I was nine years old when my life completely changed. I had always been a happy kid, but anxious. Being an only child with overprotective parents ensured that when I had to face the world on my own I had no idea about what to do. Every social interaction was awkward, every word-exchange a gamble, almost scripted, and not very well. Having to go to school was dreadful; I tried to make myself as invisible as possible, but even then, I got noticed, bullied and harassed. I hated the whole experience, and knowing that I would have to continue going through it for many more years would almost put me in a relentless panic. One Monday morning I woke up and the fear had been replaced with emptiness; a sad void that stemmed from my heart and protruded to my limbs, rendering my useless. The colors of the world had disappeared, and everything was in black and white now. I had the constant sensation of falling into a bottomless abyss, not knowing when I would reach the bottom, if there even was one. My mom failed at getting me out of bed that morning. She could tell that something had changed, something serious. In the midst of things, I'd lost my purpose to enjoy, to look forward, to live, to breathe. All there was left to do was lay in bed and stay soaked in sadness and sweat, barely more alive than dead. My parents and everyone else that knew of my condition could not explain how a nine-year-old could be so sad. Life was just beginning, there were so many things to look forward to! But I kept struggling with purpose, because I had convinced myself there wasn't any. Going to a doctor was not an option. Taking me to a psychiatrist would mean that I was crazy, and I wasn't crazy, just really, really sad. So, my parents resorted to what they knew best; prayer and Bible passages, as well as forcing me to go to the park from time to time to enjoy the fresh air. It didn't work as well as they would've liked to. The stigma and lack of information regarding mental illness at the time made my journey immensely difficult. I spent decades self-medicating with alcohol and drugs, ruining friendships and relationships, damaging my family beyond repair. I didn't know what else to do, where else to turn. Sometimes I just wanted to feel numb, others I needed to feel something, something that would prove to me that my heart was still beating somewhere inside me. I had to hit rock bottom several times to have the fortune to meet doctors that took the time to understand me, to be able to begin the slow crawl from the hole that I had dug for almost 20 years. It was painful, almost impossible at times, but I feel fortunate to have succeeded. That is the reason that children and parents are my focus nowadays; we must educate society to look for warning signs of mental distress early own, and we must end the stigma that tells them not to ask for help. We have a great responsibility, as a society, to help that nine-year-old child that might feel purposeless find a way to have hope, and to smile again. The Flawed Ones is a novel that touches on the subject of depression, addiction, mental illness, the humanity that still surrounds those that are afflicted, and the stigma that we must eradicate to help the ones that feel helpless. You can have a chance to win a free copy before its official release at theflawedones.com Photo credit: Micha Parzuchowski You've read My Battle Against Depression As a Child and What I Wish I Would've Known, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.
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If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.</p><br /> <p><img width="925" height="198" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-28-at-10.13.04-PM-925x198.png" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="13 Foods That Are As Inexpensive As They Are Healthy" /></p><br /> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-45181" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Screen-Shot-2016-10-28-at-10.13.04-PM-460x268.png" alt="healthy cheap food" width="460" height="268" /></p><br /> <p>Eating a quality, nutritious diet is critical to health and wellbeing. Without the right foods, your body and mind cannot function as nature intended them to. Unfortunately, a small budget can make eating well seem impossible. Nutritious but expensive foods are not an option for those with limited resources. Thankfully, there are plenty of foods that are as inexpensive as they are healthy. Here are thirteen of the foods that best combine together these two qualities.</p><br /> <h2>Brown Rice</h2><br /> <p>An affordable staple in many parts of the world, rice is more filling and much healthier in its brown (unprocessed) form. Brown rice is an excellent source for fiber and contains such nutrients as selenium and iron. What's even better is how versatile brown rice is. While it can be eaten on its own, brown rice can also serve as an ingredient in many delicious recipes, from soups to stews to casseroles.</p><br /> <h2>Oatmeal</h2><br /> <p>Dirt cheap, filling, and packed with nutrients, oatmeal is an almost perfect food for folks without much cash to spare. Oatmeal is an especially good source for fiber, which is necessary for the digestive system to function properly, and can help lower cholesterol. Oats also contain omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and folate. When buying oatmeal, consumers should avoid flavored varieties, which contain added sugar.</p><br /> <h2>Bananas</h2><br /> <p>Bananas maintain a low price year round, and are extremely healthy to boot. This natural snack food is notably high in potassium, B vitamins, and fiber, and has smaller quantities of vitamin A and healthy carbohydrates. Bananas are especially helpful to the budget consumer since most fruits are not particularly cheap.