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Thoughts are just thoughts…

Thoughts

Have you ever taken the time to figure out how many thoughts you have in a day? I’m guessing the count would be quite high. On some days, especially when busy or focused on work or an activity, your thoughts may be less intrusive. However, during moments of solitude and quiet, these thoughts might become more intrusive and unwelcome.

It is undeniable that our minds are constantly active, and the thoughts we have throughout the day can be random, peculiar, or even bizarre – similar to how our dreams can be during night time.

Noisy Thoughts

Just because a thought crosses your mind does not make it a fact or deserving of extra attention. When feeling low, experiencing depression, or heightened anxiety levels, it becomes challenging to silence these noisy thoughts. We tend to give them more attention as they align with our current mood. Unfortunately, negative thoughts often trigger a cycle leading to more negativity and consequently worsening our mood.

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Habit Stacking

From year to year and around the globe, it is funny that the main New Year Resolutions that people strive for don’t change very much. Topping the list is usually losing weight, reducing alcohol, exercising more, stopping smoking, spending more time with family, improving work/life balance and learning something new – like an instrument or foreign language!

So, despite these good intentions and a whole concept wrapped around making changes – why are New Year Resolutions so doomed to failure?

Well, often, the goals are large, and people may lack a clear plan on how to make changes. They start with good intentions, but willpower and enthusiasm quickly wane. People often try to change too many things, all in one go, and so they get overwhelmed, to name a few…

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Emotional Intelligence: Intentions versus Actions

emotional intelligience

Do you often find yourself saying things; but not following through with actions that would give you the desired result?

For example, you might say; to family and friends that you want to lose a few pounds in weight. But then, you don’t plan any meals, food shop a bit haphazardly and then resort to takeaway quite a bit…

Or, maybe you have an intention – like wanting to exercise more, but follow through with an action, that you are highly unlikely to meet. E.G, saying you will set your alarm early and go to the gym, but come the morning time – sleep is just more valuable to you!

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Breaking Free, by Robbie – PIN: 3443

Breaking Free
Stuck in a never-ending cycle?

If you are having trouble breaking free, with patterns that seem to always repeat themselves in your life. It is important to know that there is always a way to break out of cycles and situations that don’t serve you.

What we experience is a matter of what we focus on. When you believe that you can’t change things – you are right. So, start believing that you can change things and you will be right also!

Believe in yourself

Belief is a powerful thing…It can either disempower you or empower you, and the choice is always yours. No cycle is unbreakable but you have to start believing in your power to make your situation better. Using statements like ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ or other statements of this kind are self-fulfilling prophecies. So, change the way you talk to yourself and start saying ‘I can’ and ‘I will’ because ‘I will’ is saying you believe in your will. If you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse. ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m stuck’ are excuses. So, question yourself. Do you really want to make a change? Because if you really do, you will find a way.

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Wellbeing: Change Yours in Just 10-Minutes!

Wellbeing
Small steps lead to big changes

Do you put off self-care and your general wellbeing based on just not having enough time? What if I told you that the latest research suggests you can make significant changes and improve your health and wellbeing in just 600 seconds or 10 minutes?

It is super easy to talk yourself out of going to the gym, going for a run, changing how you shop/cook etc. as it all takes too much time and effort. But it is difficult to argue that you can’t find 10 minutes!

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Health – Thriving in Lockdown by Bryony

Health

The current environment that we are all having to endure is impacting on our lives hugely. Adjusting to being around family and emotional partners more than we are used to, having children around us more and so on, can be seriously stressful. All of this can impact on our mental health and physical wellbeing, perhaps even more than we realise. This can lead to anxiety, stress and let’s not leave out feelings of frustration!

Many people are finding themselves reverting to bad eating habits through this testing time. Consuming huge amounts of comfort food that are high in sugar and the wrong fats. You may find yourself becoming easily addicted to these foods, even though they often leave you feeling lethargic, uncomfortable and uninspired to keep moving forward with life.

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We’ve all gone baking mad!

Baking

That headline could easily have been confused with barking mad, as let’s face it the lockdown has sent us all feeling a little loopy at times! But, for many, a salvation has been found in baking…

Anyone that tried to track down baking staples like flour, yeast, eggs and baking powder in the early stages of Covid-19 will know just how many people out there were giving it a go.

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Housekeeping

Housekeeping

Housekeeping: with Coronavirus, all of us have been a bit more aware of cleaning and sanitising both our hands and homes.

So, we take a look at sensible housekeeping habits to adopt:

Around the Home

  • There are many things that we touch or use daily, that benefit from regular cleaning with a mild disinfectant/microfibre cloth etc:
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Feel Better In 5

Feel Better In 5
Photo courtesy of Penguin Life Books

Did you do Veganuary (going vegan for January)? Or perhaps you tried Dry January (going alcohol free for the month)? Taking drastic action on the diet, drink or health front in short bursts has been growing in popularity. With many being able to make their will-power last the duration, knowing the fixed period will come to an end.

But, what do you do with your health for the rest of the year?

Well, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, has a new book out called Feel Better In 5 (Penguin Life). That just might be the answer…

You might know Dr Chatterjee from the BBC programme Doctor In The House and podcast Feel Better Live More. He recognises that making positive health, mind and body changes is incredibly difficult and that sticking with it, and maintaining the required will-power and motivation can be tough.

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Ageing Well – Mid-life Health Crisis Averted!

Ageing

It is easy to fall into the mind-set that ‘there is nothing good about getting old’, but in reality, ageing doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. It can be liberating!

Ageing

Ageing, brings with it wisdom and life-experience. Hopefully you no longer fret about the things you used too, and now have a sense of confidence in who you are, and what you want to get out of life…

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