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Stuck at Home? Anxious? Depressed? – Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week, Day 7 Learn how to break free from worry and negative beliefs and reduce stress Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at how, being stuck at home might be causing anxiety and depression. How getting rid of negative beliefs can reduce stress […]

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Keeping up Social Interaction During Coronavirus.

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 6 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at managing social interaction virtually and why it is important for your mental health and wellbeing. Many people reading this are under lockdown due to Covid-19, so here are a few ideas of different […]

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Boost Immunity during Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 5 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at food how it can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. In this blog I want to focus on plants and how it they can boost immunity by making adding them to your food […]

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Hydrate to Improve Mental Health

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,. Mental Health Awareness Week Day 4 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at hydration how it can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Many people reading this are under lockdown due to Covid-19, so many of us are rediscovering the big outdoors.,How many of us […]

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Exercise for Good Mental Health – Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 3 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at exercise and how it can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Many people reading this are under lockdown due to Covid-19, and lets face it, exercise can be a challenge. Dashing round people, […]

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Get a Bit More Zen for Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 2 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at meditation and how it can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Many people reading this are under lockdown due to Covid-19 and are going a bit stir crazy. Learning a technique that can […]

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Creative Pastimes to Boost Your Mood During Mental Health Awareness Week

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Mental Health Awareness Week Day 1 Seven blogs for seven days of Mental Health Awareness Week. Today lets take a look at 5 creative pastimes and how they can benefit your mental health and wellbeing. Many people reading this are under lockdown due to Covid-19, so here are a few ideas to use your extra […]

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How important is your health to you?

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How important is your physical health to you, more specifically your physical health? Now what do we mean by physical health? Well physical health means that you’re free from illness or injury. Physical health is critical for overall wellbeing. Some of the most obvious and serious signs that we are unhealthy appear physically. Addressing physical […]

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How Important is Work Flexibility

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Many companies see flexible working as an option, however it is not.  All workers within the UK have a legal right to request flexible working if they have been working for the same company for 26 weeks and the company has to review all requests in a reasonable manner.  There should be a sound business […]

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Simple Stress Busters

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Feeling stress is a natural reaction in the body, that feeling of fight of flight.  However the body is designed to deal with the danger and then reset.  In the modern world we live in though, we rarely get the time to properly destress, and so the stress builds and builds.  It is really important […]

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Has the workplace become a melting pot?

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With recent headlines around the gender pay gap and women in the workforce dominating the news, it’s easy for companies to try a one-size fits all recruitment approach to fill gaps quickly. But, diversity is much more than hiring individuals from a specific demographic or ethnic background. Often the mistake businesses make is encouraging management […]

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Coping with Change

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Do you struggle to cope with the amount of change you experience around? Is change a constant at work? Change is a fundamental fact of life. You cannot stop the onward march of change, but you can manage how you react to it. There are things you can do to cope with it personally and […]

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The Contentious Issue of Payment Practices in the Construction Industry

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Late payments have been a feature in blogs on the Small Business Commissioner website in the last few months.  The construction industry in particular seems to have big issues and I wanted to know: How big is the problem and what is the impact on the wellbeing of SME’s in this sector? During the course […]

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World Suicide Prevention Day

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World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is an awareness day observed on 10 September every year, in order to provide worldwide commitment and action to prevent suicides, with various activities around the world. What’s the campaign? The campaign is a joint collaboration between the World Health Organisation, the World Federation for Mental Health and the International […]

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Is Your To-Do List a Challenge?

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Is Your To-Do List a Challenge?  According to a recent study commissioned by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) you are likely to have an average 33 tasks to complete each week.  Is this manageable? According to the survey, about 60% feel overwhelmed by the sheer number of tasks.  Sorting finances feature quite strongly but day […]

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Stress at Work Rises

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Shocking number of people work while ill; stress at work rises. A new report carried out by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) was released today, just in time for Mental Health Awareness Month.  The statistics are shocking. People Working While Ill Has Tripled Since 2010 The Health and Wellbeing at Work Survey […]

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Wellbeing in the Workplace for Service Desk Employees

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Wellbeing in the Workplace for Service Desk Employees Wellbeing in the workplace is a hot topic at the moment, but do you really understand how to look after your own wellbeing when you work in a high-stress environment? Any role that is customer facing is stressful. The Service Desk Institute realise how difficult it can be […]

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Wellbeing in the Workplace: Whose Responsibility is it?

