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Thursday, 25 August 2016

Tips for Procrastinators

If you have a tendency to put things off then sometimes the advice Just Do It can work. However, if that doesn't work for you try motivating yourself by adopting some of the suggestions at the web page below:

Action Checklist for Procrastinators

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

Recognising Your Positives

Last week I posted a link to a podcast by Dr David Burns which included a description of 'cognitive distortions' that can lead you to feel negative emotions. One of those distortions is called Discounting the Positives, which involves downplaying any positive characteristics you have or good/successful actions you do.

If you find that (whether out loud or just to yourself) you frequently dismiss positives in yourself which phrases or thoughts such as anyone could do that or there are much better characteristics or ff course you acted that way, because... then I would suggest you start to challenge some of that discounting, by examining the evidence:

1. Are your discounting thoughts about yourself really true?
2. What would someone else say about these postives - perhaps they would value them more?
3. What is the counter-evidence that actually suggests your actions and characteristics are of value?

Write down your answers to the above questions and keep the note to hand.
When you catch yourself discounting your postives in a similar way again, remind yourself of some of the challenges you can make to those negative thoughts and start to give some genuine recognition to your positives!

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Feeling Good Podcast

Here is a link to a podcast by Dr David Burns, introducing the basic principle of cognitive therapy, that you can change the way you are feeling by changing the way you are thinking, describing a number of cognitive distortions and giving an example from his own experience of how he addressed his own cognitive distortions on a particular occasion. There is also an amusing anecdote about a man who nearly got run over by a train! Click on the link below to find out more:

Introducing Cognitive Therapy

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Why You Should Always Park a Long Way from the Supermarket

Today's post is about why you should if possible park a long way from the supermarket entrance when you go shopping. The answer is simple - it gives you more exercise.

Last week I posted on my Facebook Life Coaching Page a link to an article highlighting the risks of a sedentary lifestyle (Office Work More Deadly than Smoking). The multiple benefits of exercising 40-60 minutes per day to both mental and physical health are well known. What is important to realize is that you don't have to work out in a gym or play exhausing sport to achieve this goal, you can do it by walking or other simple activities. If you don't have the inclination, time or money to go to the gym every day, then instead focus on making simple adjustments to your routine that enable you to be more active in a simple way - this could include:

- parking further away from the supermarket entrance so you have to walk further to and from it
- walking up and down stairs rather than taking a lift when you have a choice
- walking to your destination when it is not far rather than going by car
- any other creative ideas for adding walking or simple exercise to your daily routines.

Good luck and good health!

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Wednesday, 27 July 2016

How to Detach Yourself from Worries

If you are worrying about something you have control over then of course it's sensible to take action to resolve the situation. But what if you are worrying about something over which you have no control? Here are some Tips:

7 Tips for Managing Worry

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