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Daily affirmations for self esteem

Today I will talking through daily affirmations for self-esteem and how they can have a positive impact on your mindset.

Self-esteem is how much you appreciated yourself. How much value you put in yourself? In other words, self-esteem is feeling good about yourself.

Using positive self-esteem affirmations can aid you in increasing your positive view of yourself.

Sometimes we are going through hard situations in our lives and need a little booster to feel better and affirmations could be what makes the difference in our day.

Affirmations for self-esteem can help you feel better and help you start developing more self-love.

Practicing affirmations could be an easy and quick way of raising your energy and your spirits in the mornings, or can used throughout the day if you need a pick me up mentally.

Affirmations are definitely a good to start your day!

I start my day with morning affirmations and have created a routine. Affirmations are short phrases you can use every day.

Just repeat them and believe in them as you are saying them.

 

 

What’s an affirmation?

A positive affirmation is a statement used to challenge a negative and unhelpful thought.

By repeating a positive affirmation, you begin to challenge your unhelpful subconscious thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic and helpful ones.

They can be used to boost your self-esteem, help you achieve your goals, or help you push through fear.

Affirmations have been incredibly useful to me. They’ve helped me, time and time again, to break out of negative thinking patterns and to build healthier ones.

In the past, I’ve used them to boost my confidence, push through fear, build boundaries in life, and to find greater joy in life.

Today though, I’m looking for some to boost my self-esteem. If you’ve been going through something similar, I hope these affirmations will remind and empower you to be your authentically incredible selves!

Choose one affirmation that speaks most to you (or write your own version!) and repeat it to yourself each morning.

Let’s boost your self-esteem!

 

How to practice affirmations for self-esteem?

These are lots of ways to use affirmations and people use them differently. Some people speak them into a mirror on a morning, others run them through their minds when negative thoughts begin to plague them.

I have a different method of doing my daily affirmations that may work for you if you like to journal. Every day, I choose one affirmation that resonates with me and write it in my journal.

I find that repeating the affirmation throughout the day to myself gradually helps change my thought process over time.

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Affirmations are not a quick fix for mental health problems. Like any thought changing behaviour, they take time, patience and a lot of practice.

Our negative self-talk builds up over time and it can take some time to alter these thought patterns. I promise that you are more special than you believe.

You can get started with this list of 100 affirmations for self-esteem below. I hope they help to inspire and motivate you towards a healthier mindset.

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Daily affirmations for self esteem

  1. I love my body and all it does for me
  2. I am enough
  3. I am worthy of love
  4. I respect my own boundaries
  5. Today, I choose me
  6. I love the woman/man that I am
  7. I am loved
  8. I am deserving of love
  9. I am kind to myself
  10. Love flows from within me
  11. I am beautiful, inside and out
  12. I embrace my unique individuality
  13. I deserve happiness
  14. I let go of negative self-talk
  15. I am whole
  16. Everything I need is within me
  17. I am in control of my happiness
  18. I am capable of reaching my goals
  19. I accept myself unconditionally
  20. I do not let my fears hold me back
  21. I am grateful for all that I have
  22. I make time to care for myself
  23. I love and accept all of me
  24. Loving myself comes easily and naturally
  25. I am strong and resilient
  26. I am successful
  27. My capacity for love is infinite
  28. I let go of those who do not have my best interests at heart
  29. I let go of my past and live in the present
  30. I am growing each and every day
  31. I forgive myself and learn from my mistakes
  32. I am a work of art
  33. I am valued
  34. I allow myself to feel deeply
  35. I am open to receive love
  36. I love the body I was born with
  37. I can achieve anything I set my mind to
  38. I overcome challenges with grace and ease
  39. I have a warm and caring heart
  40. I am exactly who I need to be in this moment
  41. I send love to my fears and doubts
  42. I deflect negativity
  43. I believe in myself
  44. I can say no when something does not serve me
  45. I let go of that which no longer serves me
  46. I accept compliments easily
  47. I release any need for suffering
  48. I have a lot to offer the world
  49. I love every part of what makes me who I am
  50. I am blanketed in the Universes’ loving energy
  51. My life is filled with love and joy
  52. I have always and will always try my best
  53. I have achieved great things
  54. I respect myself
  55. My life is a place of balance and harmony
  56. I have the power to change my world
  57. I choose to stop apologizing for being me
  58. I am not my mistakes or my flaws
  59. Others accept and love me for who I am
  60. I prioritize myself and my needs
  61. I radiate confidence
  62. My mind is filled with loving thoughts
  63. I attract positive and loving people into my life
  64. The more I practice loving myself, the more lovable I become
  65. I let love in
  66. I let my love for myself increase each day
  67. Love flows freely from inside of me
  68. I practice self-compassion when I do not succeed
  69. I honour my own life path
  70. I honour and respect my limitations
  71. I have so much to love about myself
  72. My life is a reflection of the love inside me
  73. The only approval I need is my own
  74. I radiate love
  75. I love my own company
  76. I do not need anyone to feel worthy
  77. I attract love and light
  78. I release the need to judge myself negatively
  79. Today I start loving myself more
  80. I am capable of loving fully and completely
  81. I treat my body with love and care
  82. I am powerful and confident
  83. I trust in my ability to make it through difficult times
  84. I trust my intuition
  85. My life is full of endless opportunities for success and happiness
  86. My inner world creates my outer world
  87. I reward myself for my hard work and dedication
  88. I am balanced
  89. The universe supports me, always
  90. I have a loving relationship with my body
  91. I can choose self-love whenever I desire
  92. Loving myself means I am able to love others more
  93. I have a positive and healing effect on others
  94. I have so much to celebrate in life
  95. I am proud of myself
  96. I choose to view my life positively
  97. My body is my best friend
  98. I choose to nourish my health
  99. I am the healer of my own life
  100. I am love

 

 

Daily affirmations for self-esteem – final thought

You now have an idea of everything about positive affirmations. It’s now your turn to pick the affirmation that are relevant to you and say them to yourself on a daily basis.

Affirmations are not something that you simply say once off and expect to see massive improvements.

The secret is repetition (do it regularly) and feel each word as you say them, experience what you’re saying.

Wait and see how affirmations will change and improve your life for the better.

Which of these affirmations for self-esteem resonates the most with you today?

Comment below, feel free to ask me questions. I am more than happy to answer anytime.

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How To Live In The Present Moment! – Simple Guide!

Fair too often we are caught up in the busy schedule of life and wonder where did the day go?, or hasn’t that week flown by, or the summer will be soon over. This happens because you’re so busy in life just doing that you forget how to be.

At some point or the other, all of us have inevitably found ourselves wanting to just leave it all and go far away from all the rush, from all the noise and just be in peace with our own self.

There is too much rushing, too much achieving in this overly fast paced world. If you find yourself in such a position then it is actually reminding you that you need to slow things down and go slow with life. Step outside the rush.

Learning how to slow down in life is a challenge by itself, especially for those who seem to work non-stop, or those who feel guilty for taking a break as they think I could be doing this, or doing that.

But living in the fast lane comes at a price, that price is you’re missing out on your life. The time you spending planning, working, doing, rushing and all the other things that lead to hectic life, takes away living in the moment and experiencing what it truly feels like to be alive.

This is so profound, yet what is it to be alive?  Although I cannot concretely answer that question for you, through my personal experience I have found that people feel the most alive when they are truly experiencing the present moment.  Those times when you are able to slow down and pay attention.

 

 

How to live in the present moment

Is your mindset keeping you from living life in the present moment?

Your mindset may hold certain beliefs that keep you stuck in the fast lane. These could come from personal experience, habits, things you’ve learned growing up or the pressure of society.

Take a step back and a moment to reflect on your mindset and your beliefs on why you shouldn’t be slowing down from a fast-paced life.

What do these beliefs mean to you?

Here are some examples of beliefs you may have about slowing down:

  • If I take a break or slow down, I’m lazy
  • Things won’t get done.
  • I could be doing something else in the time I’m taking a break
  • I need to be doing more to be more successful than Joe Bloggs next door, and the only way I can do that is by working harder- even if it stresses me out.

The ironic thing is that you will actually be more productive and efficient if you take breaks and pay attention to what you are doing in the moment. This is because living in the present moment increases your focus.

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When you work yourself into the ground without no break, and constantly move from task to task, you are not fully living in the present moment and therefore are not fully engaged. As a result, you are living your life in auto-pilot mode.

This can result in two things happening:

  • You are not fully focused; therefore, you’re not putting the best work into things. This is because you are just thinking about moving onto the next task.
  • You are burning yourself out by never taking breaks or slowing down.

 

How can you live in the present moment?

While you’re rushing about from task to task, somebody else is living in the present moment and time is moving much slower for them. It is the same number of seconds ticking by, the same minutes and hours pass by, but it is your perception of those moments that is different.

Your perception is your reality, therefore if you find that you seem to be rushing through life then the answer lies in changing your perception.  Some of that may originate in identifying and changing your anxious thoughts.

