What January Could Mean For You

What January Could Mean For You

At this time of the year, we’re all often thinking about all of the different things we might like to get done, and that can be something that either excites or terrifies you. But it doesn’t have to be something that means significant change is coming – not unless you want. January is a time for fresh beginnings, yes. However, if you’re already struggling and worrying that you will fail, maybe the case is you’ve not set the right intentions for this month. Instead of trying to be too ambitious, you need to make sure that you enjoy the fresh start, and that it sets the pace for your year ahead. Let’s take a look at what January could mean for you. Relax First of all, you’re just going to want to make sure that you relax. Because trying to put too much stress on you right now is only going to stress you out. But when you choose to take more of a relaxed approach to the month, you’ll be in a better place to be able to get some things done. Laugh Next, remember to laugh and have fun. Even if you’re setting resolutions, you don’t need to be… View Post
How To Relax In Three Tranquil Steps

How To Relax In Three Tranquil Steps

In the twenty-first century, we are busier and more on the go than ever, making it more challenging to find the time and space to unwind. Relaxing means being able to take time for yourself to follow your pursuits. Understanding how you can relax is a difficulty in itself. You might be struggling with an overbearing boss at work, or you might have family issues, or you might be anxious about a relationship. This can give you minimal headspace for anything else. However, follow these three simple steps, and you can find your way to a relaxing and more tranquil existence. Short Bursts of Relaxation Forget about worrying about the number of hours you have in a day to complete tasks. It can be tricky to find extended periods of time to dedicate to your own hobbies and passions. However, smaller chunks of time can be more manageable to accommodate and dedicate to more relaxing moments. Even if you are snowed under at work, you can take ten minutes out of your day to head outdoors for a walk. Getting out in the fresh air can be beneficial mentally, emotionally and physically. Natural sunlight can help regulate your body clock, help you… View Post
7 Ways To Overcome A Bad Credit Score

7 Ways To Overcome A Bad Credit Score

Your credit score is your license to spend. A bad credit score can take away your ability to spend money on the things that you want. You could find yourself rejected when trying to buy or rent property, purchasing a car on finance and even when trying to take out a phone contract. Worse still, some employers are now running credit checks – which could mean losing out on a job offer.  Many things can lead to a poor credit score.  If you’re eager to improve your credit rating, here are 7 ways to overcome a bad credit score. Establish a credit history Many young people get rejected the first time they have a credit check, not because their credit score is bad, but because they don’t have a credit score. To obtain a credit score, you need to establish a credit history. If you’ve never had to pay bills before, you won’t have a credit history and therefore won’t have a credit score. Some creditors will still take you on even if you don’t have a credit score (e.g. phone contractors, streaming services). However, the likes of loan companies and mortgage lenders are unlikely to trust you without some form… View Post
Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

Three Tips To Respond Effectively (Instead of Reacting)

One of the things my late father used to repeatedly tell me was how reactionary of a person I was. I am a highly sensitive person and empathetic to what I used to think was a fault and so most interactions would result in a kneejerk reaction from yours truly. I lacked the insight to respond effectively (instead of reacting). I’m also a sarcastic person, so at times my quick-witted retorts would garner me some positive attention. via GIPHY A confusing paradigm for a person who relied so heavily on the approval and appraisal of others to feel good about being me. My need to react felt like something I would never be able to control and it got me into many situations that I didn’t need nor want. The thing is, all behaviour is a choice. One of the few things we have control over is how we choose to interact with circumstance. Most of us will react to a situation only to play out how we could have handled it differently. Sometimes for better, others for worse. If we become aware of what’s happening before we act, behaviour becomes a function of choice rather than a result of… View Post
5 Tips for Handling Constructive Criticism

5 Tips for Handling Constructive Criticism

I can tell you — for a fact — that there is probably nobody who struggles with criticism more than I do.  In fact, if you were to ask any of my former employers, they would all probably say that “being defensive” was the one quality about me they struggled with the most. Nobody likes criticism. I used to have a severe problem with acting like a victim. I always felt like I was being “attacked” for something.  From the biggest to the smallest of things, I did not like to take ownership for my part — or worse — be told how I should have handled things. I used to become incredibly defensive and angry at anybody who would give me the slightest bit of constructive feedback because I always felt it was unnecessary. I’ve grown to learn that criticism is a necessity. Even though we each will receive a fair bit of less than desirable feedback in our lives, there is no need to feel threatened, defensive, or ashamed of it. It’s all part of breaking away from our comfort zone. You may have your own criticism triggers. I know that I still struggle with mine; the question, “Why… View Post