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New year, new opportunities…

Ready to make 2019 amazing? Us too.

 

School’s just starting up, and it’s a great time to get yourself set up with a positive mindset.

 

That positive mindset will make it easier for you to perform at your best, recover from any setbacks you might face this year, and tackle choosing what you want to do once school is over.

 

We’ve put together some tips that work for us – check them out now:

 

Your glass is half full (not half empty)

 

A positive mental attitude counts for a lot. Take a moment to list all your strengths and skills, the goals you’re striving for and the ones you’ve already accomplished.

 

Be proud of yourself and remind yourself of all the positives when you feel stressed or find yourself thinking badly about yourself or what you’re capable of.

 

Think about what skills or traits need working on and decide how you’re going to address those for a new and improved version of you this year.

 

Boost your dopamine levels

 

Dopamine is a really powerful, feel good chemical that our brains produce. It can help you reduce stress, increase motivation, memory and alertness, and help you feel more satisfied. Sounds good, right?

 

You can boost your dopamine levels naturally in a few ways:

 

  • Practice gratitude
  • Be kind
  • Listen to music
  • Consume less sugar and caffeine
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get enough sleep
  • Meditate
  • Spend time outside

 

Healthy, happy, balanced bodies produce lots of dopamine – it’s a bit like the opposite of a vicious cycle, you feel good which makes you feel even better.

 

Stop putting stuff off

 

There’s always something better to do than get on with your study, like contemplating your nails or watching paint dry. If that’s you – then changing your mindset this year could be the most beneficial thing you do in 2019.

 

Don’t put off tasks that need to be done until the last minute, you’ll just give yourself more stress (especially if you underestimate the amount of time required to make it happen).

 

Our top tips to help you avoid procrastinating are:

 

  • Use a calendar – schedule a time for everything, write in all your deadlines and stick to it. It can be an electronic version if you prefer, in which case you can set reminders too.

 

  • Don’t overthink – sometimes when we put off a project, we build it up in our minds way too much. It becomes such a burden or chore that we just can’t face starting.

 

Approach everything with a positive attitude and get stuck in straight away. More often than not you’ll probably find it wasn’t that bad after all.

 

If you are genuinely struggling – ask for help.

 

  • Break it down – when something seems overwhelming, turn it into smaller, more manageable sections and you’ll feel good about checking each part off your ‘To Do’ list.

 

  • Stop making excuses – just start!

 

When you find yourself thinking “I’ll start later”, I’ll do it tomorrow”, “I’m too tired”, “I’m too busy”, “I work better under pressure”,  pull yourself up and remind yourself that excuses don’t get things done.

 

Getting on with tasks and getting them out the way will reduce your stress and leave you with more guilt-free spare time to do the things you love.

 

Be Accountable

 

Do you ever feel like you’re not in control of your life?

 

One of the best things you can do to take back control is become accountable to yourself. Decide for yourself how much time you need to spend studying, working, sleeping, helping out at home, and prove you can stick to it.

 

Self-discipline is one of the biggest predictors of success. And… building self-discipline while you’re still at school will set you on a good path for whatever you decide to do after school is over.

 

If you find it hard to push yourself a bit, then having a partner could really help – a friend, mentor, sibling or parent who’s willing to remind you of your commitments and motivate you to help you achieve all you’ve set out to do.

 

 

Find balance

 

Make 2019 the year that you keep things in balance. Don’t let exam stress get you down, keep any decisions about post-school in perspective, and spend time doing what you love.

 

The jobs of the future require adaptable, resourceful and determined employees – not ‘robots’. Employees will need to be self-reliant, and a big part of that is knowing how to look after yourself and maintain balance within your live. Look at the amount of effort companies are putting in to ensure their employees wellbeing – they want happy, healthy employees because they’re more productive.

 

Big business rarely make decisions that aren’t financially based and they spend big money and lots of resources working out how to get the best out of their workers. So if those big companies are now prizing employees with self-discipline and balance, then you know it’s because the benefits are significant.

 

Start approaching your study like a job – put in your best effort, look for areas where you can improve, and you should find the workforce to be familiar territory.

 

 

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