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Additionally, you can practice Mindfulness by being aware of your senses (touch, sight, hearing, taste, and smell) in the present moment.  This is one of the most effective ways to truly bring you into experiencing this moment fully.

Try it now and pay attention to what is around you.  Notice how you feel.

 

 

Tips to help you slow down in life:

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness meditation or practicing mindful awareness regularly can make it easier to slow down life.  By observing your thoughts non-judgmentally, you can increase your awareness when you are rushing around for no particular reason.  This can help you to approach your life and certain situations with presence and focus, instead of just rushing through them to get to the next thing.

 

Minimise Distractions

Distractions such as a smartphone or television can make it harder for you to focus on the present moment and take you down a black hole in your mind without you even realising it.  Leave your phone in your car or put it on “do not disturb” to prevent distractions so you can be fully present and appreciate the things and people in front of you.

 

Give Yourself Reminders

Little reminders can be helpful so that you remember to slow down and pay attention.  Whether it is a phone wallpaper, a sign on your desk, or a decal on your mirror… visual reminders to slow down can get you out of your head and into the present.

 

Go for a walk and look around at nature

Head out for a walk and make yourself take notice at everything around you – the sounds; trees; flowers; etc.  Connect again with the world around you and allow yourself to walk gently – not racing around.

 

Take Breaks

Taking breaks at home, work, or school can help you stop anxious thinking or stop feeling stressed.  Taking a break can help you to refocus and reflect.

Some helpful things to do on a break are taking a walk, taking deep breaths, or eating mindfully.  These are examples of breaks that bring you fully into your present moment experience, and out of the stress of overthinking and rushing.

 

Enjoy the little things

Getting to enjoy life more is one of the perks of living a slow life.

First, you need to learn to notice what is happening around you. Notice the breeze, the flowers, the clouds. Notice the smell of things.

 

 

How to live in the present moment – Final thought

If you can cultivate present moment awareness, then you can learn how to slow down and appreciate life.  Appreciation comes from actually paying attention to yourself, your body, your environment, and the people around you- not rushing from one thing to the next.

So, the next time you find yourself caught in a frenzy of stress, overwhelm, and frustration, ask yourself:

How can I choose to slow down and live in the present moment today?

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Gratitude Journaling Prompts – 50 Prompts!

Journaling is quickly becoming more popular, with hordes of people starting their day by opening the pages of their notebook and writing.

Writing has long been recommended by counsellors and psychologists as a way to work through our emotions, and many find that it’s a great way to reduce stress, improve decision making, and get to know themselves better.

I personally find that getting my feelings and worries out on the page stops me from going over them so much in my mind.

Free writing can sometimes feel daunting though, so one of my favourite ways to journal is to use prompts.

These are questions that can be used to gain a better understanding of ourselves and take note of things that might need addressing.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates meaning- finding in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.

 

 

Why is gratitude so hard to practice?

Let’s face it, it’s easier to focus on what we don’t have, our imperfections, and our problems than it is to be grateful for what we have.

Between the violence, natural disasters, and divisive political climate, it’s been a rough year for many of us.

We’re inundated with negatives nearly 24/7 from the news, social media, and even in-person conversations.

So, we have to work extra hard to find the good in ourselves and the world around us.

 

How to journal

If you are new to the journal writing process, don’t panic.

It’s pretty simple. All you need is a journal (or notepad) and a pen.

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So now you have your amazing journal, find a quiet space, grab a cup of coffee (…or wine) and take some time to yourself.

I love using journal prompts because sometimes when I sit down to write I just stare at the blank page not knowing what to write about.

Only when I actually dig deeper and ask myself some tough questions do I discover how many thoughts, feelings and views I have!

 

Why you should use gratitude prompts

You might look down at your gratitude journal to see that you were thankful for coffee five days in a row.

Now, you may be grateful for that brown liquid gold, but you need to take the time to think more deeply and appreciate more deeply.

That’s why these gratitude journal prompts are so helpful. Answer a question every day and you’ll focus on a different aspect of your life regularly.

Some blessings you may have never considered before.

Often, we need a little nudge to do things well. In this case, use that gentle push to greatly improve your thoughts and your life.

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What to do if you don’t know what to write about?

If you’re struggling to find something to thankful for, start small. There are always things to be grateful for, even on our darkest days, but we have to look harder for them.

Like digging for buried treasure, it takes effort, but the reward is great.

Try to identify one good thing – a supportive person, a comfy sweater, hot water, or even that you’re able to read this article.

Try to stay open-minded. Your first response might still be to minimize the positives and focus on the negatives, but by practicing gratitude we can actually train ourselves to spot the positives.

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This means that with practice, it will become easier to identify things you’re grateful for and you’ll develop an open and joyful heart, as well as a greater appreciation for yourself and the world around you.

Gratitude doesn’t make our problems disappear, but it helps them feel more manageable.

But, if you just simply can’t think of anything, I’ve got your back.

Check out these gratitude journal prompts that will help you achieve clarity and help your mental health.

 

Gratitude journaling prompts

So, what do you write on your journal?

  • If you’re not sure what put down or are out of ideas for the moment, here’s a huge list of journal prompts you can try.
  • See which ones apply most to your life and start with those. From there, you can slowly go through the list and complete them all.
  • Name a person you are thankful for that shaped who you are today.
  • What is something from each of your senses you are grateful for today? (Sight, smell, taste, touch, sound)
  • What challenge did you overcome that you now see the benefit in?
  • What book are you grateful for and why? What are the teachings?
  • What are you grateful for about your town? Your time period? Your country?
  • What are you most grateful for in your morning or night routine?
  • Name three everyday objects that you are grateful for.
  • What music are you most grateful for?
  • Name three unique things you are grateful for so far this year.
  • Name three people you are grateful for outside of your immediate family. Why?
  • What brings you gratitude with the passing of time? Something you notice more than you used to.
  • What do you love most about each season of the year?
  • What discovery have you made in the last year that you are thankful for?
  • What food did you eat today? Take a moment to share gratitude for the food and water that sustains you and imagine where it came from.
  • Do you have shelter? A warm place to sleep? Food on your table? Spend a few minutes being grateful for the necessities in life.
  • What have you learned this year that has benefited you?
  • What person are you most grateful for and why?
  • What is something hard or mundane that you do, and you’re grateful it makes you stronger?
  • What is something in your home that brings you great joy?
  • What positive memory happened in the last week that you are thankful for?
  • What did you do today that made you happy?
  • What aspect of nature did you appreciate in the last week?
  • Who is a friend you’re grateful for and why?
  • List three people that have made your life better. (Bonus: thank them today!)
  • Write one moment or memory in your life that you will cherish forever.
  • What do you love most about life?
  • What was a wonderful thing that happened today?
  • What is something you take for granted?
  • What do you love about yourself?
  • What tradition are you grateful for?
  • Tell of a place that you cherish.
  • What is your favourite time of day and why do you love it?
  • Tell of a way someone helped you recently.
  • What is something amazing that happened to you in the last week, month, or year?
  • Name one thing you are grateful for regarding each person in your family.
  • What is your favourite gratitude quote? What does it make you think of?
  • Name one luxury you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis.
  • What do you love about your job?
  • What is your favourite place in your home? Why?
  • Describe your favourite vacation/holiday.
  • Describe the last time you helped someone. How did it feel?
  • What’s a guilty pleasure you are thankful for?
  • Name an accomplishment you are proud of.
  • Write down the best gift you’ve ever received.
  • Describe something beautiful that is outside of your window.
  • What do you love most about your family?
  • What do you love most about your friends?
  • What activities in your day are your thankful for?
  • Name one thing that made you smile or laugh today.
  • What is something beautiful you saw today?

 

 

Conclusion

Gratitude is a very powerful tool in helping you become a more positive person.

By writing them down on a journal, you’re able to keep track of all the good things that have happened in your life.

This makes is doubly powerful allowing you to go back and remember specific situations.

In case you’re not sure what to write about or are out of ideas, the list above contains tons of journal prompts to help you.

What do you write in your journal, I would love to hear your ideas?

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Ways to Practice Gratitude – Simple Guide!

The benefits of having a daily gratitude practice are nearly endless. This is a simple practice but the challenge is taking the time to integrate it into your daily life.

It can take 21 days to form a habit and then it will become more second nature. Committing to taking time each day to notice and reflect on the things that have gone well during the day, that you are thankful for increases your health and well-being.

The practice of gratitude has been studied in the field of positive psychology the study of what makes life worth living.

Gratitude has become a positive psychology intervention that is used in several settings. Research in this field has found that the practice of being thankful in life is strongly associated with well-being and happiness.

Gratitude facilitates “meaning- finding” in our ordinary life events which is fuel for psychological resilience.

The practice of gratitude has been found to increase positive emotions, altruistic behaviour, and reduce physical complaints, stress, depression, and worry.

Indeed research has found that gratitude is linked to all levels of well-being and has become a popular intervention that fosters positive functioning and psychological strengths.

