Self improvement

  • Making a Fresh Start: How To Face Big Life Changes

    Making a Fresh Start: How To Face Big Life Changes

    Facing the future is something we all have to do at some point; as much as we can listen to people insisting on living for the “now”, there is only so long one can do that. While living in the moment is liberating, continuing to do it is simply living on borrowed time, and you can enjoy being free and liberated right up to the point where all the choices involved in that come back on you, and leave you with nowhere to go. (more…)

  • Why You Never Seem To Get What You Want

    Why You Never Seem To Get What You Want

    Do you ever go through life wondering whether you’re ever going to get what you want? With your thirtieth birthday in the rear-view mirror, it suddenly becomes clear that the clock is ticking, and life is shorter than you thought it was. You want to achieve your goals desperately, but you find yourself floundering about, like a bird stuck in oily water. 

    Getting what you want from life, though, isn’t a brute force activity. You don’t wake up one day, suddenly determined that this is the day everything is going to happen, and you’re going to make a change in your life. That’s not how it works. 

    Life-changing results begin with small building blocks – little changes you make today that compound over time to generate results for tomorrow. There are all sorts of areas in your life where small changes can make a big difference.

    For instance, if you spend many evenings in front of Netflix eating snacks, you can resolve to stop eating after dinner. Think about the positive impact this small change in habits could have on your life. You’re no longer spending money on junk food that’s eating into your budget. You’re not harming your body, you have more energy, and you’re sleeping better because you aren’t eating before you go to bed.

    The same applies to money and your career. While taking massive risks is something that some people do to achieve success, it isn’t the path the majority of financially secure people take. Instead, they make commitments early in their lives to be prudent and then watch the fruits of their labor compound over time. 

    Personal accountability is necessary too. Becoming successful is about surrounding yourself with people who will challenge you if you fall off the bandwagon. Ideally, you want to create a situation where the social costs of reneging on your commitments are high. 

    Powering through to get what you want, though, isn’t the whole story. While you can keep your motivation levels high for a few months, most people will inevitably struggle to stay on track for the long-haul. Eventually, our desires for pleasure in the here and now overcome the intention to construct a brighter future ten years from now. 

    Fighting that part of your psychology is the hardest part of getting what you want. Building a dream life is something that takes time – otherwise, it would be something everyone achieved. 

    Preparing yourself for sacrifice, therefore, is inevitable. You have to get comfortable with it – embrace it even. You have to figure out ways of enjoying less more. It’s tough, but if you can stick it out, the rewards will be yours. Eventually, your efforts will compound, and you’ll launch yourself to the stars.

    Success isn’t an all-or-nothing event. It is a runaway phenomenon. Things always start as a trickle. Then slowly, they become a stream and then a torrent. It doesn’t matter whether it is your investment portfolio or your piano-playing skills – small changes in your life lead to massive, outsized outcomes you could never imagine. 

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  • Coming Up With a Self-Care Routine

    Coming Up With a Self-Care Routine

    Nowadays, it’s easy to get swept up in the hustle and bustle of day to day life. We tend to let our entire lives revolve around our hectic work schedules, attempts to fit in seeing our friends and family, falling behind and catching up on household chores and all sorts of other tasks that we feel like we have no choice but to complete. But why not take a step back from all of this pressure and mayhem? It’s absolutely essential that you practice a little self care from time to time. This will boost your overall health and wellbeing, giving your body a chance to heal and grow and your mind a chance to relax. Never underestimate its importance and do your utmost to fit it into your schedule! Now, the type of self care routine that will best suit you will depend entirely on you, your needs and your preferences, as well as your lifestyle. If you’re struggling for ideas, here are a few areas you might want to focus on to get the most from your self-care routine. (more…)

  • Finding the Positive Advice You Need to Push Forward

    The world is full of a little too much negativity, and even if you try to ignore it, the negativity will still find a way to grind you down. We don’t need this, though. It can make everything seem hopeless and like there is no point in trying. However, most people understand that this isn’t true. The issue they face is how to find the positivity they need to push forward. 

    Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do this. You can find a wide variety of positive inspiration and advice, both in expected and unexpected places. If you feel you need a boost of the good to help you take the next steps, here are some options to consider.  (more…)

  • How to Find Inner Happiness By Yourself

    Happiness can mean a number of different things to many people. For some they want to reach their career goals and others want to settle down with a family. The truth is, you don’t need to rely on anybody to find inner happiness; you can achieve this all by yourself. If you’re looking to improve your life you need to learn how to be happy on your own, otherwise you may be constantly relying on other people to make you happy. Take some time out to find your version of happiness in the next few months and see how liberated you feel. (more…)

  • Knowing How To De-Stress At Work

    At any given time in our life, stress can and will affect us. This can be at home, while we are abroad, or when we are at work. Dealing with stress or anxiety is easier when we are in a familiar environment such as our home. When you are caught outside, or at work, it is harder to deal with this, as well as having to perform your job role. While it isn’t always easy, there are certainly methods of dealing with work-place stress that will enable you to carry on with your job and which won’t see your performance suffer.

    It is important to be able to differentiate between normal levels of stress that comes with the terrain of many jobs, and real mental health issues that cause stress along with other symptoms. Burnout is characterized by emotional exhaustion, cynicism, and ineffectiveness in the workplace (Workplace Strategies for Mental Health). If you are aware of the signs and symptoms of workplace burnout, then it is easier to effectively treat it. Burnout is very common, and affects people in any job role, but particularly people who work high-pressure jobs that often include overtime. Not being able to perform a job effectively has an immense effect on a person’s self-esteem. Feeling like you are doing a bad job, which may include negative comments based on your performance, can leave you feeling depressed and anxious as well as stressed. There are certainly ways to reduce workplace stress, and many of these techniques can be carried on to other areas of stress in your life.

    Perhaps the most important thing to consider, is whether a licensed therapist can help you. A qualified mental health professional will be able to determine whether you need the additional help of therapy or counselling to help you deal with the stresses of your life. Of course, some stresses are industry specific. For example, worrying over a particular marketing campaign or sales strategy might have you up at night worrying. Well over the hours that you need to be switched on to work. Practical business advice can really help in these situations. For example, finding the right marketing strategy may include sending laminated postcards to impress your clients, and being vocal with your ideas. 

    In terms of easily achievable techniques to manage stress, consider going on breaks outside, or having your lunch outdoors, or even fitting in a morning work-out which can prepare you for your day. Exercising regularly is proven to boost endorphins (which are the feel-good chemicals in your body) and help reduce stress. Do not give yourself unreasonable expectations, and if your employer or colleague has put additional pressure on you to perform, simply do your job to the best of your ability and be transparent with what can be achieved within the given time-frame. They will appreciate the good communication, and transparency on your part. 

    Addressing underlying issues which may be affecting your work will help immensely. If you are an employer then consider implementing strategies to reduce workplace stress. Strategies such as ensuring there are clear expectations, optimal communication, and the support of employees who require flexible working hours or the option to work from home.

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  • Rebuilding Your Life Following A Difficult Time

    Rebuilding Your Life Following A Difficult Time

    When life gets too much it can be crippling. There are times in everyone’s lives when things can go wrong. Problems with your physical health, a bad time in your relationship or a breakup, the death of somebody close, the loss of your job, or an accident or injury are all things that can cause you big emotional setbacks in life. 

    Recovering from such a setback can be very tough. It is very easy to remove yourself from your regular routine and distance yourself from the things you enjoy and the people that care about you most in the world. But this is understandable when going through a very difficult time, and many other people would do the same. 

    There are, however, strategies that you can put in place in order to help yourself regain your old life. They may take some time, and you will get days which are better than others, but you can get better.  (more…)

  • Getting Your Head Back In The Game

    Getting Your Head Back In The Game

    No matter what has happened over the last few weeks or months of your life, it’s now time to get your head back in the game. There is no better feeling than when you finally decide that it’s time to get back to where you were before, and we are here to help. Down below, you are going to find some of our best advice on how you can do this. So, if you want to know more, keep reading down below. (more…)