Monday, 17 February 2020

Seven tips to avoid the winter blues

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as ‘winter depression’ or ‘the winter blues’, is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. Around six per cent of us are thought to suffer from it, another ten per cent or so have milder seasonal mood swings, and most of us seem to feel more lethargic and less positive during the winter months. One study even showed that heavy rain increases the number of negative posts on Facebook!

Monday, 20 January 2020

9 top tips to make change happen

It’s a New Year, and a New Decade, so I am sure many of you are making plans to change things around. Not just the traditional resolution kind of thing but also a real wish for things to be better in the long term. The problem is that in order to make those wishes into reality instead of just an item on a (mostly ignored) ‘to do’ list, you need a plan.

Monday, 16 December 2019

Is social pressure limiting your life?

You might think of social pressure (sometimes called peer pressure) as something that forces teenagers to smoke or get involved with drugs or alcohol. But we can all be pressured into doing, or not doing, things in order to get approval from others at any age. Sometimes it’s those we care about – family or friends– and sometimes those like neighbours or colleagues, who touch our lives much more briefly. We worry about providing the perfect Christmas, about being ‘good enough’, about being judged, and about fitting in.

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

How to deal better with workplace stress

However much you enjoy your job, there will be days where it causes stress. Tight deadlines, difficult clients, too much work or not enough – the causes of workplace stress are many and varied but they happen to just about everyone and it’s best to make sure you have a plan in place to deal with them when they do.