The Elusive Work/Life Balance

The Elusive Work/Life Balance Let’s face it, we live in an age of an increasingly demanding work culture.  There is often an expectation from both customers and employers that you will be available to deal with customers’ or clients’ queries whenever they arise.  Even...

Can Money Make You Happy?

Can Money Make You Happy? We all have very different beliefs, motivations, emotions and preferences regarding how we spend our money.  Money can affect self-esteem, control and security.  But what if we don’t have enough? How many of us feel that more money would make...

Is Fear Holding You Back?

Is fear holding you back? “Should I do it?”  Yes.  “Could I do it?”  Yes.  So what’s stopping me?  I’ve known I need to start doing some form of exercise for – well – my whole life, to be honest.  For all 59 years of my life I’ve avoided any form of physical jerks.  I...

Blow your own trumpet! 5 steps to feeling more confident.

Many of my clients come to me with low self-esteem.  An underlying feeling of not being ‘good enough’.  Sadly this negative self-image can have an impact on every area of our lives, and we find our mind-reading skills go into overdrive:  ‘She doesn’t like me because...

Spin your way out of anxiety in 60 seconds…

Spin your way out of anxiety in 60 seconds…   So there I was, anxiously awaiting my turn to introduce myself at a meeting yesterday, trying desperately to think of the right words that would portray the correct image in one minute flat, and my mind went blank.  It...

Three tips for dealing with unwanted thoughts.

Are you having unwanted thoughts that sneak into your mind all the time?  Do you find you can’t switch them off, and churn them around and around like clothes in a washing machine?  Are these thoughts holding you back from just getting on with your life?  We have a...

Struggling to stay motivated? Me too…

Forget the New Year’s resolutions – I know I won’t stick with them for more than 5 minutes – they’ll be filed under ‘All Too Difficult’ almost as soon as the ink’s dried.  But… we all want the next year to be better than the last, so having some goals in mind (without...

Christmas. What could possibly go wrong?

So, the mince pies and decorations have been in the shops for weeks.  The kids have been writing (and changing) their ‘wish’ list for ages, and you’ve been saving for, purchasing and hiding gifts ready for wrapping all month.  The invitations have gone out, Auntie Flo...

Grief & bereavement at Christmas time – how to cope

  Not a great prospect is it?  Grieving is no fun at the best of times, but at Christmas?  When everybody else seems to be surrounded by the people they love…  Grief is a debilitating emotion at any time, but seems so much worse at Christmas – it’s seems to be...