5 Easy At-Home Therapy Hacks to Boost Your Personality

Use these hacks to rewire you brain and change your personality for the better.

5 Easy At-Home Therapy Hacks to Boost Your Personality

Most people have some personality trait they’d like to change. While some traits change naturally over the course of time, there might be a good reason you want to alter negative quirks more rapidly. Psychologist and NY Times bestselling author of The Brain Fog Fix and Healing the Broken Brain, Dr. Mike Dow has some tricks to help you change your personality in a positive way.

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Identify What You Want to Change

It's important to first recognize personality downfalls or flaws that you want to change about yourself. If you’re a pessimist, would you like to become an optimist? If you’re shy, would you like to become more outgoing? Next, take a minute to understand how powerful you are at changing your brain each and every day. Every time you form a thought or choose a reaction, you’re creating a pathway in the brain. Every time you feel an emotion, a chemical reaction is taking place. If you’re doing the exact same thing every day, you’re using the same pathways with the same chemicals. To change these, you simply have to change how you think and what you do -- which will affect how you feel.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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