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Destination Change, Last Stop Happiness

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Fear and bad habits can hold us back and keep us stuck. In order to change you need to be clear on what you really want. What is your goal? Your passion? Your reason for wanting to make a positive change? Knowing this will help you to remain focused.

Write it down somewhere you will see it every day. Really understand what changes you need to make in order to reach your goals.

Changes to your attitude, how you think and your behaviour will get you on the right path but you will need to embody these changes and create a manageable routine to keep you on track.  Again, write in down, make a plan. Perseverance and regularly checking your progress will help you to remain focused, allow you to see what does and does not work and what aditional changes can be made to continue moving forward. 

When we really want something in life we have to be prepared to give our all to ensure we succeed. WE have to take control. WE have to ‘drive the bus’ to our destination while allowing our loved ones to share and delight in our journey.

Feeling down?

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We all have days when we feel low, have no energy and don’t have the will to do anything or go anywhere. Sometimes we just need a rest but other times we need to push ourself to go out and do something as getting out is the only way we can feel better. These are the days that creating our own sunshine can help lift our mood! 

If you feel low getting out for a walk, even if it is the last thing in the world that you want to do, will help to lift your mood. By increasing your energy, getting fresh air and realising the achievement it has been just leaving the house you will feel better.

Spend your time Wisely

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You only get one life and it can end in an instant! Live the life you want to live, be who YOU want to be not who others expect you to be. Follow your dreams, surround yourself with positive people who want the best for you and will help to lift you higher.

Be Brave, Make a Change!

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Change can be a scary thought and actually taking the necessary steps can feel daunting, even terrifying!

Change however brings hope, adventure, challenges and new possibilities. It allows us to move forward, plan, experience and live our dreams.

By embracing changes and tackling the fears that holds us back we grow, we learn, we flourish, we live, we become who we want to be and create the life we want to lead.

Don’t let your fears hold you back. Be brave and take control of your life and your future! 

For help with tackling the issues that are keeping you stuck take the first step, call Carol on 0867371737 or email carol@believecounselling.ie

Changing your life starts now! 

 

 

 

 

Mindfulness and Stress Reduction

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Let’s be honest it can be difficult to find a feeling of calm when we are stressed, worried or anxious! Teaching our self to become calm at these times is a very powerful tool. I believe being mindful (consciously staying present in the moment) is one of the greatest lessons we can learn. The ability to be in the moment allows us to not be concerned with the past or the future. We can only work with what is happening right now. To worry about the uncertainties of the future or situations from the past is a waste of time, energy and probably causing you unnecessary stress. 

When you are stressed out, anxious or worried ask yourself these simple questions;

What am I stressed out about? (Am I worried about something that has not happened and may not ever happen Or am I reliving/beating myself up over something from my past?)

Do I have control over this situation? (Is there something I can physically do to improve this situation or is someone else making the decisions?)

If you have no control over the situation take a few deep breaths, acknowledge that you can not change events and Let it Go!!

You are only hurting yourself by holding on to things you have no control over. Yes, I know some of us like to be in control of everything but it is simply not possible and accepting this is the first step to letting go.

 

You CAN Overcome any Fear.. it all starts with the first step…

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We all have a fear of something or perhaps more accurately multiple things! The trouble is when we allow fear to control us, to stop us being ourselves, reaching our true potential or living the life we want to lead. Fear can be debilitating and left unchallanged can lead to anxiety disorders, stress, depression and even suicide. Realising and admitting our fears to our self can feel scary and unsettling but I believe not addressing or facing your fears can be more painful in the long run. Talking to mental health professional and working on the problem will change your life. It all starts with the first step… pick up the phone or send an email and make that first appointment! You deserve to live the happiest and most fulfilled life you can, don’t let life pass you by!! 

Depression – Signs to Watch Out For

What is Depression?

Depression is more than feeling down after hearing bad news or having a bad day these feelings are normal reactions to everyday situations.

Depression is more than that it is a mental health condition that affects an individuals thinking, energy, feelings and behaviour. It can range from mild to sever and greatly impacts the individual’s life on multiple levels interfering with work, home, social and intimate relationships. The signs to be aware of are listed below. If you or a loved one has four or more of these symptoms for a period of over two weeks please consult your GP.

 

Depression – Signs and Symptoms  

 

Feelings of helplessness, guilt, worthlessness, and pessimism everything feels hopeless

Loss of interest in or pleasure from activities you once enjoyed

Low mood, feeling empty or anxious

Sleep Disturbances – sleeping too much or to little

Decreased energy levels, fatigue, feeling weighed down

Changes in Appetite – Over eating or under eating – weight loss or weight gain

Difficulty remembering, concentrating or making decisions

Feeling irritable, restless or excessive crying

Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, persistent unexplained aches and pains that do not respond to treatment

Thoughts of Suicide or Suicidal Ideology

Attempted Suicide – Please contact Emergency Services Immediately

 

Remember! Depression is treatable or manageable with the right care. Do not suffer in silence, take the steps required to get your life back on track. You deserve to be yourself again.

 

The Gift of a Smile

A smile is something that can melt a person’s heart. When you are feeling low or having a bad day a smile from a stranger can lift your spirit instantly. It is a free and easy gift to give generously to the world around you. You may never know what it meant to a stranger in that moment but it could have had a profound effect. Keep smiling!!