5 lifestyle changes to help you achieve your goals

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For some of us, it can be difficult to make permanent changes in our lives. We often start out with fantastic intentions to complete a project or develop a new skill, but somewhere along the way our old self-limiting habits creep back in and stop us from realising our goals.

However, there are a few simple things you can do to combat this frustrating cycle. Read on to find out how adapting your lifestyle can have knock-on effects in helping you realise your ambitions.

1. Keep a tidy room for a tidy mind

Keeping your office or domestic space clean and tidy will eliminate distractions and make you feel more capable in general. Trying to achieve anything taxing will simply be all the more difficult with mess around you

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The psychology of weight management

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Taking the right steps to lose weight can be challenging, and it is essential that you have the right mind set in order to achieve your weight loss goals. But help can be found by understanding the psychology of weight management. By having the right frame of mind, you can ensure that you lose weight in the long term, rather than wasting energy and becoming demotivated with numerous short-term fixes.

1. Record what you are eating and how you are feeling

By keeping a food and mood diary, you are far more likely to make conscious choices about how much you eat, and how frequently you snack. A written record is far easier for the brain to process and understand, and is therefore more likely to make you think twice about extra servings

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2 ways to boost your self -confidence

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The world is full of things that knock your confidence. Whether it is a breakup, an application rejection, or an inability to lose those last 5 pounds, maintaining self-confidence in a world of setbacks can prove difficult. However, you don’t have to let these things continue to negatively influence you; with a little help, it can be easy to boost your self-confidence, brushing over life’s hardships and bouncing back quickly. Here are two of the best scientifically proven methods that our experts promote, allowing you to gain the confidence you need for life’s next challenge.

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Positive thinking – tips from the experts

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The health benefits of positive thinking are widely recorded, and research has concluded that positive thinkers are much more likely to be able to cope with stress, have stronger natural immune systems, and are also more likely to have lower risks of cardiovascular problems. However, it can be difficult to make the lifestyle changes that lead to more positive thinking. For some people, the behavioural changes and mindset can be difficult to achieve; a quick Google search will bring up a wealth of information, some of it contradictory. As such, our expert Psychologist, Joanna Konstantopoulou at the Health Psychology Clinic has created a short guide on how to think more positively, allowing you to benefit from all of the positive health effects.

1. Avoid negative self-talk

Also known as your internal monologue, self-talk refers to the things you mentally tell yourself throughout the day. If your inner voice centres around negative thoughts and putting yourself and your abilities down, this will impact on your self-esteem, confidence and general mindset.

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4 ways to practice self-care when you have a chronic illness

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Self-care is something that many people struggle with. Setting aside the time to look after yourself may not always seem possible. However, self-care is not just about making major lifestyle changes, it can be simple, little things that help you feel a little better. If you are chronically ill, try these four simple practices for a happier and healthier life.

1. Enjoy a hobby

Having a relaxing hobby can be a great way to incorporate self-care into your life. When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, this hobby will act as a stress relief and offer you comfort. Try something non-taxing, so you can do it even if you’re tired. Some favourites include reading, colouring and writing in a journal.

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3 signs you might need to make positive changes in your life

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We are all guilty of burning the candle at both ends occasionally, and knowing when it’s crossed a line from the usual ebb and flow of daily life to being actively detrimental to your health can be tricky – in a world with increasing stresses upon our time and attention, it can seem perfectly normal to never stop, physically or mentally.
How, then, do you identify when you should look at making lifestyle changes to protect your physical and mental well-being?

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5 self-care tips to improve your mental health

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With the recent deaths of two high-profile individuals – designer Kate Spade and chef Anthony Bourdain – it can feel as though mental health conditions are on the rise. But as a society, the positives are that we are getting better at recognising and addressing this affliction.

Mental health conditions assume many guises, and professional help should always be the first step to recovery. But often, treatment can only prove successful alongside a programme of lifestyle changes and self-care. Here are some of those steps you can take to improve your mental health:

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How virtual reality therapy is used to tackle anxiety or fears

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Virtual reality (VR) might be more commonly associated with the gaming industry but it’s fast becoming an essential part of psychology too. It’s already effectively being used to tackle anxiety and fears in combination with more traditional methods but its applications are set to continue growing.

Using VR therapy works in the same ways as other VR tech, all you need to do is put on a headset and earphones. You’ll then be transported entirely to a virtual reality world that you can interact with. But how does this help with reducing or eliminating the effects of anxiety or fears? Well, there are four core reasons why it’s used and delivers results as part of therapy.

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