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New Year, New Me – What’s the point?

NEW YEAR NEW ME

Usually, at the beginning of January, talk of New Year resolutions is all around us.  Friends, family and colleagues will ask us if we’ve made any, or will discuss their own plans for change in the coming year. There are usually two camps, those that make resolutions every year and, those that say “what’s the point”, you can make changes at any time of the year, why wait until January?  It really doesn’t matter whether you make the decision to change something in your life in January or at some other point in the year, the realisation is, most people will start raring to go with blazing intention and a positive mind-set but will fail at some point down the line. So, why do good…

RECOGNISING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

Mental Health in the Workplace

You can’t ignore the media spotlight on mental health over the past few years, especially in the workplace where employees working conditions can have a significant impact on their mental health and also impact their ability to perform well in their role. With some of the largest companies in the UK calling on the government to update health and safety legislation, meaning employers would be required to train their staff on mental health issues, the time is right to take a look at your business and how you deal with this pertinent issue in-house. The statistics are quite shocking (data from https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk): 1 in 6.8 people will experience mental health problems in the workplace. Women in full-time employment are nearly twice as likely to have a common mental health…

Anxiety – Top 3 tips to looking after yourself

It can sometimes feel as if we are swimming in a sea of anxiety. Watching television news can be very unsettling and I often recommend not watching it after 6pm, if at all. Over many years I’ve monitored whether knowing what’s in the news would have made any material difference to my life, and I would not have done even one single thing differently had I not known. Another example can be going through airports where the language seems designed to make us anxious, with words like “final destination” and or “baggage will be destroyed if left unattended”. Of course, looking after our personal data is important as the article below argues. But once we have done everything we can practically do, then let go…