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How to set and keep New Year’s resolutions

As the last weeks of the year are approaching, many people are thinking about food, family gatherings, and new beginnings. That’s why so many people make New Year’s Resolutions. It’s a fresh start, right?


Unfortunately, for most people, the resolve to keep those resolutions usually dies off after a few weeks. In fact, 23% quit in their first week, and only 36% make it past the first month. Only 9% successfully keep their New Year’s resolutions. Interestingly, research shows 59% of young adults (18-34) have New Year’s resolutions, which makes it the largest demographic that sets these goals. And 48% want to exercise more, making it the most popular New Year’s resolution. The top 3 New Year’s resolutions are all health-related; exercise more, eat healthier, and lose weight. 


The good news is, if you understand why, you find it hard to keep your resolutions, you’ll know what works and doesn’t work for you.


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How gratitude writing practices help to manage anxiety

Gratitude is a powerful practice, especially when it’s practised regularly. Research is continuing to uncover the benefits of gratitude and the various mental and physical benefits it has on us. Let’s look at a few of those to give you an idea of what you can expect if you start to focus on experiencing gratitude daily. 


The benefits of a writing gratitude practice with anxiety


Practicing gratitude helps your overall mental and physical health because you instantly have a better outlook on life. Don’t be surprised to walk away from your latest gratitude practice, whatever it is, with a big smile on your face. Of course, the benefits don’t stop at increased happiness. Experiencing more gratitude has been linked to increased movement, a better self-image, less anxiety and even a reduction of depression. 


Does this sound too good to be true? Scientists have found that intentional gratitude mediations result in increased levels of...

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Struggling to get to sleep at night? How you can fix that in as little as 5 minutes a day

habit journaling sleep Nov 21, 2021

Is your busy mind keeping you up at night with its constant barrage of weird ideas and scary thoughts? This can lead you to feel even more anxious about getting a good night’s sleep, especially when you have a big day ahead of you, the next day. In this blog post, I’m going to take you through a proven, simple, cost-effective way to quieten your mind so you can fall asleep faster at night, and it’s all natural!


The average sleeper can take up to 20 minutes to fall asleep. If you are taking longer, then this strategy could be what you need to help you fall asleep quicker.  


Bedtime worry is a significant contributor to staying awake when we’d rather be sleeping. Research shows that writing about our worries can help us fall asleep. [1]


What is a Sleep Journal?

You are forgiven if you thought a sleep journal was a place to track your sleep patterns. That is a sleep diary, or a variation thereof. A sleep journal is something you...

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Writing it Out: Journaling for Stress, Burnout, and Overwhelm

Not everyone who experiences high levels of stress appreciates the toll it can take on your physical and mental health. Often it takes a period of sustained stress for people to start to understand the implications for them. People who support those experiencing high levels of stress understand the implications of it. They know what it can do to your mental and emotional health, how it affects your physical health, and what the repercussions are.


Felling overwhelmed is a stress response that often stops us in our tracks. Leaving us feeling like you can’t handle your daily life, that it can lead to burnout and work issues, and cause problems with your relationships and personal life. Harmful stress, over time, will start to present itself somewhere in the body, for example as a skin rash or possibly illness.   


If this sounds like you, don’t just make it a habit where you go through cycles of extreme stress, holding out for the less stressful time....

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