Although we can all agree that we have a limited amount of physical energy to use a day, we often neglect the fact that we have a limited amount of mental energy too.
Our brains are incredibly complex and constantly working, and every time we exercise our mind, we’re consuming some of that mental energy.
That’s why it’s important to pay attention to how you’re using this extremely valuable (and limited) resource to ensure that you’re being the most efficient and productive you can be. Here are a few ways to help you conserve your energy for the things that are most important.
1. Mono-task, don’t multi-task.
The ability to multi-task has been applauded by society as a sign of efficiency. But switching between jobs actually leads to mental exhaustion more quickly than focusing on one task at a time.
Don’t fall into the trap of mistaking activity for achievement.
By focusing on one task at a time, you’ll be able to save the amount of energy consumed when refocusing, leading you to become more productive and efficient.
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2. Practice the 80/20 rule.
Somewhere along the line you’re likely to have heard of the 80/20 rule; a simple principle that states that 20% of your tasks contribute to 80% of your success.
Applying this rule to your consumption of mental energy is a great way to prioritise your mental output. Simply start by identifying the tasks that are most crucial to your success, and refocus your mental strength to tackle those first.
You can then work your way down to implement the other 80% of work that is still important, but won’t have as big an impact on your overall results.
3. Focus on the big things first.
When it comes to putting your mental energy to good use, make sure you tackle your biggest, most important tasks first thing in the morning with a clear and energised brain.
To help you figure out what the most important task is, ask yourself which tasks you are likely to procrastinate on if you don’t tackle them right away.
This is a good indication that these are the jobs that you should be focusing on first thing in the morning.
4. Automate the simple stuff.
Decision-making is a huge drain on mental energy. That’s why habits and routines are a great way to conserve your energy and be more productive.
Find a system that works best for you and then repeat it every day. This way it will become an engrained and intuitive task that doesn’t require thought or decision-making, freeing up mental capacity for more important work.
This will also mean that you no longer need to rely on willpower to make good decisions, such as exercising daily or choosing healthy groceries, these decisions will happen automatically without taking up unnecessary space in your mind.
5. Monitor your internal dialogue.
All too often we waste time and energy worrying about things that never materialise. That’s why it’s vital to build a keen awareness around your own thoughts so that you can start filtering out the negative patterns that are keeping you from realising your full potential.
As soon as negative thoughts start creeping in, take a moment to observe your thinking and then make a conscious decision to refocus on something more positive.
Not only will this have an impact on your general outlook, but by letting go of the things that don’t really matter you’ll have more energy to focus on the things that really do.
6. Avoid unrealistic expectations.
Another common energy drain is brought about by unrealistic expectations. Constantly striving for perfection in every aspect of life can be mentally taxing and extremely time consuming.
Rather select the most important tasks to your overall growth and well-being, and focus all your energy into striving for perfection in these specific areas. Be realistic about what you’re able to achieve in one day, instead of spreading yourself too thin in all directions.
This helps you prioritise and know when to put in energy and when to refocus it elsewhere.
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In our increasingly noisy world of social media and multitasking, days roll into weeks in the blink of an eye. If you don’t pause to take stock you can quickly find yourself feeling drained and dissatisfied with the routine of daily life, and unable to remember why you’re doing any of it in the first place. That’s why it has become more important than ever to find ways to connect to the deeper meaning in everyday tasks. Don’t know how to start? Here are six tips for finding meaning in your life.
1. Reconnect with your big picture.
When your days are made up of back and forth emails, annoying errands and navigating social politics, it can be easy to forget why you’re doing these things in the first place.
That’s why it’s always important to keep your bigger picture in mind, reminding yourself that these small tasks will eventually take you to the destination you want. Take the time to reflect on your daily routines and think about the kind of life they’re building. This will allow you the space to prioritise what is important and what is not.
2. Explore your passions.
Do you love to paint, hike, or travel? Whatever your passion, it’s important to carve out time in your life for the things you want to do, not only the things you have to do.
This isn’t to say that you should make your passion into your business, but by reconnecting and making time for the things that you love doing, you’ll bring renewed energy and passion into your life.
