflict Resolution Questions in the Job Interview

How to answer conflict resolution questions during the interview. As a prospective employee, how you handle conflict is tremendously important to employers. To prepare for interview questions that deal with this, consider how you might respond to questions before you sit down with the interviewer. The better prepared you are, the better your chances of impressing the employer. Here are some example questions and explanations of conflict resolution interview questions.   Tell me about your worst boss. This is about as close to a trick question as you will get in the interview. It almost invites you to cut loose with some juicy rant. If you forget how answer this question appropriately or how you prepared for it, just remember to be professional and do not lie. The interviewer might ask this for several reasons. They want to hear either the good response or the bad response and it is your responsibility to know what each are. The interviewer wants to know how you relate to your supervisors despite your opinion of them. Ideally, we have experience with only the most qualified, organized, and professional supervisors. Every boss we have ever had was like a combination of Oprah Winfrey and Yoda, guiding us nobly through employment and bestowing great wisdom. As interesting as that might be, it is not always how reality works. There is a great chance that you have had a few supervisors of widely varying levels of professionalism. You have probably had negative opinions about some of them. If you tend to treat your supervisors with disrespect, the interviewer is hoping to gain clues about it....