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Are children’s books actually the best self-help?

Posted on 27 January 2019

We all buy self-help books with the best of intentions. But often the very thing that had us reaching for the self-help section in the first place stops us from settling down to read the book. We have too much to do. Our ability to concentrate has disappeared. We’ve lost all hope that the book (or anything else) can change the situation. So could we have more luck if we turn our attention to another part of the bookshop? Here’s my guide to getting the most from a hidden source of self-help wisdom: the children’s book. Put the joy first How often have you ploughed your way through a self-help book only to find it didn’t have the answer you were looking for anyway?…

5 easy ways to take control of your inner critic

Posted on 13 January 2019

Inner critics can be very chatty. Here are some ideas to help you turn down the volume on nagging negativity so that you can chase after your dreams. 1. Try giving your inner critic a silly voice Experiment by giving your inner critic a silly voice and see what happens. Perhaps imagine them speaking in a really high pitched tone or make them talk r e a l l y  s l o w l y. It is much harder to take the inner critic seriously when it sounds comical. 2. Do some Heuristic Research This is about giving yourself permission to try something different simply to see what happens. The important thing to remember is that you’re not aiming for a particular outcome.…