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  1. "How To", New Years Resolutions by Belle

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    New Year

    Its a new year and i know your all picking your resolutions, but ask yourself "do you stick to them?"

    I bet the answer is "no"

    Well lets look at why? The main reason being we pick something that is unrealistic or something we aren't really passionate about. So lets solve this.

    1 - Pick a resolution that means something to you. So i you really do need to lose weight for the summer then yes pick it, but make sure there is passion and motivate behind it. Put a full plan in place.

    2- Don't pick something to big. If you pick something you don't feel you can handle for a full year then don't do it. You will only feel disappointed if you fail so why put yourself through that. You don't have to pick something big, it can be something really small like drink 1 litre of water per day to be healthier.

    3- Don't do one if you don't want to. Don't feel pressured you need a new years resolution. If you don't want one then just don't have one, its your life.

    4- Pick a resolution you can do with a friend. Your more likely to stick to a resolution if you have support. Its also more fun this way.

    5- Keep track. Keeping track of your resolution, either in a diary or in a blog, your more likely to stick to it.

    Why not let me know your resolutions and how you plan to stick to them and how well your doing? The best ones will be feathered in a future issue. 

  2. How To Keep Calm by Belle

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    8 ways to keep calm

     

    One thing most of us struggle with in life in stress, life is hard, so here is my guide to staying calm. Some of these things will help to prevent more stress and others will help when you feel your blood started to boil.

     

    1-Let go... This thing that may seem like the end of the world right now. It’s not, I promise. Stressing out about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

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    2-Take a breath... The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

    • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
    • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
    • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

    Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

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    3-Get some exercise... Exercise is a natural mood-booster because it releases endorphins; natural chemicals that make you feel calm and happy. Several studies have demonstrated that exercising regularly can make you feel calmer and happier overall. Whether you go for a run, do callisthenics, do yoga, or lift weights, 30 minutes of physical exercise every day can help you relax

    4-Take up a hobby... This one works on different levels. Picking a hobby that you can pop in your pocket is the idea. Having a hobby you enjoy keeps your mind active and occupied, plus when your starting to feel stressed take a time out with it, even if its just 2 minutes. This could be anything from knitting to a app, or even just researching a subject on google on your phone.

    5-Plan ahead... If you’re going to do something that can bring on stress then plan ahead. Things like giving yourself extra time and having a back up plan will instantly reduce any stress you know you may face, as you know this in the back of your head.

    6-Ask for help... You don’t always have to go it alone in these situations. You can ask a friend, family member or even someone you may not know that well for a bit of help .You might not always get it but you may be surprised at how helpful people can be if you just ask.

    7-Reduce your to do list... A big or seemingly endless to-do list can cause a ton of overwhelm and stress. To calm down simply ask yourself: what would I work on if I only had 2 hours for work today? Then work on that task one step at a time. This one helps me to quickly find my focus and to get started with doing one of truly most important things when I’m stressed. And it helps me to be selective with what I put on my to-do list for the day and week in the first place.

    8-Keep things simple... Here’s a reminder that I’ve used more time than I can count: “Keep things extremely simple”. It used to be at the top of my white board for over a year to remind me to not overcomplicate and to think of situations and solutions in the simplest way I could. Over thinking is a big contributor to stress and to spending too much time and energy on things that aren’t really that complicated. I quite often sandwich this reminder between first focusing on my breathing and then following it up with focusing on one small or tiny step forward.