Challenge Yourself to Change

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Wishes for a Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year from The Stress Management Society

Ambition

Create the life you dream of with every choice you make

Persistence

You will need to take many turns and overcome many obstacles to create the path you desire (Persistence overcomes Resistance)

Determination

Overcome the obstacles before they overcome you

Spirit

A Positive attitude lifts everyone

Vision

Even if the way forward is unclear you must still build the bridges to reach what lies ahead

How are you going to make 2020 your best year yet? 
What practical things can you implement this year?

Ensure you take your annual leave this year!

It can be hard to leave your work behind and go on a break, but you definitely deserve it. Make sure you don’t overwork yourself and take regular, relaxing breaks to unwind!

Keep a schedule

Time management is one of the best stress management techniques. Keeping a schedule of all your tasks and key dates will enable you to keep on top of your duties and keep organised, so you remember not to forget your best friend’s neighbour’s birthday! 

What simple but achievable goals can you set for the New Year?

Remember to be mindful

We spend so much time thinking about what happened two weeks ago, or what’s on our list for tomorrow, constantly our mind is churning. Remember to take time to be in the present and appreciate moment you are in. Whether you are driving to work, or eating your dinner, take time to notice the scenery and the noises you can hear.Click here to watch Neil Shah sharing a mindful breathing technique we call ‘Baby Breath’.

Laugh everyday

Make sure you do something that will make you laugh every day, whether it’s watching a comedy show, meeting up with good friends or just a phone call. Laughing is an excellent way to relieve stress and relax. Not only does it increase your oxygen intake, but also releases endorphins, your feel good hormones, also known to aid pain relief. Making you feel happier and relaxed. So a little chuckle every day is a great step to a happier life.

Put the past in the past

This is a new year, and it can be a new start. Leave all the negativity of 2019 in the past and start looking forward to your new, fresh, healthy lifestyle. Keeping a positive outlook will help you to maintain this.

There are plenty of other areas that you might want to focus on in the new year, such as relationships, finances, health and fitness goalsor how you can make more of a positive difference in the world.

One step in the right direction may be setting aside sufficient ‘me time’ each week, and perhaps spend less time on your devices and social media and using that time to invest in something that will allow you to grow mentally, physically, emotionally or spiritually. Also given the rapid and constant nature of change that we are subjected to in the way we live our lives, becoming accustomed to change will increase your resilience.

Challenge Yourself to Change

Challenge yourself to become more comfortable with change. Start by changing one aspect of your daily routine each week. Have a green tea instead of a double mocha choca latte with whipped cream, try a different gym class, get off the bus or train a stop early and walk the rest of the way, or try a cuisine you have never experienced before.

There are so many ways to approach being a ‘new you’ in 2020, but what matters is that the changes you choose to make are ones that you will most benefit from, and enjoy, which in turn you will result in an increased chance of sticking to them. Please remember to also crucial success factors – accountability and support! Who is going to hold you accountable and who is going to support you in creating the ‘new you’

To support you in ensuring next year is your happiest and most successful year so far, we have created our 2020 Success and Achievement plan. So, before you rush off to make any resolutions or plans, please invest the time to work through this tool. It will help you to recognise what’s truly important to you, what challenges you wish to avoid, to establish some goals for the year and have a strategy to achieve them. Check out this short video to help you get started.

Schedule some time where you won’t be disturbed over the holiday season that you can focus on planning your successes and dreams, with achievable goals for the year to come.Then once you have your plan you can get to work in making your 2020 a legendary year!

Do you also wish to help us to create a happier, healthier world?

Attend our Train the Trainer Programme

Train to deliver stress management workshops! We are proud to state that we have the only Institute of Leadership and Management endorsed Stress Management Train the Trainer Programme.

In this powerful three day training course, we will train you to engage your audience, using our unique methodologies and learning techniques.

Book your place now to learn how to deliver, masterful, powerful and engaging presentations.

Finally, are you a manager? Do you want to create a culture of wellbeing and optimal performance within your team?

Our highly acclaimed Managers Managing Wellbeing course will equip your managers with the skills needed to lead positive change in your organisation and ensure that every manager is an ambassador of the culture.

This a highly specialised, ILM endorsed training course that is designed to develop a manager’s personal resilience and coping strategies to deal with stress in themselves and others. Through this development process managers will be better placed in assessing existing and future stressors and enabled to support their teams proactively.

Who’s it for?

This course is for anyone who has line manager responsibility and would like to lead positive culture change in their teams and organisations.

Click here to learn more or to book now.

Happy New Year from all of us at The Stress Management Society and International Wellbeing Insights!