Comfort is overrated! Benefits of stepping outside your comfort-zone

silhouette of a woman raising her arms in joy looking at the sunset

Though you may not recognise it, you could be sitting in a small box of your own making. It’s comfortable, calm and peaceful… much less scary than the unknown depths beyond the box. But it can be cramped and limiting, with barely any room for expansion or growth. This is the comfort zone. It’s good […]

Creative learning techniques to reduce academic stress

Woman sitting with her hands over her face struggling with feeling overwhelmed or stressed

We’ve all experienced stress at some point in our lives, but it’s not particularly easy to describe. If stress becomes too much to manage, it can have a big impact on our mental health or make existing mental health problems feel harder to cope with. Stress might feel different to you than it does to […]

Is a positive mindset the key to a happier life? 

Four hands holding a thumbs up together.

Happy mind, happy life. Easy right? But we all face struggles and sometimes they can manifest into negative voices in our minds. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this. This is worthless. But you are good enough! You can do this, and no effort is ever worthless. A negative mindset can be debilitating, keeping […]

J is for Join In

A group of people volunteering at Christmas collecting and sorting through boxes of donations.

The festive season is about spending time with family, friends, your community. It is a perfect opportunity to join in with activities, support others and strengthens your relationships. It’s about catching up with those that you have known for many years, but also meeting new people and trying new activities. Have you ever wanted to […]

L is for Learn to Say No

A note taken on the wall saying 'Learn to say no!'

It’s December, and you know what that means: twinkling lights, cosy jumpers, and a never-ending to-do list. As much as we love the holiday season, let’s face it, it can be overwhelming at times. But here’s a little reminder from us at Future Toolbox: it’s okay not to say yes to everything. In fact, sometimes, […]

S is for Support

A group of people in unity holding hands in support of one another

The countdown to Christmas has begun, and it is associated with a time of joy, celebration, and spending quality time with loved ones. But it’s important to remember that this time of year isn’t always merry and bright for everyone. In fact, for some, it can be pretty challenging. That’s why checking in with yourself […]

D is for Desires – Needs vs Wants

The Oxford dictionary defines desire as ‘a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.’  We all have desires in our lives, and as they are connected to the things we want and wish to have, they are separate from the things we need to have. On estimation, we make […]

T is for Time – Time to Talk

It’s time to talk – talk about mental health.  On 2nd February is #TimeToTalk Day, the Nation’s biggest mental health conversation.  It advocates making space in your day to talk about mental health, and at Future Toolbox, we couldn’t agree more. Everyone struggles with mental health, so why aren’t we talking about it? There seems to be a […]

H is for Habits

We develop many habits throughout our lives. Some are good, and others are bad. So, what is a habit? A habit is an act that you repeat over and over again until you do it without thinking. Habits are linked to specific associations. You do one action because it is associated with another activity – […]

A is for Affirmations

What are affirmations? The Cambridge English Dictionary defines affirmations as ‘A statement or sign that something is true.’ Using affirmations can transform the way you think, help you increase your confidence and achieve those goals you set for yourself. You can use them whenever you want to make a positive change in your life. They’re great […]