3. Help others to help yourself.
People who help others tend to experience a deeper level of fulfilment in their own lives. That’s why volunteering in your community is not only a great way to connect with others but also to find deeper meaning in the everyday.
Make sure you spend time finding a cause that resonates with you, as you’ll be far more likely to put effort into something you truly care about. If charity work simply isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other ways to insert a little meaning through kindness. Remember that it’s the small things that have the biggest impact. Buy your colleague a coffee, help someone with their groceries or simply lend an ear to a friend who seems down.
When you start looking for ways to improve other people’s lives, you’ll soon find yourself less focused on your own problems.
4. Practise self-love.
In our chaotic lives, it can sometimes feel like every hour is planned and dedicated to a specific task. Unless you take time out to take care of yourself, this busy lifestyle can quickly start taking a toll on your body and mind. It’s vital that you find ways to relax and unwind and then prioritise these every day.
Whether it’s a quick mediation and stretch in the morning or walking the dog at sunset, make sure to schedule in your downtime with the same rigour you would your other tasks.
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Being honest with others is something we’ve all been taught. It’s emphasised from a very young age and is a continuous theme throughout life. For many, it’s one of their core principles on which their personal code of ethics is based. Yet we rarely take the time to consider whether we’re being truly honest with ourselves.
Self-honesty begins with self-reflection; an objective inward look at our own truth. The problem is that our minds have a sneaky tendency to rationalise and create stories to justify certain behaviours and to avoid the discomfort that change can bring. On top this, our minds are programmed to manipulate our thinking to align with instant gratification, which rarely represents the truth.
Have you ever justified a bad food choice by making up an internal excuse about why you deserve the sugary treat? These types of misleading interpretations occur throughout our lives, as our mind busily tries to come up with reasons or excuses for the choices that are not serving us.
The thing is, the more we lie to ourselves the less inclined we are to move forward and overcome the difficulties that stand in our way. By accepting our internal justifications as truth, we’re more likely to be complacent in our unhappiness, unable to evolve and reach the lives we truly want.
It’s your life and you’re the only one who is going to live it. That’s why it’s worth taking a hard look at who you are and what is at the core of you. Don’t build your identity around public opinion or current trends. In life, everything else may change, but if you have a good understanding of your true and authentic self, then you will always have a firm grounding that you know you can rely on no matter where life may take you.
Being honest with yourself is vital if you want to understand what it is you want from life. It brings clarity and allows you the opportunity to reflect on the things you are doing. When you know what you want, then you can work to make the vision for your life a reality. Remember to ask yourself if the people and activities in your life are helping you achieve your goals. Be brutally honest and the answers will become clear, helping you make tough decisions when it comes to relationships and career.
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Decision-making is tough at the best of times. But making a decision that goes against the norms of society, popular opinion, or the beliefs of those closest to you, can feel downright impossible. Whether you’re deciding to leave a successful career to follow your true passions, or choosing not to have children despite the pressures to start a family, there will always be people around you who will tell you that the choice you are making is wrong.
But just because your choices don’t fit the traditional mould, doesn’t mean that you should be too afraid to do what is right for you. Here’s four steps that can help you make those big decisions that go against the grain.
1. How does it make you feel?
Imagine making the difficult decision and taking the unpopular plunge. Picture yourself in the scenario and then ask yourself how it makes you feel. Make sure that when you do this self-reflection exercise you’re as honest with yourself as possible. You may be surprised by the feelings that come up.
2. What does your future look like?
When making any decision, it’s important to look forward and have a vision of what your life will be and also what the implications of that choice will be, as opposed to simply focusing on how the decision will impact you right now. Try to picture what your life will be like in five, even ten, years’ time. Where will you be financially, geographically, emotionally? Will the decision you make today have a positive or negative impact on your life?
3. What are your regrets?
Imagine yourself as an old person looking back on your life and reflecting on it. Will you have regrets later on about a decision you make today? Will you have bigger regrets if you don’t make the tough decision that goes against the norm. It’s sometimes easy to get caught up in your feelings and emotions, but taking a reflective look on your life can help you to get some perspective.
4. Who is in control?
The most important thing to remember when making any decision that may go against the grain, is that it is you, and only you, that will have to live your life, so why should you allow others to control it? Make sure that you’re prioritising your own happiness and investing in a life that you want to live. And remember, that if people truly care about you, they will support you in your decision even if it means your life will be different to the one they imagined for you.