</p><br /> <h2>Beans</h2><br /> <p>Since they provide lots of protein, beans are as filling and satisfying as they are cheap. Enjoyable on their own, beans are a great way to boost a meal's nutritional content, since they can be used as an ingredient in many different recipes. Beans are also a valuable source for such nutrients as potassium, an excellent way to consume enough fiber, and often contain antioxidants. Plus, beans can be bought in bulk for greater savings.</p><br /> <h2>Almonds</h2><br /> <p>Though most nuts are expensive, almonds are a happy exception. Almonds are the ideal snack since they provide a quick burst of energy and are much healthier than most other snack foods. Healthy (monounsaturated) fats, magnesium, vitamin E, and vitamin B are the most significant of the important vitamin and minerals found in almonds. Almonds are a valuable source for protein and fiber as well. Studies have found that almonds contribute to heart health and help lower cholesterol.</p><br /> <h2>Whole-wheat bread</h2><br /> <p>Sandwiches, one of the cheapest and most convenient meals there is, are too often created with nutrient-poor white bread. A far better choice is fiber-rich whole-wheat bread, which is just as inexpensive, but much healthier.¬†A grain's nutritional value is almost entirely contained in its germ and bran, which are generally removed except in products like whole-wheat bread.</p><br /> <h2>Spinach</h2><br /> <p>Vegetables are crucial to any diet, and spinach is one of the most nutrient-dense veggies there is, making it an excellent choice for those on a budget. Spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals such as folate, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin E. Though spinach on its own may be unpalatable to some, it can also be used as an ingredient in salads, soups, and many other dishes.</p><br /> <h2>Canned tuna</h2><br /> <p>As convenient as a food can be, canned tuna is an economical way to get a significant amount of the protein and calories the body needs every day. Even better, canned tuna is a great source for omega-3 fatty acids, which are necessary for many basic bodily functions and are crucial to brain health. Vitamin B12 (crucial for processing food into energy) and niacin (which helps the skin and digestive system stay healthy) are found in tuna as well.</p><br /> <h2>Whole milk</h2><br /> <p>Although high in fat, milk's nutritional value to cost ratio simply can't be ignored. Since it is high in protein, milk will help drinkers feel full and satiated for longer. Milk is a great source for calcium (crucial to bone integrity), vitamin D, and potassium. Also found in milk are such minerals and vitamins as phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin B12. Bottom line: milk provides a fantastic nutritional bang for its buck.</p><br /> <h2>Peanut butter</h2><br /> <p>High in protein, peanut butter will provide a big energy boost and stave off hunger for hours -- two qualities important to people needing to save on food. Though peanut butter is rich in fat, this fat is mostly healthy, heart-friendly monounsaturated fat. Magnesium, vitamin E, and potassium are also found in peanut butter.</p><br /> <h2>Frozen vegetables</h2><br /> <p>Besides the specific veggies mentioned above, frozen vegetables of almost any type are a great deal for consumers. Surprisingly, frozen vegetables are also generally at least as healthy as the fresh stuff. As soon as they are harvested, frozen vegetables are flash frozen, locking in almost all available nutrients. In contrast, fresh vegetables start losing their nutritional value immediately after being picked. Cheaper <em>and</em> healthier -- frozen vegetables are a fantastic buy.</p><br /> <h2>Eggs</h2><br /> <p>Eggs are so rich in protein they could be described as nature's answer to protein powder, which means that consuming a <a href="http://strongdaily.net/how-many-calories-in-an-egg/">hard boiled egg</a>¬†will promote feelings of fullness and provide a big energy boost, making them an excellent value purchase. Plus, B vitamins, vitamin D, iron, and carotenoids are found in eggs.</p><br /> <h2>Whole-grain pasta</h2><br /> <p>A classic budget-friendly meal, normal pasta is, however, not especially healthy. A much better choice is the whole-grain variant of pasta, which is still extremely cheap. Whole-grain pasta is more nutritious than regular pasta because it contains three times as much fiber, double the calcium, extra protein, and higher amounts of substances such as selenium, phosphorus, B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, and copper.</p><br /> <p>As the above list clearly shows, the idea that eating nutritiously and saving money are mutually exclusive is wrong. Neither a limited budget nor a desire to cut expenses is a serious barrier to eating a good diet. The key is simply to prioritize consumption of foods that are both cheap and highly nutritious -- such as those listed in this article.</p><br /> <p>You've read <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/thirteen-foods-that-are-as-inexpensive-as-they-are-healthy/">13 Foods That Are as Inexpensive as They Are Healthy</a>, originally posted on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog">Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement</a>. 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If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.