February 14, 2019

Self – Management

As a coach, enabling clients to have better self-management is usually the ultimate goal of any coaching assignment. Whether related to health, work or relationships, at the heart of what all of us are trying to achieve is better self-management. That is: the ability to manage our responses and emotions effectively, even when things aren’t going our way. The mistake most of us make at the start of this process is often twofold: firstly, we […]
December 13, 2018

It’s Christmas!!!

Christmas can be a difficult time of year in terms of health and well – being. People tie themselves up in all sorts of knots worrying about their weight, whether they’ve bought enough food, or too much, fulfilling social obligations etc. And this is just one area people tend to concern themselves with: from the stress of overeating, hangovers, viruses, illnesses and arguments, many people return to work in January feeling worse than they did […]
November 23, 2018

Stress

To misquote TS Elliot ‘November is the cruellest month.’ We are in the midst of winter and still reeling from the shock that it seemed like only yesterday that we were sat in the garden in 25 degree heat, it’s cold and dark when we get up and get home and that Christmas shopping hasn’t even been started yet. Coupled with that is that Christmas itself is still a good few weeks away so respite […]
October 1, 2018

Is Sitting the New Smoking?

  Sit Down, Spark Up… This month’s blog is based heavily on an article I read a few years ago in ‘Runner’s World’ entitled ‘Is Sitting the New Smoking?’ With a certain degree of cynicism, used to scaremongering headlines in mainstream media, I cast a wry eye over its contents – and was horrified. Normally scare stories can be picked apart by the most basic questioning of a 4 year old, but this was different […]
July 10, 2018

Fun in the Sun

  As it’s that time of year, I’m sure many of you are working hard to prepare for your holidays. And doesn’t it always follow the same pattern? You work hard, eat well, train hard and feel great. Then 3 days in, it feels like you’re having a food baby! Firstly, rest assured that you really won’t be any fatter even after the most debauched 3 days of eating and drinking – the body simply […]
June 11, 2018

Sleep

  How are you feeling today? Did you sleep ok? If the answers to these are ‘tired’ and ‘no’ then you can at least take small consolation in the fact that you are not alone. We are currently in the middle of a sleep deprivation epidemic. For over 3 million years, human beings slept as nature intended but since the 1940s this largely unchanged rhythm has suffered . Seventy years ago we slept the recommended […]
May 3, 2018

Goal Setting

I love goal setting: it keeps me motivated, sane and gives a sense of purpose to my decision making in everyday life. I’m one of those fortunate individuals in that respect – I’m sure a therapist would have a field day exploring why and how I became so goaL – orientated (my dad has told me on several occasions I’m a stubborn bastard who’s had a point to prove from day one!) but nevertheless it’s […]
March 8, 2018

Resilience

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing…to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.’ Victor Frankl What do you think of when you hear the word ‘resilience’? Is it fortitude? Perseverance? Or simply the ability to keep going no matter what? Most of us think of mental toughness, endurance, the ability to bear hard times and bouncing back stronger than ever. We tend to think in heroic, extreme terms: climbing […]