• How do we cope with loss?

    Loss can mean so much to so many, perhaps it’s the loss of a job, a relationship ending, a friendship changing, saying good bye to old chapters in our lives, or the worse of all, loosing someone close to us. Do you stop to consider how we all cope with these stressful times in our lives? For many people during this world wide pandemic it’s been a time that’s made us stop and consider how we want our lives to look. Perhaps we’ve begun to look more inwardly on ourselves than we ever have done, or even on what has passed. At the beginning of lock-down I wrote about change…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week 18-24 May 2020

    Awareness weeks are great for focusing more attention on mental health, but my hope would be that we all have more focus on everyone’s mental health, including our own every day. Speaking from a personal point of view I know how difficult it can be to open up to some people, for fear of being judged, so I just can’t imagine if this was the case if you had no one to trust. I thought this piece by James was especially relevant at the moment, with so many people feeling the side effects of isolation. Perhaps even the people you have in your life that you thought were tough aren’t…

  • Hope - Coronavirus

    Adapting to change…

    Ironically ‘Adapting to change’ is the subject of my latest life coaching module, I don’t think the timing could be more poignant. Like all of us, this past week has been full on, with totally overwhelming emotions at times, but I believe some of my own learnings and observations may be helpful to share if they help someone else. Although these are unprecedented times, I do believe some of the things I’ve learnt about myself over the past few years, as well as from the coaching community and self studying is helping me navigate these difficult times. I am very self-aware of my emotions and know from past experiences how…

  • Pushing through fear…………..

    So for those of you that read my blog regularly you’ll know I decided to take the plunge, and push through the fear and enrol on a coaching course earlier this year. Although it’s early days, it’s definitely one of the best decisions I’ve made this year! Two weekends ago I took part in my very first coaching workshop, which basically involved being assessed by fellow students and an assessor whilst coaching other students. I know this would have terrified me years ago, so I’m pleased to say I kept my nerves at bay and came away being really pleased with how I performed. There’s two very obvious hurdles that…