 

 

Ways to practice gratitude

Taking time to appreciate the good things in the world can easily be built into your daily life. Here are some simple steps to help you cultivate a daily gratitude practice:

 

1. Commit

We always seem to resist what is good for us. You may not always feel motivated to complete this practice but do it anyway. Don’t let excuses get in your way. It will still have benefits even if you have to force yourself some days. Commit to doing this daily and it will soon become a habit like brushing your teeth.

 

2. Begin

It may be helpful to pick a time each day that you will complete your gratitude practice. It may be first thing in the morning, during your lunch break, or in the evening.

Once you have a schedule made for yourself take out a journal either in paper format or you can use your computer and begin.

You can start with, “I am grateful for…”

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This can be difficult in the beginning to connect to the things you are grateful especially if your life is not what you would like it to look like.

There are always things in our life that are going well. It may be just that you are breathing, that you showered, maybe a smile on a stranger’s face, etc.

Try to find new things each day you can be grateful for rather than just repeating the same things each day.

Tap into your creativity. Again, this may feel odd when you first start. You have just planted a seed and with nurturing this practice it will blossom.

 

3. Feel it

Allow yourself to feel grateful not just in your mind but in your body. Feel the warmth of appreciation, love, and connection.

Allow it to seep into your pores as you embody it. Place a hand on your heart as you feel your body being lifted as it radiates through you.

You may not always be able to feel gratitude in an embodied way but when you do savour it. Allow it to fill your heart and use its energy as fuel in your life.

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4. Continue even after you start to see results

Too often people take a break from the practice once they start to see results. When one does this the results also begin to diminish.

Commit to making this a lifelong practice. You may miss a day here and there as you are only human but just continue to come back consciously noticing and reflecting on what is going well in your life and what you are thankful for.

 

Be creative with your practice

Finding new and creative ways to integrate gratitude into your everyday life can keep things fun. The field of positive psychology has outlined many different gratitude practices that you can find here.

It is important that you make this practice your own and so it has personal meaning for you.

We should not do things because we believe we should when it does not resonate with this. There are indeed several things you can do to improve your health and happiness, but it is up to you to put your signature on it, make it meaningful to you and you will reap even more rewards.

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Incorporate gratitude into your mediation

Gratitude meditation is simply the practice of reflecting on the things in our lives we’re grateful for. It’s about experiencing that feeling of appreciation, whether for a loving family member or friend, a beautiful sunny day, or the pleasure of a good cup of coffee.

It can be for things large or small- perhaps a successful recovery from an injury or illness, or a tough life lesson you weathered, where you came out the other side stronger and more confident.

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It’s easy to get caught up in current events and the negativity of the news cycle, but in fact those things often have little to do with who we are and how we experience the world on a day-to-day basis. A grateful meditation is not about becoming desensitised to suffering or social injustice, it’s a way of bringing us back to a place of personal reflection.

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Share your gratitude practice

Our relationships can be the source of our greatest happiness. Incorporating people into your practice can help boost your experience.

You can partner with someone which will help keep you accountable and motivate you on the days you may struggle with the practice.

It may also help to see what other people have written as part of their practice making it easier to also notice those things in your life.

Sharing the things, we are grateful for with our family and friends can have several additional benefits. This can be a practice that is also built into family routines such as before dinner or at breakfast.

Another way to boost the influence of gratitude is a gratitude letter. This involves writing a letter to someone who had a positive impact on your life that you have never thanked properly.

You can send this letter to them or visit them and read it to them. Too often we fail to thank the people who have added value to our lives.

Taking the time to formally express this to them expands the reaches of your gratitude practice. Bringing more care and love into this world is a very powerful thing, do not think this is trivial, it is grand.

 

Benefits of a gratitude practice

There are so many different benefits you can accumulate from this practice. It has been proven to have a positive impact on your psychological and physical health.

People report fewer pains and aches and report greater health with more exercise and doctor check-ups than those who do not practice. It also has been shown to improve your quality of sleep.

It can help you improve your self-esteem and helps you make better friendships. Research shows that thanking an acquittance makes them more likely to seek a lasting relationship with you.

It also enhances your empathy and reduces aggression. Gratitude lessens your likelihood of holding grudges again others but instead offers more room for forgiveness and understanding.

Grateful people also increase their mental strength which can help boost their resiliency and ability to bounce back after highly distressing situations.

 

 

Ways to practice gratitude – Final thought

Let’s be real for a second. It’s impossible to be grateful all the time. Sometimes we experience seasons in our life when gratitude is a struggle.

People who practice gratitude will still experience sadness or other negative emotions. This is all normal and you should never feel guilty for not being grateful all the time.

Let’s start today’s gratitude practice, what are YOU grateful for today?

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Mindfulness Practice Guide

Today I will be talking you through our Mindfulness Practice Guide.

Have you ever drove somewhere and realised you don’t remember the drive? Or eaten something and it’s gone before you’ve really tasted it?

Have you ever blown up on someone and wondered where it came from? We tend to rush through life, living in the past or worrying about the future, instead of living in the moment and enjoying life.

I think that life is about the here and now. If we dwell on the past, we are missing out on what could be today.

If we spend all of our time worrying about or planning the future, we actually never get there. The future we want for ourselves will never happen unless we are taking steps towards it right now, today.

This is where mindfulness comes in. I’ve talked a little bit about mindfulness in some of my other posts, but I wanted to put mindfulness in the spotlight for once, because it can bring so much goodness to your life.

 

 

What is Mindfulness?

To keep it simple, being mindful means remaining present. Despite the hectic nature of our modern-day world, practicing mindfulness encourages self-awareness, acceptance, and taking in the moment. It allows you to truly focus on what you’re doing right now.

Mindfulness stems from ancient Buddhist meditation teachings, but Jon Kabat-Zinn adapted the concept in 1979. Over the last few years, mindfulness has gained a lot of popularity. This may be due to more mainstream coverage, publications like Mindful, and the power of social media!

After doing some research, I also found that mindfulness is often used in therapy. This is because it’s thought to help with anxiety and stress!

 

Why is Mindfulness important?

On autopilot we are so busy doing that we forget to be aware and really live our lives to the full. We leave ourselves open to depression, anxiety and stress.

When we practice mindful living, we wake up from this dreamlike state and fully participate in life.

Now let’s go into the Mindfulness practice guide.

 

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How to practice Mindfulness daily

Before anything, remember to always be kind to yourself. It’s perfectly okay (and normal) if your mind starts to wander. Don’t let that discourage you!

Keep it simple. For example, you might be cleaning your room after a long day. Maybe work was stressful and it left you feeling burned out.

Take in the moment around you, fully. What do you hear? What do you see and smell? Notice the breeze coming from your slightly cracked opened window. What does the cool air feel like on your skin? Take a few deep breathes, in and out, and relax your muscles. Keep doing this for a few moments until your mind begins to slow down.

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Mindful breathing

It is said that if you want to save yourself thousands in psychologist fees, simply learn how to breathe mindfully.

The breath is a good place to start, because we are breathing all the time, although usually unconsciously.

By tuning in we can unify our mind and body and become tied to the present moment.

By taking five deep breaths You can instantly feel tension and stress floating away.

Feel the breath coming into your body through the tips of your nostrils and then leaving your body again. Try envisioning your breath as a circle.

Visualise the inhales filling up half the circle then flowing directly into the exhales. It is a continuous motion. Whenever you notice your mind has wandered, bring it back to the breath.

If you want to take it one step further, on your inhales envision white healing light entering your body and, on your exhale, envision anxiety and tension leaving your body. Leave reminders for yourself throughout the day to breath

 

Focus on the present moment without judgement

Don’t dwell on your past mistakes and worry too much about the future. Stop being obsessed about a problem or a solution.

You need to learn to fully accept yourself in the moment. It’s not about avoiding a situation. It’s more about being present without being too attached to the outcome.

There is no right or wrong either, so try not to judge yourself.

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Our minds can run away with themselves. Reacting to these thoughts can cause anxiety and stress. We can feel guilty or ashamed of our thoughts. But what if we just allowed those thoughts to pass gently? Without judging them as they arise?

Take a few minutes to focus on your thoughts. Notice them coming and going without judging and labelling. If you do judge or react to any thoughts, acknowledge that, and then gently let the thought pass.

Being mindful in this way helps you to develop an awareness and understanding of how your thoughts affect you, and how you can better control your thoughts every day.

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Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

 

 

Awareness of your bodily sensations

So often we live in our heads and we completely forget about our body, unless of course, we are in distress.

And here’s the problem:

We think that our mind is completely separate from our physical body.

But it’s not.

To become aware of your body, send your breath to different parts and acknowledge those body parts.

  • Notice the tingling in your fingers
  • Release the stress in your stomach
  • Become aware of the top of your head and the tension in your neck

Becoming aware of your body will bring you into the present moment. It will fine-tune your senses and quiet the mind.

 

 

Spend time in nature, even if it’s just your garden

The sounds and sights of a bustling city are fun, but overstimulating. Sometimes, it’s nice to get away and enjoy a quieter atmosphere. Nothing is quite as relaxing as being in nature. Plus, it’s a great way to take in the present moment.

