Hypnotic truths

Forget crystal balls and gypsies, hypnosis is a bone fide health tonic that can help you quit smoking, slim down and conquer your fears. Tamra Mercieca lifts the veil on what this age-old therapy is all about… Forget what you know about hypnosis from movies or television programs. If you go to a stage hypnotist, […]
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How to say no – tips from a refusal expert

Susan Newman, author of The Book of No, is a refusal expert. Here are her top tips to honing your ability to turn people down. “You won’t be able to say no to everything asked of you, nor will you want to, but you don’t have to be an ever-accommodating yes person to be loved, […]
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Those hours spent re-reading your meeting script may be better spent in front of the mirror. MIT Media Lab research found that outcomes of pitches, sales calls and other negotiations could be gauged with 87% accuracy based on body language alone. Stack the odds in your favour with these convincing to-dos: 1. Stand and deliver […]
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10 ways to bring your holiday home

Returning to work after your annual 4-week holiday can feel like Monday morning on steroids. Extend that holiday with a few simple changes to your routine. 1. After walking throught the door, give yourself the first hour of your time. 2. Only do one thing at a time. Leave the multitasking for work. 3. Eat […]
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Killer Confidence

Forget faking it ‘til you make it. Genuine, lasting confidence is within your reach, writes Diana Timmins. Does a profound lack of confidence or fear of failure hold you back in life? While it may feel as though you’re the only one, rest assured, you’re not. Almost everyone has experienced being knocked off their perch […]
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Meet the mind behind the Queen of Lean

We chat to trainer, coach and powerlifting champ Amanda Brown of The Queen of Lean about her fitness journey, finding balance and advice. After a three and a half year hiatus travelling the world post Year 12, a young Amanda Brown knew her calling was in the health and fitness industry.  A Certificate 3 and […]
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7 tips to boost your self-esteem

Boost your confidence and self-esteem with these tips from Sydney psychologist Jacqui Manning. 1. Reduce social media use: Stop checking how many friends or followers people have and remind yourself that social highlight reels are designed to cultivate an illusion even they don’t live up to. 2. Treat yourself like a friend: “I ask women, […]
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How to improve work relationships

How do we get better at interacting with our work colleagues? Performance expert Dr Adam Fraser has some interesting advice Q. I often feel that my relationships at work are not as good as I would like them to be. Is there a simple way to improve this? –Zoe, Melbourne In my corporate presentations I […]
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Dealing with denial – a step-by-step guide

It’s one thing to have an addiction – acknowledging it is another thing. Here’s a step-by-step guide to moving out of denial and into recovery. Pre-contemplation Sure, your chocolate/shopping/Facebook habit might be hunky-dory, it might be – or you could be in this stage. “The first step to breaking free from addiction is knowing you […]
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Dealing with negativity

Positivity in low supply? Understant what causes negative emotions and learn how to deal with them. Ever felt a hit of jealousy upon seeing your workmate flirting with the office eye candy? Or felt guilt for spilling wine on that shirt you borrowed (and couldn’t afford to dry clean)? In pre-civilisation times these negative emotions […]
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