It was World Mental Health Day on the 10th October, so I wanted to take this opportunity to open up about what has been going on in my life in the past few months (and which have kept me from writing as much as I wanted to). I also wanted to share some important lessons that have helped keep my sanity intact. It is important that we talk about mental health and how we can find ways to combat issues: according to the mental health charity, Mind, “approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health…

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Why Can’t I Achieve My Goals? We all know how goal achievement works – you decide on a goal, say running your first half marathon, or completing a challenging project at work. You then break that big goal down into smaller achievable chunks. You might create a project plan or new running schedule. You think about what else you need to support you in achieving your goal such as changing your diet or seeking help from more experienced colleagues. And then you follow that plan until you reach your goal, feeling focused and determined the whole time, knowing you will…

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Having worked in Human Resources for quite some time at many different companies, the most common issue I come across in the corporate world is people getting burnt out; in more severe cases even leading to a mental breakdown, resulting in weeks (or in worse cases, months off) from work, as prescribed by the doctor. A particular memory still vividly lives in my mind, even though it happened a long time ago: I volunteered to be the First Aider and Fire Warden in the small office I worked at – I never expected that my first ‘call of duty’ would actually be having…

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I have been inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury himself to write today’s blog post. As I was subjecting myself to a rather painful foam rolling session in front of the telly, the news came on and I learnt that through a DNA test, The Most Reverend Justin Welby has discovered he is the son of Sir Winston Churchill’s last private secretary, the late Sir Anthony Montague Browne. Until this point, he believed he was someone else’s son. I imagine this must have been quite a shocking revelation to him! At the same time, I feel I can certainly relate to him more…

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The period between late September – end of February is the most dreaded time of the year for me. This coincides with the busiest, most stressful time at work and I am also a sufferer of winter blues (in England, it is not unusual that I won’t see the sun come out for weeks!) and everything just looks so sad, empty and grotty. I experienced one of the most depressing times of my life last year during this very same period therefore this year I made it my mission to proactively anticipate and prepare for the challenges of this season.…

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