Hopefully these steps will make it a bit easier to make that decision that goes against the grain. If your decision is about starting a new career, then watch our free masterclass 'How To Create A New Career Where You Thrive'. It will outline the steps you need to take, and make your decision a little bit easier. You can watch it here.
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Many people have great ideas, but very few are able to transform these ideas into successful and profitable businesses. This is often because there are far more factors at play than simply having a great idea! It’s also the reason why it’s so important to spend time doing the necessary groundwork and researching your business ideas before investing too much time, energy and money into them. Thorough research will help keep your expectations in check, while also uncovering any potential challenges or potholes in your thinking. But how do you go about researching an idea? Here are four quick and easy things you can do to help you evaluate your big idea.
1. Do a price point check
Regardless of your product or service, identifying the right price point is vital to successfully starting up any business. By figuring out how much can you charge, you’ll quickly learn how much you need to sell to make a viable and profitable business. But figuring out your price point can be tricky. If priced too high people won’t buy it, but if you ask for too little then your profit margin slides or people may presume that your product is poor quality. To figure out your perfect price, you need to first factor in all your costs and then see how you can maximise your margins while still remaining attractive to customers. It’s also a good idea to look at what competitors are charging, as this can serve as a good guideline to what your future customers may be prepared to spend.
2. Learn about the need
The best way to learn about the needs of your target audience is to simply ask them by putting together a focus group of relevant people. The point of this exercise is to figure out whether there is in fact a demand for your business idea, how people feel about existing products currently available within your market, and how much they would be prepared to spend on your product or service. Reach out to friends and see if they would be willing to help you test out a business idea and provide some feedback. Your goal should be to put together a broad group of people, instead of simply focusing on close friends and family who are more likely to give you a biased response. By sending out a quick and straightforward email survey you can gain valuable insights from honest responses. Social media means that you now have access to a far greater network of people than you previously would have, so don’t be afraid to ask for feedback and/or advice via a status update too.
3. Understand your competition
A great way to help develop and improve your business plan is to analyse your competitors. If you can figure out what they are doing wrong, you can adjust your business to cater to your customer’s needs by providing a superior product or service. A good starting point is to read customer reviews of similar competitor businesses. For this exercise make sure you focus on the very bad reviews, as these are likely to give you the most insights and guide you on where you can improve, or what you should avoid.
4. Do a SWOT analysis
Although it may seem obvious, few things are more beneficial to researching your business idea than conducting a good old-fashioned SWOT analysis. A SWOT is an analysis of the strengths of your business idea, product or service; the weaknesses of your product or service, and potential opportunities and threats to the industry. By gaining a greater understanding of the strengths and flaws of your business idea, looking at everything from product development and cost, to external factors such as foreign exchange rates, politics and market trends, you’re sure to gain a better understanding of whether your product or service is likely to become a success in the current environment.
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Having the right answers is important, but having the ability to ask the right questions, well that is invaluable. If you want to be a advance your career, find balance in life, get an employee to perform or simply helping your kids to become the best they can be learning how to ask powerful questions is right up there with the most vital skills you need to have. So, what is a powerful question? In short, it’s simply a question that promotes deeper thinking. Whether you’re trying to encourage better performance from yourself, or those around you, it’s a good idea to start practising the use of powerful questions in your everyday work life and personal relationships. Here are seven tips to help you develop this invaluable skill.
ASK OPEN-ENDED QUESTIONS
Asking questions that are easily answered with a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ don’t create any conversation and rarely yield any results. Rather opt for open-ended questions that invite reflection and start a discussion, as these are far more likely to help develop interesting insights. Questions that promote deeper thinking and accountability are also vital to promoting personal growth. Spend some time thinking about these questions in advance, to ensure that you get the most out of your question time.
GET BEHIND THE ASSUMPTIONS
Every decision is based on assumptions and if you don’t understand what these are, you could end up making a bad decision. Your logic may be sound, but if it’s based on faulty assumptions, your conclusions are bound to be wrong! That’s why it’s always important to dig deep, asking questions that reflect on what is being assumed about a situation or scenario before deciding. In a business situation, you might want to extend this question to your colleagues or employees too. Remember that it’s always important to get both (or all) sides of any story before drawing conclusions.
