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Strategie pro život | 47. díl (21.2.2021)
No. 47. | What is this episode about?
Caring for Yourself
We are called upon to care for a lot of things in life. Of course we need to care for our families. We spend a lot of time and energy on our jobs. There are a number of other things that we spend our energy doing and caring about. All these are good things and certain should be matters we attend to. However, the most important thing we can do, in order to care for other people and other things is care for ourselves. There is an old saying, “you cannot pour from an empty cup.” It is important to care for ourselves in order to have the energy to put into all the other things of life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses how to care for yourself. By following these strategies you can show yourself the love, compassion, and care necessary to build yourself up, keep yourself healthy, strong, and happy. Ultimately by doing these things you will be better able to care for all the other priorities in life. Caring for yourself is never selfish. It is an investment into your own energy so that you can share that energy with those in your life.
Informace ke starším dílům pořaduNo. 46. | What is this episode about?
Stop Obsessive Thinking
Sometimes thoughts get in our head and it just won’t stop. Maybe it is a conversation we had that we keep thinking about. We replay that conversation and think about what we said, what we could have said, and what we wish we had said. Maybe we are rehearsing an argument we plan to have with someone soon. Maybe it is worrying about an upcoming event that we go over in our minds over and over again. Soon we are laying awake at night thinking about these things; our bodies feel tense; our stomach might be upset or we have a headache. All of this is caused by obsessive thinking.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give strategies to stop these obsessive thoughts. By applying these strategies we can learn to relax, sleep better, and deal with our problems in a more healthy way. Obsessions do not help. Strategies are the way to dealing with problems. Dr. Hicks shows us how.
No. 45. | What is this episode about?
Giving up Negative Things
Negative thoughts can sometimes dominate our lives. We may be angry about something that someone said and the more we think about it the more angry we get. We may be worried about something and the more think about it the more worried we become. These negative thoughts can spiral out of control causing us to become distracted, upset, and even loose sleep. When the negative thoughts begin to spin continuously in our head it is not the makings of a happy and healthy life. It is important to learn how to interrupt those thoughts and not allow them to spiral out of control. With the right strategies, this is certainly possible.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives the strategies necessary to give up this negative thinking. With these strategies it is possible to avoid the anxiety, worry, anger and bitterness that comes with compulsive negative thinking. By applying these strategies we can think ourself to a healthier, happy life and Dr. Hicks shows us how.
No. 44. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with a Bad Day
We all have them. Those days that are simply a bad day. These are not the days that bring tragedy or crisis or an emergency. These are the days of small irritations or a series of frustrating events. Those times when things don’t go as planned or things are getting on our nerves. These bad days are a natural part of life so it’s a good idea to have strategies in place to deal with them.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives strategies for make a bad day better. By putting these strategies in place in our life we can be ready to make a bad day better.
No. 43. | What is this episode about?
At various points of life we may look for the inspiration to make a change or strive for something better. It may come in a single area of our life such as wanting to improve our job performance or get in better shape. Sometimes we wish to make sweeping changes in every part of our life such as starting over after a divorce or job loss. During these times of change it is easy to wish for something different but finding the motivation and inspiration to make it happen is more difficult.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical strategies for moving past wishing and finding the true inner drive necessary to make positive changes in life. Finding the inspiration to motivate us is the difference between making things happen and simply wishing they could happen. By bringing these strategies into our lives we can find the inspiration we need to make life better.
No. 42. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Hopelessness
When we experience feelings of hopelessness we are experiencing some of the darkest days of life. Hopelessness comes when things are bad and we expect that they will stay bad. It’s more than just a bad day or a difficult season. Hopelessness comes when we believe things will not get better and the darkness we are experiencing now will continue on no matter what we do. When we come to this place it is truly painful and can sap us of all strength and drive. We loose any sense of optimism and belief that there will be nothing but long term misery. This is no way to live. There is hope and there are strategies to find it.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give powerful strategies to face hopelessness and overcome it. Life is difficult but it is never hopeless. There are practical ways to overcome these feelings of hopelessness and find a better path. By following these strategies we can find the hope we need to overcome difficulties and build the life we want. Dr. Hicks shows us how.
No. 41. | What is this episode about?
