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We Are All Babies!

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

When we don't sleep and don't eat, we become just like babies - we cry! We all know this and yet we are living in a world where both sleeping and eating are neglected. A 2011 article published by CBC news entitled "Lack of sleep called global epidemic" stated that a majority of Canadians are sleep deprived. But Canadians aren't the only ones suffering. In fact, 45% of the world's population have sleep problems including insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome. Even though this report is almost a decade old, there isn't any evidence to suggest that the...

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Making Excuses - Not Helpful!

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Sometimes people think that their behaviours are justified. Many believe that they shouldn't have to "fess up" unless they are "caught" doing something that they know deep down is not a good choice. Well, nothing surprises me anymore as I have seen over 8,000 clients and have heard probably every scenario possible as well as dozens of excuses for each. Alcohol and marijuana are now both legal. This has caused some confusion in society especially for those who are in safety sensitive positions. They signed "zero tolerance" contracts with their employers and know the consequences that they will face if...

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Your Reputation

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Have you ever wondered what another person did to earn the respect of others? Building a good reputation is one thing but keeping it is another. I once heard a lawyer state "You can spend a whole lifetime building a reputation and then lose it in one minute". Following are some of the habits that will reward you over time:   Tell the truth - Liars cannot be trusted. They spin tales that they think will serve them but, it doesn't take long until they are "found out". Telling the truth is not only easier than lying because you don't...

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Change Your Life In Minutes

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Often, I hear people talk about how busy they are and that often they feel overwhelmed. Their lives are disorganized, their vehicles need attention and their relationships are strained. Rather than piling things up and then feeling like everything is just too large to resolve, try doing things a little bit at a time. Your life can be so much better if you just think about what can be accomplished in five minutes or less. Following are things that take five minutes or less to do but will give you much pleasure.   Manage the dishwasher - It is much...

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You Can Choose

Dr. Linda Hancock Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Often, I hear individuals complain about a situation in life that they do not like. It might involve their relationships, career, finances or perhaps events occurring in various places throughout the world. They seem to think that talking about how they are suffering will make things better. It won't! If you are struggling, there are things that you can do. Here are your choices:   Protect yourself from information involving world catastrophes - If you are anxious about weather systems or traumatic events that are happening in other locations you would probably be wise to turn off the television and...

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Conservation - Protecting Our World

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

I read an article the other day that surprised me. Apparently, Meagan Markle has been annoyed by the fact that her husband Prince Harry keeps turning lights off in their royal residence. His father, Prince Charles, apparently raised is two sons to do this as well as to pick up litter. I remember when growing up that there were several things we were taught to do in order to protect our world. Unfortunately, many don't understand the importance of or ignore these simple practices:   Trees - Because the Canadian prairies didn't have windbreaks to prevent topsoil drift and wind...

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Who Are You? Your Identity Is Unique

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines the word "identity" as: "the fact of being who or what a person or thing is". Now that's a little confusing! I have been thinking about identity and exactly what the word really means. You see, identity is complex and can change over time and circumstances. For example, someone with Alzheimer's disease loses their identity. Here are some thoughts about some of the contributors to identity:   Physical - Our gender, size, colouring and features usually allow others to recognize us at first glance. What is not immediately evident, however, is our DNA or fingerprints,...

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Fitting In

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Near the beginning of the popular movie "Sound of Music" there is a song that begins "How do you solve a problem like Maria?". The tune is about a novice nun who has great difficulty following the rules of the convent. Even though she is eager to please God and take her final vows, she often becomes lost in nature and late for her commitments. The nuns obviously love her but are frustrated by the fact that she is always in trouble and doesn't fit in to their way of life. Then Maria is sent to work for Captain Von...

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Creativity - Do You Use It?

