10 steps to self-care


#1 If t feels wrong, don’t do it

#2 Say exactly what you mean

#3 Trust your instincts

#4 Never speak bad about yourself

#5 Never give up on your dreams

#6 Be brave enough to say “yes”

#7 Be brave enough to say “no”

#8 Be kind to yourself

#9 Let go of what you can’t control

#10 Stay away from negativity and drama as much as you can

12 things happy people do differently

12 things happy people do differently

#1 Express gratitude When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value. If we aren’t thankful for what we already have, we will have a hard tine ever being happy.

#2 Cultivate optimism People who think optimistically see the world as a place packed with endless opportunities, especially in trying times.

#3 Avoid over-thinking and social comparison Comparing yourself to others can be poisonous, The only person you should compare to is yourself before now.

#4 Practice acts of kindness Selflessly helping someone is a very powerful way to feel good inside.

#5 Nurture social relationships The happiest people on the planet are the ones who have deep, meaningful relationships

#6 Develop strategies for coping It helps to have healthy strategies for coping pre-rehearsed, on-call and at your disposal

#7 Learn to forgive Harbouring feelings of hatred and ill-will is horrible for your well-being

#8 Increase “flow” experiences Flow is a state in which it feels like time has stood still. It’s when you’re so focused on what you’re doing that you become one with the task. Nothing is distracting you or competing with your focus.

#9 Savour life’s little joys Take pleasure from the little things, like being up early enough to see the sunrise, or lots of green lights on the way to work or flowers in a garden. Deep happiness cannot happen without slowing down to enjoy.

#10 Commit to your goals Magical things start to happen when we commit ourselves to doing whatever it takes to get to where we want to be. Remember, a goal without a deadline is merely a wish.

#11 Practice spirituality When we practice spirituality, we realise that life is way bigger than us. We give up the silly notion that we are the mightiest thing ever. It’s good to be humble now and then.

#12 Take care of your body Taking care of your body is crucial to being the happiest person you can be.

8 foods you should stop eating now

Rice snacks
It doesn’t matter if rice has been made into a snack bar, cake, puff or crisp, rice is a dense source of high glycaemic index carbohydrate, which means that it makes our blood glucose levels rapidly increase, along with the hormone insulin, which also promotes fat storage in the body.

White bread
While it may claim to have extra fibre and nutrients added, white bread is still not as good nutritionally as wholegrain bread. If you must go white, at least choose sourdough.

Flavoured water
Given that a single serve of flavoured water can contain as much as five teaspoons of sugar, you are best to get your vitamins from grains, fruits and vegetables, and leave your water as nature intended it.

Muffins and banana bread
If you consider that the average muffin or slice of banana bread contains more than 60g of total carbohydrate, or the equivalent of four slices of bread, 20-30g of fat and at least four teaspoons of sugar, it is safe to say that there is nothing healthy about these café options.

Extruded cheese snacks
Puffs, rings or balls made using refined carbs, added MSG and lots of oil will never be a good choice, especially for children who need snacks that are as plain and minimally processed as possible.

Frozen yoghurt
It may sound healthy but sweet yoghurts can have as much sugar as ice-cream and just as many calories, especially when extra syrups, nuts and treats are added.

Chocolate nut spread

With the first few ingredients listed as sugar and vegetable oil, chocolate spread contains a lot more bad fat than it does good fat from nuts.

Muesli bars
There is a big difference between natural unprocessed muesli and the processed mix of honey, sugar, dried fruit, fillers, gums and coatings that are found in most commercially available muesli bars – which also combine to give to 3-4 teaspoons of sugar per bar.

Thanks to Susie Burrell for this article.