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How To Separate Work from Home During Isolation

How To Separate Work From Home

The very minute Dutch schools closed, my brain switched to work mode. Everything immediately went digital, meaning communication about work continued 24/7. Soon I was beginning to find difficulty switching off and separating free time from work.

Some days I’ve managed to find a pleasant rhythm and routine, but other days I’m still struggling. It’s a work in progress. However, knowing that many of us are faced with this challenge, I wanted to share some of the tips I have to help you separate work from home during this bizarre isolation period.

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Advice Lifestyle Sustainable living

10 Easy Steps For A More Sustainable Lifestyle

10 Easy Steps For A More Sustainable Lifestyle

Here’s a New Year’s resolution: be kinder to the planet by making more environment-friendly choices in your life. Living sustainably doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult, all it takes is a slight shift of mindset. To start you off, here are 10 easy steps for a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Applying For Jobs With Low Self-Esteem

Applying For Jobs With Low Self-Esteem

Applying for jobs is undoubtedly a nerve-wrecking task for many people, but if you struggle with low self-esteem it’s even more of a nightmare. If you yourself hardly believe you’re “worth it”, how on earth are you going to impress an employer? Low self-esteem and social anxiety are issues I have been struggling with for a long time, yet I still managed to put myself forward as a confident person and find jobs. Here’s how I did it!

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How To Reduce Screen Time

How to cut down on screen time

Now that many people are getting weekly phone updates on how much time is spent on-screen, I am sure some are wondering on how to cut down on screen time. Personally I only average 1-1.5 hour a day – 3 times less than others! – and it is all thanks to conscious decisions I’ve made that helped me move away from my phone. So, today I would like to share my best tips with you.

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Advice Health Mental health

Things You Don’t Want to Hear When You’re Depressed

Things You Don't Want to Hear When You're Depressed

A persisting low mood, loss of interests, declining self-esteem and little energy to do things – it can happen to anyone. Depression is a common mental illness that affects about one in ten people in the UK, according to the NHS. Causes may vary, but one thing is certain: depression does not discriminate.

Unfortunately, people with depression are often misunderstood and have to deal with many hurtful comments about what is essentially an invisible but very serious illness. Nevertheless, a healthy support network can make a world of difference for a person with depression. So how can you help someone cope? And what should you most certainly not do?

I have drawn up a number of tips from years of dealing with depression. These include things people have said to me that were not helpful, and things people have done that were helpful. What I want to emphasise most of all is that depression can be very hard – not just on the person themselves, but also on their surroundings – but that you can help someone a long way even with the tiniest gestures.

Also, please always bear in mind that you are not a professional and it is not your job to “fix” the other person: all you can do is be there for them. At the bottom of this post I have listed some resources that can help when you or another person is having a hard time.

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Advice Health Lifestyle Mental health

Balancing Health And Work Life: 8 Things I’ve Learned

Balancing Health And Work Life

Lately I have noticed a modern issue become addressed more and more often: people are struggling to balance health and work life. Flexible hours for work may sound like sweet freedom, but it can actually be a terrible trap. So now, many of us are having to look for healthy work habits while we keep our mental health intact.

Whenever this question comes up on my Twitter timeline, I start typing out advice as if my life depends on it. Throughout my years of coping with mental illness, I have had to develop sturdy methods of self-care and strong coping mechanisms. I have learned to protect myself in all sorts of ways, and now I am very glad that I can share a wide range of tips and methods with other people who are struggling.

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