9 Tips for maintaining a healthy work-life balance

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Time management

Prioritise your time. If you have a to-do list that is just getting too out of hand, split them into groups.

Start with what is crucial and important. Then move onto what’s important but not crucial and so on. Slowly but surely you will chip away at your tasks and won’t feel so overwhelmed by everything you need to get done.

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Back to School

Back To School

Back to school

One of the busiest times of the year for parents in Ireland is in full swing now, getting the kids back to school. The holiday in Spain seems like a distant memory, and the evenings are starting to close in. Our thoughts have turned to traffic jams, school uniforms, the book-list handed out by the schools and what to put in the kids’ lunch box. For many, this is one of the most stressful times of the year. Read more

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Stopping negative thoughts in their tracks

stopping negative thoughts

Stopping Negative Thoughts in their Tracks

 

Negative thoughts can contribute to anxiety, stress and depression as well as a host of other issues. If not dealt with, they can fester in the mind and exacerbate the various difficulties in our daily lives. The vast majority of us have had them at some stage. They hold us back from achieving our full potential.

It is important to realise that we are able to stop these negative thoughts in their tracks, that we can take control and dictate our own thought patterns. To do this, we can implement a basic strategy called the Five Rs: Recognise, Refuse, Relax, Reframe and Resume.

The first part is to recognize that you are having a negative thought. Ideally we can see the thought forming and recognize what it is before it fully forms and begins to affect us. This first step will allow us to take control of the thought and deal with it as we see fit. Read more

Stress and Anxiety

Stress Anxiety
Stress and Anxiety

Following on from last week’s blog about stress, this week we’re looking at a point that we touched on very briefly – Stress and Anxiety. We wrote about the Automatic Nervous System and how our bodies’ responses are activated unconsciously in a threatening situation. If we hear a loud noise, our muscles might tense and our heart beat increases. Today we’re looking at Panic Attacks. What makes a Panic Attack different, and particularly difficult to deal with, is that these intense bodily reactions occur in the absence of any immediate or apparent danger. Read more

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world

stress

Stress in a ‘switched on’ world

Stress affects everyone in some shape or form. This is not always a bad thing as some stress can be beneficial. Consider the sportsperson that is stepping onto the field. A certain level of stress elevates their ability to concentrate and react. Even in our general lives, without stress we may become lethargic and listless. However, the experience of excessive stress or the inability to control it is problematic. Read more