Stress Management: Are You Amateur or Pro?

Pro SurferMost people know a bit about Stress Management – they have read a few books, watched a few episodes of Oprah or Dr Phil and done some breathing or muscle relaxation. Despite this knowledge, the rates of Depression, Anxiety and Stress are rapidly rising among us with 1 in 2 people on the planet (3.5 billion) likely to have a serious psychological disorder during their lives – WHY?

Surely it can’t be because we don’t have the knowledge needed to manage our stress? Perhaps it’s because, as the saying goes, ‘a little knowledge is a dangerous thing’ and knowing about something is very different to being able to expertly apply it to your life when you need it most! [Read more…]

Waiting For A Sign: Unsolvable Problems

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“You’ve got to get yourself together – you’ve got stuck in a moment…” Bono, U2

“The river must flow but not flood” Dr Pete

 

Have you ever been stuck in a moment and waiting for a sign to show you the way forwards? I have. On numerous occasions throughout my life I have found myself facing challenging waves of life that I could not control. [Read more…]

Success Secrets 6: Train Insane or Remain The Same!

Triathlon“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” Joseph Kennedy

“Eat, sleep, run, repeat’ Unknown

I want to share a secret with you about my own recovery journey. During the darkest hours of my mid life crisis I struggled with fatigue, low mood & constant worry. Changing my thinking patterns helped, eating healthily helped, talking to my counselor and supportive friends and family helped but it wasn’t until I started intense exercise that I truly began to feel permanently upbeat and energized for life! [Read more…]

Mood Foods & A Bowl of Concrete!

Mood Food “Food is the most abused anxiety drug. Exercise is the most under-utilised antidepressant.” OrganicGuide.com

The other day I added a big bowl of concrete to my diet – yep not actual concrete but the ‘harden up’ attitude needed to get me to give up comfort food and get back into serious exercise again.

You see I had been in a bit of a slump – over tired from ‘sleeping like a baby’ for a few weeks (my 9 month old’s sleep /wake cycle was affecting us all!) and had got into some really bad habits around managing my fatigue by comfort eating… [Read more…]

The Top 10 in 2014

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The only thing constant in life is change’   François de la Rochefoucauld

What a big year 2014 has been! It feels like there has been more turmoil and change in the world this year than other recent years. We’ve had more than our fair share of wars, conflict, and disasters both man-made and natural.

We’ve also had an increasing recognition of the importance of global warming and climate change as well as the ever-present challenges of job security and financial pressures as we try to provide for our families and maintain some semblance of work/life balance. [Read more…]

Summertime Sadness: The Loneliness Trap

Summertime Sadness“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” Plato

“Things turn out best for those who make the best of the way things turn out” J. Buck

The summer festive season is upon us once more and for many (myself included) it is a bittersweet time of the year. The chance to slow down and take a break from the chaos of everyday life and catch up with family and friends can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing of relaxing and unwinding and re-connecting with family and friends can also become the curse of unexpected illness, stress, interpersonal conflict and loneliness.

Like so many other parents in separated families, the festive season is a mixed blessing for me. My children spend each alternate Christmas with me so the festive season can be either an intense high-energy family time or a quiet time of reflection, rest and solitude.

In either case, the expression ‘the cup can be either half empty or half full’ can apply. [Read more…]

Purpose In Life P2: What You Need to Do!

Purpose Fire“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better”
Robert F. Kennedy

“They who have a ‘why’ will endure any ‘how’”
Nietzsche

To successfully Ride The Waves of Life, you need to ignite the fire of your inner Purpose so it becomes the compass that gives direction to your life. Like the Fire burns hot, so does will your passion and Purpose for life. Having a clear sense of purpose and personal mission allows you to know the true direction for your life, enabling you to make every day a masterpiece and leave a positive legacy.

In Part 1 of Purpose In Life we took some time to better understand the concept of Purpose In Life (What You Need to Know). In this article we cover Part 2,  the some practical steps we can take to enhance our own sense of Purpose In Life (What You Need to Do). [Read more…]

Purpose In Life P1: What You Need to Know!

Purpose Fire“The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better”
Robert F. Kennedy

“They who have a ‘why’ will endure any ‘how”
Nietzsche

To successfully Ride The Waves of Life, you need to ignite the fire of your inner Purpose so it becomes the compass that gives direction to your life. Like the Fire burns hot, so does will your passion and Purpose for life. Having a clear sense of purpose and personal mission allows you to know the true direction for your life, enabling you to make every day a masterpiece and leave a positive legacy. [Read more…]

Myth Busting Part 2: Recovery From Stress Anxiety & Depression

Global businessIn Part 1 of this “Myth Busting” blog I told you about a workshop I had been running on wellbeing and recovery when someone in the audience yelled out “there’s no such thing as stress – it’s all in your head!” They subsequently claimed they had never been stressed, anxious or depressed and believed anyone who had these problems was simply weak-minded and need to harden up. These misinformed comments upset the rest of the audience and I had to stop my planned session and instead refocus the remainder of the session on two important and often misunderstood issues regarding stress and recovery: [Read more…]

Myth Busting: Recovery From Stress, Anxiety & Depression Part 1

Global businessRecently I was running a workshop on Wellbeing and Recovery when someone in the audience yelled out “there’s no such thing as stress – it’s all in your head!”. They subsequently claimed they had never been stressed, anxious or depressed and believed anyone who had these problems was simply “weak-minded and need to harden up”.

Before I could calmly and politely disagree with this misinformed view, the individual was shouted down by other members of the audience who had: (1) first hand experience of the real clinical symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression; and (2) a deeper understanding of the myriad of different approaches to recovery. [Read more…]