self-care

Will You Get a Passing Grade for Self-Care? Take the Test!

I’ve started to notice a pattern with type-A personalities and overachievers:
We grade ourselves on a lot of things, but rarely on how well we take care of ourselves.
What if there were gold stars given out for how much sleep you got?
What if your corporate bonus was partially dependent on your cardiovascular health?
What if your sugar, caffeine, or alcohol consumption affected your chances for that next promotion?
You may laugh at the thought, but neglecting our physical, emotional and spiritual health can have a significant impact on our ability to function both at work and at home.
Are you brave enough to give yourself a little reality check?
Take Secondhand Therapy’s 2-minute quiz: Will You Get a Passing Grade for Self-Care?
Decide if you need to make some changes…and share with a friend!

If you are looking for more resources on taking better care of yourself, download Secondhand Therapy’s free 30 page eBook:’25 Practical Tips to Move Beyond Survival Mode‘.

Thank you.

JILL DAHL

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Tennis lessons for life

4 Lessons from Tennis That Successful People Use and Why You Should Too for Achieveing Your Goals

1- Keep your eye on the ball

keep your eye on the ballA key component of a winning strategy in tennis is keeping your eye on the ball. No matter what an opponent does, a player is in control of the game as long as she keeps her eye on the ball.

“I’ve watched and played countless hours of tennis and whether it is Wimbledon or the Australian Open or the local court, I’ve never once seen a player win a match by looking at the scoreboard. Champions keep their eye firmly focused on the ball and let the scoreboard take care of itself.”

Catherine DeVrye, 2x  Australian Keynote Speaker of the Year

As you try to lose weight, get fitter, become healthier, or change your lifestyle, it is sometimes hard to focus on the core activities that can get you there successfully. There is a difference between focussing on your core activities and just fulfilling them. Most get caught up in the running of the day-to-day life that it can get hard to give the personal touch to what you really should be doing to achieve your goals.

In a world full of temptation, how will you get ahead of the curve and reach your destination if you do not keep your eye on the ball and give your utmost to getting what you want?

Some of the most succesful people in the world are unfairly dubbed ‘stubborn’. But they are not, they just know what they want to achieve and anything that distracts them from their goal is left out of their lives. This means that sometimes they go against the advice of loved ones, stop trying to please everyone, and keep their eyes firmly focused on what they set out to attain. That is all that matters to them. Continue reading

How Not to Allow Others to Sabotage Your Healthy Lifestyle

This post was a long time coming, it was on the tip of my tongue and only a matter of putting the works into proper context. Now that I feel comfortable and confident enough to convey my thoughts, it is high time that I shared my views with you.

My post was inspired by people I know offline and based on a true account.

healthy lifestyle

The Workplace Scenario

On a daily basis, I am surrounded by women, who are my co-workers. In typical female fashion you can already predict the direction of the conversation from guys to hair, clothes, makeup and most importantly DIET….yes I said the big D, the dread D word my nemesis.

It’s a known fact that women spend a lot of time worrying about their appearance – to look youthful with a desire to be slim (I’m referring to the Western society, as not every culture desires to be slim). The women that I work with are a small number of women and I’m the only one who doesn’t and won’t diet.

Now don’t get me wrong I have hang ups about my appearance like most women do, but when it comes to diet and nutrition I know that leading a lifestyle that is free from processed/chemically induced food and instead eating a large quantity of fruit and vegetables is what keeps my body nourished. While I’m well aware that a faddy diet won’t lead to long term results, I certainly don’t impose my philosophy to everyone that I meet.

Unsolicited Advice

As bizarre as this may sound, it takes a person in a state of unconscious thinking to be receptive to all the holistic changes needed to aid a healthier lifestyle. This explains why I’d never approach a random person and start speaking to them about their eating habits. Continue reading