Tag: depression

14 Ways to POWER-UP Your Motivation INSTANTLY (1 of 3)

When I ask people about their priorities for Self-Improvement, motivation is very often near the top of their list. After all, what’s the use in having ideas, plans and goals if you can’t get started and keep going? Hopefully this will help…

getting motivated

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Since turning my life around after two very debilitating bouts of depression (see my About Me page), I have developed a range of strategies to re-motivate myself when things get tough. In fact, I have too many Continue reading

Motivation by quotation!

Keeping your attitude positive and your motivation well-nourished is vital for a successful and fulfilling day: so how can you give yourself a regular boost? The answer might lie in your Quote For The Day…

Motivation by Quotation

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Above is a typical example: a motivational quotation or positive ‘Daily Thought’, usually presented with smart graphics or an attractive photograph. They’re everywhere: you can subscribe to them by email, visit inspirational websites, get them in your feed on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. They are printed onto calendars, in diaries, on fridge magnets, plaques and stickers. But do they really help? I confess my opinion has changed considerably… Continue reading

Facebook App Drains More Than Just Your Battery…

In the news this week there have been several articles about the Facebook and Instagram apps causing serious battery drain on both the iPhone and Android. But it gets worse…

facebook-battery-drain

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According to recent reports, running Facebook and/or Instagram on your phone causes your battery to drain at an alarming rate. Worse, this power loss occurs even if you’re not using the apps. However, it might be that Instagram and Facebook are causing even more damage, Continue reading

How To Fail Successfully

Self-Improvement doesn’t always go the way you want. Despite our best efforts, things still go wrong. But how we respond to failure may be more important than you think…

Didn’t make it to the gym today? Fell off the diet wagon with a huge piece of pie? Turned over and went back to sleep? Dealing with failure is an essential ingredient of Self-Improvement. Continue reading

Instant Motivation Guaranteed: “Matthew’s Bench”

Do you find it hard to get things done? Feel like you’re just spinning your wheels and not making progress in life? Too many problems and not enough solutions? In today’s distinctly different and more personal article, I’ll share with you one of my most effective and treasured sources of inspiration, motivation and gratitude…

To Infinity And Beyond

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Let’s face it, life can be tough. Reading and thinking about my Self-Improvement ideas on this blog is easy enough, but if you’ve been putting them into practice (I hope you have) you will know that doing can be a lot harder than thinking. When it comes to making genuine, meaningful improvements to our lives, everyone (including me) is plagued to some degree by self-doubt, limiting beliefs and a lack of get-goingness.

But…I have a secret… Continue reading

Brain Power: 12 Great Ways To Improve Your Thinking By Feeding Your Brain A New Diet

The way we think is central to everything we experience. Some years ago my life had come off the rails and I was diagnosed with clinical depression…

brain power

photography: D Coetzee

…The journey back from that dark place was long and slow. Prescribed anti-depressants improved my mood sufficiently to give me space to think more rationally. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) gave me some new frameworks and models for thinking about my life. Mindfulness exercises brought me back from unhelpful thinking patterns into more productive ones. Continue reading

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