Keep the questions coming. Rather than commenting on every question you ask, try to follow-up your initial question with other questions that dig deeper or that relate back to their previous answers. This means that if or when you do offer some advice, it is likely to be far more informed and worthwhile. Remember to put your judgements aside and simply be curious to find out their thoughts and feelings, rather than putting your own spin on things.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Always remember to keep your questions, short, simple and straightforward. You don’t want people worrying about deciphering your question, when they should be spending the time thinking about their answers.
GET COMFORTABLE WITH SILENCE
In today’s world, it has become a natural reaction to feel uncomfortable with silence. But when asking powerful questions, it is this quiet time after the question has been asked that promotes deeper thinking that leads to real insights. When asking these questions, you’ll need to actively refrain from filling silence and rather embrace it as time to practise your listening skills. Don’t bother speaking any words of encouragement or rephrasing the question, simply look on with supportive eyes and wait for them to come up with their own answers.
HELP PEOPLE DISCOVER THEIR OWN INSIGHTS
The best leaders ask rather than tell. By asking the right questions you can encourage people to discover the answers for themselves, something which is far more impactful and memorable than simply being told the answer. By questioning people’s statements, they will be able to come to their own realisations, while encouraging them to get to the heart of the matter. In this way, you’re able to encourage people to find their own and perhaps unique solutions.
Not only does note-taking show the person you’re speaking with that you respect them, but it also allows you the opportunity to look back on the discussion and discover new questions that you haven’t yet thought about asking.
These are a few things that you can do to learn how to ask powerful questions. Would you like someone to practice on? Come and join our Facebook group TAC She Sisterhood, a community full of likeminded women on a journey to create a life and career they love. Come over and say hi!
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Everyone wants to be the best version of themselves, but few are able to achieve it. A lot of the time we’re actually our own worst enemies, self-destructing without even realizing it. To truly thrive and live a life that’s filled with passion and purpose, you first need to figure out who you are now, where you are going, and how to get there. We’ve put together these 5 easy steps to help guide you on your journey.
1. Who are you now?
Most of us have an idea of who we want to be, but this idea might not line up with who you are designed to be. It’s why knowing who you really are is so important. It seems obvious, but you’ll be surprised at how few people take the time to reflect on themselves and truly get to know who they are. What are your strengths and weaknesses? What are your talents and skills? What is working in your life and what is holding you back? If you’re struggling to be objective, then perhaps it’s worth getting an outsiders perspective, by asking someone who knows you well how they view you as person.
2. What do you want?
Next up, it’s time to identify what it is you want from your life. Is success in your career important to you? Is family your top priority? Do you want a thriving career, while still being a present mother to your children? Does being a charitable person play a significant role in your life? When answering these questions try to be as specific (and as honest with yourself) as possible. Remember that the better you understand yourself, the bigger the impact you’ll inevitably have on the world.
3. What does the best version of yourself look like?
Before you can become the best version of yourself, you first need to understand what that actually is. Analyse what your own personal vision is. Who are you? What are your traits? What are you doing with your life? What sort of relationships do you have with people? Who do you have around you? Remember, that this is your own personal vision, so try not to let other people influence it too much.
4. What actions do you need to take to become that person?
Now that you have a good idea of where you’re going, you need to figure out exactly how to get there. Imagine the type of person that could achieve this dream with ease. What skills and mind-set does that person have? And what is missing from the current you? Create a plan, made up of important milestones and tasks that will get you to where you need to be and then start taking actions towards becoming the best version of yourself.
5. Map your progress and identify what trips you up.
Once you have your plan of action, it’s important to track your progress. Remember that habits (good or bad) can be created in as little as 21 days, so make sure that you stick with it. Take notes every day on whether or not you were able to complete your tasks, and if you didn’t then try your best to figure out what stopped you. Ask yourself how you can make changes in your daily routine that will help support your move towards becoming a better version of yourself for the future.
As with most things becoming the best version of you requires work, the important thing is to know that you don't need to do it in isolation. There are many more women out there on a similar journey as you. To connect with a few of those join our community TAC She Sisterhood, a group of likeminded women on a journey to create a life and career they love. Hope to see you there.