Building a Healthy Brain
The brain effects every area of life. All of our thoughts, our emotions, the functions of our bodies, our conversations, our work, and all our relationships are effected by the work of our brains. It is a complex and profound part of the body so it’s important to keep the brain healthy. We often hear about keep other parts of the body healthy. Lifestyle decisions to have a healthy heart is common. Exercise to build stronger muscles is important. But what about building a healthy brain? When the brain effects every part of life it is certainly important to keep it working well.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discussing easy to follow, practical strategies for building a brain that not only functions well now but helps prevent cognitive decline and dementia later in life. Building a healthy brain will improve our thinking, help our emotional health, impact our relationships, and improve our work. Everything is better with a healthy brain.
No. 40. | What is this episode about?
It is easy to get caught up in the routines of life and do the same thing every day. Work, home, family, and other obligations, even when these things are good, can make life rather ordinary. An important aspect of life is to set goals and work to accomplish them. By setting and achieving goals we add flavor to life and increase our experience. It is a profound way to develop our life’s story and achieving things outside our normal routine. However, it is not easy to set the right goals and see them through to accomplishment. We need the right strategies to get this done.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give practical advise on how to set the right goals and see them through. By following these strategies we can become expert at achieving new things throughout life, adding to our experience, and enhancing our story. We can achieve more, know more, and do more by knowing how to achieve goals. Dr. Hicks helps us accomplish more than ever before by learning to achieve our goals.
No. 39. | What is this episode about?
Developing a Growth Mindset
Many people see life in a binary way. We were either right or wrong. We won or we lost. We were successful or we failed. This mindset puts us into a place where we celebrate successes and grieve failures but it does not put us into a place of growth. There is a different way of approaching life that can allow us to grow, learn, and develop in any circumstances, whether we win or loose. We do this by developing a growth mindset. With growth mindset we approach every situation with the question, What can I learn? By continually learning and growing in every circumstance we move closer to victory even in times of defeat. Every experience of life become valuable and we are constantly improving as a person.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses strategies to develop a growth mindset. Through these strategies, we never fully experience defeat or failure. Instead every experience becomes a step in a better direction. Dr. Hicks gives practical strategies that can change our viewpoint and easily develop this more profound vision of life. All this is available through growth mindset.
No. 38. | What is this episode about?
Life is difficult. There are lots of bad things that happen. But life is not all bad. There is good in life and there is good in every situation; but, without practice and strategy, it may be hard to find. It is easy to simply see all the negative in life and miss out on the good that is there simply because we are not used to finding. With the right strategies we can learn to see the good in every situation. Learning this skill can reduce depression, ease anxiety, and reveal the opportunities that are available in every situation. Seeing these opportunities can open doors and lead to better times. It all depends on finding the good.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks talks about finding good. This is not simply putting on a happy face and pretending things are ok. There is real science behind finding the good in life and see the opportunities available in every situation. Dr. Hicks gives practical strategies that can lead to a broader vision and a better outlook in every situation.
No. 37. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Rejection
Rejection is a part of life. This is unfortunate but true. Over the course of life we may loose a boyfriend or girl friend. We may loose a job. We might miss out on a promotion. Perhaps we will go through a divorce. In both our personal and professional life, rejection is a reality at times. When this happens it may be tempting to quit or maybe we are to scared to even try in the first place for fear of rejection. If this is our choice, however, we close the door to amazing opportunities and miss out on potentially great relationships or job opportunities. Rather than give up when rejection comes our way; and, rather than live in fear of rejection, it is better to have strategies in place to deal with rejection and keep the possibilities of life open.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives strategies that will help during times of rejection and keep us in the seeking opportunities even when things don’t go our way. By following these practical strategies, we can work out way through the disappointment of being rejected and keep ourselves engaged in the opportunities that may be ahead. Rejection is not something to fear and it does not have to close to door to future opportunities. It can be a difficult but powerful learning experience when we have the right strategies.
No. 36. | What is this episode about?
Becoming More Creative
Creativity is more than simply creating beautiful paintings or inspiring music. Of course, creativity is part of the art world but it is important for all of us every day. Creativity is part of problem solving and finding solutions to challenges we face at work and at home. Creative thinking helps us develop new ideas to meet new challenges. It provides us with a method of solving problems that do not have obvious solutions. When we new ideas and new ways of thinking, creativity provides the ability. In addition, creativity improves our communication. When we are trying to get a point across and people just are not understand, it’s important to find creative ways to express ourselves. With creativity being an important part of problem solving and communication, it is clear that creativity is an important part of life for everyone.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical ways to become a more creative person. You don’t have to be an artist or musician to have creativity as part of your everyday life. By applying these strategies to your everyday life, creativity can be an part of your work life, family life, and all the things you do. Rather than simply following our usual habits and routines, creativity can become a real part of life. Dr. Hicks gives the strategies to make this a reality.
