By: Jenny Ling

Jenny Ling is the Northern Advocate’s feature writer and news reporter

FULL ARTICLE HERE Life coach Maria Quayle-Guppy, from Reset Mindset in Kerikeri, said people going through difficult times often feel a significant loss of control.

People need to adjust their expectations of themselves and recognise things are constantly changing, she said.

“A lot of it comes down to when you’ve lost control of something. We don’t know what’s happening with the Covid levels changing, but the reality is in life we never know.

“Every day there are things that don’t go to plan. Things change but that’s okay, it’s normal.”

Telling yourself positive affirmations throughout the day can stop the brain from catastrophising, life coach Maria Quayle-Guppy says. Photo / Jenny Ling

Quayle-Guppy said it’s helpful to keep a routine and have “bite-sized goals”.

Belly breathing – by breathing slowly through your nose, filling your belly with air and releasing the air slowly from the mouth – is useful for staying grounded.

Being mindful is another way to notice what’s happening around you, she said.

“We can still have lots of moments of joy. Slow things down so you have got time to be living more presently.

“That can be as simple as watching your kids get muddy on the trampoline or setting things up so that you’re still able to have enough balance in your day-to-day life.”

Quayle-Guppy said creating a weekly plan and prioritising what is important helps people stay focused.

Make sure to include all aspects of life including exercise, hobbies, work, relationships, finance, education, healthy food and spirituality.

Telling yourself positive affirmations throughout the day can “stop the brain from catastrophising”.

“Fill your mind with something positive which reassures you, otherwise what happens is your body just keeps making stress hormones so you’re constantly on edge.”

Reset Mindset Maria Quayle-Guppy

Business course

By: Jenny Ling

Jenny Ling is the Northern Advocate’s feature writer and news reporter

FULL ARTICLE HERE A free course to help young Northland residents wanting to become self-employed is starting in February.

Applications are open for the Reset Mindset Entrepreneurship, a 12-session course for Northland youth aged 16-24 to help them find and develop business ideas and sustain the ups and downs of being in business.

Course facilitator Maria Quayle-Guppy has partnered with Bay of Islands Community Centre on the project and the course is also available in Whangaroa, Kaeo, Kerikeri and Kaikohe.

Local business mentors help youth with a variety of topics including marketing, brand identity and finance, along with tips on how to manage stress and have a work/life balance.

Email maria@resetmindset.co.nz or visit www.resetmindset.co.nz for more information.