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Many of my clients over the years have expressed concern about finances and wished they could relieve their debt burdens. But compounding interest and late fee penalties make the goal more and more unreachable. Recently I watched some episodes from a British show entitled "How to Live Mortgage Free". I was amazed at what was accomplished by those who were determined to improve their lives by eliminating their mortgage. Some of those who were featured wanted to accomplish this in preparation for their retirement. Others were younger. One couple set and reached their debt-free status before they were thirty years...

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Adjustment Disorder and Adjustment Recovery

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

I live alone so that means that I can pretty well do whatever I want whenever I want. On the long weekend I had company and, of course, that meant adjustment. I was so excited to have my grandson and his family come for five days but it is really different having a five-year-old in the house! On Sunday we hosted a barbecue inviting my son and his two children ages thirteen and two years. There were toys all over the floor. The guest room was full of suitcases and I was scrounging to ensure that we had enough plates...

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Systems Make Everything Easier

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Recently I wasn't feeling well. My head hurt. I was dizzy and the bathroom was barely close enough. My system was a mess! Our bodies have several different systems. One is for digestion. Another involves lymph nodes. We have a system for blood circulation as well as several others. It is not just the body that has systems. For example, there are transit systems, accounting systems, justice and security systems. At a personal level, we can all benefit from having systems both at home and in the workplace. Here are some of the unique things to consider about systems:  ...

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Celebrating Life Every Day

Dr. Linda Hancock iStock Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Did you know that May 17th is Norwegian Independence Day? That country's Constitution was signed in 1814 and the citizens continue to celebrate every year with bands, flag waving, traditional dress as well as parades. The Norwegians really celebrate! England also has been celebrating this month, first with a new royal baby and also with the birthday of Queen Victoria on May long weekend. Because we call it the Queen's birthday, people often get confused about the fact that Queen Elizabeth was born in April and the May 24 celebration is actually honouring the birth of her grandmother Queen Victoria...

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Winners - Race Horses and You

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

This Week was the multi-million-dollar Kentucky Derby has been held annually in Louisville Kentucky for one hundred forty-five years. Fans not only attend these races at Churchill Downs dressed in finery but also set up parties throughout the world. The Kentucky Derby event is big business! I was thinking about the horses and what factors are accredited with contributing to a win:   Breeding - Most horses that are in the running have parents or grandparents who have had major wins. Considerable research and thought are invested into choosing the two horses with the best genes and characteristics that hopefully,...

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Should You Listen?

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Many times, people hear criticism and hold onto it for years allowing it to foster shame. It is important to remember that the people who made the comments might be "talking out of their hat" as the expression goes, before allowing their words to be damaging. Make sure that you do not allow the criticism to facilitate low self-esteem or paralyze you when it comes to moving forward your goals. Before you take another person's comments to heart, consider the following reasons why they were given:   Intent - What is the reason that the words were spoken. Did the...

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Tips for Reducing Stress Long Term

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

So many people tell me that they are overwhelmed and stressed out. They also state that they don't know how to fix this. Following are ten things you can do that will reduce your stress and bring some peace into your life:   Pay your bills - Make sure that what you owe is manageable. Better yet, pay cash for purchases and ensure that all invoices and loans payments are made before the due date. Get enough rest - Turn off the television and computer. Have a warm bath and then crawl into a comfortable bed where it is quiet...

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Tolerations Steal Productivity

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

A few years ago, I hired a personal coach. She taught me a wonderful concept that I have used to this day. A toleration is something that drains our time and energy. It may be as small as a missing button or pile of paperwork that hasn't been sorted. It may be something larger like a vehicle that doesn't run or finishing a renovation project. The problem is that we all tend to tolerate the things that drain our time, energy and patience. We put up with a messy garage and the fact that we cannot find the screwdriver that...

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Perfectly Imperfect Reduces Stress

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

I remember my friend Paul once asking me "What do you call the medical student with the lowest passing grade?" The answer is "Doctor". You see the lowest passing grade is still a pass and the student is given the title of Doctor because of it. We are living in a rather interesting world where people have a distorted idea of what they need to do and achieve in order to feel good about themselves. Often, they think that unless they can be perfect there isn't any point in trying. This can lead to feelings of shame, guilt and anxiety...

