Monday, 7 May 2018

Assertiveness techniques to use every day

Assertiveness is a vital ability in dealing with others and it is not to be confused with aggression. Aggression is an attempt to win, to get your own way even at the expense of others, whereas assertiveness is a way to find balance and a good solution for all concerned. To be assertive, you need to confidently express your own preferences at the same time as  respecting those of others.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Reslience - what it is and how to get more of it

I said in my last blog that resilience was the amount of 'bounce back' you have when you’re under pressure. In very simplistic terms, the more resilient you are, the better you cope. So is resilience something you’re born with or can it be learned?

Monday, 8 January 2018

The stress bucket: a new way to think of stress thresholds

Do you remember the ice bucket challenge? The general idea was to let your friends tip a bucket of ice-cubes and cold water over your head - or you had to donate to charity as a forfeit. Look up the videos on you-tube, I'm sure they're still there. My own favourite was actor Patrick Stewart who sensibly put the ice in his drink whilst writing a cheque to his favourite good cause. So what has this got to do with stress thresholds - apart from being deluged with icy water being (I assume) a fairly stressful experience?