FACE THE TRUTH
Dr Baulch says it’s also crucial not to pretend everything is okay when it isn’t. “Find a way to manage your thoughts because when we’re stressed, our minds run at a million miles an hour and we’re not particularly good at thinking in a balanced way.
“Writers like Brené Brown are helping people realise it’s okay to show their vulnerabilities. Her books (such as Rising Strong and The Gifts
of Imperfection) are helping to change that conversation,” Dr Baulch says. Pretending that you’re okay when you’re not is damaging. It can lead to anxiety and depression.”
Dr Baulch says it’s good to look at where you are in your life. “Often people are on a treadmill and they don’t step back and ask themselves, ‘Is the life I’m living meaningful to me?’ or, ‘What brings me joy?’ Our values are a compass to what is really going on in our lives. Be careful not to compromise them.”
TIP Add a little fun to your day and focus just on what you are doing.