Your brand is your reputation. It’s your calling card. It’s what you’re known for and how people experience you. It’s about bringing who you are, to what you do and how you do it. Delivering your brand clearly and consistently will create a memorable experience in the minds of those you interact with, personally and professionally, and can be the key to opening doors to new opportunities. That’s why building your personal brand is just so important. Plus, you want people to remember the best sides of you and not letting negative self talk guide others' perception of you. And by knowing your story it allows people to connect on a more personal level to you. Don’t know where to start? Here are our top 5 tips to effectively building your personal brand.
1. Define Your Story
We all have a narrative that we tell, whether we do so consciously or unconsciously. And it is these stories that define us. In building your brand it’s important to tell a compelling story of who you are, whether you’re speaking to co-workers, bosses, clients, friends, family, or strangers you have just met. It’s these stories that will inspire them to believe in your character, in your motives behind your actions, and your ability to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself. Plus, the process of creating and telling a story that resonates can help you build belief in yourself too. When defining your story make sure not to let the past dictate your future, but rather take stories of the past that are relevant for the future and build these into your brand.
2. Know Your Purpose
As well-known author and marketing consultant Simon Sinek once said, “people don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it”. That’s why it’s important for you to know exactly what your values are, so you can build a good understanding of why you do what you do. Knowing your purpose, and being able to clearly communicate this to the people around you, will go a long way in getting people to buy into your personal brand.
3. Decide What Skills and Strengths to Showcase
The next step is to figure out which of your skills and strengths you want to be known for and then showcasing these as best you can. You may have many skills, but the ones that are the most important to highlight are the ones that are most relevant to your success. The more people associate you with your specific areas of expertise, the more they will trust and value your personal brand, allowing you to become their go-to for insights or opinions.
4. Have Your Elevator Pitch Ready… Always
You never know when you’re going to meet someone that has the power to change your life, so it’s vital that you’re always prepared! If you had 30 seconds to tell people about yourself, your idea or your career or business to someone, would you be ready? What would you say? Would you be able to get your message across effectively and authentically? Face-to-face opportunities are rare, so when one of them comes your way, make sure you’re as ready as you can be with a perfected elevator pitch that will effectively sell you as a person, as well as your business.
5. Be Authentic
Your personal brand should reflect who you really are. A good starting point is to make sure you have a good understanding of who that is before you start sharing it with the world. Take the time to figure out exactly what you believe in, what you stand for and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Remember that people connect with other people. Stay true to your authentic yourself and people will naturally trust you.
6. Tidy Up Your Online Profiles
Being in the spotlight isn’t for everyone, but these days everyone is online. Make sure you’re social media profiles reflect who you are and how you want to be seen. Remember to focus on sharing quality content and keep a balance between career or business and personal life. Perhaps you should consider setting up a personal website to improve your search rankings and to allow you more control over your online presence. The more accessible you are, the stronger your personal brand will become.
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To be a good networker you need to practise the art of good conversation, understand the fine line between selling yourself without overdoing it, and above all you need to be brave enough to step out of your comfort zone. What good networking really comes down to is building relationships, and as with all relationships, building trust and confidence takes time. So how should you approach networking? Here are our top tips for effective networking.
1. Get ready.
Like with most things, the planning and preparation work you do ahead of time will exponentially improve the result. If you are going to an event, think about who you would like to connect with and what you would like to get out of a conversation with them. When you have your list of people try to figure out something you have in common with them, maybe you both know a person, share a hobby, or your kids go to the same school, whatever it is starting the conversation by mentioning common grounds will always be great ice breaker. And with your questions, write them down and have them in your pocket, and if you need to have to look – do - people will value that you are interested enough to prepare.
2. Don’t be late.
Whether you are attending an event or meeting an individual, arriving early is a great idea. Events tend to be quieter and calmer, making it an easier environment to connect with people. Walking into a crowded and noisy room, where people are already engaged in conversation, makes an already daunting experience that much harder. And if it is more of a meeting than an event, arriving early gives you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the surrounding and to prepare yourself.