Even if you live in the heart of a city, find a calming spot nearby. It can be a beach, the park, or even your garden.

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Allow yourself to drop events from the day for just a moment. Watch the ocean waves crash against the sand. Sit underneath a tree in an open field. It’s just you and the calmness of a simplistic moment like this one.

I regularly take my dog for a walk over the local lake.  When I’m there, I take deep breaths, taking in the fresh air. I listen to the sounds, watch the birds, and I enjoy the smells. Depending on what weather it is, the lake always smells differently.

If you don’t have the luxury of local lake, try take a walking break during the day and go to a park or the woods/forest. Notice everything around you and enjoy. You’ll return to everyday life recharged and with a fresh mind.

 

Take a mindful shower

Being mindful doesn’t require much effort. You can be mindful with every little task. Try to take a mindful shower. Feel the water touching your skin and notice the temperature of the water.

Focus on smell of the soap, it will give a calming effect. Listen as the water hits your skin and falls on the floor. Touch your skin and notice what this is like for you.

Pay attention to your feelings. Do fresh? Be aware of your thoughts and feelings as you do this. This will also enhance the need to care for yourself, which is a very good practice for your personal wellbeing.

 

The five senses exercise

This one is pretty self-explanatory. You notice something that you are experiencing with each of the five senses.

  • 5 things you can see. Try to choose things that you don’t normally notice.
  • 4 things you can feel. What textures, surfaces and sensations can you feel?
  • 3 things you can hear. Notice what you can hear in the background. Try to separate the sounds.
  • 2 things you can smell. Take notice of pleasant or unpleasant odours.
  • 1 thing you can taste.

 

Eat mindfully

Mindfulness doesn’t just apply to emotions and thoughts, but to what you physically do too.

If you scoff down a load of food and find yourself reaching back into the fridge shortly afterwards, chances are you were distracted while eating and weren’t fully paying attention to the tastes and feeling of being full.

You were distracted by the fact that you ate. Focus your attention on the food in front of you.

 

Meditate, even if you’re too busy

Pick a regular time to meditate every day, such as on the commute to work on at the end of your lunch break.

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Meditating is as simple as a breath in and out. You can meditate in the car, on the bus, on a lunch break or any time that you have a few minutes to disconnect from the stress of life.

Download some podcasts or apps about meditation and they will guide you on what to do. If you can spend hours scrolling on social media every day, you can spare 10 minutes to check in with your thoughts.

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Fully listen to the person in front of you

Do you find yourself listening to a friend or co-worker talking and you just nod and say yeah really? no way throughout the conversation?

Are you actually listening to what they’re telling you? If someone is giving you their time you should take it as a huge compliment.

They could be giving it to anyone else but they’re choosing to spend this moment solely with you, so show them thanks by being fully engaged with what they’re saying.

Ask questions and delve deeper into the conversation and don’t glance at your phone or let your thoughts wander to something you deem more important.

 

Slow down when you need to

It’s okay to do nothing and just be, especially when you need to heal from a bad experience. It’s ok to take a break from your busy schedule and do the things that you love.

Everyone needs some downtime to recharge and you don’t have to feel guilty for being ‘selfish’ once in a while.

Self-love is necessary.

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Empty your mind

Can you count the number of thoughts you have right now? I’m sure I can’t because there are always new thoughts popping in my mind while losing track of others.

It feels like a crowded highway inside the mind. Trying to let all the thoughts fade away and clear the path in front of you can feel liberating. It gives you time to connect with yourself.

For a mindful minute try to observe your thoughts and imagine blowing them away like bubbles.

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Trust and acceptance

one of the most painful, kind of slap-in-the-face truths you can learn in life, is that things you never thought could happen to you, happen.

Another thing you learn along the way is that you’re much stronger than you give yourself credit for.

At one point or another, you might face situations or events that seem cruel, unreal and unfair.

Things that are hard to accept and move on from. That’s when you have to trust yourself and take responsibility for your own feelings and actions.

 

 

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I can’t tell you that your life will change instantly but I can tell you how my life has changed.

Since I began practicing Mindfulness, I have become so much more aware. I’m aware of other people’s feelings, I notice the beauty in life and because of this I can appreciate this life a lot more.

I don’t let the little things get to me so much, I can take a breath and realise that I don’t need to react to this situation.

In reality my life hasn’t changed, the things that used to stress me out are still there for the main part. It’s how I choose to respond to these stressors that is different. The change is within me, not life that happens around me.

That’s the beauty of Mindfulness you don’t need to take on the world, just yourself.

I would recommend to anyone to give Mindfulness a try. If you have already began the practice, how is it going for you?  Do you have any other Mindfulness activities you would like to share? I look forward to hearing them.

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Meditation Tips for Beginners – Simple Guide!

Today I will be discussing meditation for beginners and how the practice can improve your wellness.

I began meditating about 18 months ago, and over time have introduced the practice into my daily routine.

I meditate first thing in the morning and later on in the day (around 4pm). The benefits it has had on my life has been massive.

My anxiety used to be through the roof, but it is now non-existent. It has also quieted my mind beyond belief, and I am more relaxed, calmer, chilled, less stressed person for it.

When implemented into your life on a daily basis, it really is a life changer, I couldn’t recommend it enough.

Once you see the benefits, and the little voice inside your head (I like to call an annoying roommate) begins to quiet down, you will be wondering why you didn’t start it sooner!

Meditation is said to reduce stress, depression, and anxiety. You can lower your blood pressure, better your overall disposition, and enjoy more restful sleep.

The physical changes that meditation brings to your nervous system and your brain are actually quite astonishing.

There are no negatives to meditation. You have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.

Today I will be talking you through some mediation tips for beginners.

 

 

What is meditation?

Meditation is essentially the practice of quieting the mind. It’s also considered to be a skill, or a tool, and just like the muscles in your body, it needs to be worked.

Similar to working a specific muscle group for the first time, when you first start meditating, it can feel unnatural or even difficult, and that’s OK.

The more you work the muscle, the easier it will become and the more natural it will feel.

Keep in mind, this is exactly why you might hear people refer to meditation as a practice, because it is indeed a skill that needs to be developed.

The first few times you try to meditate, you may feel silly, or worry that you’re doing it wrong – rest assured, you cannot do it wrong, but the more you practice, the better it will get.

The goal is to quiet the mind in order to create a calm, and clear headspace. By doing so, we’re able to open ourselves up to that inner voice which provides guidance and clarity.

This is great for decision making, and easing anxiety; ultimately reducing stress. Oftentimes, we’re going and going, forging our way through life as quickly as possible, but when we take the time to really be still and quiet, we can reveal a whole new path forward.

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Have you ever tried to not think about something? Think about it, even if you’re driving in the car alone, without the radio on, just cruising along in silence, your mind is still running wild with thoughts – what’s for dinner, I need to send that email, I need to make that doctor’s appointment.

Our minds are constantly running on autopilot. Meditation gives you the opportunity to take back control.

Experts estimate that the mind thinks between 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts a day. That’s an average of 2500 – 3,300 thoughts per hour which is insane.

Neuroscientists and experts in the field of consciousness call this mental noise. With our brains processing so many thoughts every day and every minute, there’s a lot going on.

It’s also worth noting, that with that much activity, it’s nearly impossible to keep track of whether these thoughts are positive or negative.

Are we running a program that is beneficial for our mental health, or are we running through thoughts that are ultimately increasing our stress and anxiety levels?

When we quiet the mind, we get to clear out all the junk.

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Meditation Tips for Beginners

Practice makes perfect

I remember when I started meditating, I felt frustrated often because I wasn’t any good at it (or so I thought).

My thoughts were all over the place and the more I tried to focus on my breath, the more it seemed like my mind would wander anywhere else. If noise interrupted me, or I felt uncomfortable with how I was positioned, I would get annoyed.

Little did I know, this is exactly why I needed meditation in my life.

Meditating isn’t about being the best at keeping your mind on your breathing. Rather, it’s about noticing when your mind wanders elsewhere, noticing where it went to or what thought came up without judgement, and then moving your attention back to the breath.

When practiced over time, this trains your brain to learn how to stay in the present moment,

If this means that while you’re meditating you need to redirect back to the breath 100 times, perfect! You’re doing it right.

The whole point of meditation is about cultivating awareness of where your mind wanders, and then re-centring it.

With practice, concentrating on the breath does become easier. But just like any other skill, it takes repetition and commitment.

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Be realistic, start small

If you’re following inspirational meditators or other mediation/mindfulness enthusiasts, you’ll probably be inspired to try to recreate their meditation technique, space or experience.

But the truth is that trying to model your meditation practice after someone else’s may be the wrong approach, especially if they have a well-established practice, and you’re just getting started.

Here’s the truth. Every meditation is different because every moment is unique.

So, if you’re looking to be able to sit or lie down for long stretches of time at the beginning of your meditation journey, you may be unsuccessful or become discouraged.