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Wellbeing in the Workplace: Whose Responsibility is it? Wellbeing in the workplace is a hot topic at the moment, but do we really understand what it is all about.  In a work environment, it is called Wellbeing.  On the news, they are talking about Mental Health.  So what does it mean and is there a […]

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Tactical Breathing for Stress Reduction

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Do you Find Speaking in Public Stressful? Do you need to step up and speak in front of audiences to promote your business and showcase your expertise?  Or perhaps you are seeking promotion of have been recently promoted and now need to talk confidently in front of an audience.  Do you feel confident or do […]

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The Benefits of Volunteering

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Helps Build Emotional Wellbeing Did you know that volunteering has considerable benefits for helping manage you emotional wellbeing and good mental health.  It can also help give direction and meaning when perhaps it might be lacking.  You can utilise skills you have already to help others learn, develop and grow.  For example our Soroptimist Club […]

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May Mental Health

Why Are Our Youngsters Suffering with Mental Health Issues?

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In the UK we have a whole month focussed on Mental Health. There have been a multitude of programmes, articles and blogs. One thing that has really shocked me this month were the articles about how much youngsters are suffering with mental health issues, even really young children as young as 5. According to research […]

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May Mental Health

Can Physical Exercise Support Good Mental Health?

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In the UK we have a whole month focussed on Mental Health, but last week was specifically in the focus of Mental Health Awareness week. There have been a multitude of programmes, articles and blogs. Why do we focus on Mental Health? Well that is because, like physical health, we can have good health or […]

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May Mental Health

Mental Health in Focus

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In the UK we have a whole month focussed on Mental Health, but last week was specifically in the focus of Mental Health Awareness week.  There have been a multitude of programmes, articles and blogs. Theresa May also announced her ‘sweeping´ reforms to mental health policy.This is definitely needed as a lot has changed since the […]

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A Month on Juice: 28 Days Later

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A key component of mental wellbeing is physical wellbeing and nutrition plays a key role.  Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is a vital element of a healthy and productive business.  Just how much of a part does nutrition play though? What I noticed in my own body is that nutrition and exercise have a […]

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A Month on Juice: Week 4 – Juiced

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A key component of mental wellbeing is physical wellbeing and nutrition plays a key role.  Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is a vital element of a healthy and productive business.  Just how much of a part does nutrition play though? What I noticed in my own body is that nutrition and exercise have a […]

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A Month on Juice: Week 3 – Energy Buzz

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A key component of mental wellbeing is physical wellbeing and nutrition plays a key role.  Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is a vital element of a healthy and productive business.  Just how much of a part does nutrition play though? What I noticed in my own body is that nutrition and exercise have a […]

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A Month on Juice: Week 2 – Flying High

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A key component of mental wellbeing is physical wellbeing and nutrition plays a key role.  Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is a vital element of a healthy and productive business.  Just how much of a part does nutrition play though? What I noticed in my own body is that nutrition and exercise have a […]

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A Month on Juice: Week 1 – Healthy choices

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A key component of mental wellbeing is physical wellbeing and nutrition plays a key role.  Keeping yourself and your staff healthy is a vital element of a healthy and productive business.  Just how much of a part does nutrition play though? What I noticed in my own body is that nutrition and exercise have a […]

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New Beginnings – Diva on a Harley Roars into Town

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I felt really strange the point at which big ben struck midnight and the fireworks started.  Especially poignant as they were in front of the office that has been such a huge part of my career for the last 16 years.  It was at that precise moment I embarked on a new direction.  I want […]

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Building Greater Resilience

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Last time I talked about resilience in the moment and how to calm down.  This time I want to cover more on building resilience for the longer term. If there is one thing that I could honestly say has made a major difference in my life, more than anything else, when it comes to managing […]

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