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STRENGTHENING OUR SOCIAL SUPPORT NETWORK

Overview: Strengthening our Social Support Network Having a good network of support from friends and family affects both our mental fitness and our general wellbeing and physical health. So if we find that we’re not opening ourselves up to connecting with others or not making time to support people we

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SELF-AWARENESS OF VALUES

Overview: Self-Awareness of Values Our values are the things in life which we believe are important to the way we live. When we are aware of what they are, they guide our actions and decisions on a day to day basis. Often we don’t actually choose our own values and

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STRENGTH IDENTIFICATIONS

Overview: Strengths Identification So often we focus on our weaknesses, but people who focus on their strengths are happier and experience less stress. So it’s important to identify and acknowledge our mental, physical, and social strengths and see them as key resources to draw on throughout every day. If you

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SELF-COMPASSION AND ACCEPTANCE

Overview: Self-Compassion and Acceptance Self-compassion may feel like a strategy that would hinder performance. People wrongly assume that compassion means letting yourself ‘get away’ with things or not pushing yourself hard enough. But self- compassion is crucial for high performers, because it facilitates a more positive mood and optimism and

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POSITIVE SELF-TALK

Overview: Positive Self-Talk The power of our inner critic suggests that if we continue to feed ourselves with negative thoughts we will feel pretty bad about ourselves. Imagine how friends and family would feel if we constantly told them they’re not good enough or they need to do better or

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15 MINUTE RULE

Overview: 15 Minute Rule Sometimes doing something just feels like too much effort, like taking exercise or starting a piece of work that we know is important. So try this exercise. Chunk the work down into a 15-minute task and give yourself permission to stop after 15 minutes if you

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BODY POSTURE FEEDBACK

Overview: Body Posture Feedback Everyone knows that our minds and bodies are closely linked. But did you realize that you can literally change the way you feel by changing your posture? If you’re hunched up and your body is “closed”, for example, you’ll feel less confident than when you stand

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POSITIVE SELF-AFFIRMATIONS

Overview: Positive Self-Affirmations Self-affirmations or positive statements about ourselves can increase our performance because they challenge and eventually over-ride the self-sabotaging and negative thoughts that we have about ourselves – ‘You can’t do that’, ‘That was bad of you’, ‘You’re lazy’ etc. This boosts our confidence and self- esteem. Positive

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