Start small. Begin with a 3-to-5-minute meditation. Not too long and not too short.

 

Hold yourself accountable

I personally, find this easy to do because I’ve actually felt the benefits of meditation. I know that I feel more grounded and less anxious when I’m meditating; Therefore, I know that if I just set aside a small amount of time for this every day, that the practice will have long and lasting effects.

Find out what holds you accountable because this will be different for everyone – maybe you decide to take part in a month-long meditation challenge, maybe you and your partner or a friend both decide to do it together!

 

Make it a habit

If you are trying to meditate daily, try linking your meditation to something you routinely do. While you shower, brush your teeth, wash dishes, or something else.

I wouldn’t recommend meditating while driving. Safe driving requires your full attention.

When you tie your meditation practice to something you do regularly, you don’t have to try to pencil in the time for it.

In fact, the repetitive motion and sound associated with sweeping, shaving, or brushing your teeth just might help you go a little deeper into mindfulness.

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Follow guided meditations

Guided meditation is where you meditate in response to the guidance provided by a trained practitioner or teacher. This can be at the end of a yoga class, or when you’re listening to a guided meditation on YouTube.

If you are completely new to meditation practice, guided meditation is a great place to start. The voice you’re listening to guides you through various steps of meditation and helps you stay a bit more focused than if you’d have to do it alone, in silence.

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Guided meditation usually consists of a relaxing part where the focus lies in relaxing the mind and body, sometimes there is a visualization session included as well.

But honestly, there a are truly countless variations of guided meditations out there. From deep sleep guided meditation practices, to releasing anxiety, to boosting self-confidence.

Have a stroll through YouTube or check out the app Insight Timer which offers a grand collection of quality guided meditations.

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

 

 

Find your best posture

When you are just beginning your journey into meditation, posture matters for one concern alone.
How comfortable you are in that posture.

You do not have to sit in the lotus position to meditate. It is a myth!

You could be sitting down with an erect spine, or lying down on the yoga mat or practice while walking or in any other position.

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What matters is which position/posture provides you maximum comfort so that you can focus your attention in the practice.

You can make use of accessories like meditation cushions, blankets, etc. to make yourself more comfortable.

Prepare for the meditation practice as you would for sleep, everything must be comfortable for you.

 

Practice in a quiet space

Even though you can practice meditation pretty much anywhere, it is recommended for any beginner to choose a quiet space for the practice.

A quiet and peaceful place will help facilitate stillness within you and make you comfortable to practice.

Make sure to set up the place exclusively for meditation and perform the practice in that same place every day.

Remember to turn off any electronic device before you begin to minimise possible distractions.

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Practice with purpose

Figure out why you want to meditate. That way it becomes easier for you to focus on a target and work towards achieving it instead of randomly contemplating.

You may take up meditation to calm your mind, to breathe better, improve your health, control anxiety or connect with your inner self. Whatever it is, have a clear goal before you begin to practice.

 

Choose your ideal time

Yes, an ideal time is critical. Make sure you choose a time that allows you to sit calmly without any distractions or noises that can disturb you.

And, practice at the same time every day so that you form a pattern and tune into it. Consistency and discipline are key here.

A disturbance-free meditation allows you to enjoy the process better and benefit the most from it.

Dawn and dusk are ideal times to practice meditation.

Like I said earlier, I meditate twice a day (first thing and around 4pm). I do this because I enjoy the practice and it calms me down.

But once a day is fine, whatever suits you.

 

Count to relax your mind

So, you know that you begin to meditate, you want to let go of the world. But it is really hard because your mind never stops!

You think about what you have to do, what you need to do, what you want to do, and everything else under the sun.

You can stop all of this by doing one surprisingly simple thing and that is counting.

Sit down, relax, and quietly count to 100 in your mind. Focus on every number.

Go at a natural pace and allow yourself to relax with every number while sitting still with your spine straight. When you count with real intention, your mind starts to align.

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How long should I meditate?

The great thing about meditating is that there is no right or wrong answer here either! Some people will meditate for an hour or longer, and some people find they benefit most from calming their mind and body for even just five minutes.

As with any goal or new implementation of a practice or routine, it’s best to start small. Find a time that works for you and know that you will finish, so if you choose 5 minutes, don’t end early. Following through to the end is very important.

Personally, I meditate twice a day for 20-minutes each.

 

 

Meditation tips for beginners – Final thought

These 12 tips will enhance your preparation for the meditation practice and help you get the most out of it.

Your objective should be to incorporate meditation into your life as a habit.

You should miss it if you don’t do it for one day.

Once you get started, the next step is to build a sustainable meditation habit every day.

The best time to start is today and don’t look back once you do.

So, what are you waiting for?

What are meditation tips, I would love to hear them.

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Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Simple Guide!

Today I will be discussing overcoming negative thoughts.

When you’re having negative thoughts, you know that getting your mind off of it is easier said than done.

In fact, research shows that when people are instructed not to think about a specific topic, it makes it even harder to get that topic out of their minds. But rehashing negative thoughts over and over in your head, also known as rumination, can be unpleasant and counterproductive—and in some cases, it can even lead to chronic depression.

Luckily, there are a few techniques that can help you stop negative thinking and refocus your mind on something positive, the best though, is to distract yourself with something else, something that requires focus and best of all, is productive and helps you improve your life.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

Overcoming Negative Thoughts

So here are some tips and tricks to get started. They worked wonders for me.  By following these guidelines, I have gone from being a pessimist and perfectionist, to having a strong and healthy mind where I have the self-belief and confidence to try new things (like this blog), to just go for it.

And my positive mindset means that when I do have negative thoughts (because I am just human, I can’t switch them off completely), I can redirect my thoughts without allowing them to infiltrate my emotions and ruin my good mood for the day.

 

Surround yourself with positive people

People who we spend most of our time with often determine our thought process. If a colleague of yours has a habit of judging people from their dressing sense, you are bound to feel conscious about your own dressing sense when you are around them.

Similarly, when you are with someone who doesn’t have a habit of fault-finding and always manages to appreciate little things in people, you will feel good about how they make you see things in a positive light.

Energy, negative or positive, spreads fast and you don’t want to be wasting your time sitting amongst those who aren’t helping you in beating negativity.

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Recognise negative thoughts and silence them

If you want to maximize your positivity, I recommend that you start to learn to silence any negative thoughts.

You need to stop them telling you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes.

Paying attention to discouraging thoughts that don’t believe in you automatically decreases your self-confidence and prevents you from acting.

Negative self-talk, it happens to all of us and it’s hard to control.

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Those negative thoughts come to our mind, most of the time without us even knowing why. But that’s’ okay, don’t beat yourself up for that.

However, it’s really important that you learn how to recognize negative self-talk as soon as it occurs, in order to lessen its power.

When you’re able to identify negative thoughts, it’s then much easier not to listen to them and to replace them with neutral thoughts – or even better – with positive thoughts if you can.

When you’re able to recognise negative self-talk, you can finally ignore your inner critic!

So that’s why being self-aware of your own thoughts is so important!

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Learn from the past

It’s never fun when we make mistakes or fail. It doesn’t feel good, and we feel bad for a while. Still, it’s no use going back to it several times after the fact.

Let’s say you made a mistake at work and your boss scolds you. It sucks at the moment. But then it’s done and you go home. When we ruminate, we go back to the moment when we messed up and we get scolded, and relive the moment repeatedly.

This is what makes us feel even worse than the actual situation. It’s almost like we’re punishing ourselves repeatedly for that one mistake. Instead of doing that, take it as a lesson to learn from.

Think about the situation once again if you will, and think about how you can prevent that from happening again.

What actions can you take next time to make sure to do it right? Once you’ve figured it out, take note of the action, and let go of the mistake.

 

Live in and come back to this moment

When you’re tapping into negative thinking then you’re often thinking about something that happened. Or something that may happen. Or both, all jumbled up as your mood and thoughts sink.

To snap out of that put your attention fully into this moment instead. Into what’s here right now.

Start making it a habit to spend more of your time in the present moment and you’ll, in my experience, naturally have fewer negative thoughts and be more open and constructive.

A couple of ways to bring yourself back to being mindful and this moment are:

Focus only on your breathing.

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Take a 1–2-minute pause right now and take a little deeper breath than you usually do. Make sure you’re breathing with your stomach and through your nose.

During this time focus only on the air going in and out and nothing else.

Take in the world around you.

Take a 1–2-minute break, get out of your head and put your attention on what’s around you right now. Nothing else.

Just focus on the people walking by outside your window, the muffled words and noises from the street, the smells around you and the sun shining in and warming your skin.

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Some great channels that I use for mindfulness videos, are the following:

I also recommend the following books to read:

 

 

Remember to let things go

As much as you’d like to control everything that happens, truth is you can’t. This is an especially tough pill to swallow for people who like to be in control all the time.

However, we need to remember that there’s only so much that we can control. Most other things are beyond our control, and that’s just how it’s always been and always will be.

See the beauty of letting go. Once you let go, you’ll feel free of the drama.

