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Top 10 tips for creating change and living your best life

Updated: Mar 29, 2019

This week we share tips from neuroscientist Dr Tara Swart, author of new book The Source. The Source is a powerful guide to unlocking the potential of your mind and seizing the life-changing opportunities that pass us by every day, by applying the lessons of cutting-edge neuroscience.

  1. Journaling – this is the best long-term practice for seeing patterns of behaviour that keep cropping up and holding you back from positive change. Check out our blog last week on the benefits on Journaling and how to get started.

  2. De-clutter your home/ wardrobe/ desktop – doing a big clear out has mental as well as physical benefits: creating space, clarity, the feel-good factor of being charitable with your possessions etc can bring in new perspectives

  3. Do a digital detox – reducing the distraction from pinging texts, emails and social media allows you to take positive action by removing that ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’ feeling that often prevents change from happening

  4. Novelty – doing something new or different, or spending time with people who are not like you or your usual social group, can by virtue of itself being a change, bring in diverse thinking and new ideas

  5. Positive affirmations – personal statements that remind you of what you want to change help to reach your goals. You can add in a ‘mindful mark’ like the temporary tattoos from LumenKind to boost the impact

  6. Sleep – being well rested, not only gives you the energy for change but also helps embed new learning and memories. I love the De Mamiel Settle Sleep Series aromatherapy oils to switch off when you have a lot on your mind

  7. Read – whenever I feel stuck but want to change, I read ‘Who Moved my Cheese’ by Dr Spencer Johnson. The allegorical tale helps me access my intuition

  8. Make an accomplishments list – if you have any nagging doubts about whether you can create change in your life, sit down and make a list of everything you have achieved so far. You’ll be reminded of how much you are capable of that you may take for granted

  9. Yoga – forward bends and particularly Crow pose are insightful to experiment with at times of change. Use these poses to ask yourself if you are ready to move forward or there is fear and hesitation around you? Sometimes moving out of your head and listening to your body can be enlightening

  10. Most of us know we need to change but keep putting it off. When this is the case, ask yourself which task or step you are dreading the most, and then do it straight away or as soon as possible. It’s never as bad you think it’s going to be once you take the first step

The Source is available now from Amazon or good bookshops near you.

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