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    It’s Okay to Not Follow Self-Improvement. Here’s Why.

    Another lockdown, and more of “How to be productive every second of your quarantine.”

    As appealing as the idea of becoming perfect is, with just one wrong turn, it could make one delusional. Hence, if you’re not careful, you could lose yourself in the world of self-help and toxic positivity.

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    What’s wrong with being productive? Nothing.

    However, when you get obsessed with self-help and think that your life will be ruined if you waste a minute — that’s where the problem begins. We’re humans, not automatons; it’s healthy for us to rest and enjoy.

    Some YouTube videos will tell you otherwise, prodding you to work 24/7 until you feel burned out. Social media will show you people whose lives have been butterflies since they started self-help and became productive to the power infinity, making you feel inadequate about your lousy life.

    There’s a massive community of self-help around the world that relies on your insecurities and forces you to channel them to deepen their pockets. Self-improvement tells you to get out of your comfort zone, and while that is usually a good thing, pushing yourself all the time beyond your abilities could backfire, leaving you exhausted and disappointed in yourself. Now that you’re probably depressed, you seek even more self-help content. The cycle goes on.

    The world of self-help will teach you toxic positivity, tell you to smile even when everything goes downhill. But it’s not necessary. Everybody feels pain, and there’s no shame if you have a mental breakdown or a panic attack.

    We’re flawed. There isn’t a single soul who hasn’t binged Netflix shows, woken up late, or felt hopeless during the pandemic. Even your favourite celebrities who have been claiming that they have been super productive in the quarantine had their fair share of bad days.

    So what if you couldn’t schedule every second of your quarantine? What if you couldn’t wake up at 5 in the morning? What if you felt so bored that you took a nap in the middle of a day?

    Not everyone perceives a situation the same way as you. Your neighbour takes a run every morning to feel happy, and you read thriller books for bliss. Why add that extra anxiety to follow something that’s not your cup of tea?

    Don’t get me wrong. It’s perfectly okay if you have plans for the upcoming days of being locked indoors. If you find tranquillity in planning, don’t abstain from it. If writing, painting, or any productive activity fills you with ecstasy, do it. Do something because you want to, not because some motivational speaker said so.

    So, in this lockdown, don’t stress too much over being productive. Do what you love, and hopefully, that’ll bring what you need most — peace.    

    Sabiba Hossain is a Hufflepuff who plans on going into hibernation every winter but never succeeds. Send her fantasy book recommendations at: fb.com/Sabibastro

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    Self-discovery is the first step on an endless path of self-improvement

    life-style, life, mental health, rural aid, Gary Bentley, self-discovery, self-improvement, inspirational quotes

    Too many people are looking for a quick fix; a snap solution. They want relationship and financial problems resolved, and they want it now. Those looking for something for nothing continually set themselves up for disappointment. Worse still they flag themselves as easy targets for the disreputable and dishonest to exploit. More lifestyle: At the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart. We all seek happiness, contentment and fulfilment. We can have it. It’s within reach. There are people who search their entire lives in an effort to find something outside in their surroundings that has always existed inside themselves. Then there are people who thrive in spite of their environment. Our levels of happiness, contentment and fulfilment come from the way we react to our situations and circumstances. Aspiration and ambition are to be encouraged, but they can be self-destructive. It’s absolutely vital that we know and appreciate who we are before we head out into the unknown. Self-discovery is the first step on an endless path of self-improvement. Change can be difficult but the results are happiness, contentment and fulfilment. The rewards are personal. So too is the effort.

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    July 15 2021 – 5:00PM

    Too many people are looking for a quick fix; a snap solution.

    They want relationship and financial problems resolved, and they want it now.

    Those looking for something for nothing continually set themselves up for disappointment.

    Worse still they flag themselves as easy targets for the disreputable and dishonest to exploit.

    At the heart of the matter is the matter of the heart.

    We all seek happiness, contentment and fulfilment.

    We can have it. It’s within reach.

    There are people who search their entire lives in an effort to find something outside in their surroundings that has always existed inside themselves.

    Then there are people who thrive in spite of their environment.

    Our levels of happiness, contentment and fulfilment come from the way we react to our situations and circumstances.

    It’s what we choose to do with what we have that makes all the difference.

    Aspiration and ambition are to be encouraged, but they can be self-destructive.

    It’s absolutely vital that we know and appreciate who we are before we head out into the unknown.

    Self-discovery is the first step on an endless path of self-improvement.

    Change can be difficult but the results are happiness, contentment and fulfilment.

    The rewards are personal. So too is the effort.Gary Bentley is a Rural Aid counsellor.03

    Self Improvement: revitalising an ancient aboriginal snow song

    A small group of Ngarigu people and academic colleagues have been working hard to revitalise an ancient snow making song, sung on Ngarigu Country at Kunama Namadgi (the Snowy Mountains). It was once observed and written down by the nineteenth century explorer John Lotsky, and your teacher this week, Professor Jakelin Troy, Ngarigu woman and Director of Indigenous Research at the University of Sydney, tells of her revitalisation and performance of the ancient corroboree – and its intriguing result.

    Self-Improvement: How to Continually Improve Any Area of Your Life (Backed by Science) (jamesclear.com)

    42 Practical Ways to Start Working on Self-Improvement (lifehack.org)

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