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Spirituality – How Faith Helps you cope with Adversity

At some time, we will all face adversity, so why is it that some fall apart while others seem to flourish amid difficult circumstances? The answer is faith. Far beyond a tradition you observe, faith is the cornerstone of your life, a framework that guides your every action. Therefore, when facing adversity, faith can bring you through it intact. So, what is it about faith that changes both your outlook on and the outcome of your circumstances? Read on to find out. Stress is something everyone is familiar with. Stress is that unwelcome visitor which wreaks havoc on your body, mind and spirit. Without appropriate coping mechanisms, stress causes physical (stomach pain, headaches, nausea, etc.) and psychological (anxiety, fear, panic, etc.) harm. Although you can’t always control our physical circumstances, faith provides reassurance that you aren’t going through life alone. Faith is a spiritual foundation through which your perspective toward life forms. It urges you to look beyond your immediate existence for your true purpose and how you may serve the world with it. On a practical level, faith gives you something to rely on in trying times. It is the single constant in a life that can seem unpredictable. Whichever form your faith takes, mounting evidence suggests that people with a spiritual side are better equipped to cope with stress. Through direct and indirect influence, faith can help you cope with illness and devastation in a productive manner. Meaning and Purpose – “Everything happens for a reason.” While it may seem cliché, it often proves true for those with faith. An entrenched belief system ensures you are better able to understand the complex issues of life and your purpose in it and extends to […]

By |Tuesday, April 7, 2015|General| Comments

Anger Management

Anger is an intense emotional response experienced when personal boundaries are violated. Renowned anger management writer William DeFoore describes anger as a “pressure cooker” which pressure can only be applied against briefly before it explodes. The most common manifestation of anger is in facial expressions and body language however it also has behavioural and cognitive components. However, these behaviours are entirely under an individual’s control. By applying the following tips, you will learn how to manage your anger, so the situation does not escalate.   Think before you speak: Although it is easy to say and much harder to do, this is one of the best ways to avoid a meltdown. During an argument, we often say things we do not mean and later regret. By thinking before you speak, you can articulate your feelings more effectively and often get the required results.   Once calm, express your feelings: When you’re thinking clearly, express your needs and frustration in a productive and assertive way. Explain your concerns to the other party without hurting their feelings or trying to manipulate them. Expressing your feelings promotes open discussion, allowing all involved to have their feelings heard.   Take a timeout: Timeouts can be just as useful for adults as kids. Taking short breaks during stressful times of day will keep you calm and focused. A few moments of quiet reflection will help organise your thoughts, ensuring you are less likely to feel angry or frustrated.   Identify possible solutions: Rather than concentrating on what made you upset, try to solve the issue at hand. In other words, by locating and dealing with the source of the problem, it will no longer be a source of angst for […]

By |Tuesday, March 24, 2015|General| Comments

Health and Diet – Energise your life

Fatigued? Lethargic? With life being so busy, it’s no wonder that we feel tired all the time and think of life as a gruelling struggle. Work, studies, chores and life’s challenges, in general, all these can easily sap the energy and optimism out of a person.   Instead of simply succumbing to the train of thought that such is the standard way of living nowadays and turning yourself into a walking zombie, why not try to incorporate the tips below. They will help reinvigorate yourself and energise your life.   Eat a Healthy Breakfast Studies show that skipping breakfast is never a good way to start your day. By doing so, you are depriving your body of much-needed nutrition after hours of fasting while you sleep, which then leaves you hungry and lacking in energy. In addition, opt for healthier food choices like cereals or oats since their fibre content will leave you feeling full longer and reduce the chances of you binging on sugary and unhealthy snacks later in the day.   Find Time to Exercise A daily exercise regimen can do wonders for the body. Not only will it make your body look a lot leaner and healthier, but it helps promote better blood and oxygen circulation throughout your body and your brain. Exercise makes you stronger, more alert, and more focused. Even short exercises, such as those that you can do at the office like stationary jogging or stretching can help temporarily boost your energy levels whenever you start feeling sluggish while in the middle of doing work.   Indulge in Water Keeping yourself hydrated all day is one sure fire way of upping your energy levels. Remember that your body and […]

By |Thursday, March 5, 2015|General, Happiness| Comments

Recalibrate your life

You know that feeling of wanting to bash your head against the wall at work? It’s a feeling that we all experience from time to time. A problem arises; a solution is argued over and eventually found and then you move on. Only, what if you cannot find a solution? What if you become bogged down in the same arguments going round and round, and you are no further from moving forward.   Outside of work, if an issue were preventing you from living your life then you would consider seeing a counsellor to help you re-evaluate, and gain a new perspective. Inside the world of work, you can do the same thing. You can recalibrate your life.   What is recalibration? Recalibration is the process of getting you to understand that there are many different points of view. If you are stuck in a routine, you only ever see enough to get through the day. Recalibration is about getting you to recognise your limitations and acknowledging that there are different interpretations of the same reality. It is not a simple thing to acquire, and you cannot achieve it instantly, but there are exercises you can do to train your brain.   Firstly, remember the saying ‘Look before you leap’? Take a moment before you react to something. If you are in an argument or discussion then actively wait before you respond. It is not just about stopping you from saying something in the heat of the moment, but waiting for what that person has said to sink in before you react.   Secondly, reassess the way you respond to mundane every-day situations. For example, the next time someone irritates you, think about why they […]

What Is Emotional Intelligence?

  There is variety of things about a person that determines how successful they will be in life. Although many people usually attribute success to a person’s intellectual prowess, many are starting to see that a person’s emotional intelligence (EQ) is equally important as their intellectual ability (IQ).   What is Emotional Intelligence? In its simplest sense, emotional intelligence refers to a person’s ability recognise their emotions and that of others. In addition, being able to understand them along, manage and control these emotions in order to bring about positive outcomes.   The ability to recognise your emotions seems pretty simple. We all know how it feels to be happy, sad, angry or other emotions. However, recognising what emotions others are experiencing can become a challenge. People are good at disguising their true feelings, and sometimes what we see is just what they want us to see and not what is genuinely inside. For people with superb EQ, this is much easier since they are capable of understanding another’s body language, facial expressions, and other non-verbal signals.   Knowing how a person feels is different from being able to understand it, since emotions can have different meanings in different situations. It is these differences in meaning that makes it difficult to guess accurately how the other person feels, and often leads us to assume and misinterpret how others really feel.   An important part of emotional intelligence is being able to manage these emotions in a positive way. Some people are guilty of letting their emotions and impulsive behaviours get the best of them, which often leads to undesirable results in the end.   Why Is Emotional Intelligence Important? The significance of EQ cannot be […]

By |Thursday, January 29, 2015|Uncategorised| Comments