3. Listen first.
Although it may be counterintuitive, a good place to start is to simply listen. Remember that a great networker is a conversationalist, not a talker. If you listen to the needs of others, you’ll easily be able to offer the right solutions when the time comes. Start a conversation by simply walking up to a person or group and asking if you may join them. Ask simple questions, and then make sure you listen intently to their replies. Remember that body language speaks louder than words, so be sure to look people in the eye and smile.
4. Authenticity is key.
All too often people see networking events as an extended sales pitch, but as networking is all about building relationships you should be focusing more on making real connections than selling your product or service. Keep your conversations lighthearted and informal with the aim of simply starting a conversation. If the conversation does lead to your business, then be sure to speak passionately about what you do. Your authentic enthusiasm is sure to be contagious and make for a memorable conversation.
5. Follow up.
Make sure that your networking efforts have the biggest impact, by following up on leads after the initial contact. Be sure to ask for the best way to keep in touch and then follow up in a way that is professional but not pushy. Whether you send an email, note or even a friendly phone call, make sure you get in touch soon and mention something you discussed in your initial chat so that your contact remembers you.
6. Practise makes perfect.
To be successful at networking you need to study and practise, and soon enough it will become second nature. The more you engage and interact with other people, the more comfortable you will feel having conversations with people, and the better results you will achieve.
Have a great day, and remember it is never too late to create a life and career you love!
It's natural to experience stressful periods at work, and at home, but if you’re feeling like your nerves are shot, then there might be a problem. Consistent stress has terrible impacts on your health, not to mention the fact that your mood and productivity levels are likely to plummet. But luckily, there are lots of small things you can include in your everyday life to prevent stress and make your work life more manageable. Simply, follow these five tips to destress your day.
1. Take a breathe
Breathing is so much more than an involuntary action to keep us alive; it can have a huge impact on both your mental state and physical wellbeing. Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling stressed your breathing tends to be shallow and quick? By taking a few minutes every day to take some deep breathes or to practice some breathing exercises, you’ll quickly find that you feel more relaxed. Deep breathing means more oxygen is flooding your body, which in turn works to reduce tension and blood pressure, nourishing the body and relieving stress.
2. Walk your way to wellness
Preventing stress is far better than just managing stress, and walking has been proven to do just that. Walking can help clear your mind and boosts endorphins, uplifting your mood and reducing the level of stress hormones in your body. If you can, why not consider walking to work in the mornings? If that’s not possible, simply try taking daily 10-minute walks to get some fresh air and have a much-needed break from your computer screen. Although anywhere will do, walking in a park, garden or any green space often has additional meditative benefits resulting in an improved sense of wellbeing.
3. Mood boosting music
It’s a well-known fact that music has an enormous impact on our mood. Classical music for example, is famous for its soothing effects, lowering your heart rate, blood pressure and stress levels. But if classical just isn’t your thing, any music that you love will work to uplift your mood and keep your anxiety at bay. Make sure you always have your headphones with you at work, so that if you’re feeling stressed you can tune into your favourite tracks and ease your mind.
4. Anti-stress snacking
The link between the gut and the brain is well-documented and many experts believe that your ability to effectively respond to stress is determined by how well your gut is working. That’s why choosing the rights foods to incorporate into your workday is vital to your health, wellbeing, and stress levels. Have you ever been ‘hangry’ – so hungry that you’ve had an out-of-character fit of rage? Make sure to avoid bouts of ‘hanger’ by keeping a stash of healthy foods to snack on throughout the day. Also, try to make sure that you step away from your desk to enjoy your snack. This not only gives you the added benefit of a break from your computer screen, but also means that you’ll be able to truly enjoy your food by focusing on its taste, texture and how it makes you feel.
5. Take a break
Extensive research has concluded that uninterrupted computer use leads to many negative side-effects including inability to sleep, depression and yup, you guessed it, stress! So, during your workday, make sure that you take regular breaks from your computer screen (even if it’s just a trip to the kitchen to make a cup of tea). Using your computer (or any screen-based technology for that matter) late at night has been shown to have the most harmful effects, so try to shut down at least an hour before you head to bed to make sure you get a good night's sleep.
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HANNA GIRLING, wife, mother, business owner, mindset coach, sport enthusiast and forever an optimist.