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As parents, how can we prepare our children for the work place?

As parents how can we prepare our children for the workplace? Qualifications seem to be a big focus but what are the qualities of a great employee? I’m sure the question will prompt a variety of answers and indeed different employees value different qualities. Honestly, reliability, good communication skills, hardworking are basic traits in an [...]

How can parents help to build their child’s self-esteem?

In many areas, young people’s lives are improving, yet there is evidence of a growing mental health crisis amongst teens. Rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. According to the Office of Official Statistics, the number of young suicides each year is greater than it has been [...]

What are the most important elements you want to have in your life?

Most people can answer this question quite easily: love, fulfilment, satisfaction, contentment, friendship, purpose, peace, excitement, fun, security, financial security. Some of these may be on your list or you may have others. There are lots of elements to choose from and it is highly individual. To spend a little time considering what you [...]

Are you looking for greater fulfilment in 2018?

So here we are at the beginning of another new year. Whether you are wondering where the last one went, reflecting that 2017 was a good one or reflecting that 2017 had some tough challenges, a new year is traditionally a time to create new resolutions and decide to change things for the better. [...]

21st Century Parenting: Is it too protective?

21st Century Parenting. Is it a factor in the mental health crisis among young people? Parenting today is pretty demanding. Well, life generally is pretty demanding. There seems to be a lot of rushing and pressure to be productive and to fill our time with stimulating, challenging and exciting things. Whatever happened to boredom [...]

Rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years. Why?

  Whilst doing some of the research for a course I am running, I came across an article in the Independent stating the following statistic “rates of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years” Although I work with a good awareness of emotional health, I found this [...]

Do you think it’s bad that I did that? Self-esteem improvement.

The answer is ‘do you think it’s bad that you did that?’ We are usually our own harshest critics and judge, especially if we are sensitive people. As human beings with emotions and sensitivities we get drawn in to the moment with our own needs and agendas. We end up reacting to  other people and sometimes act spontaneously in [...]

Glass half-full or glass half-empty? Optimism is an important skill!

  Some may say, whichever it is, it clearly needs topping up! Optimism and pessimism are states of mind. We have learned to be whichever we are by our own experiences, the influence of other people in our lives, and our beliefs. Despite this we can choose to change how we see things by [...]

Is a lack of meaningful interaction making you feel lonely?

In a recent few days away I was exchanging introductions and initial pleasantries with a charming retired gentleman who asked me what I do for a living - "I am a Life Coach," I told him.  "Oh," he said, looking slightly blank "what does that involve? There are quite a lot of new things [...]

Macmillan’s ‘Go Sober for October’: Support and Encouragement

Some of us may have decided that an alcohol-free month of October is a challenge or experience we want to try... and for some, the link with making some funds for Macmillan will add incentive.  I confess that it's not for me now as I don’t drink much and already have a dwindling tolerance [...]