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Destressing by Journaling

Some people might shy away from the idea of keeping a journal – how can the activity most associated with heartbroken teenagers really benefit someone in their adult, everyday life? Well, you’d be surprised and whilst not all of us believe we have anything worth writing about, journaling can benefit nearly everyone.

You don’t have to be a closet novelist or have a life story worthy of an autobiography – the fact is we all have pressures, emotions and situations that can take some mental unravelling and keeping a journal can help us do just that.

Here are just a few of the reasons why I think journaling is invaluable.

It forces you to take time out

Committing to writing in a journal each day forces you to sit down and reflect. Whilst some people will always be more comfortable writing at a computer, I really favour traditional pen and paper. We spend so much time in front of our computers or televisions, with or around other people that there’s always something going on to distract us, so by resolving to spend half an hour each day to write in a journal we are purposefully taking ourselves away from all the noise that comes with life. If you really don’t like the idea of using a pen and paper find somewhere quiet and disconnect from the internet. Journaling is most beneficial when it is just you and your journal. Continue Reading

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Happiness, Healthy Living
5 Life Changing Wellness Habits to Start the New Year

There’s never a better time than the start of a New Year to resolve to make a change and after a rough year in 2016 I’m more determined than ever to practice wellness and self-care throughout 2017. I’m not just talking about eating healthier or getting enough sleep – I’m talking about the habits that really make a difference inside and out, mentally and physically.

Here are my top five wellness practices that I’ll be doing more of this year.

Practice Gratitude

If it wasn’t for practising gratitude throughout the last year I would have struggled to see the light in some pretty dark times. It can be really difficult to work a grateful mentally into your daily life, especially if things aren’t going well, but try starting by finding just one thing you have been grateful for in a day. I do this just before I go to bed so I wake up the next day with the intention of finding something to give thanks for again that evening. Whether it’s the food on your plate, the plants in the garden or a smile from a stranger – there is nearly always something to be grateful for in each day. Continue Reading

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Happiness
Help others and feel better

Nowadays we all seem to be so programmed to only give something to others if we receive something back. The act of helping others just for the sake of it has become a rare one and the desire to behave in this way an elusive quality to find in many people. In fact, many of us see those who help others as ‘do gooders’ but think about it – isn’t it a sad place to be in when we actually start looking at people who dedicate some of their time to others in a negative light?

What a lot of us don’t realise is that taking some time to help others not only helps them but also ourselves. And we’re not just talking about that warm feeling you get or the good karma you can expect to come your way. There is actual scientific evidence that shows there are benefits to helping others such as making us happier and even lengthening our life span. Hard to believe? Research has shown that those who volunteer demonstrate and improved ability to deal with stress, reduced rates of depression and even a decrease in physical illness. Continue Reading

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100 Reasons to be happy

 We all search for something in life. Some of us look for love, some of us look for career and success, while some of us look for money and wealth. We set our targets, we chase them and sometimes we even reach them. However, does it really make us happy when we reach them?

Can we even find a lasting happiness in love, money or career? When it comes to career and money, we know that we can always get more.

There is always more to reach and even if we reach what we want, we still want more and more. Things are a little bit more complicated when it comes to love, because no matter how strong it is in the beginning, love can slowly wear down as it stands the test of time.

As we chase our ambitions in our life, we keep hoping that finally we will be happy when we reach the income or career level we want, or find the love of our life. While we chase for our ambitions, we keep postponing happiness. Yet, we never completely feel that our ambitions are fulfilled so we never actually reach the happiness we seek. Continue Reading

Happiness, Healthy Living, Lifestyle
Do You Have a Morning Routine?

Successful people have a good morning routine. They don’t just wake up and hope for the best; they have a plan. A focus. A tried-and-tested way of getting from where they are when they wake up, to where they want to be. I have long admired people who have the discipline to stick to a good morning routine so I have made it my focus this month to start every morning well hoping that, after 30 days, my mornings will be calm and productive rather than hurried and stressful. Continue Reading

Happiness
5 Easy Ways to Practice Gratitude

I was recently sitting in a coffee shop on my own, enjoying my coffee and watching the world go by.

I began to think about life and how easy it is for us to focus on all the things we are lacking. Too often we overlook all of the wonderful things we have in our life while striving to achieve more of the things we think we are missing.

Regularly practising gratitude is a great way to refocus your attention onto all the reasons you have in your life to be grateful.

Here are 5 easy ways to practice gratitude that work for me:

Go for a walk

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How to stop taking things for granted and feel blessed

We’ve all been there.

At some point we stop living in the present and stop feeling grateful. Somewhere along the way we lose a sense of what we have around us. We start taking for granted our friends and family, we don’t enjoy our work and everything becomes a chore.

We become so focused on the future and the person that we could be, that we neglect to realise that we are living our real life right now. Having this mind set can cause us to mistreat people or not live authentically to ourselves. Failing to see what is all around us causes us to lose sight of what really matters.

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