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Beat The Winter Blues

For me the first three months of the year and the ones I like least.  I have to search really hard to find something good about them and something to be grateful for.  But I’ve discovered that if I get myself organised and make plans, the winter shortens somehow and I...

Are You Afraid of Breaking the Rules?

Ever since my school days, I’ve been a rebel and a rule breaker. I conform when it is absolutely essential - but the rest of the time, I go my own sweet way. My version of breaking rules isn’t as anarchic as it sounds. I’m merely suggesting that you question more the...

Creative v Artistic

The  Oxford English Dictionary defines talent in the following way:  “A thing for which one has a natural ability.” So simple - we all have natural abilities in some form or other.   Maybe you make a wonderful chocolate cake, the person next door has a garden from...

Get into the Habit of Saying ‘No’

ACTIVITY 5. Don’t make up excuses – Just say ‘No’! • Complex excuses have a way of coming back to bite you, so simply say “No, perhaps I can ….….. another time.”   6. Don’t give great explanations. • A simple ”I’m sorry, my diary is too full at the moment” is fine....

Whose Life Are You Living, Anyway?

ACTIVITY 3. Don’t add extra stress to your life. • If something is going to cause you stress, you have to say ‘No’. You owe it to yourself – to your emotional and physical wellbeing. 4. Don’t feel guilty about saying ‘No’. • Need I say this? We should never feel...

Do You Have Difficulty Saying ‘No’?

Activity 1. Don’t take on more than you can handle. If you are asked to organise a social event for colleagues and you already have dance classes or are tutoring your children, saying ‘No’ will give you more time to concentrate on the things that are meaningful to...

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