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Have you suffered from occupational burnout?

5 Aug

Have you ever found yourself slipping down that hole? What to do to stop the slip and rise up again? Stress in our working lives is a common thing, sometimes a bit of stress can be experienced as a good thing, a jolt of excitement. However, burnout is when you are under a huge amount of stress that isn’t exciting you, but instead, wearing you down. It is relentless. It is a symptom of prolonged periods of intense focus and…

Do you ever go over the top?

1 Jul

Do you ever go over the top? Now, this is a rather horrific over-exaggerated picture… of what my baby grandson Emile sees when I am looking at him!! Well, I did channel my inner ham actress for that one. I don’t REALLY look that mad. HONEST! It did occur to me, however, that lots of us probably do overdo the big wide face and smiley expressions for the benefit of babies; all sorts of contortions to get a smile! It…

Holiday Madness

7 Jun

So is this you? Before you go away, is there a mad few days, or even weeks, when you are working at twice the pace to get stuff sorted before you go away… so that you can go away? So when you finally come to the day of leaving, you are working right up to the minute of leaving for the airport, or getting away in the car, or catching a train… By this time you’re hugely stressed, even more…

Attention, attention, what has my attention?

6 May

I took a speed awareness course the other day. Like everyone else on it, I had been caught going a few miles over the limit, so I paid the 91 quid and took the course to avoid getting three points on my license. It was actually interesting and illuminating. Not only the bit where we found out how much longer it takes your car to stop if you are travelling at 31 miles per hour than at 30 if you…

Seeing red and the world going black

1 Apr

The power of someone else’s badly chosen words – that you can take and twist and torture yourself with, like roasting a piece of rotting meat on a spit. Or should you simply look at the piece of rotting meat, discard and move on? A bit dramatic?  – well I am an ex-actor! This week at the Oscars, Will Smith acted on his fury at the words of comedian, Chris Rock, as he made a joke at the expense of…

And I went in anyway…

7 Mar

This was the day that I pushed through inhibitions and shocked my children to boot. I enjoy a swim, and on a Sunday morning at my health club you need to get there early to do a few lengths before the children arrive for “splash club”.  So I duly trotted down to the changing room at 8:30am, only to discover that I had forgotten my bathing costume. Rats!! It’s time sensitive – I haven’t got any time to go home…

Do you suffer from jerks at work?

4 Feb

Whether you routinely work from home, or always in a public workspace, or are looking at taking advantage of new “hybrid” models on offer; how you are treated, respected and are able to “get on” depends on how you are spoken to, looked at, and how you communicate with others. Big time. You may have suffered, as I have, through working either as an employee, manager, or freelancer for organisations who allow and sometimes even promote a toxic way of…

These boots are made for walking…

7 Jan

These boots are made for walking… And that’s just what they’ll do. Sang Nancy Sinatra eons ago! I bought my granddaughter a pair of boots to give her at Christmas. Iris – aged 12 and ¾ months – LOVES shoes and boots. I hasten to add that she only has one pair of shoes and some wellies currently, her mother isn’t indulging her in Imelda Marcus style, but she picks up everyone’s shoes and has been seen to put her…

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year

5 Nov

Recently I wrote a post on my LinkedIn profile, and it was based around the following words: The particular trigger for me to re-call those words was that this particular day had not started well. The feeling that I was allowing to fill my mind could easily have turned it into a truly bad day. I had been doing a bit of midnight oil burning and needed a bit of “clockwork” working. However: I got early to work and encountered…

Who do you see in your mirror?

1 Oct

I am taking part in a writing challenge: #5daywritingchallenge This blog post is my first task. Who is the person I see in the mirror? I think that it is such an interesting and important thing to do – check out who you are, what is your unique mix of personality, interests, and traits, in order to put yourself into everything you communicate. It is equally so with either spoken or written communication. Clearly when speaking to someone, or many…

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