What do you do next?

I am a big fan of Stoic philosophy. It is often misunderstood, but lessons from ancient Stoics like Marcus Aurelius and Epictetus or more modern ones like Admiral James Stockdale and Tim Ferriss demonstrate that Stoicism offers a set of practical rules and principles in how to deal effectively with the challenges that life throws...

A Good Way To Combat Everyday Stress

  Most people who ‘pay it forward’ or carry out a random act of kindness soon realise that they benefit from their actions as much as the person on the receiving¬†end of their benevolence. If you’ve never done it, you should try it! New research has found that giving someone a helping hand not only...

Bouncing Back

I’m proud of the way I’ve dealt with setbacks. It’s hard when you feel down and you think, ‘Why is the world doing this to me?’ But you have to pick yourself up again. That’s what made me a better athlete. ¬†Jessica Ennis-Hill, World and Olympic Heptathlon Champion.   You never know when events around...

The Impact Stress Has On Decision Making – It’s not what most people expect!

Years of research (and plenty of real life experiences too!) have demonstrated that stress affects the way we think. Feeling stressed changes the way our brains process things. Neuroscientists can point to changes in the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, striatum, and insula areas of the brain for evidence of this but in the real world this...

Expectations vs. Reality: how to create a better outlook.

Expect: to look forward to; regard as likely to happen; anticipate the occurrence or the coming of. I once ran a stress management course for managers and one of the delegates (a warehouse manager) had a particular issue with the way his systems were interfered with by other managers. When asked to describe the situation...

Stress Mindset

Rethinking Stress: How Mindset Matters

What exactly is a stressful situation? Is it true that they are always debilitating or is it true that something that doesn’t kill you actually makes you stronger? We often find ourselves in situations that cause big emotional responses in us. It’s common for these moments to be given the catch-all description of “stressful” causing...

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