No. 35. | What is this episode about?
The Basics of Health
During the hard times of life it is especially important to pay attention to the foundation elements of our health. It is during these difficult times, however, it is often easy to forget about the basic health habits. This can cause a spiral downward. When hard times cause us to forgo the simple basics of our health, it takes a toll on our bodies and makes it even more difficult to face the hardships. This is because emotional difficulty such as grief, stress, and worry are hard physical work. There is a strong connection between our physical and emotional health. By caring for the basics of health, we can have the strength to face emotional struggles. A good strategy, then, is to know the basics of good, practice them every day, and give them particular focus when we face hard times.
During this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives simple and easy to follow strategies that can keep us healthy every day but are especially important when we face difficult times. By putting these strategies in place we can stay strong during hardships and have our full capacity to face the difficulties of life.
No. 34. | What is this episode about?
One of the most important things to have is life is hope. Sometimes people have a bad idea of what hope is. Some come to believe that a hopeful person is someone with a silly attitude with a ridiculous smile believing act everything is fine despite all evidence. This is not the case. Hope is not silly, ridiculous, or absurdly optimistic. Instead, hope is the opposite of giving up. It the emotional element that provides us with motivation, direction, and the movement to make progress towards a better day. Hope is the drive within us to progress toward that better day whether the starting is a good time or a bad time of life. Hope keeps us motivated to move towards better. Yet, hope is not something that happens magically or is somehow found. It must be developed.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks provides practical advice on how to develop this important quality of hope. By applying these strategies, hope can become a true part of life and help us move through the toughest times of life. These strategies will develop a hope that provides the motivation and direction we need to make life better.
No. 33. | What is this episode about?
Treating People with Respect
People don’t always act the way they should. Sometimes it is difficult to treat people well because they are acting so badly. However, it is in our own best interest to treat people with respect, even if they don’t deserve it. The reality is we build better relationships, families, workplaces, churches, organizations and communities if we make the effort to treat everyone with respect. Furthermore, we will be happier and healthier people if we treat others with respect even when they don’t deserve it. We don’t benefit by living in the negativity of continually criticizing and treating people with disrespect. We live better lives when we create the positive environment of respect.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks, gives strategies for treating people with respect even when they don’t deserve it. It is possible to create better lives and better organizations with these strategies. By putting these strategies in place we can create better environments even in the midst of very flawed people. Dr. Hicks shows us how.
No. 32. | What is this episode about?
Good Times During Hard Times
It’s easy to have good times when things are going well. When we are healthy and happy with plenty of money and no restrictions on us, its easy to have experiences that are exciting, adventurous, and fun. During good times, we may travel to exotic places. We may make big purchases. We may plan glorious adventures; but, when times are difficult we may not have the opportunity, the money, or the freedom to plan such experiences. However, this does not mean that we can’t experience good times. With the right strategies we can experience good times, even during hard times of life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr.Mark A. Hicks gives strategies for having good times during the difficult times of life. By following these strategies it is possible to have good times regardless of the challenges we face. Life is not always going to be easy but positive experiences are still important. We do not have to be a servant to our circumstances. Good times are possible even during hard times. Dr. Hicks tells us how.
No. 31. | What is this episode about?
Overcoming Cognitive Bias
Cognitive Bias is a psychological term that covers a late of territory but to put it simply. We tend to take in information that we already agree with and we tend to automatically reject information that we do not already agree with even if that new information is credible. We have a tendency to only listen to things we already know. This happens without us even knowing it at times. It is a natural function of our minds to stay with what we already agree with even is there is contradictory evidence. This leads to two big problems. It causes conflict and arguments with people who are trying to share information with us; and, we often fail to learn new things. If we are going to grow as individuals and communicate well with others, we must overcome our own bias and help others overcome theirs.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses strategies to help overcome cognitive bias. By following these simple strategies we can learn more, communicate better, have fewer conflicts, and do it all with less stress and tension. Overcoming cognitive bias can be an important step in becoming a happier and healthier person and Dr. Hicks shows us the simple strategies to help us do it.
No. 30. | What is this episode about?