 

Set boundaries around social media

Just like it’s important to protect yourself from toxic relationships by setting boundaries, they also need to be set around social media.

Many of us are using social outlets for hours every single day. This can lead to comparing ourselves to others, negative thoughts, and even anxiety.

study found that when volunteers limited their social media use to just 30 minutes per day, they had major improvements in their well-being. Some even felt less lonely and less depressed.

What does this tell us? This is proof that stepping away from our phones and not immersing ourselves in the social media world all day can actually have a very positive effect on our mood.

The result may be less negativity, and you may even find you have more time and energy to put into things that truly matter (like self-care and spending time with loved ones).

 

Energise your morning routine

Mornings set the tone of your day. When you feel sluggish in the morning, you can bring the same disposition all throughout the day.

Pump up your morning routine to start the day with a bang. You don’t need to wake up as early as 4 AM as other successful people do. Follow what works for you.

Planning your day in advance towards a particular goal helps create a laser focus on what needs to be done. Some routines that you should do in the morning:

  • Meditation
  • Setting your top 3 priorities for the day
  • A 20-minute exercise ((At the very least)
  • Listening to a podcast or reading a book

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Start meditating

I remember when I started meditating sitting for 7 minutes was excruciatingly painful. Now I sit for 30/40 minutes and I love it (mostly).

Meditation was the doorway to so many new things for me. It taught me to be more present in my daily life. It taught me to witness or observe my thoughts and feelings instead of getting hooked by them. It taught me to hear my own soul speak. It helped me more confident and not get wrapped up in negative thoughts.

I knew my meditation practice was making a difference with how I am in my everyday life. I once had a short fuse and temper, but now I am a more peaceful person.

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It has had a massive impact on my life.

Instead of having emotional meltdowns, over certain situations, I feel complete peace. I smile joyfully and takes things in my flow.

That is the power of meditation. It naturally turns you into a calmer, confident, more peaceful person. Make it a part of your daily routine.

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

If you want to learn about meditation, the follow channel is excellent:

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Practice a brain dump exercise

Brain Dumping is a form of psychological Self Care that gives you a feeling that you can free yourself of negative thoughts by writing them on a piece of paper.

Negative thoughts find a way to creep in when the mind is cluttered with all kinds of thoughts. You need to declutter your mind in order to make space for positive thoughts to set in.

Brain Dumping is one of the most useful ways to get rid of the negative thoughts and clear your mind.

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Positive affirmations

Affirmations are a great way to appeal to the good side of any individual. The sad truth is, you often, by default, speak ill of yourself every day. Positive affirmations can turn the table around. They are like the essential elements for a plant to grow. Without them, the plant will wither and die.

Create a list of at least three affirmations per day. Recite these affirmations throughout the day when it’s tough.

 

 

Overcoming Negative Thoughts – Final Thought

Many a times, negativity makes you believe that the problem lies within you. But the fact is, it’s how you allow yourself to feel that determines what your mind will eventually think.

If you feel happy and grateful about everything that you have, negativity can come nowhere near you. Get over the feelings of regret, hate, jealousy and sadness and you will find yourself feeling more alive and positive.

What are you tips for dealing with negative thoughts? I would love to hear them.

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self-Confidence Building Tips – Simple Guide!

If you asked 100 people the question what is confidence? you would get 100 different answers. But one thing’s for sure, most people want it or want more of it. Why? Because, quite simply, confidence is a life changer.

Confidence can really make the difference between success and failure. So, it’s not surprising that when we struggle to do something, it’s our ‘lack of confidence’ that often gets the blame.

Imagine confidence as a medicine. Imagine being able to have a good dose of it whenever you need it. Who would not want some of that?

We sometimes struggle to find ways to gain confidence in ourselves.  But making a few small changes can really boost your confidence and make you feel more empowered.

Because here’s the thing: Most of us are doing our best on a daily basis.  We try to be good spouses, good parents, good employees, good citizens, etc.  So, we should feel confident in ourselves!

Here are 11 simple ways to feel more confident.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified Councillor or Therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience.

 

 

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Look after yourself

Self-care is the most neglected thing with the majority of people. We are so busy doing everything else and forget to look after ourselves.

What we don’t know is how important self-care is to everyday life. In this post, let’s see how self-confidence relates to self-care.

Self-confidence depends on a combination of a few things, such as

  • Emotional health,
  • Social health,
  • And physical health.

Deeper explanation

Self-care, in simple terms, means taking good care of yourself, physically, emotionally, and socially, all balanced in that order.

When you practice self-care, you tend to feel good about yourself; you will have your ideal weight, you will know what makes you happy and what doesn’t, and you will understand yourself more deeply. This will help you in knowing how to tackle challenges as well.

So, look after yourself to help understand yourself better. Make time to exercise, meet friends, read, and practice all other examples of self-care you can read here.

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Block negative people

It’s universally accepted that we are own worst enemy, but some of us have a source of negativity in our lives that is toxic.

It will be much easier to be more positive and practice self-love if you are surrounded by people who care about your well-being.

People who constantly put you down, are critical of your behaviour, and judge your decisions will only be another obstacle for you to overcome.

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Sometimes we are in situations where we can’t remove a negative person from our life. In that case, try hard to constantly be mindful of your own perception of your current situation and feelings about your life. Don’t let their negative words influence your mindset.

For others, it may be a certain behaviour that is contributing to the negativity in their lives. Such as social media, where we can constantly feel the need to compare ourselves and our lives to others.

While strongholds are hard to break free from, try your best to limit engaging in any activity that you know makes you feel bad about yourself.

 

Recognise negative thoughts and silence them

If you want to maximize your self-confidence, I recommend that you start to learn to silence any negative thoughts.

You need to stop them telling you that you can’t do it, that you don’t have what it takes.

Paying attention to discouraging thoughts that don’t believe in you automatically decreases your self-confidence and prevents you from acting.

Negative self-talk, it happens to all of us and it’s hard to control.

Those negative thoughts come to our mind, most of the time without us even knowing why. But that’s’ okay, don’t beat yourself up for that.

However, it’s really important that you learn how to recognize negative self-talk as soon as it occurs, in order to lessen its power.

When you’re able to identify negative thoughts, it’s then much easier not to listen to them and to replace them with neutral thoughts – or even better – with positive thoughts if you can.

When you’re able to recognise negative self-talk, you can finally ignore your inner critic!

So that’s why being self-aware of your own thoughts is so important!

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Practice positive thinking

Conversely, having a positive attitude is a true self-confidence builder.

Positive self-talk is encouraging.

Positive thoughts are like your own personal cheerleaders who believe in you and cheerfully support you, no matter what!

You can build a more positive mindset for example by not dwelling on negative experiences, replacing negative thoughts with positive ones and simply by switching your perspective and training yourself to see the glass half full.

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Trust your gut

Have you ever felt like you just knew something was off, but you went against your instinct and it felt dis-empowering?  Seriously, if you ever have that feeling, trust your gut.

Push those other feelings aside and trust that you know what to do.  In doing so you will focus on what you see/know/want and you will be able to hone your energy in on that idea; all your power will go there, and you’ll feel confident in your decision.

 

Believe in yourself

Start believing in yourself. It’s time to say I can and then go for it. Step outside of your comfort zone and trust in yourself.

Who cares what other people think of you while you make the decision to go for it! They can say what they want and they can hate on you, but ignore it.

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It’s time to do things you’ve always wanted to do and take chances on things you are most afraid to go after.

In the end you don’t want to regret not taking the chance in the first place. Once you go for it and see what you are truly capable of then your self-esteem will boost.

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Start meditating

I remember when I started meditating sitting for 7 minutes was excruciatingly painful. Now I sit for 30/40 minutes and I love it (mostly).

Meditation was the doorway to so many new things for me. It taught me to be more present in my daily life. It taught me to witness or observe my thoughts and feelings instead of getting hooked by them. It taught me to hear my own soul speak. It helped me more confident and not get wrapped up in negative thoughts.

I knew my meditation practice was making a difference with how I am in my everyday life. I once had a short fuse and temper, but now I am a more peaceful person.

It has had a massive impact on my life.

Instead of having emotional meltdowns, over certain situations, I feel complete peace. I smile joyfully and takes things in my flow.

That is the power of meditation. It naturally turns you into a calmer, confident, more peaceful person. Make it a part of your daily routine.

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

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List your successes

The best way to boost your confidence is to acknowledge your wins. No matter how big or small your personal accomplishments have been so far, don’t let yourself forget about them.

Keep your successes in mind by listing them down and placing that list where you can see it. It can be something small like finishing a book to something more significant like losing a bunch of weight. If you finished a certain school or you were successful in a project at your work, list it down!

Every time you feel self-doubt creeping into your mind, take a glance at your list of wins and you will notice a smile appearing on your face. If you did it in the past, chances are that you can do it again in the future. Keep that in mind and allow yourself to trust in your potential!

 

Don’t be in competition with others

Probably one of the easiest ways to feel like crap about yourself is to compare yourself to someone else.  But we all have done it at some point.

