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Stop Talking Down to Yourself

My name is Hailey and I am a negative-self-talk-aholic. I have spent many years of my life believing that if I was strict with myself and critical of the mistakes I made then I’d push myself to improve, I would achieve more and become a ‘success.’ This, however, did not work! You see, being self critical can trigger us to feel more anxious and lead us to making more mistakes. Have you ever had a negative experience while learning how to do something, where the person teaching you put you down and/or was critical of every mistake you made? What you might have noticed is that you got so nervous and wound up that you then made more mistakes. With each mistake you made and each criticism that fo

WINning by Being Assertive

Do you struggle to say what you mean? When someone does something that upsets or annoys you do you decide to keep quiet for fear that they’ll get upset or angry at you? Do you let resentment build up to the point where you just snap, say something you don’t mean and get stuck in an argument you never wanted to have? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions you may benefit from my quick and easy to remember assertiveness hack called the WIN technique. It aims to help you to express yourself in the clearest and most respectful way, giving you the best chance of getting your message across without it getting lost in translation. The WIN technique is a three step process represented by th

Calling All Worry Warts and Stress Heads – A Quick and Easy Guide to Breaking Out of a Worry Loop

Are some of your thoughts stuck on repeat? Like a song that you hate replaying over and over again to the point where you think you’re going to go insane? Do you find that you have one thought that leads to another thought, that leads to another thought and before you know it you’re feeling overwhelmed by the belief that something terrible WILL happen and you’ll be left unable to cope? If you’re getting stuck in a worry loop try out this quick and easy exercise below. Get out a piece of paper and write down one worry in the middle of the page. For example “I’m going to fail.” Sit with that statement for a while and rate how worried it makes you feel out of 10, with 0 being not worried at all

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