Every relationship has difficulties at times. It is normal to have disagreements and arguments with those that we care about and love. While it is normal, if it handled badly it can take its toll on relationships and ultimately can even distort them. If we are going to have happy and healthy relationships, it is crucial to learn to fight fair.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses how to deal with conflicts in a fair and healthy manner. By following these strategies, we can fight fair, settle difference and enjoy happy relationships.
No. 29. | What is this episode about?
Achieving the Piece of Mind
The world is a busy, hectic, and chaotic place. Even those who seek to live simple and quiet lives will often find themselves overcome with a mind full of random thoughts as they seek to accomplish long to-do list and deal with the struggles of life. To make things worse, we lay down to go to sleep, this is often the worst time. Thoughts of the day past and the day ahead bombard our minds and too often cause us to miss the sleep we need. In the midst of all this busyness, we need ways to quiet the mind and find a measure of peace.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give strategies to achieve the peace of mind that is so needed. By practicing this strategies it is possible to learn to quiet the mind and get the peace and rest that is so need. By quieting the mind we can learn to be healthier, happier, accomplish more, and get a good nights sleep without the constant obsessive thoughts that would stand in the way of all of these things. So, listen carefully and learn to quiet the mind.
No. 28. | What is this episode about?
How to Be Happier
Happiness is something that everyone wants but it is often hard to find. There are so many difficulties in the world it can sometimes seem like happiness in impossible. Happiness is something that can be achieved, however, even in difficult times. We cannot solve every problem but we can be happier if we have the right strategies.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses how to be happier. With these strategies we can be happier even during the tough times of life. Even a small increase in happiness can make life better, more enjoyable, and more fulfilling. By putting these strategies in place in your life, you can have a real strategy to become a happier person.
No. 27. | What is this episode about?
Dealing With Seasonal Affective Disorder
Life has many challenges but can a change in the seasons of the year be one of them? For many people the answer is, yes. As the weather becomes colder and the days get shorter, many people begin to experience a form of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder. This type of depression comes in the Fall and Winter and be a serious problem. The many hours of darkness, the cold temperatures, and the loss of outdoor activities can cause several months of discouragement or even misery.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses Seasonal Affective Disorder and how to deal with the cold, dark months. The change of the season does not have to bring depression. It can be overcome; but, it does require the right strategies. As the weather turns cold this is the perfect time to develop the right strategies to stay healthy and happy all winter.
No. 26. | What is this episode about?
Dealing With Anger
Anger is a nature part of life. With so many bad things in the world it is natural to feel angry on occasion; but, what is the best way to deal with that anger? Some people believe getting the anger out through yelling or other acts of rage is the best way to get things out but science show is that thin is actually not the best way.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give strategies to deal with a anger that are healthy and practical. These are ways to deal with the natural anger we all experience in a way that can actually solve problems and keep us in a good state of mind.
No. 25. | What is this episode about?
Healing through Books
There is a easy and practical method of helping yourself heal from the hurts and struggles of life. It is a type of therapy known as Bibliotherapy. This is a practice of using books, stories, poems and other written works to help heal for the trauma, struggles and pain of life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses the benefits of bibliotherapy and give practical and easy to follow strategies to use this kind of therapy in on your own life. By using this type of therapy, help is readily available anytime and healing becomes possible. The written words is powerful and with the right strategies can be used as a powerful method of healing.
No. 24. | What is this episode about?
When to NOT Make a Decision
There are times that it is a bad idea to make a decision. Good decision making is crucial to a healthy life; but, there are specific circumstances that decisions should not be made. Paying attention to these circumstances and making sure we are in the right state of mind to make a good decisions is crucial to decision making.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give strategies to avoid making decisions under bad circumstances. By knowing when to NOT make a decision and waiting to the right time and circumstances can ensure that the decision making process is a good one. By following these practical and simple strategies we can avoid making decisions we might later regret.
No. 23. | What is this episode about?
Making Good Decisions
Decision making something we all do every day. Most of these decisions are small and insignificant; but, sometimes the decisions are monumental. Important decisions can cause stress, sleepless nights, and can alter the course of life. Making good and wise decisions makes an enormous difference.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives strategies for making good decisions which can calm our nerves, reduce indecisiveness, and help set a better course for life. Make good decisions helps build the kind of life we are looking for and Dr. Hicks helps develop the strategies to make these good decisions.
