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15 HABITS TO HELP YOU LOOK THROUGH A POSITIVE LENS  "We create our habits and our habits create us back" Habits are the foundation of wellbeing or ill-being. They enable us to get things done without engaging too much mental energy. That’s why we can drive to work whilst listening to the radio all at the same time! The downside, and there’s always a downside, is that once a habit is hard-wired, it’s very hard to break that habit unless you bring awareness to the behaviour and consciously decide to change. These hard-wired habits become our Normal. During times of change and uncertainty, we can’t change the events around us, but what we can do is change the way we react to those events to help us keep a positive mindset. Here are a number of healthy habits you can do

Give the gift of kindness every single day

"Love each other as I have loved you" I like to think that people, each one of us, are inherently good. Yes, people can be horrible at times, but overall, I believe that there are more good people than bad and we all have a huge capacity for kindness and compassion. During times of crisis and uncertainty which seem to be regular occurrences these days, we often see the true human spirit come through. Whether it’s bush fires in Australia or the COVID-19 virus that has disrupted everyday living around the world, these events bring out the positive, compassionate human spirit who wants to help others and give gifts of kindness. Just imagine what the world would be like if we all made ‘giving acts of kindness’ a consistent habit in our day-to-day lives! Becoming the norm, rather than the exception. What would that mean for individuals,

Maintaining Mental Wellbeing During Times of Change and Uncertainty

"Love each other as I have loved you" Never before in history has something invisible brought the whole world together. It’s incredible to see the impact that ‘virus disruption’ has had on the whole world in record time, dwarfing the impact of ‘digital disruption’. Wherever you are in the world, everybody has been impacted in some way, and will continue to be for some while. We are living and working through a history chapter which future generations will study to understand the causes, the impact and the aftermath.  History does tend to repeat itself, and when we look at other disruptive cycles, we see that those who can ride the storm, emerge on the other side of the adversity in a more resilient and solid form. On the other side of adversity is growth. Once the Covid-19 is under control in the western world, as it now

The Coronavirus – two ways to keep the virus out

The Coronavirus - Two Ways to Keep the Virus Out   In these times of challenge, with the COVID-19 navigating around the world and attacking fellow humans, and impacting our day-to-day lives in a whole variety of ways, it’s very easy to get caught up in the panic and to end up feeling helpless.  The advice coming from the media tends to focus on hygiene: washing your hands, not touching your face, not shaking hands, sneezing into your elbow (!), not touching surfaces, wearing face masks, and so on. But there’s a great deal more that we can do to protect ourselves. Each of our physical bodies is like a world within a world, made up trillions of cells, with each cell surrounded by its own walls and boundaries. The younger we are and the healthier we are, the stronger the cellular boundaries and

Build your network to enhance your wellbeing

Wellbeing isn’t the result of one thing, but the combination and accumulation of many things over time. If we think of wellbeing as a bank account, any ‘healthy habit’ will lead to a surplus, whilst any ‘bad habit’ will leave to a debt and like all debts, it has to be paid back at some point. One important driver of wellbeing is social connections.In life and work, far more can be achieved by collaborating and working with other people who align with your values. 1+1 can literally = 9! However, whilst we’re living in a time when we’re more connected than ever before, the irony is that we’re also more isolated than ever which is having serious consequences on our wellbeing. Indeed, psychologist John Cacioppo found that extreme loneliness can increase the odds of premature death amongst old people by 14%. But what can you do to

Upgrade your team. Upgrade your wellbeing

Upgrade Your Team. Upgrade Your Wellbeing. Let’s be honest. Upgrading your wellbeing and sustaining the changes is hard. Why? Simply put, it often requires extreme willpower, brain rewiring and significant social support to change. That’s why research shows that 95% of restrictive diets, designed to help people lose weight, do not work over the long-term and lead to a ‘yo-yo’ dieting approach that is so common in our culture. When it comes to healthy changes, the focus is usually on the nutrition or the exercise, without enough focus on the social support that is so critical for success. But how can you leverage “group power” and social wellbeing to deliberately lift the energy and wellbeing of your group and team, and enhance your own personal wellbeing in the process? Here are 6 things that will help: Take note of the people you

Make Your Time Count

This is a special year. 2020 always used to be ‘the future’ somewhere on the horizon. Well, here we are. Welcome to the future!   With the arrival of a new decade, many people have been reflecting on the decade that was, and looking forward to the one ahead, asking the big questions: what do I want to do, be and become in the years ahead? Whatever your answers, the one resource you need for success is Time. After all, you’re never going to be as young as you are right now! In short, time is the most precious resource there is as it’s finite. No matter how much money you have, we all have the same number of hours every day. However, whilst you can’t add in more hours, there are many things you can do to squeeze more out of the time you do have