Insights

I like providing these Insights because they allow me to write from experience on things that are topical and greatly affect people - always looking for a better way through. If any issue isn’t covered, you can always request it. Happy reading!

Why I became a Menopause Champion

Author: Caroline Day
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Have you ever had one of those conversations when everything just falls into place, where what the other person is saying really strikes a chord and, suddenly, you can see what you need to do? Well, that happened to me earlier this year when I was talking to a good friend of mine, Lucy Gilchrist. As many of you will know, I have been a trainer, therapist and coach for more than twenty years. I love how my straight-forward approach…

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Yes I Can (have good mental health!)

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Do you remember having solid mental health in the past? Is life just feeling a bit too much at the moment? Are you ready to recover and improve your mental health? Yes, I Can is a training experience that will transform how you handle life and teach you how to bounce-back mentally and emotionally should you need to. It’s the equivalent of pressing the reset button on good mental health.   Why does Mental Health matter? Mental Health underpins everything you…

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Stress awareness week should be every week!

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A client asked me recently what they should do about their stress. I replied, nothing!  At first glance, that may sound flippant, but let me explain. When someone is experiencing stress, they are processing a circumstance in their head which is causing them to feel stressed; but it’s all a matter of interpretation.  Every circumstance or event, holds the possibility of feeling good or bad.  Which way you feel is down to how you are thinking. As Shakespeare said “There’s…

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What to do if you’re feeling stuck?

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The good thing about a magnificent storm is that life is temporarily halted.  Hopefully, not for very long because we tend to have a magnanimous climate here in the UK.  Trees and floods aside, hearing the noise of the wind and the power going on and off, we can look forward to better weather tomorrow.  But, for the moment, we are stuck where we are. Other things get us stuck too.  You may be mulling over and over something that’s…

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6 Keys for a happy Front of House: Increasing Performance and Wellbeing

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Front of House (FoH) is critical to your business success because it is who your customers see first; it also sets the tone for how your establishment will be remembered.  When customers are considering a return visit, however good the décor, however wonderful the food, a large part of the decision will be based on how FoH made them feel. Managing FoH to support both performance and wellbeing is a 21st Century challenge. Anybody working in FoH is likely to…

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Banishing the scourge of Anxiety

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  I’ve worked with people suffering from anxiety for the last 30 years and there is a clear route which will remove anxiety as an issue in your life – as long as you do the things that are required. Now, some people will instantly stop reading when they hear that sentence ‘. . .as long as you do the things that are required’ because what they’re hearing is a suggestion that they are somehow conspiratorial in the continuing anxiety…

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Worried about coming out of Lockdown?

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It’s been a year almost to the day now since the Prime Minister announced that we had to ‘lockdown’ to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this dreadful Coronavirus.  And what a roller-coaster of a year it has been since! Whilst I sincerely hope that you have managed to find some small joys from not leaving the house as much (second cup of tea in bed in the morning?), we are all very aware that the situation has taken…

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Legacy of Lockdown – Helping organisations to build back better

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Most of us remember hearing the announcement of ‘Lockdown’: we’d seen Covid in China and watched it creep ever closer until the day it was confirmed here. As a solution, ‘furlough’ was seen as an innovative way of protecting business, jobs and income, but the reality is that Lockdown has fragmented workforces and created pockets of low morale in managers and staff. This report is on how best to reinvigorate employees and restore levels of performance and loyalty. These are…

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Blue Monday? Pah! Reasons to be cheerful

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  “Blue Monday usually falls on the third Monday of every New Year and is considered the most ‘Depressing’ day on the calendar.”  This is all over the internet and has even been on the news – so we can get ready for it! We’ve got used to doing what we’re told to do but this time, we’re going to be DEFIANT!  We’re going to say NOT IN MY WORLD and do something else. Why not make it HAPPY MONDAY? …

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Guilty Pleasures of a Lockdown Christmas

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I saw a lovely cartoon last week where the mother was on Zoom explaining how she was getting used to the idea of not seeing the family, and the husband, out of shot, was opening the champagne.  So, how is your Christmas going to be affected and have you noticed a secret bonus to it all? Guilty Pleasure 1 – The Perfect Excuse If you’re lucky enough to have a family that is craving your company, but you’re not sure…

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Has your marriage improved during lockdown?