No. 22. | What is this episode about?
Sleep is one of the most important things we can do for our physical, mental, and emotional health. Yet, sometimes this important aspect of life is neglected when it comes to strategies for good health. Busy schedules, stress, and some bad habits cause us to move through life not only tired but sometimes with some serious health issues that could be corrected by getting consistently good sleep.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical strategies that can improve the quality of sleep and by doing so improve the quality of life. Realizing and practicing these strategies can can improve health, mood, and even relationships all because sleep effects all these areas of life. Bring these strategies into your life and experience rejuvenating sleep.
No. 21. | What is this episode about?
Finding Your Life Purpose
One way to be happy in life is to find a purpose and fulfill that purpose to the benefit of the world around us. However, people might be skeptical that such a purpose even exist. When considering the vastness of the universe, the history of all humanity, and the span of time itself, is it really possible for an individual person to have a purpose?
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks argues that purpose in life is a reality particularly when we look at life on a micro level. When considering our little corner of the world, It is possible to have an important impact when living out life’s purpose. It is not important to make a difference in the span of the universe. It is important, possible, and ultimately fulfilling to make a difference, right here and right now. Dr. Hicks give the strategies to find and fulfill this purpose.
No. 20. | What is this episode about?
Developing a Sense of Humor
Life has many difficulties but there are some ways to make life better. One great way is by developing a strong sense of humor. This make come naturally to some people. Others may have to work at it a bit., Either way, it is important for everyone to have strategies to develop a sense of humor. While some might initially view humor as trivial; in reality, it has tremendous health effects. Humor actually helps improve physical health, emotional and mental health, social connections, and is even taught in spirituality.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give easy to follow strategies so anyone can develop a strong sense of humor. With all the health benefits available through humor, it is well worth the time and effort to bring these strategies into life. To be a happy and healthy person, humor is a vital quality and Dr. Hicks provides the strategies to attain it.
No. 19. | What is this episode about?
Building Better Relationships
Perhaps the most important aspect of life is the relationships in our life. Happy relationships not only lead to a happier life but also have significant effects on health. People with good relationships generally tend to have better health habits, better blood pressure, and even tend to live longer. Relationships effect all areas of life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. HIcks discusses how to build better relationships. With some basic strategies, we can have better relationships and bring a host of benefits into life. Relationships are too important to simply leave it to chance. Dr. Hicks gives clear strategies to build better relationships.
No. 18. | What is this episode about?
Building Self Esteem
How we think about ourselves is an important part of our mental and emotional health. People with strong self esteem tend to have more confidence when facing difficult times. Tendency to be more at peace and content with life when we feel good about who we are. However, it is not always easy to build strong self esteem. Considering how many mistakes we make, how critical people are, and how negatively we think in our own minds, it is no wonder that self esteem is a problem for many.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical strategies to overcome the negativity of life and build strong self esteem. By applying these simple strategies, a more confident, healthier, and happier life is possible.
No. 17. | What is this episode about?
Fear is a part of life. There are things that brings legitimate fears that serve to protect us. Other fears, however, are hinderances to life and keep us from living the life we want. Jobs, family relationships, friendships, and life ambitions can all be effected by our fears. Overcoming these fears can simply lead to a better life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical strategies to help deal with the fears that hinder life. By following these strategies fear becomes a manageable emotion rather than a hinderance. In time, these strategies can overcome fears and bring that better life.
No. 16. | What is this episode about?
Three Types of Depression
Depression is a serious problem but the good news is that it is a treatable condition. One of the complications, however, is that there are different types of depression. We use the same word to describe some very different situations. If you are dealing with depression it is important to know what type of depression you are dealing with and then apply the proper strategies for that type of depression.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks explores three different types of depression and gives practical strategies for combating each one. Depression does not have to destroy life. Depression is treatable. Learning the types of depression and the strategies to deal with each one can lead to a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
No. 15. | What is this episode about?
Being a Helpful Person
There is a simple way that we can make ourselves a happier person and also make the world around us better. That simple method of achieving both of these things is to become a more helpful person. This simple concept, however, can begin to feel quite difficult when we consider all the problems in the world. Where do we even start to help.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives practical strategies that can help everyone become a more helpful person without becoming overwhelmed with the difficulties of the world. By applying these strategies each person can make the world better (at least a little better) and in the process, make yourself a happier person.
No. 14. | What is this episode about?
