KEEPINGGOODHABITS

Julie Furlong provides life tips based on her life experiences as a company founder, designer, marketer, entrepreneur, mother and partner. Julie’s positive, practical and realistic outlook to balancing her business and personal worlds ignited a desire to create and share these habits, inspiring others to keep things simple in life. A relevant creative blog and topic is introduced to practice monthly, creating space in your mind for what is truly important.


May 1, 2017

MAY’SNOTE

Julie Furlong

Most of the time we worry about things that have not even happened yet and most likely never will. This month’s Note #13 is all about managing your worries. In a world where our thoughts control how we feel, often, we need to sit back and remind ourselves, we do not need unnecessary worrying in our lives. Unnecessary worrying is an unproductive habit that will never amount to anything positive. We should be having a good look at the big picture — how bad is it really? Working on a few of the pointers and tips in this blog for May will help you manage your worries away. Please don’t forget if you have any feedback, I would love to hear from you. Also, if you have not already done so, please hook up via your preferred social media platform to receive free reminders during your working week. Have fun this May!

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May 1, 2017

#13WHAT’SYOURWORRY

What’s your worry

What’s your worry?
While I would not call myself a constant worrier, I do worry at times. Little concerns sometimes buzz around in my head, and mostly I am worrying about things that have not even happened. When I am in my worry phase, ‘what if’ questions start entering my mind, which realistically only exist among the pixies in my head. And if you are anything like me, very few worries are as painful or terrible as imagined, and are often just nonsense made up in our own minds.

Feeling that I must worry about a small or big problem will do nothing for me, and in a world where our thoughts control how we feel, this is when it’s time to sit back and remind myself, I do not need the unnecessary worrying in life. Unnecessary worrying is an unproductive habit that will never amount to anything positive. I intentionally train and remind my mind to not worry. (Self Talk) Then I tell myself to look at the big picture — how bad is it really?

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March 31, 2017

#12MOTIVATEME

Stay motivated and inspired… break the cycle of apathy

Motivate Me
It’s easy to get into the apathetic spiral, to procrastinate and make up excuses. You fail at something a couple of times; a new project is not working; your career becomes boring; you begin to avoid difficult tasks in your life; you feel overwhelmed and slowly lose interest. All of a sudden, your motivation and inner drive disappears and it begins to feel impossible to get going again. It happens to all of us.

Normally, I just do whatever has to be done to get through the day, with little or no interest. Every project or task set upon me is met with a ‘yeah, whatever’. It can be so, so easy to fall into the trap of feeling deflated when things have not gone my way.

Feeling low or dwelling on the problem solves nothing — we all know that. You just feel worse and ultimately even less motivated. I find that the more aware, mindful and in the moment I am, the faster I am able to steer my actions and regain motivation and control over my routine. (Good Life Habits)

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March 1, 2017

#11BEINGRESILIENT

resilience

Regardless of our age, challenging experiences are ALWAYS upon us. Our ability to roll with the punches will determine how well we cope with these times in order to keep moving forward and functioning effectively. The one thing I often do when I am in this situation is to maintain a clear sense of what I am trying to achieve and remind myself that I am a fighter, not a victim! Thoughts like these are the ones that help me practice resilience… the inner mind strength within us all (Mental Strength) to help us bounce back, whilst continuing to develop along the way.

As we get older, more and more challenges come along in life. We lose a job, our relationships break down, someone close to us passes, friends move away. I have experienced all of these, and learnt that the more resilient I am, the more I grow, the stronger I become and the less overwhelmed I am about the situation. This does not mean that we experience less stress, loss or anxiety. It just means that dwelling on the problem solves nothing, and we have recognised that fact.

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