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Did you see the headline that suggested lockdown has benefitted some marriages? Want some tips on how it could?

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What to do if you’re suffering from Depression

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Depression ranges from mild to moderate to severe and strikes without warning.  Sometimes you know the reason, other times it seems there is no reason.  Depression affects your thinking and your very soul. If you speak to anyone who’s been through depression, they’ll say it’s like being at the bottom of a deep, dark hole with the ladder removed and no way out. Medication will dull the pain, but drugs can’t undo whatever triggered your depression in the first place. …

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Stress Awareness Week

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A client asked me recently what they should do about their stress. I replied, nothing! At first glance, that may sound flippant, but let me explain. How you talk to yourself If I could banish any two words from your self-talk they would be should and but. I really should mow the lawn today, but it’s chilly. I really should lose weight, but I live for doughnuts. I really should apply for jobs but I’m too experienced. As soon as…

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Is Lockdown Causing You Stress – Again?

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(Will it end in tiers…?) “Not again!” I hear you say – and most people are saying it, too.  But whether it’s because of the Covid restriction tiers or another reason, your frustration is a sign that you’re feeling stressed.  So, are Covid tiers a red herring – a symptom and not the real problem? When I started working with people, it was too easy to take at face value the thing they said was causing them stress.  But that…

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Cat Stopped Play

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It’s as definite as Rain Stopped Play in cricket and that’s the thing I love about cats. Unlike dogs who merely INTERRUPT you with their charm, playfulness and a ball, cats STOP you in your tracks. Because, show me a cat owner who will interrupt a settled cat having a good nap! But how does the average domestic cat create a world that gives them everything they need? CATS ARE EXPERT MANIFESTERS Cats are good at having a thought and…

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Coming out of Lockdown

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Go shopping, they say.  Have a coffee, meet your friends, go back to work (because it’s safe) but remember to wash your hands, attend to social distancing and wear a mask (because it’s not safe).  Go on holiday…(safe) Oops!  You have to do fourteen days quarantine…(not safe) or maybe it’ll only be ten. If this is making you a bit anxious, I’m not surprised. In fact, people are more concerned now than ever before. With the risk of a second…

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Bring Your Dog to Work Day

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As we mark ‘Bring Your Dog to Work’ Day, I’ve pondered on the wellbeing benefits of having your canine companion around. From being a welcome distraction to a source of creativity, I think there are lots of reasons why an animal can be a benefit, even at work.

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What’s the best way to help someone in a crisis?

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Have you ever been talking with someone about a problem you’re both facing, and you wonder if it’s the same problem?  Could be anything: coronavirus, lockdown, social distancing, the loneliness of grief, McDonald’s being closed…? Of course, to you it’s blindingly obvious what they should do, but when you suggest it, they won’t have it.  All they keep saying is ‘that’ll never work’. There’s a very good reason for that.  It’s a bit technical but stick with me on this……

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Feeling anxious about going to University?

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Last summer, we wrote about some of the common anxieties that everyone is likely to feel when taking a big new step like going to Uni. We’ve updated the piece to reflect the additional challenges of trying to make new friends in a world of coronavirus restrictions and face masks.

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My child is gaming constantly – should I be worried?

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Are you concerned that your child seems to be spending far too much time attached to their games console? Worried how to help them stop?

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Is Lockdown putting pressure on your relationship?

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Living with someone can be tricky at the best of times but the current lockdown is throwing difficulties into sharp relief! That’s because however much you love your husband/wife/partner, when they start doing something that irritates you, that’s all you notice. Even relatively small things can become super-significant and, if you’re not careful, it’s downhill from there!! That’s because, having become aware of them being irritating once, you’ll notice it the next time they do it and again and again,…

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