We usually compare ourselves to people who have more than us, or seem happier than us, or are more fit than us (just to name a few).

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What we need to do is focus on ourselves and if we want to (insert what you want here: have more money, to be more fit, be a better friend, be a better partner, etc.). Look inward, and remember that sometimes what we see is just the highlight reel of someone’s life.

We see the 20% that’s above the water, when the 80% that’s lurking below could be pretty bad.

 

Write down the things you like about yourself

Journaling might not be a habit for everyone to pick up but it will most likely help you if you give it a fair chance. You only need a few minutes every evening to write your thoughts on paper.

You can write about your day, emotions you experienced or thoughts you had. As long as you keep it in a positive note, you will transform journaling into a great dose of self-empowering.

Writing about yourself and your life in a positive manner will impact the way you understand yourself and also the way you treat yourself.

You might notice that you start to respect yourself more as your self-esteem is boosting with every page!

 

Learn to say no!

NO!

It’s that simple. Just say no to things, you don’t like or don’t want to do.

Stop people-pleasing. The only person you should be pleasing is you.

Saying Yes to people to save your relationship is a harmful habit which kills your confidence slowly.

There is a difference between helping others and being used. It is vital to know the difference between the two in order to honour yourself.

Every time you say no to something insignificant, you say yes to your priorities.

It is necessary to set boundaries within which you can grow. Say no to everything that tries to interfere with your growth and success.

 

Give compliments

We all can agree on one thing. Complements are amazing, and it makes a person feel so special.

You compliment other people. Right?

But do you compliment yourself or pat your back when you do something great? I believe not.

It’s never too late to start complimenting yourself for every little thing you do. You have every right to feel special.

Be the first person to acknowledge your hard work and compliment yourself.

Whenever someone else compliments you, accept it with a smile and believe in it. Take every complement very seriously.

Confidence is not about gaining something new; it is about respecting what you already have.

 

 

Self-confidence building tips – Final thought

Remember, confidence is something you have to focus on and work on to improve.

It does not happen overnight but increasing your confidence is a wonderful thing for your life.

You can become the confident person you want to be! And remember that confidence boosting is a life long journey but you can do it.

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How to Stay Positive During the Lockdown – Simple Guide!

Today I discussing how to stay positive during the lockdown.

As COVID-19 spreads steadily around the world, many of us are finding ourselves spending all of our time at home due to government restrictions.

I have taken advantage of this extra time to focus on how I can be more motivated, organised and practice self-care

This is a difficult and stressful time for us all. Anxiety levels are high and the pressure of having the whole family at home 24/7 can be a lot to handle.

Working from home whilst home schooling is tough, but if your home is a mess and you have no routine this can have an even greater impact on your anxiety levels and mental health.

At a time like this it is vital to for our homes to be a place of comfort and calm. So, if you feel like you need some help then there has never been a better time to get organised.

Let’s get our homes in order, create a daily routine and give us something to focus on.

Today I will be sharing 13 tips to stay positive during a lockdown.

Disclaimer: I am not in any way a certified therapist so all the advice is given from my own experience and should not be taken as medical advice. 

 

 

How to stay positive during the lockdown

Mental & physical health

First of all, I would like to talk about the importance of continuing to take care of your mental and physical health.

The lockdown is frustrating but this could also be an opportunity to develop yourself or an idea you have been putting on the back-burner.

This is a good time to read a book, take an online course and start a new home workout regimen.

There are plenty Platforms online that have lots of courses that you can explore for new careers and hobbies.

Fitness professionals are also developing home online exercises that you can follow along at home with your family.

Physical activity of around 30 minutes daily will help keep you healthy, this could be going outside for walks, run, a ride while keeping a safe distance from others. You can also dance to music, walk up and down the stairs.

If you are working from home, make sure you do not sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take three minutes breaks every 30 minutes.

 

Practice Mindfulness

When you put Mindfulness into practice your mind will declutter massively!

I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform.

By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.

Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.

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When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.

The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.

This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.

Purchase a book, research it on YouTube. The Mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently!

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Practice self-care

Last but not least, take some time to look after yourself. The best thing to come out of this experience is the opportunity to slow down and catch your breath.

The first few months of the year tend to be a sprint and we can begin to lose sight of our needs, because we are chasing moving goal posts.

Take time to cook for yourself, to do your chores properly, to spend time with your family doing meaningful things together and also just relaxing.

You now have time to sleep in during what was supposed to be that 1-hour commute, you also have time to read a few pages a day and time to do homework with the kids.

Self-care involves nurturing your relationships as well as looking after your environment. It’s not just bubble baths and fresh bedding – though it is equally important- it’s about finding that much needed balance and tranquillity.

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Set out a daily routine

This one won’t be for everyone, but for a lot of people it is essential when trying to protect your mental well-being.

Setting out a routine every day can ensure you keep being productive whilst staying indoors on lockdown.

It also gives you a reason to wake up every morning and keeps some normality and stability in your life, as being organised with a routine can often help people feel more in control of their situation.

Having a daily routine also ensures you don’t spend all day in bed doing nothing, which is the worst thing you can do for your mental health and well-being at a crucial time like this.

Even if you don’t do any super productive things, even reading a book or putting a load of washing on is much better than nothing!

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Meditation

I thought this was complete nonsense a few years ago, now I love it.

The one thing that calmed my mind beyond belief, if done properly, is meditation.

This helps you become at peace with your thoughts, and also mindful meditation helps you stay in the present moment.

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Try to meditate before breakfast, if not, then late afternoon/early evening is a good time to do it.

Meditation will seem like a chore at first, but the more you practice, it will become more of an enjoyable experience that you will look forward to.

There are tonnes of videos on YouTube to help you get started.

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The below channels on YouTube are great for guided meditations;

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Make a daily to-do list

Knowing your goals is great, it means you know where you want to get to. But that is not enough without knowing what you need to do to get there.

Ultimately, every goal needs to be broken apart as much as possible and written down as a simple list of to-dos.

Having this little list of what you need to get done every day enables you to organise your time and how to tackle things. It helps keep you motivated.

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Every morning, try to write down your top 3 priorities for the day, and only after that all the other smaller things you’d like to get done during the day (IF you have the time).

This will help you stay focused on the things that matter and, in the same time, it will raise your energy levels and get you in that ready-for-action mood.

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Practice gratitude

Gratitude helps you gain much needed perspective in times when you feel down. It helps you realise that life is not so bad and that there are still some very good things happening for you.

Most therapists recommend writing down a list of things you are grateful each day, you can do this in the morning or in the evening.

The list doesn’t have to be long it’s ok to write even 3 simple things that you are grateful for.

If you don’t know where to start, here are three things to start you off: I am grateful for the sunshine today. I am grateful for the meal I ate with my family and I am grateful for the wifi not playing up today!

You can be grateful for anything and everything and you are sure to feel a bit lighter, a bit happier once you have done this exercise.

 

Facetime or call family & friends

One of the most essential things to do in order to protect your mental well-being is to set times throughout the day to facetime or ring your family & friends.

This is a great way to ensure you are still keeping in contact with other people, rather than being completely alone in the house with no-one to keep in contact with.

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It’s also nice to talk to people you love about something other than the pandemic, as it can take your mind off it and leave you feeling in better spirits.

I also find facetiming helps protect your mental well-being, as seeing another person’s face can bring you back down to earth and keep some normality in your life.

 

Journaling

Another activity that can really help you sort your thoughts and keep a positive mindset during quarantine is journaling.

To be honest I am not journaling regularly, even though it can have a very positive impact on yourself. When I am journaling, I am particularly writing down my feelings and emotions when I am not feeling very good.

It is a good way to get these pulling down thoughts that keep circling through your mind out of the way. Once you have written down your concerns you 100% feel lighter and there is more room for positivity.

What you are writing has not to be in a certain order, just write whatever comes to your mind.

I would recommend using an empty notebook that is just being used for journaling, so you have all of your old journals at one place.

If you keep doing this regularly or when you feel like you need it is up to you!

 

Get some fresh air

Fresh air can work wonders when you need a break or just want to recharge your batteries. Even a short walk outside or just sitting on a park bench can make you feel uplifted and energised.

Not only that, but vitamin D deficiency is a known cause for tiredness and fatigue, so you must ensure you get enough of it.

Depending on where you are in the world, you’re probably allowed to be outside at least for a short time for some daylight and/or exercise.

Make the most of it and don’t let any day pass by without being outdoors for a little bit, if you can help it. If not, at least open your windows wide and let the sunshine in.

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Remember lockdown is temporary

One of the biggest things I’ve been struggling with is not knowing how long this lockdown will last. It seems like it is going to last for quite a while but no one can say for sure.

The thing we all need to remember is that, however long it lasts, it won’t last forever. Take things one day at a time rather than looking for an end point.

Try to enjoy the time you have right now and soon enough we will be getting back to normal.

Everything will reopen (hopefully sooner rather than later) and everyone will go back to work. We will all be able to visit friends and family (and I expect there will be some great celebrations and social get togethers once this is all over!).

