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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

The Grow Model

The Grow Model is a practical structure and methodology for pursuing goals. To find out more about its components click on the link below:

Performance Coaching

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Wednesday, 30 November 2016

4 Tips for People Who Do Too Much

Are you someone who seems continually to be rushing from one task to another or trying to do multiple different things simultaneously? At times this can be exciting but more often than not it is stressful for both mind and body. Here are some tips to help you restore some balance in your life:

1. In the tasks that you are doing, focus on the essentials that need to be done, rather than wasting time on peripheral aspects.

2. Take short breaks when doing tasks for a long time. This usually helps you to be more productive with the time you do spend on the tasks. It is sometimes referred to as a decompression routine.

3. If you feel that the burden of the tasks you are doing is too great for you, try to seek or negotiate support from others who might be able to help with some of the tasks in a constructive way - don't just allow it to build up to a point where you can't cope. There is no shame in admitting that you need help.

4. Finally, keep some time for relaxation each week, doing something for yourself, whether that involves pampering yourself, socialising, partaking in something creative or relaxing in another way - this is your special time and can help to prevent you getting stressed out.

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Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Asking for Help

Sometimes people who are experiencing suffering or feeling overwhelmed are reluctant to ask for help. You might think it is a sign of failure or a burden on others. Actually, as long as they're not asked too frequently and the request is not totally unreasonable most people actually like helping, particularly if they can be of use and if they receive thanks for it, because it gives them a sense that they have done something purposeful.

So if you are struggling and in need of help, don't be afraid to ask a trusted friend or someone else suitable. We all need a bit of help sometimes!

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Thursday, 17 November 2016

Not Living in the Moment

Last week in casual conversation a friend said to me that he'd practised 'mindfulness' by 'blocking out' distractions. Later in the week another friend said that she'd been 'living in the moment' by excluding and denying certain unwanted thoughts. I think that these accounts of what mindfulness and living in the moment involve are mistaken.

In their book "Mindfulness: a practical guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World" Mark Williams and Danny Penman write that "Mindfulness is about observation without criticism; being compassionate with yourself". This is more in tune with what I understand by the phrases 'Mindfulness' and 'Living in the Moment'. These practices are not about blocking out or excluding anything, they are about trying to focus on something specific, e.g. your breath or your thoughts, and simply observing what is happening non-judgementallly. If other thoughts, feelings or images (pleasant or unpleasant) come into your mind, you observe that is happening and then gently try to refocus on the subject of the meditation/mindfulness practice.

For a description of a standard meditation/mindfulness practice, click on the link below:

Meditation Practice

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

Approaches to Anxiety

Today I'm looking at beliefs you might have about anxiety. To find out more click on the link below:

Beliefs about Anxiety

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