It's ok to make the wrong decision
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by Lucy Squire
2w ago
Something happened last week that would have MORTIFIED Old Me. I scheduled an email advertising a free workshop, and then BEFORE IT EVEN SENT, I’d changed my mind ‍♀️ In fact, I’d forgotten about the scheduled email, until I had someone reply to sign up. Old Me’s internal monologue would have been having a field day.  “Well then, you can’t change the plan, you’ll look like an idiot”.  “You teach people how to make decisions and you can’t even decide what event to run!”. “You spent hours this morning creating the sign-up page, it’ll be a total waste if you change the plan now ..read more
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4 things I learnt on mindfulness retreats
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by Lucy Squire
3w ago
Including how I created a life where I go to bed feeling happy (almost) every day. I can pinpoint three key points when my happiness and satisfaction with life massively increased, and all of them were at mindfulness retreats. Each time I was in the midst of a challenging time (burnout; recovering from burnout; close to burnout), and each time I felt something shift in me. It was partially the time and space to properly switch off and forget about all the stuff I was dealing with behind the scenes. But also it was experiencing how life didn’t need to feel so hard.  So when I was dri ..read more
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If you’ve trained your brain to overthink every single little decision, you can train it not to.
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by Lucy Squire
1M ago
Think about it.  If you learnt French at school but haven’t spoken it since GCSEs, I bet you can’t remember much. So if you currently overthink every decision and weigh up 101 options when asked what you want for dinner, your brain is pretty damn good at thinking about every single little option. Now you’ve just got to unlearn that, just like you’ve “unlearnt” the French And if you’re worried about missing something important if you do that - here’s the thing… We tend to imagine we have unlimited thinking capacity and that there is no harm in thinking about a problem on repeat.  ..read more
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Save time by making day-to-day decisions easily and quickly
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by Lucy Squire
1M ago
If you struggle making simple day-to-day decisions, I've got something to save you A LOT of time.   Tell me if this sounds like you?   You go round in circles trying to decide what to have for dinner, and then get frustrated when it isn’t perfect   Trying to choose the best evening to meet a friend takes literally weeks because you can’t decide if you should do Tuesdays because you’re more likely to finish work on time, Wednesdays because it's 241 or Thursday because then it feels more like the weekend.   You ironically loose sleep while working out the optimal time to set ..read more
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5 reasons you can't switch off and leave work at work
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by Lucy Squire
1M ago
This comes up a LOT with my one-to-one MINDSET clients. Hard-working perfectionists saying they get home in the evening and then instead of relaxing, find themselves talking to their partner over dinner about all the meetings they had that day, what they said, what their boss said, and exactly how much more work they now have. These same hard-working people checking their emails at 10pm before they go to bed, in case anything new has come in that they should be aware of before starting work the next day. These same people struggle to finish work on time and rarely take a full lunch-break be ..read more
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How to get all the essentials done AND have more time to relax, every single day.
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by Lucy Squire
2M ago
Three things I do - the third might surprise you! Are you a hard-working overthinker that often feels torn between getting all your jobs done to a high standard and switching off and relaxing? Do you feel guilty if you try and take a break when there’s still so much that needs to be done? Or maybe you just find it hard to sit down and relax if the room around you is in chaos and not tidy? You’re not alone! After finding last year pretty hard at times, this year I’ve been prioritising “enjoying life”. So while I’ve always been pretty good at taking a break every day, this year I’ve been r ..read more
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The secret to deep, lasting happiness
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by Lucy Squire
2M ago
Lately I've been reflecting on when I've been happiest in my life - and the periods that came up, really surprised me. If you're a Bristol Vet Grad, you may know that 2nd year is notoriously difficult When I did it, it was close to 35 hours of lectures/practicals a week plus study every evening plus assignments But it was a period that came up as a time I was really genuinely happy. So I thought about why And I noticed something massive - and it happens to be a key thing that I teach my clients See in second year, I trusted myself - I KNEW I could do it, pass the exams, the assignments And tha ..read more
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5 signs you’d be happier with mindful living
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by Lucy Squire
2M ago
Ever wondered “would mindful living actually make me happier?”? Well here you have it. 5 signs you’d be happier if you lived mindfully. How many do you have? You keep saying “it’ll get better when…” When we do this, we’re looking to the future. When we’re looking to the future, we miss what’s right in front of us.  I am a massive fan of en core’s, it’s ALWAYS the band’s best songs right? But that doesn’t mean you wish away the rest of the gig. Mindfulness lets you enjoy what’s happening now, without waiting for things to be better. And just a note here; sometimes life is re ..read more
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Would you drive your car until it ran out of fuel?
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by Lucy Squire
2M ago
So why run yourself into the ground before taking a break? I was thinking about this when driving to a friend's wedding party the other day. I was running late And then I got in the car and realised I needed petrol Sh$t I had a choice. Get petrol now and be an extra 10 minutes late, because damn it was rush-hour and the petrol station would be busy Or risk it *Maybe* it would be ok But what if it wasn't? I'd need to make an expensive call to the AA to come and rescue me, and I'd be mega late to the wedding And I realised this is what I teach my one-to-one MINDSET clients about switching off. L ..read more
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