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Limit your media intake

Sure, we still need to take in the appropriate government guidance regarding what steps to take next but it’s seriously damaging to our mental health and mood to be absorbing unnecessary amounts of negative and low energy conversation.

There’s a lot of that being passed around and it’s a dangerous spiral to get caught up in.

Acknowledge that being completely absorbed in the media during this time will do you no good.

There are very few people that can spend hours and hours in front of negativity without feeling the impact.

If you’re feeling a little low in mood, limit your media intake to 30 minutes at the end of the day to get the updates and please, continue with your day.

 

Declutter

Now is the perfect time to get into every room of your home and have a good clear out.

There will be many items you can throw or recycle but you may need to put some bigger items aside to take to the tip once social distancing is over. For now, you can store these items away in a garage or shed.

Disposing of your physical clutter will help you deal with your mental clutter and anxieties.

 

 

How to stay positive during the lockdown – Final thought

So, that’s my tips on how to protect your mental well-being whilst being in lockdown or self-isolation during this hectic global pandemic.

Do you have any other tips? Please write them in the comments so other people can see them. Stay safe and keep smiling.

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Work from home tips and advice – Simple Guide!

Are you looking for simple work from home tips and advice? Do you need to get more done, but most of the time you struggle to get through the day?

We all know working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. Gone are the days of commuting to the office, and in are the days where you roll out of bed and hop onto the computer, right?!

For the majority of us, working from home requires a lot of willpower and developing loads of healthy habits to stay on top of work and home life together.

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to get distracted by household chores, friends and family and find the motivation to get on with the hard work tasks that simply need to get done.

So, to help, I’ve put together 10 work from home tips and healthy habits that you can start implementing in your working life.

 

 

Work from home tips and advice

Have a to-do list for the day and keep it realistic

Your list may be long but if you want to rock the work from home life, you need to balance it all out.

So, try doing this:

  • Prioritise to have maximum two big goals that can be accomplished in one day on the top of your list
  • Create a list of three to four easy and quick activities that you can do in an hour. Get them completed first thing in the morning.
  • If something isn’t done by the end of your business day, leave it to tomorrow. Remember work-life balance means you stop, unless something is on deadline.

You can work from home effectively if you’re organised and on top of your to-do lists.

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Develop a morning routine

I’ve heard it a million times, to get the most of your work from home life, a little discipline goes a long way.

However, where I differ is, I’m not encouraging you to get up at 4 am, do some yoga, make a smoothie, journal and meditate. Instead, I believe in a simple and tailored approach that’s tailored to you.

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A routine is simply something you do over and over again to flip the switch in your brain to tell you it’s time to get into work mode.

For you that might mean waking at 7am, making a cup of coffee and reading. For someone else, it might mean waking at 5am, getting your kids ready for school, dropping them off and then unwinding before work with a hot drink and a book.

Experiment and find a routine that works for your unique situation, is easy and enjoyable and the rest will fall into place.

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Set a real work schedule and stick to it

If you have ever worked from home, you know saying, “I need to work on this project for 3 hours at some point today,” either leaves you up working at 10pm or pushing your project off until tomorrow.

Whether your kids and spouse are home or you are on your own, there are just too many demands on our time. We need to put the washing away, call our brother, take our child to the library and so much more. So, all too quickly, it is dinner time and we’ve only worked for 30 minutes.

Set a real time when you are, at the office. Fit everything else around that schedule the same way you would if you went to a physical office.

Personally, when I have the whole day, I like to get my work done first. That way if one of my other demands take more time than I thought or I get distracted, my work still gets done.

Plus, it means I can concentrate on and value the other tasks and responsibilities in my life without worrying about work tasks.

 

 

Make time for some physical activity

Move your body!

Sitting on your ass for 8 to 10 hours each day is unhealthy. You will end up with a sore neck, achy back, headaches and in worst cases something serious as a carpal tunnel syndrome or a heart condition.

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Besides this, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is real, people. Working from home during winter can be very hard on remote workers. Long periods of no sunshine, non-stop rain and short days can dampen spirits of even the most positive optimistic person. It eventually leads to productivity issues and a lack of motivation.

Regular exercise also helps. There’s no need to get an expensive gym membership. A simple home workout session is also a great pick me up. You will need a yoga mat and some sports attire at most. I make it a point to workout 6-times a week from home.

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Exercise is great for your mental health! See this article from Mind for more information.

 

 

Know Your most productive times

In addition to having a schedule, it’s good to get to know which times during the day are your most productive hours.

When you want to get important tasks done that need your full attention, do it during these hours.

You might want to experiment with this to figure out when the best time period is for you.

For me, the best time is right in the morning after I wake up because I’m more well-rested and there are fewer distractions around the house.  For you, it could mean late at night when your kids are asleep.

 

Create a workspace

A workspace goes hand in hand with creating good working habits.

This is a space that stimulates your workflow and is clear from distractions that may hinder you.

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Depending on your work, this could be an organised desk in a quiet room with a comfortable chair. Or a backpack filled with hiking and camera gear. Or even your very own video set where all you need to do is hit the record button to get started.

An ideal workspace is one that doesn’t require any assembly or extra work to get started. Once you introduce additional obstacles to get started, the higher the likelihood is that procrastination will sneak its way into your workday.

 

Take breaks throughout the day

The work from home life means you can easily take breaks throughout the day without your boss looking over your shoulder.

Morning coffee or tea break, lunch and an afternoon break are a must for a few reasons:

  • You keep yourself hydrated and powered up with food throughout the day to stay on top of your productivity levels
  • They force you to get up and move around
  • You get away from the work and take a little work-life balance mental break

Leave your phone at home so that nobody can reach you with work-related stuff. It can wait for 15 to 30 minutes.

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If you can go out for a brief walk in your neighbourhood or area, do so. Even a quick 15-minute walk around the block will do wonders for you. If you can’t, do a short workout video to get yourself moving. It really helps to get some fresh air and sunshine if you have been indoors for too long.

 

 

Eat & drink lots of water to avoid energy crashes

Keeping healthy snacks on hand to stay fuelled for a more productive day is one of the best ways to stay more motivated and productive throughout the day.

The food we eat is highly essential to not only boost our brainpower but to influence how productive we are with any task at hand, so make sure that you’re eating healthy foods throughout the day to avoid energy crashes.

For some healthy snacks that are easy to make so you can spend less time cooking, try these:

    • Bananas
    • Eggs
    • Apple & Peanut Butter
    • Yogurt & Granola
    • Nuts and fruit

Of course, staying hydrated is essential, so always make sure you have fresh water by your side throughout your workday and take note of how much coffee you are drinking!

Coffee will give you that crash and burn feeling much faster than tea and water won’t cause you any fatigue at all!

 

Plan your day the night before

I find this tip really useful as it totally refocuses my mind and allows me to turn off for sleep. Most people finish a working day with lots still going on in their heads, and often is remains running around our minds well into the evening and sometimes at night.

Plan your schedule for the day the night before and write it down, so you stay accountable. It gets everything out of your head and on to paper, so you can rest better.

 

Know your weaknesses

There are going to be struggles when you first start out. The distractions are REAL. I keep a personal notebook next to me at all times. If I spot a chore that needs doing, or suddenly remember a personal task I haven’t done, I resist the urge to do it now and instead jot it in my note book for later.

Think about what might prevent you from concentrating on your work, and alter your daily routine to overcome those hurdles.

As mentioned earlier, maybe go for a lunchtime walk to help your concentration, have a supply of snacks within easy reach to avoid regular kitchen visits and prepare a good background playlist to stop you from watching TV. Whatever works for you!

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Set realistic expectations

Consider whether your usual workload will be achievable from your new working environment. If you have children at home, your attention is going to be divided.

Discuss this with your boss or team if you have any concerns, and set realistic goals and expectations for the level of work which you will be able to complete from home.

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Avoid social media

Social media can be such a time sucker. We scroll through our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter feed mindlessly throughout the day.

Often, we intend to watch one short video but end up watching an hour’s worth of related videos that the algorithm so cleverly delivers to us.

We read a friend’s controversial post on their news feed and get sucked into the 100-comment debate that it triggered, reaching for the popcorn rather than our computer mouse.

Social media is the ultimate distraction.

When you’re locked in to your work, stay locked in. Don’t open any apps, don’t keep your Facebook open in a new tab. It will all still be there when the job is done.

If you can’t fully remove yourself from 9 to 5, gift yourself a block of social media time, and once you get your fix, shut that thing down and get back to business.

 

Work from home tips and advice – Final thought

These are 12 simple work from home tips that can help you effectively work and get results without feeling overwhelmed.

It took me a bit of time to adjust to working from home long-term, but once I did, I actually have grown to prefer it.

Beyond 2021, I suspect we’ll see fewer people working within office spaces. Instead, employers will want you to work from your home office, for not only your safety but their own as well.

I think this will extend much longer.

So, invest in your office space at home. Organise it to make work from home effective and fruitful!

I would love to hear your tips for working from home below.

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