Health

Are you up for a challenge?

What is it about October – it’s the month for giving things up. Stoptober – the NHS encourage you to become a non-smoker. Go Sober – to go alcohol-free for a month for Macmillan Cancer. All great reasons to change a bad habit. Perhaps after the Summer holidays people come back with a new perspective…

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What makes you happy?

It’s the International Day of Happiness – so how happy are you and what makes you happy. The sun has come out – that makes me happy. A lovely bunch of flowers – freshly delivered or picked from the garden – that makes me happy. Chocolate (good quality) – that always makes me happy. Watching…

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The Power of Teams

Every year I’m in awe of the Teams taking part in the Tour de France and now the Tour of Britain. I only started watching it a few years ago and at the beginning didn’t understand what on earth was going on. The riders work as a well oiled machine – working together to get…

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Is lack of sleep affecting your performance?

… and your health? We all know the importance of sleep but more and more these days, people are getting less and less and feeling the effects. Whether you’re just putting in long hours at the office; running your own business outside of your full-time job; working at two jobs or just have a hectic…

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Is your smartphone depriving you of sleep?

Many people are far too attached to their smartphones at the best (or worst) of times, never mind taking them to bed with them. If you insist on having your smartphone in the bedroom – at least use the Do Not Disturb/Nighttime  settings, so that you won’t be pinged, alerted, called or otherwise disturbed when…

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International Women’s Day 2014

It’s International Women’s Day – one day a year to celebrate women’s achievements around the world. While in the UK we may have won the vote and have equal rights in many walks of life, in many countries around the world, women are still the oppressed minority. Women do two-thirds of the world’s work. Women and…

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What impact has cancer had on your life?

A client of mine asked me this question recently and when I told them my response they said they were “inspired and blown away” and I should share it.  So here is the impact it’s had on me (so far): I had a huge burst of motivation after my diagnosis.  We worry about the slightest…

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Does cancer have to write you off?

Cancer survival rates are increasing all the time and it doesn’t have to be the ‘battle’ you might initially fear or expect. A piece earlier today on the Big Phone In on BBC Radio Kent about the positive side of a cancer diagnosis. You can listen again (for a limited period): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01ph2bj The piece starts at…

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Taking the fear out of cancer

In June this year I was diagnosed with breast cancer.  The one thing I’ve discovered over the last few months is that it doesn’t need to be associated with the fear and stigma that so often comes with the Big C. Many people are terrified of getting cancer and will potentially avoid going to the…

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How stress affects performance and productivity

stress effects performance

Stress affects us all to some degree and it’s becoming more of a problem as we get busier and more overloaded. Stress can have both a positive and negative impact, if it’s allowed to build up or ignored it can result in serious issues – physical, mental and emotional. What’s stressful for one person might…

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