How to enjoy your holidays without thinking about work

Right now, I am feeling much better knowing that for 2 weeks I am going to be away on holidays, and I aim to make the most of this opportunity as have not done this since about 1994. Last week I have been stressed with work, trying to finish things and get myself organised. Most of it was really due to my own poor time management.

Some tips on how we can plan to enjoy a holiday without thinking about work:

You deserve this holiday :- Acknowledge that you have worked hard for this and deserve a holiday

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Set boundaries: Before you go on holiday, set clear boundaries with your colleagues, clients, and boss. Let them know that you won’t be available for work-related matters during your time off.

Delegate tasks: If you’re in a leadership position, delegate tasks to your team members before you leave. This will help ensure that everything is taken care of in your absence, and you won’t feel guilty about not being available.

Plan activities: Plan activities and outings that you enjoy doing to keep your mind occupied. Whether it’s hiking, sightseeing, or visiting museums, make sure that you have something to look forward to.

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Disconnect: Turn off your work phone and email notifications. You don’t have to completely disconnect, but try to limit your time checking your work messages.

Practice mindfulness: Focus on the present moment and enjoy the experience of being on holiday. Practice mindfulness techniques like deep breathing, meditation, or yoga to help clear your mind and reduce stress.

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Don’t over-schedule: Allow yourself some downtime during your holiday. It’s okay to relax and do nothing for a while. You don’t have to fill every moment with activities and sightseeing.

Set a work-free period: If you’re unable to completely disconnect from work during your holiday, set a specific time period each day to check in. For example, limit it to 30 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the evening, and then focus on enjoying the rest of your day.

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Fun ways to celebrate National I Want You to Be Happy Day! 

As Confident Queen, my mission since 2009 has been to help as many people as I can to have a reason to smile each day through the various activities I run. This is because there was a period in my life when it was all dark and I felt like a bird trapped in a cage with no way out due to some personal challenges I was going through. I am happy that after some time, I had the courage to ask for help from family, friends and various organisations which helped me regain my zest for life. Even just before Christmas I lost my mum and two two other very close family members. Though it has been devastating and for the last 3 months, things have been tough, I am slowly getting my smile back and I continue to go around various organisations spreading laughter and good vibes.

National I Want You to Be Happy Day is here to celebrate the idea that the world is a better place when we all work together to make other people happy. Although its not possible to change someone’s entire life in just a moment, but it’s certainly easy enough to make their day a little brighter by simple gestures  It can make all the difference between having a completely hard day and turning up as a ray of sunshine on their cloudy day.

Scientists have even shown  that when people help others. Oxytocin, dopamine and serotonin are all released in what’s called the “helper’s high”, which is the good feeling  someone gets from helping another person and watching them be happy.

Why I want you to be happy

I want you to be happy  and confident  because I  care about you and want the best for you.   I know  from my own experience that our happiness and confidence can have a positive impact on others around you, creating a more positive and uplifting environment for everyone.

Feeling happy and confident can have many positive benefits. It can improve your mental health and well-being, increase your productivity and creativity, and help you build stronger relationships with others. When you’re happy and confident, you’re more likely to have a positive outlook on life and be able to handle challenges and setbacks in a better way.

Fun things to do to make you feel happy

Say these affirmations our loud a couple of time make sure you mean what you say, you can even use your own.

Create a laughie and send to someone to cheer them up

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My Happiness and Confidence Programme

Through my coaching program, I’ll empower you with the tools and tips you need to unwrap the gift of confidence and happiness that’s already within you. 

I’ve been through tough times too, including divorce, redundancy, and debt, multiple bereavements but I’ve learned how to bounce back and become resilient. And now, I want to help you do the same.

Whether you’re feeling lonely or lacking purpose, I can help you gain the confidence you need to build a life you’ll be happy to wake up to each day. With my coaching, you’ll learn to develop inner and outer confidence, and I’ll guide you on an Escape to Happiness Island activity that will leave you feeling refreshed and stress-free.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s work together to unwrap your gift of confidence and happiness today! Complete this form to book a free discovery call.

Slow down and Enjoy life

One thing #Covid19 has taught some of us is to #SlowdDown and take stock of our lives. “A dog has four feet, but it doesn’t try to walk down four roads! So slow down and establish a pace that’s sane and sustainable.” UCB Word for today.