Breaking Bad Habits
How many times have you decided to break a bad habit only to return to your usual behavior after a short time. Everyone can stop a bad behavior temporarily with just a bit of will power. Permanently changing a behavior, however, is a much more difficult task; but, it is possible with the right strategies.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks explores strategies that can help you permanently break those bad habits. Habits don’t change from simple will power. It takes a strategy that involves behavior, attitude, and evaluating what we can place in our life instead. By following the strategies in this episode, you can finally break those bad habits.
No. 13. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Irritating People
One of the realities of life is that we all have to deal with irritating people. It might be nice if we could avoid such people but life doesn’t work that way. This is because we can potentially find irritating people in all areas of our life. It can be a struggle that we face in the workplace, the neighborhood, or even in our own families. While we cannot always make people act the way we wish they would, we can develop strategies that can help us deal, in a healthy way, with these irritating people.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks give strategies can help us improve our reactions when people are irritating us. Applying these strategies can give us the tools we need to make our life more pleasant and manageable even when we have to deal with the irritating people.
No. 12. | What is this episode about?
Recovering from Trauma
Difficulty is part of life but sometimes it goes to an extreme. In these times it moves to the level of trauma. When traumatic events take place it can be devastating and seem like life can never be good again. The truth is that trauma can be life altering but life can return to good state. With the right strategies, there can be healing and recovery.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives strategies for dealing with the toughest times of life. Dealing with trauma is not something anyone likes to think about; but, being prepared with the right strategies can give the tools needed to put the pieces together and make life good again. During the worst of times it is important to know how to recover from trauma.
No. 11. | What is this episode about?
Lifting Your Mood
One of the common problems we all face is the simple bad mood. It may not be the most serious problem of life but it does have an impact. This is particularly true if we allow our bad mood to have an effect on our relationships. If we snap at our friends, family and coworkers because we are in a bad mood it could have really negative effects. In addition, if we live too many days in our life feeling down and discouraged, life is simply not as good. Life is better if we find ways of lifting our spirits and elevating our mood on those days we feel down.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives four strategies lifting the mood in order to simply enjoy life more. Bad moods effect everyone sometimes, but with these simple and easy to incorporate strategies, we can overcome these bad moods, be more pleasant, and have a better life.
No. 10. | What is this episode about?
The problems of life cannot be avoided completely but we can develop the strength to face them. Being an emotionally strong person gives us the perseverance to face the problems of life with a confidence that can sustain us. Emotional strength, however, is not just about being tough or tenacious. Instead emotional strength is something that is cultivated and developed. To do that it takes having the right strategies.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses five strategies to become an emotionally strong person. By practicing these strategies you can become a stronger person emotionally and better able to deal with the problems when they come along. Like a runner training for a race, we can train ourselves to be emotionally strong so that we are not overcome by the struggles of life but have the strength to face them.
Strategie pro život | 9. díl
No. 9. | What is this episode about?
Avoid Negative Thinking
All day long we have to deal with negative things. The news tells us of negative situations and we have to deal with negative people. The most damaging negativity, however, comes in the form of our own thinking. Sometimes, without even realizing it, we bombard ourselves with unrealistically negative thoughts. This leads to a life that lives, not in reality, but in a negativity our minds have created.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks show how to break the cycle of negative thinking Through four simple strategies, Dr. Hicks teaches how to alter our thinking to see the reality of the situation and not create a condition that is overly positive or overly negative. Life is difficult enough without making it worse with negative thinking. By putting these strategies in place we can learn to see the reality of the situation and avoid negative thinking.
Strategie pro život | 8. díl
No. 8. | What is this episode about?
Learning to Have Fun
What is fun? Some people would consider fun to be trivial or even childish. Some would dismiss it as unnecessary or unimportant, choosing instead to focus entirely on work, family, household chores and other such things. Fun, however, is not simply a childish distraction. In fact, it is an important part of a healthy life.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses the important issue of incorporating fun into life. Having fun reduces stress, improves relationships, and can even improve sleep. This makes it an important part of a happy and healthy life. Therefore, Dr. Hicks gives five strategies to help incorporate fun into life bringing all these health benefits and making life a lot more enjoyable.
