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How Can I Thrive Whilst Living With Anxiety?

Anxiety is a wily companion. It inserts itself into your thoughts, taking them off in an unwelcome direction. It causes your stomach to churn and palms to sweat. It encourages your inner critic to convince you that you’re not good enough. Over the past few weeks my...

Can You Learn How to Be Resilient Too?

My hand gripped the edge of the wooden table as I waited for the file to download. My stomach was churning, my mouth dry. Three years of my life was contained in this single moment. I tapped the ‘play’ icon and heard my own voice rise from the phone, introducing my...

I Haven’t Been Thriving Through The Pandemic

I definitely was not thriving, yet alone coping, in the early days of the pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Business was a disaster. My speaking gigs were cancelled, my development programmes indefinitely postponed and client team away days side-lined. My diary...

Stop Complaining If You Want To Build Mental Resilience

Imagine that you have arrived at work to find gun wielding customs officers and sniffer dogs in the office car park. One of the officers beckons you over to him. He is standing beside a white transit van and he throws open the doors to expose 8,000 kilos of drugs...

Passing On This Gift To You

Tears pricked my eyes as I listened to Chris Lantman's clear, unfaltering voice. He was reading the words of his partner, John (or 'Smiley' to those of us who knew and loved him) from the transcript of our interview at his home on the outskirts of San Francisco almost...

10 Self-Care Tips For Maintaining Wellbeing During Lockdown

I sat at her kitchen table on the silky sheepskin covering that softened the hardness of the wooden bench. Tears ran down my face as I listened to her tell me how the terrorists had stormed the restaurant at the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai whilst she was dining there with...

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