</p><br /> <p><img width="819" height="198" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Screen-Shot-2016-10-14-at-11.45.55-PM-819x198.png" class="attachment-post-thumbnail size-post-thumbnail wp-post-image" alt="4 Common Reasons Why You Fail To Achieve Your Goals" /></p><br /> <p><img class="alignnone size-large wp-image-44829" src="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Screen-Shot-2016-10-14-at-11.45.55-PM-460x323.png" alt="how to achieve your goals" width="460" height="323" /></p><br /> <p>Are you making progress?¬†In this article I'm going to give you 4 reasons why you fail to achieve your goals and hopefully by the end of this article you will be able to make the necessary adjustments.</p><br /> <h1><strong>1) You have too many goals</strong></h1><br /> <p>How many goals do you have? Having too many goals is one of the most common mistakes that people do. When you try to aim at too many targets as the same time you end up hitting none of them.</p><br /> <p>Look at your current list of goals; what are the two or three main goals that you absolutely want to achieve?</p><br /> <p>To achieve¬†your goals¬†I highly recommend you to focus on the 1 or 2 area(s) of your life in which you really want to make significant changes. Identify the one or two main goals that will have the maximum impact in these areas before moving to any other areas of your life.</p><br /> <p>Main areas include your career, your health, your relationships, your personal growth and your finance. You should spend the majority of your time working on these goals because they will have the biggest impact on your life.</p><br /> <p>What are the areas of your life you really want to focus on right now?</p><br /> <h1><strong> 2) You are not obsessed with your goals </strong></h1><br /> <p>Let me guess: the only time you set goals is at the beginning of each year as part of your so-called New Year resolutions, but you quickly forget your resolutions a few weeks later.</p><br /> <p>Let's be honest, how truly committed are you to achieve your goals? How often do you look at your list of goals?</p><br /> <p>Here some of the things I personally do to ensure¬†I stay on track with my¬†goals:</p><br /> <ul><br /> <li>I look at my goals every single morning and read them out loud 2 or 3 times</li><br /> <li>I'm constantly thinking about them throughout the day.</li><br /> <li>I make my goals a must. Not achieving them is a big deal</li><br /> <li>I keep talking about them with my friends or other people I meet in order to increase my commitment to them</li><br /> </ul><br /> <p>What about you? How obsessed are you with your goals?</p><br /> <h1><strong> 3) You are not mentally prepared</strong></h1><br /> <p>You may be obsessed with your goals but what if you encounter major setbacks during your journey towards these goals?</p><br /> <p>Most people give up to easily on their goals and the main reason for that is because they fail to prepare themselves mentally for temporary setbacks. They don't create a clear plan of action that they can implement to cope with setbacks. Here are some questions you should ask yourself:</p><br /> <p>What are all the possible obstacles that I may encounter¬†as I'm working towards my goals? How will I tackle them? What would have to happen for me to give up?</p><br /> <p>Just by visualizing everything that may go wrong and writing down a contingency plan you will significantly increase your ability to persevere when facing temporary setbacks.</p><br /> <h1><strong> 4) You lack patience</strong></h1><br /> <p>I found lack of patience to be a major problem as I work towards my goals. The more obsessed you are with your goals, the more emotionally involved you will become. This is a good thing.</p><br /> <p>However, you also need to realize that constantly thinking about your goals can make you feel like you've been working on them for an entire year even though it has only been two weeks!</p><br /> <p>Then, you start feeling like you are not getting any result and before you know it you start doubting yourself ready to give up. Does it sound familiar? When that happens, keep telling yourself ¬ę¬†it's okay, I have time. I have time.¬†¬Ľ</p><br /> <p>You have time so don't let your mind trick you and keep working on your goals every day. Let me say it again: ‚Äúyou have time!‚ÄĚ.</p><br /> <p>These tips helped me tremendously stay on track with my goals so I sincerely hope that they will be as beneficial to you as they are to me. In case you don't have written goals yet, I highly encourage you to get started today!</p><br /> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Here is a special bonus for you</strong></span></p><br /> <p>Why not go further in your personal development journey? If you like this article I'm sure you will benefit from my¬†free e-book. You can download it below:</p><br /> <p><a href="http://whatispersonaldevelopment.org/subscription">The 5 Commandments of Personal Development</a></p><br /> <p><em>Thibaut Meurisse is the founder of whatispersonaldevelopment.org. Obsessed with improvement, he dedicates his life to finding the best possible ways to durably transform both his life and the lives of others. Check out his free e-book ‚Äú<a href="http://whatispersonaldevelopment.org/subscription">The 5 Commandments of Personal Development</a>‚ÄĚ or order his book¬†<a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0149Z6EPG">Goal Setting: The Ultimate Guide To Achieving Goals That Truly Excite You</a>¬†on Amazon now.</em></p><br /> <p>You've read <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog/4-common-reasons-why-you-fail-to-achieve-your-goals/">4 Common Reasons Why You Fail to Achieve Your Goals</a>, originally posted on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.pickthebrain.com/blog">Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement</a>. If you've enjoyed this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.</p>