I must say at the start of #COVID19 I was very stressed as I am usually a busy bee, combining running my business, working part time as an employee, looking after my sons, managing the home, taking part in various community events and spending time with my elderly parents. I felt frustrated that I was stuck at home with nothing to do.

 

By the second week, I started to ponder about life, and it then occurred to me that this period was also for me to slow down, and reflect on the things I was doing and why I was doing them.

 

I set up new priorities with the aim of firstly to take care of my health and enjoying the time I have with my family. I even joined a walking group and started walking 2 hours every saturday and at least 1 hour every other day during the week. I loved our walks as it connected me with nature, we discovered some amazing places locally and connected with may new friends.

So please take care of you and slow down. Your health is wealth. Your family needs you and someone out their needs your smile and encouragement. 

I use this guided meditation i found on youtube to help me pause and recharge – why not give it a try https://youtu.be/8Xdwr4cRTVA

 

 

Also do check out y facebook page and join any of my free 15 minutes sessions – Escape 2 Happiness Island

Take a quick visit to http://www.happinessisland.net

Celebrate another day being alive

Despite all the uncertainties of life, it is a blessing to wake up and see another day. It is also time to think about those our loved once who are no longer with us, and cherish the memories we shared.

I am at a good stage in my life right now, I don’t have all I want, but I have all I need. I am content and make the most of life as it is, and I hope you too will have the strength and courage to take one day at time.

Here are some of my daily affirmations I say out loud every morning, I have them also printed on my way as a daily reminder. Please take care of you, stay positive and keep smiling.

  1. Do whatever is necessary to let yourself be happy. Give yourself permission to pursue your own happiness.
  2. Stay connected with friends and family
  3. Express how you feel and don’t bottle up your emotions. 
  4. Stop working too hard at a job that is not fulling – find a way to make the job interesting or plan to leave or have other interesting hobbies that you can focus when you are away from your job.
  5. Be true to yourself and not what others expect of you. Let the haters hate and the doubters doubt.
  6. Share the love, and encourage someone today, give the a reason to smile.
  7. Ask for help and don’t suffer in silence

I would love it if you could join me on my 15 minutes sessions – Escape to Happiness Island to relive stress and feel good- check my facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/confidentqueen/

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Join me for 15 minutes of feel good vibes #Escape2HappinessIsland

The aim of my 15 minutes sessions, is for us to come to a place where we can for a few minutes put our worries and challenges aside and focus on positivity and good finds, especially before we start our day. I am excited that over the last couple of weeks, I have seen more and more people joining in as we sing and dance ourselves happy.

 

I invite you to like my facebook page as this is where I will be live streaming to. No need to be shy,  Just join in from the comfort of your own home.  https://www.facebook.com/confidentqueen/

 

What to expect
During the session we will use our imagination and creativity to create joy and happiness. 
It is a time when we focus on the moment we are together by letting go of our worries and concerns and enjoy our time together. The session includes:- Smiling, Singing, Dancing, Laughter Yoga, Letting go of our worries, connecting with each other and just having fun. 
 
Before you join the session
1. Be open to have fun and feel good 
2. Know its ok to be silly with like minded people 
3. Have plain paper and a pen with you 
4. On zoom you don’t need to put your video on, you can just use audio 

Choose your time and mark it in your diary. I hope to see you soon.

 

Please note these sessions are now finished, and I will be positing some new dates in the New Year.

 

 

 

Escape 2 Happiness Island to relieve stress #StressManagementTips

Escape to Happiness Island using your imagination #RelieveStress

 

I am very excited that I am going to be delivering my sessions online via zoom, this is something I didn’t think was possible. I have done some sessions for a few groups to see how it will all work and now I feel more confident and ready to run the sessions,

 

 

Book your space now – http://shorturl.at/afvUY

What to expect during the session

This is a time for us to focus on the moment we are together by letting go of our worries and concerns and enjoy our time together. The session includes:-

Smiling, Singing, Dancing, Laughter Yoga, Letting go of our worries, connecting with each other and just having fun.

Before you join the session

Be open to have fun and feel good

Have plain paper and a pen with you

Wear something bright and colourful if you wish

On zoom you don’t need to put your video on, you can just use audio

 

Find out more about our sessions:-

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How to use your imagination to escape to Happiness Island and feel good #Escape2HappinessIsland

Right now, a lot of us are going through challenging times because of the situation we find ourselves

Over the years, I have learnt to use my imagination to escape from the stresses and challenges of life  and go to  my happiness Island.

