Category Archives: Well being techniques

THOUGHTFUL SPOT// New pencils. 

August 31, 2016


As the summer draws to a close I’m reminded that Autumn is just around the corner.

Autumn is my favourite time of year. September brings with it so many good feelings. So many amazing memories. I’m reminded of days when going back to school was so exciting; new pencils and paper to be bought and seeing your friends again after weeks of long summer days of freedom. Back to a routine and familiarity. It’s also a time that brings me to a place of fresh starts; new beginnings. Maybe it’s associated with a new school year and a new term? I’m not sure why. I guess I should really feel like that in the new year, but I never do. I always feel this way in September. It’s my birthday too this month, which has always been a happy time. September is my month. Continue reading

WELL-BEING TECHNIQUES // Glass Half Full, Or Half Empty?

July 11, 2016

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Is your glass half full? Or half empty? It’s an age old question, but still holds so true. If we see the glass as half empty then it seems we are edging toward the negative; we are not seeing the positive. If it’s half full, then we are almost certainly a more positive person. But is your ability to see it empty or full, determined by your attitude to life? And if so, can you change it?

It seems in life there are two camps. The glass half full. And the glass half empty. There may be a million reasons why one person is swayed to one direction of thought. There has been a lot of study, and I recently listened to a really interesting TED talk that looked at this in detail. It seems that our brains are hard wired to focus on the negative. It comes naturally to us. And if we are given options that indicate a loss in any way, then most people would be hard pressed to overlook that loss in favour of a gain. It seems that once we see something as half empty, it’s really hard for us to change our view to half full. But it an be done. With practice.

I’ve talked about gratitude lots of times here on the blog. But it appears that the simple act of asking yourself 3 positive things that happened at the end of your day, can turn a day of hideous havoc, into a day that was actually pretty good.

Looking at the positive takes practice. Hard. Dedicated. Practice. Because us humans are wired to see the worst. Now if you’re suffering depression and anxiety, then this hard wire negative line, will not help your well-being. In fact it will, without doubt, enhance the negativity.

How do you change your view?

It seems that even those more positive among us, will have a battle to see the positive in every day. But if you’re depressed or anxious, your job is going to be harder. But it can be done.

Start simply by beginning and ending each day with one positive thought or something for which you are grateful. If you can think of 2 or 3 things, then that’s even better. But you must be consistent. You must me dedicated to it. With practice it can change your hard-wire pessimism into positivity.

Either get a gratitude journal. Or a gratitude jar. The journal you write in each day. The jar, you think of one happy, positive thing that happened that day and put it down on a slip of paper. You put that paper in the jar. At the end of the week, month or year, you empty your jar and you are presented with hundreds of reasons to be happy and grateful.

I think the fact that we are hard wired to see the negative, can give you some comfort. You’re not a pessimist. You’re human. But if you’re struggling to find positive things in your life, because of your mental anguish, then a simple way to start is to practice being thankful. Even for one small thing. And as you do this, then the hundreds of negatives can be put to one side, just for a moment, as you bask in the happy.

Onwards my loves. Kiki xox

” You are smart, you are kind, you are beautiful and you are important.”

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WELL-BEING TECHNIQUES // 3 Things

June 24, 2016

 

3 Things

This is a simple and practical exercise to remind yourself of your greatness. Loving and accepting yourself is crucial to good mental health and well-being.

So, take some paper. And write:

  • 3 nice things that someone said about you.
  • 3 nice things you’ve done for others.
  • 3 good memories.

Always keep your list near you – in your diary, journal or organiser.

Read it often. Remind yourself often, how wonderful you are.

Onwards, Kiki xox

” You are smart, you are kind, you are beautiful and you are important.”

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DEPRESSION // 7 ways to deal with depression.

April 5, 2016

7 ways to deal with depression

I don’t know about you, but when something is wrong with me or with those I love, I want answers. I’m not one for burying my head in the sand. I want a logical explanation for what’s going on and then I want a solution. I want tools to get me through; advice and support; real action. I do not want to be told ambiguous statements, such as ‘ You’re garden variety Kiki, it happens to many people.’ This is fine. It may happen to many people. But it does not happen to me?!

Well it did. And so the search began. Continue reading

WELL-BEING TECHNIQUES // 8 easy steps to a happier you

September 7, 2015

 

8 steps to happiness

Sometimes our lives feel totally out of control. It happens to me all the time. Because of physical limitations and mental anguish, there are days that I feel I have no control over anything. It’s these days where I feel at my worst. My self confidence drops, I have no enthusiasm and certainly no motivation.

When I have some semblance of control over my life and my choices, I generally feel so much better. Continue reading

WELL-BEING TECHNIQUES // Letting go of the past

September 1, 2015

letting go of the past

 

The past is a funny thing. It has such power, even though it’s gone.

Where is it to you? Can you visualise it? Is it behind you? Is it alongside you? Is it in front of you? Are you still very much aware of your past? Do you see it for what it is; as something that is long gone. Or do you carry it with you to each new day, always remembering. Continue reading