PICTURE IT WELL: learn to love solitude

Spending time alone in nature is a good way to quell anxiety. It has been well researched and reported that when you spend time in nature you can tap into its natural uplifting energy. Before you know it, your curiosity will kick in, you’ll become interested in your surroundings, and your persistent negative thoughts will dwindle. Do it often and nature will become your go-to-place to feel better.

Whether you are moving through a natural setting or sitting amidst pretty vegetation in a garden, the surrounding beauty will nourish you in so many ways. Some ideas include exploring a beach or park, journaling or reading on a park bench, following an urban footpath, or lounging on a blanket near a pond or lake.

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PICTURE IT WELL: the mind-body connection

PICTURE IT WELL: the mind-body connection

According to author Esther M. Sternberg, MD, growing research shows a mind-body connection between nature scenes (either a real or photograph) and how they make us feel emotionally. Even though many of us intuitively seek out beautiful surroundings because they make us feel better, Sternberg takes it further.

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PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

PICTURE IT WELL: be the one who has moxie

This year switch up your resolutions. Instead of setting them based on what you haven't done like getting fit, cutting down on TV, or starting a new hobby, try this. Set them based on what you want to become. I read somewhere that the top three things women want are:

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PICTURE IT WELL: a peaceful way

PICTURE IT WELL: a peaceful way

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PICTURE IT WELL: reflect for growth

PICTURE IT WELL: reflect for growth

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PICTURE IT WELL: do one thing

PICTURE IT WELL: do one thing

Dr. Edward Hallowell, a Massachusetts based psychiatrist and author of "CrazyBusy" says in his book that multitasking is a "mythical activity in which people believe they can perform two or more tasks simultaneously."  In reality, our brains are not wired for multitasking. (It's a term that originated as computer jargon, and then transferred into workplace resumes.)

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