Spectify: life in perspective
It's Over: Coping Mechanisms to Survive Your Separation
Surviving a relationship break-up can be one of the most difficult things we ever do, and on an emotional level can be one of the most painful processes in our lives. Losing a boyfriend/girlfriend or a husband/wife can feel like your heart is literally being torn out. People are often not well equipped to deal with break ups, because we are rarely taught about the skills required to cope with this type of loss. We have collated some helpful strategies from a variety of respected sources to help you get through a separation in the healthiest ways possible. This journey will vary largely from...
Relationships: Should You Stay or Should You Go?
A common subject that comes up on Spectify is relationships: the good, the bad and the downright messy. This month we’re taking an in-depth look at how to identify the issues going on in your relationship, and how to handle things should it fall apart… Relationships are never easy. Whether it’s a life partner, a family member or a friend, the people in our lives require varying amounts of care and attention. It’s a balancing act, and sometimes the scales don’t always sit evenly. However, if there’s a constant imbalance, and you’re feeling anxio...
Tips Towards A Brighter and Better You
From the physical to the emotional, to the downright random, every single one of us can take regular small steps towards improving our lives. Here’s some habits to introduce into your everyday life. Focus on one each day, and they will soon start to add up to a more successful and happier you! THE EMOTIONAL -Quit being a perfectionist Stop beating yourself up. Keep moving towards your goals and acknowledge your progress, however slow. You’ll get there eventually. -Don’t take it personally Criticism is hard to stomach sometimes, but you...
Depression: Cause and Cure
“I’m so depressed” … “Ugh, how depressing!” … “That is so depressing…”. Sound familiar? The term “depression” has become part of our daily vernacular – something often dropped casually into conversation. Yet, for millions of people worldwide, it can be incredibly frustrating to hear this term being thrown around so lightly. Feeling down from time to time is a normal part of life, but when these emotions become all-encompassing and refuse to go away, you may be suffering from depression…and that is no...
Work Better, Not Harder.
Maintaining the Equilibrium between Work and Play. The average person spends 90,000 hours at work over the course of their lifetime. Add on top of that the amount of time spend getting to and from your job – estimated at 100 hours per year for the average American - and it’s easy to see how work/life balance suddenly becomes an issue in the modern world. It’s integral to mental wellness to include proper prioritization between ‘work’ (career and ambition) and ‘lifestyle’ (health, leisure, family and personal development). The probl...
Stress Management - Our Top 5 Tips
We’re over halfway through 2016: and we’ve noticed our community talking about how quickly time flies. Avoid feeling stressed and burnt out with these five simple tips to keep on top of your workload! 1. Take Control Manage your schedule and don’t over book: your time is important and it’s okay to say no sometimes. 2. Recognise the symptoms Mild headaches, slight dizziness, tired or feeling apathetic? If you start to not feel quite like yourself, step back and take stoc...
Top 3 Tips to Keep Organised
Tips for Staying Organised January is a great time to get your life in order, setting goals for the new year as well as enjoying that fresh start feeling! But how do we stop these new habits from slipping as we move into February? Here’s our top three tips to keep you on track… Create a schedule. A daily list of assigned chores makes sure that you know exactly what you should be doing, and when. It’s unfortunately a commonly believed myth that a habit takes only 21 days to form, so instead of relying on programming your brain, set up a whiteboard in your ...
Make a change in 2016!
New Year, New You? It’s the same broken promise that we make to ourselves every year, but if we are honest: what is wrong with the old you? Not enough to warrant a full body or mind overhaul for most of us. All these endless ‘resolutions’ do is pile unnecessary pressure on ourselves and leave us feeling guilty or full of failure, when all that we really need is a clean slate and a little motivation to get back into the swing of things. Here’s our top three things to keep us going this January! 1. Take Care of Yourself...
Work & life: is there a balance?
Work/life balance. Is there really such a thing? Can a perfect balance ever be achieved? Probably not. A true balance teeters regularly and a perfect one—if it exists—is hard to maintain. But there are still things we can do to manage these important aspects better—with the goal of feeling better in the long run. Take stock: Regularly review your past month’s schedule and how you spent your time. Ask yourself what could have been omitted. This will guide you in your planning for upcoming months. Schedule regular meetings with your spouse, family and/or loved to s...
How to make exercise a habit
Breaking bad habits is hard. But creating good ones can feel just as challenging. An exercise routine is good for everyone, regardless of lifestyle or ability. But to make it stick, you need to first make it a habit. Think big, start small: “I want to exercise more” is a big, healthy goal—especially if you are not exercising already. To get there, start by adding smaller, more tangible goals: “I will take the stairs at work every day.” Give it 30 days: Your exercise willpower and discipline takes time to develop. Dedicate a full month to crea...
Say “Cheers” to moderation: drink less, feel better!
There is no question that alcohol is a big part of western society and, depending on your social circles, there is rarely a social event or activity that doesn’t get paired with an alcoholic drink—think beer and sports, after work and happy hour, success and champagne toasts. But is alcohol always your best partner? With social drinking often comes the motto “know your limits,” which is key to managing a healthy relationship with alcohol. The general guidelines for healthy alcohol use is one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65. It is up to two...
Weight management is typically the number one challenge that most people face when it comes to their personal health. How to get—and maintain—a healthy weight can be difficult with a busy life. If weight loss is your goal, don’t start with a diet. There is a reason why new diets are introduced every week—because the last one didn’t work and the next one likely won’t either. Instead, re-start by getting back to the basics: 1. Drink more water. Often we feel hungry when, in fact, we are thirsty. Most people don’t drink enough water. Aim for two li...
October is Health Month at Spectify!
Put Your Health First! With our busy lives, it is often a challenge to take care of ourselves properly and make our health a top priority. This month we focus on ways to better manage our personal health, how to reach new goals and put our physical and mental wellbeing first. Week 1: Weight Management Simple lifestyle changes are key to managing your weight and successfully reaching your goals. Week 2: Alcohol Social drinking or drinking problem? Know ...
Sleep well. Be well.
A good night’s sleep. Again and again, we are told that good sleep will cure what ails us. While we sleep our brains rebuild and our bodies recover. Our memory and mood improves. Our weight regulates. Our immunity strengthens. We’re told that with better sleep, we will be happier people, better at our jobs and enjoy improved relations with others. But we’re also told that we don’t get enough. Getting enough sleep, however, isn’t as easy as it sounds. The global market for sleep aids is a multi-billion-dollar industry, proving that a good night’s ...
Unclutter your life. Unclutter your mind.
Clutter. It is the bane of our existence. Yet in a culture of consumerism, a constant barrage of messages tell us that we need certain things in order to look or feel good, to be happy or find success. So we keep buying, collecting and cluttering up the space around us. But this physical clutter creates mental clutter preventing us from being truly productive and successful. In her spiritual memoir Behind the Clutter, author June Saruwatari looks at why we keep so much stuff around and the reasons behind it. She argues that we hold on to things “based on hope.” Piles of...