Stress Awareness Week – Day 5 – Use Your Strengths

International Stress Awareness Week – Day 5:Use your strengths! “I have learned that as long as I hold fast to my beliefs and values – and follow my own moral compass – then the only expectations I need to live up to are my own.” Michelle Obama When stressed in the moment: Remind yourself of […]

Stress Awareness Week – Day 4 – Weigh it up

International Stress Awareness Week – Day 4:Weigh it up “We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.” Harrison Ford When stressed in the moment: Stop and ask yourself how do you feel right now. Rate your experience on a scale of 1 to 10. Rather than saying […]

Stress Awareness Week – Day 3 – Let it all out

International Stress Awareness Week – Day 3: Let it all out! “Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.” Kurt Vonnegut When stressed in the moment: Don’t dwell on your emotions and stew in your own juices: act on […]

Stress Awareness Week – Day 2 – Be aware!

International Stress Awareness Week – Day 2:Be aware! “One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren’t enough hours in the day but if we do […]

Stress Awareness Week – Day 1 – Breathe!

International Stress Awareness Week Day 1 – Breathe! “Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.” Thich Nhat Hanh When stressed in the moment: Take a deep breath in through your nose – deep enough for you to feel both your chest and your abdomen expanding – hold it for the count […]

Anxiety – Thought-Provoking

“When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun with nettles.” Horace Walpole, 1779. In this series of five emails and posts, we’ve looked at what anxiety is, how we need to prepare for anxiety-provoking moments by taking time for quiet reflection, how to deal with unwanted feelings in the […]

Anxiety – Lifestyle Choices

“Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie, Which we ascribe to heaven.” William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well, Act 1 Scene 1 In 1965, a research study began in the Californian urban community of Alameda County. Its aim was to explore the links between lifestyle and longevity, and 7,000 residents were involved. The longitudinal […]

Anxiety – Right Now!

“Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.” American Proverb We learned in the second of this series of posts on anxiety that it is essential to find some time in your busy daily life for quiet reflective thought, a time when you can calmly think about how you react to challenges and […]

Anxiety – Be Prepared!

“In trouble, to be troubled, is to have your trouble doubled.” Daniel Defoe, The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Anxiety is something that we will all experience in our lifetimes. It’s Mental Health Awareness Week all this week: it’s also the start of GCSE exams in England. My daughter at breakfast yesterday morning was exhibiting […]

Anxiety – what is it?

“Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.” Arthur Somers Roche, playwright It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (15-19 May 23) and the topic this year is anxiety (last year it was loneliness, and I hope you’ve all managed to […]

Time to think…about what is in your control

“Some things are in our control, while others are not. We control our opinion, choice, desire, aversion, and, in a word, everything of our own doing. We don’t control our body, property, reputation, position, and, in a word, everything not of our own doing. Even more, the things in our control are by nature free, […]

Time to think…about clarifying your intentions

“Let all your efforts be directed to something, let it keep that end in view. It’s not activity that disturbs people, but false conceptions of things that drive them mad.” Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind. Having an end goal in mind is important not only for the direction it gives you – towards a positive […]

Your Confidence Habit 1: Calm in the Mind

Your best thoughts and decisions come when you are calm in the mind. When calm, you can handle complexity and conflict more easily. When not calm (i.e. stressed), the amygdala in your brain can impair your ability to think clearly and logically by triggering the release of the stress hormone cortisol.    You cannot predict […]

Time to think…about the 3 gifts you have

“All you need are these: certainty of judgement in the present moment; action for the common good in the present moment; and an attitude of gratitude in the present moment for anything that comes your way.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Think about now, what you are doing now and what you can do differently right now. […]

Time to think…about control and choice

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control.” Epictetus, Discourses. Don’t get your knickers in a twist or lose sleep over things you cannot […]

Time to think…about getting active

“Stop wandering about! You aren’t likely to read your own notebooks, or ancient histories, or the anthologies you’ve collected to enjoy in your old age. Get busy with life’s purpose, toss aside empty hopes, get active in your own rescue – if you care for yourself at all – and do it while you can.” […]

Time to think…about living your life

“Many times an old man has no other evidence besides his age to prove he has lived a long time.” Seneca, On Tranquility of Mind.   Strip away your material possessions, money, status and the ‘gongs’ that signal what you have achieved, and what is left of your life? How will you rate how well […]

Time to think…about fearing death

“Do you then ponder how the supreme of human evils, the surest mark of the base and cowardly, is not death, but the fear of death? I urge you to discipline yourself against such fear, direct all your thinking, exercises, and reading this way – and you will know the only path to human freedom.” […]

Time to think…about how insignificant it really is

“Think of the whole universe of matter and how small your share. Think about the expanse of time and how brief – almost momentary – the part marked for you. Think of the workings of fate and how infinitesimal your role.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations It is easy to blow things out of proportion and to […]

Time to think…about how it’s all equal in the end

“Both Alexander the Great and his mule-keeper were both brought to the same place by death – they were either received into the all-generative reason, or scattered among the atoms.” Marcus Aurelius, Meditations     Sooner or later we’re going to come to the end of our lives, and then we’ll all be equal. Worry […]