 Happiness Island is a place you can escape to  using your creativity and imagination to experience inner peace, joy and happiness,   Being in Happiness Island allows me to experience good vibes and regain my zest for life and you too can experience that,  I now invite you to take an adventure with me. Woohoo- lets go!!!

Step 1  Best time for you to Escape to Happiness Island

Decide on the best time of the day that you are are  relaxed. (As for me, I am a morning person)   You then need to find somewhere quiet where you can clear your mind and focus.

Step 2  I am ready to experience Happiness and Joy

Take a deep breath in, and then breathe out a couple of times. Now say say the words below.

Step 3.. What does your Happiness Island look like?

Imagine your own Happiness Island using all your senses –  What is the surrounding like? What are you tasting?  What are you smelling? What are you feeling? .What are you hearing? Who is their with you? What are you doing?   What are you eating?  What songs are you listening to or dancing to?

Imagine your Island has everything that you need right now. Spend some time just enjoying your stay their. If you feel like singing sing, if you feel like dancing dance.  Just do anything that makes you feel good,

. Step 4  Be Grateful and thankful for life

Now, focus your mind on God or whoever you see as your source of help and thank them for the Gift of life and all that you have in life right now.  Say out loud at least 7 things you are grateful and thankful for them.

Step 5  Leaving Happiness island energised and happy

Imagine you are now leaving Happiness Island feeling Inspired, Energised, Happy and  beaming with smiles.  Join me and do the happy dance.

 

As you leave the island you take one of my Gift of Happiness Box. This has  various items you can use to help you sustain your happiness.

Gift of Happiness Box  #HappyBox

Inside this box, you have the following items

Happiness Pledge – For you to pledge that you will devote time to develop your happiness, well being and inner peace.

Small mirror – to remind you that you are unique and special, an original and not a copy

Smiley face – to remind you to smile everyday

Affirmations – 7 happy affirmations that you can read and meditate on each day

Eraser – to remind you that we at times make mistake which we can rob out, learn from it and move on

Miniature Trophy – to remind you that you are a champion, and that you will be celebrating your successes.

Happiness certificate – to remind you to spread the Happiness bug around

Jumbo Size Sun Glasses – which you can wear to have fun

Step 6

As you get back to the real world, do the things you know you have to do to achieve your goal. keep smiling, keep having a positive attitude and keep expecting good things to happen to you.  May the Smile be with you!

Daily reminder

Tip:Be creative and create your own Happiness Island

Get  a plain piece of paper and design your happiness island  or use a computer software using   pictures to bring your Island to life. You can then put this somewhere prominent so you can see it everyday and take a few minutes each day to Escape from COVID19 to you Happiness’ Island and take in some good vibes.

One Minute Smilence for Global Enterprise Week #GEW2016

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Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest campaign to promote entrepreneurship. Each year, it plays a critical role in encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to consider starting up their own business – See more at:

http://uk.gew.co/united-kingdom/about-global-entrepreneurship-week-united-kingdom

 

Take time out and do your One Minute Smilence to relieve stress and feel good.

 

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Things you will need before you start the One Minute Smilence

You will need at least 5 minutes to do this as well as a blank paper plate or just plain paper, colouring pencils or markers. You also need something to time yourself for a minute.

 

Now you are ready

  1. Sit down in a quiet place and be thankful that you are alive and think of things that make you smile
  2. Get a paper plate and write down everything that makes you SMILE
  3. Use pictures and images to help with this
  4.  When you have finished, set your timer for a minute
  5. Now just spend a minute focussing on things that make you smile and keep smiling for a minute
  6. After the minute has gone – just shout excitedly “ WooHoo”
  7. You can also take a selfie and post on twitter with #gew2016 #oneminutesmilence

 

If you need more help be to be more happier and confident, then contact me

genny@confidentqueen.co.uk

Twitter – @confident _queen

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International Peace Day #DayOfPeace #PeaceDay

 

ABOUT THE DAY – click here for more information http://internationaldayofpeace.org/

The International Day of Peace (“Peace Day”) is observed around the world each year on 21 September. Established in 1981 by unanimous United Nations resolution 36/37, the General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to“commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.”

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