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Your Personal Wonderland

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Most people have been fascinated by the work of Walt Disney who repeatedly turned the impossible into possible over the years. He not only developed Disneyland and Disneyworld which are clean playgrounds for families but also created many fictional characters in the movies that he produced. One of my favourites is "Alice in Wonderland". It tells a story of bizarre happenings for a young girl who falls down a rabbit hole. Many of the characters probably resemble some real-life individuals you have met.   Alice is a rather naïve but polite young person who is curious and eager to chase...

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Downsizing Your Life

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

My friend is moving from her house into a retirement condo this month. The square footage is approximately one third of the size. The house, of course, is full because she has had twenty years to accumulate! I thought I would share some of the ways that we are preparing:   Consulting - Talking with real estate agents, new residence staff and movers will provide you with nuggets of wisdom to save time and effort. My son who is coordinating the physical move told us not to remove shoes from boxes but instead to use packing tape to bind them...

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I Need a Break

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Work and family demands or the weather can get us to thinking about getting away from it all! Unfortunately, many people go away on vacation and return feeling tired and stressed. Here are some things to consider:   Stay home - If you really need a rest, you could just plan to take time off from your job and not go anywhere. You likely have reading, movies and hobbies that never get touched because of busyness and staying at home can offer you a cost-free opportunity to enjoy them. Consider the timing - Deciding to go on a trip can...

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Why Are You Angry?

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

It is very difficult if not impossible to enjoy your life when you are feeling angry. No everyone understands where anger comes from or how to get rid of it. The first thing to do when dealing with anger is to have some understanding of why you are feeling this emotion. Following are some things to ponder. Are you angry because:   Somebody you trusted hurt you? Unfortunately, other people can deliberately or deliberately cause physical and or emotional harm. This can have long-term effects, especially if you just push it down and don't deal with it. A stranger scammed...

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Turning Point

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

There in times in life when significant changes occur and not everyone can figure out why that happened. Following are some of the reasons why people change:   They "hit bottom" - This low is different for each person. No matter how dysfunctional their choices might appear to others, people do not change until life doesn't work for them anymore! When they get to the point that they can't stand the why things are going, they consider going another direction. They receive information that gives them good options that they didn't have previously. Someone might have had a dream to...

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Distractions Can Hamper Progress

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

In what my grandchildren call "the olden days" people used to put blinders on their horses. These were firm leather squares that attached to the bridle or hood. Some blinders were plastic cups, but they all had the same purpose. When pulling wagons or carriages it was important for the horse to look forward and not be distracted or panicked by things behind or beside them. We live in an extremely busy world where twenty-four-hour media can capture our attention to the point that we do not make progress on personal goals. Movies, news flashes and "how to" programs can...

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State and Growth

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Near the beginning of each year, politicians usually present a speech that summarizes what s/he believes is extremely important about the state of the constituency they represent. Topics that are usually addressed in that speech include:   Team players - The people who have had significant roles are usually introduced and congratulated for the time, effort and wisdom that they have invested. Values - Communities and groups are usually bonded together by shared values. Desire for safety, growth, freedom and opportunity can become strong motivators during the decision-making process and actions that are taken. Progress and achievements - There is...

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Common Sense - Important for Health and Life

Dr. Linda Hancock 14. The Fourteenth Year Self Improvement Self Improvement_And More

Over the years people have told me that they appreciate the fact I have common sense as though it is some kind of a rare attribute. Unfortunately, common sense isn't very common, and it certainly doesn't make sense to everyone. Common sense:   Focusses on the reality of everyday matters and not on wishful thinking or unrealistic dreams. It sees life as it is but knows that it can improve with good choices. Requires time for research and a clear understanding of the everything involved. There is an old adage that states "If it seems too good to be true,...

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