FACE THE TRUTH

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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.

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