Monday, 15 December 2014

Workplace Bullying

Many bullies are expert abusers, and might make their victims doubt if what's happening to them is bullying, or feel that they are at fault for the  bully's behaviour. However, there is no excuse for bullying. If there are genuine grievances, about your behaviour, attendance or competency for example, then employers must provide proper channels for dealing with it.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Stress - a quick fix relaxation

We all see different things as being stressful. Some of us enjoy bungee jumping, keeping pet spiders or having twenty kids round for a sleep-over. Others can feel their stress levels rising at the very thought.

Monday, 6 October 2014

Why do stressed people smoke more?

The stressed out chain smoker is a bit of a stereotype but when we're stressed, the thinking part of our brain doesn't work so well, and decision making can be more difficult. We tend to fall back on habits, which don't need any decision making process to carry them out, and this can make us tend to smoke more.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Ten practical tips to improve your work life balance

Balancing the demands of home and family with those of work is never easy. Get it right and you feel great, but get it wrong and you leave yourself open to the negative mental and physical effects of stress.

There are some practical things you can do to help improve the balance between work and home and to make life easier and happier.

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Does knowing your stress personality type help you cope better?

What makes some of us cope well with stress? Why do some people buckle under the strain, while others thrive on the challenge or just accept life as it comes?

The answer depends partly on your past experiences of stress and partly on what techniques you use to cope.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Starting school - tips to make it easier for you and your child

how to cope when your child starts school or nursery
It's August and lots of children will be preparing to start school or nursery in the next few weeks. This can be stressful for both the kids and their parents, so here are a few tips to make it easier on both of you.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Stress and your weight

Can stress cause weight gain?
can you lose weight without dealing with your stress
Can stress cause weight loss?

Actually, it seems it may do both.

Stress triggers your body to release a variety of hormones. In the short term these often create loss of appetite, but if they continue for longer, your appetite - and your weight - is likely to increase.

Monday, 30 June 2014

A ten point plan to a laid back life

1.      Get a good night’s sleep. When you don't, you produce extra stress hormones.

2.      Have fun and laugh every day. Laughter decreases stress hormones and increases infection fighting antibodies.

3.      Throw away the cigarettes, keep your alcohol intake low, and eat as healthily as you can afford to.

4.      Exercise regularly – it produces chemicals in the brain that make you feel good.