Strategie pro život | 7. díl
No. 7. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Grief
Sometimes life can be incredibly difficult. After a major loss such as the death of a loved one, divorce, or the loss of a job, there will naturally be a very painful time of grief. Grief is not an easy process but it is a process that can bring healing. To find that healing it is important to go through the grief process and to go through it in a healthy way.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks discusses five strategies to bring into your life during a time of grief that can help the healing process. Some losses are so devastating that life will never be the same; but, but a healthy and happy life is possible once again if we apply these crucial strategies.
Strategie pro život | 6. díl
No. 6. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Dysfunctional Families
Family is a place of love, support, and encouragement. At least that is what we hope it will be. Unfortunately, for many people this is not the case. For many family is a place of toxic interactions, continuous arguments, and a place to be torn down. This is the painful reality found within dysfunctional families. When families are dysfunctional, they can become cruel interactions that are draining and demoralizing. Sadly, one person cannot fix such families; but, there are ways to stay healthy when dealing with these unhealthy relationships.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives five strategies that can help deal with dysfunctional families. These strategies will not fix the family but can help you stay healthy as you deal with the dysfunction. Dealing with a dysfunctional family is a difficult problem to face, but Dr. Hicks shows how to live a healthy life in the midst of the struggle.
Strategie pro život | 5. díl
No. 5. | What is this episode about?
Life Long Learning
There is one life strategy that can have a positive effect on virtually every area of life. This is the strategy of committing to life long learning. Learning is something that is natural in childhood and the younger years of life but eventually life becomes routine. For many people life is about the routines of work, family, and home life. While there are small adjustments that have to be made along the way, in many ways life becomes a serious of daily routines. While there is certainly nothing wrong with routine, a healthy life also includes time for learning something new.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks explores the benefits of life long learning as well as four strategies for accomplishing this goal. Dr. Hicks gives practical and simple strategies can lead to a better life with more fulfillment simply by learning new things throughout life.
Strategie pro život | 4. díl
No. 4. | What is this episode about?
Dealing with Conflict
Conflict is a part of everyone’s life. We sometimes have small conflicts with family, friends, and co-workers. There are groups that come together to oppose other groups and there is sometimes even hatred between them. Conflict can escalate all the way to the point that nations go to war. Whether the conflicts are small and personal or on a global scale, dealing with conflict is a part of life.
With all the struggles around us it is important to have the right strategies to deal with conflict. In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks explains why conflict is such a common aspect of life; and, gives strategies to help deal with these conflicts.
Strategie pro život | 3. díl
No. 3. | What is this episode about?
How to Forgive
Should we forgive those who have mistreated us? What if they don’t deserve our forgiveness? What does it mean to forgive; and, if we choose to forgive, how do we go about it?
In this episode of “Life Strategies,” Dr. Mark A. Hicks addresses this very difficult topic. One of the most difficult times of life is when someone betrays or mistreats us. Sometimes those that do such damage can even be trusted friends or family members. This is particularly painful. The stress and grief of this mistreatment could lead to a desire for revenge; but, forgiveness is actually a healthier way that leads to much better results. Forgiveness is not for the betrayer. Instead, it is the best avenue of healing for the betrayed. This healing is not easy; so, the right strategies will be necessary. Dr. Hicks gives five strategies to put in place when learning how to forgive.
Strategie pro život | 2. díl
No. 2. | What is this episode about?
The Skill of Patience
With all the difficulties of life it is important to find a way to have some measure of calm and peace. This comes by developing the skill of patience. For some patience may come naturally but for many it is a skill that must be learned. By developing the skill of patience difficult situations can be faced with a calm demeanor and a quiet consciousness making life much more pleasant.
In this episode of Life Strategies, Dr. Mark A. Hicks gives four strategies to help develop the skill of patience. By applying these strategies, problems can be faced with less anger, outrage, or excessive worry. Life is simply better when we develop the skill of patience.
Strategie pro život | 1. díl
No. 1. | What is this episode about?
Life always has it’s difficulties; but, we are facing circumstances now that we have never seen before. It is a stressful time that leads many people to strong feelings of anxiety. When we are able to change our circumstances or if the stress is only experienced for a short time, most people know how to deal with that kind of stress. But, what do we do when the stress goes on for an extended time? What is our strategy when we have no control over the circumstances? How do we deal with anxiety then?
This is a new show called, Life Strategies. In this debut episode Dr. Mark A. Hicks talks about strategies that every person can put into their lives to help them deal with anxiety. Dr. Hicks gives four simple and straightforward strategies to live a better and healthier life during this extraordinarily difficult time.
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