Goals Vs. Direction

It’s good to have goals in life – a sense of where you want to go, and how to get there. Especially at difficult times, the feeling of being on the way somewhere can help us feel less lost and more purpose-driven.

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Julie Farrar
Saying What You Mean

Do the words we use really matter? Do they have that big of an impact on ourselves or anyone else in the long run? What difference does these words really make?

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Julie Farrar
How To Create The Best Version Of You

You’ve heard of “faking it till you make it,” but does it really work? If you pretend to be someone that you want to be, does this actually change things? How can impersonating the best you help you to become the best you?

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Julie Farrar
‘Tis The Season To Be Fearful

You’ve been off for that week of Christmas, the celebrations are (at least, mostly) over, and you’re beginning to think about returning to work. You feel the anxiety and that pit in your stomach starting to sink in. It’s what you were dreading: The Fear.

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Julie Farrar
Silly Season Socialising

With Christmas time comes the Christmas parties, catch up, family events and so on. If you’re naturally more introverted, this time of year can be quite draining. Also, it doesn’t help that get togethers at this time of year tend to be louder, brighter and more challenging than usual. But that doesn’t mean you have to dread this festive season.

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Julie Farrar
Is Your Teen Socially Anxious or just Introverted?

Does your teen seem to lack friends and spend most of their time alone? Most parents are worried by signs that their child is isolated or disconnected from their peers – and with good reason. Adolescence is a period where young people typically turn towards their peers for the identification and social interaction they used to get from their families. They become increasingly aware of the society outside their immediate home and school environment, and orient themselves towards the world as a whole. If your teen seems to be turning inwards instead of outwards, you might worry that something is wrong, or that they don’t get to experience the aspects of life that they need to grow into fully formed adults.

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Lauren Casey
Managing your self-critic

Does it often feel like you’re your own worst enemy? Like your self-esteem and confidence is held back by a small voice at the back of your mind, magnifying your failures and discounting your successes? In such a way that, even if something goes well (say, an exam or a social event), it doesn’t reduce your fear of messing up next time? In that case, your inner critic might be too powerful.

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Lauren Casey
How to build self-compassion

We all know that believing in ourselves is important. Countless films, fairytales and even advertisements have told us that we can accomplish anything if we just believe in ourselves. So having low self-esteem can easily feel like failure – another way in which you’re not the person you should be. Trying to love yourself can feel like a tall order when it seems like you’re barely acceptable, and trying to force it can leave you feeling hopeless.

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Lauren Casey