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Blue Monday

The term Blue Monday was coined by psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2004 and I find it a little troubling. Falling on the third Monday in January every year it supposes that a perfect storm of post-Christmas comedown, credit card bills, forced sobriety (or not) bad weather and general malaise, cause the nation ...
Mental Health New Normal

Looking after your Mental Health

For a large number of us, working from home (perhaps once a pipe-dream) has been a reality for some time now. We’ve got our heads around the video calls, we’ve sorted our new uniform of comfy trousers and Smart Work Top, we’ve worked out how to juggle home-schooling and virtual ...
anxious conversations

Anxious Conversation – In the New Normal

With lockdown restrictions easing and the country tentatively feeling its way through the early stages of our new normal, the prospect of returning to the workplace is raising anxiety levels for many of us. As businesses invite their people back into the workplace, managers are likely to be dealing with emotional ...
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Feelings, Thoughts and Actions

On a recent holiday I had a negative customer service experience. The inconsistent customer care of the companies with whom I was interacting got me thinking about the different things that lead us to act or not act; specifically, thoughts versus feelings. This distinction is highlighted in psychometric personality tests, which ...
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“A Cold Shower Every Morning, You’re Crazy!!”

Last year, quite spontaneously, I embarked on 100 consecutive days of wild swimming after reading an inspiring article about Beth Francis and her battle with a debilitating migraine. Like many others who struggle with their mental health, I occasionally experience periods of uncharacteristic dark moods, or as Winston Churchill called it, ...
Working from home

Be a Great Leader – Without Even Being There 

Working from home is great, isn’t it? No commute (or a train delay, or traffic jam) to spoil your mood before you’ve got to your desk; no worry over missing the Amazon delivery; and you can even wear your slippers for that video conference. But when you work closely with a ...
isolated leader

The Isolated Leader

In my recent article; National Tea Day and the Art of Fika, I wrote of the importance of maintaining a sense of being part of a team and belonging during these times of social distancing and working from home. As we know, it is the responsibility of each and every ...
back to work worry

The Anxious Conversation

Whether the Prime Minister’s latest announcement gave us clarity or otherwise, for those who can’t work from home, the prospect of returning to the workplace has raised anxiety levels for many. What is clear, is that if we are to invite colleagues back to work, we need to do so with ...

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