World mental health day

Have you felt isolated by the way people relate to you when you have expressed anxiety or depression?

For many years, mental health has been a taboo. Thankfully, we are becoming more accepting of mental health challenges and empathic towards those who have them. 

The daily challenges that we encounter contribute to the pressures on our health. The good thing however is that it is within our ability to improve our mental well-being with easily implemented tips as listed below.

1. Be aware

To be aware rather than be overwhelmed is a vital key. This is done by practicing mindfulness. It can be done by focusing on our breath or sensations perceived.  Most times, we suggest sitting in a quiet place to minimise distractions. It does not have to be for a long time, 5 mins will do. For the purpose of this write-up, I will use the focus on the breath. This is taking note of the movement of the air as we breathe or the parts of the body as they move with each breath. When thoughts...

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Improving your wellbeing during the last quarter

holidays selfcare wellbeing Oct 04, 2020

 

There are times when we feel time is racing and this year has not been an exception.

2020 has been a year of intrigue, novelty, uncertainty and for some loss.

However, the fact that you are reading this, is proof that you made it to the last quarter. Yipppeee!!

The last quarter of any year is usually filled with festivities and times when families come together. However, with social distancing and other measures put in place because of the pandemic, there is a risk that we might lose out on many traditions. It is also a time when the cold weather in most countries occur.

Here are a few things that we can do to take control of the last quarter.

1. Keep active

It is cold and you really don't want to go outside. Why no do a mini dance-off with family indoors. It will be fun and you will keep active.

2. Stay warm and hydrated

Taking warm drinks is particularly useful at this time. And if you absolutely love caffeinated drinks, don't forget to have your last caffeinated...

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Make healthy living REAL

Have you ever worried about not being able to lose that weight, start eating healthy or being more mindful? It is not really about inability but starting with the incorrect steps.

We all have these thought but making it real seems to be a challenge.

 

Jim Rohn expressed an important fact: ‘Motivation is what gets you started, Habit is what keeps you going.’

Here are the first few steps you need to consider when you have a new healthy habit you will like to start.

  1. Pick the specific habit

As simplistic as this sounds, you need to be very specific about the habit you would like to start. What it is? The identity that having this habit gives you. For example, I will like to be known as te person who exercises regularly.

 

  1. Elicit why you want this habit now.

It has to be very clear in your mind why you want to have this habit and why now. What has changed in your life or around you that is making this change an obligation, a necessity, or just a desire. The...

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Are you READY?- school resumes

What new chapter is happening in your life? What changes are you making to your daily activities?

When every school resumes, we see a difference in the way everyone's morning routine changes. Traffic is different. You commute is different and maybe your wake up too.

The last few months have been a test of how we are able to adapt to changes with little or no time to plan.

We have learnt to work from home, teach our children, have gatherings online and do pretty much everything. We have so much information and our brain’s processing speed has been put to the test.

Have we stopped to evaluate our emotional bandwidth?

There are times that we pay attention to what is happening around and we do not check up on ourselves.

This is not to tell you about the checklist for getting children ready for school but it is check that you are ready to care for yourself better.

 

Here is a 5 step plan on how to check up on yourself throughout the day.

 

  1. Start the day with a decision
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How much are you drinking?

It is summer!

We are enjoying the warm weather. Schools are on holiday. 

But are we drinking enough fluids?

The human body contains up to 60% of water. On any usual day, we lose about 1L of water. It is usually more on a warm day. This does not include the amount that we pass as urine. We sometimes notice that our urine is darker, which can be an indicator that we are not having enough fluids.

Suggestions for taking 1-2L of water have been made to ensure that our cells are able to function normally. 

Even though water may not be as tasty as fizzy drinks, juices, or alcohol, it is so beneficial. 

Create opportunities to drink water.

Have a refillable bottle with you at all times especially outdoors.

Take a cup of water before every meal.

Put a bottle of water by your bed so that you can take some water as soon as you wake up.

 

Try these tips today and share them with others.

 

Be happy! Stay connected!! Grow into abundance!!!

 

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Shift your focus!

Have you ever wondered why some people facing the same difficult situations respond differently? Have you ever seen people who are apparently successful, being unhappy to the point of suicide? These scenarios are so common and it is related to where we place our focus.

It is said, ‘where focus goes, energy flows’. – Tony Robbins.

The energy acts on our focus and gives rise to the corresponding outcome.

We might have heard about the glass half-full and glass half-empty analogy. It is said that when a glass has water in it up to the half-way mark, it can be described as stated above.

When one’s focus is on the emptiness of the glass, it is described as a glass half-empty and such people are referred to as having a pessimistic view and when one’s focus is on the fullness of the glass, they would describe it as a glass half full and such people are described as having an optimistic view.

The pessimistic view looks down at the emptiness, the loss, the...

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Trust me, they are your friends..

Have you ever wondered how people become so great, rich and influential in society? Did they benefit from a gene pool lottery? Or were they just sooo lucky?

If you look closely at the lives and stories of these rich, famous and influential people, you would notice that they all had one thing in common.... OBSTACLES.

They faced CHALLENGES.

They faced ADVERSITY, in one form or the other.

They were not lucky but they made a choice. A choice that made them to be seen or heard or both. A choice that made a difference.

A Zen proverb says, 'Obstacles do not block the path, they are the path'.

They are the path to liberation.

The path to greatness.

The path to transformation.

The path to abundance.

This path is there for us but we get to choose. Do you want the easy path or the path that leads you to your destiny?

Jesus Christ said, 'Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But...

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