Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low…

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic.  Welcome to the world…

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to…

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it…

Home for Christmas

No matter how much you like your family, Christmas, gift buying and giving, eating – Christmas can be a pretty anxiety inducing time of year for even the calmest of people. And I certainly am not the calmest of people.  December is a month of the year where you can be in full swing, doing…

Competition and being competitive

It’s not always a good thing. My family are all pretty competitive. Sometimes playfully, sometimes seriously. Sometimes it starts playfully and we get carried away and then someone ends up in tears (sorry mum). With a sociable twin brother and sister who were pretty good at sport, had each other to make it easy to…