Developmental Psychologist, Complementary Health Practitioner & Wellness Advocate
Katie Woodland is the owner of Woodland Psychological Services Ltd, an independent mental health service in the UK, which uses education and empowerment to help reduce in the numbers of people struggling from mental ill health.
She is a holistic health practitioner who uses a unique combination of psychological therapies and complementary therapies to support those who are struggling with their mental health.
She also empowers business leaders and school teachers to identify, understand and manage stress and mental health difficulties in their employees/pupils.
But, trust me you're not even going to be bothered about winning the prize for yourself (no matter how competitive you are as a parent) - by day 14 just doing this will make your household a calmer, happier and more joyous place to be which is a phenomenal prize in itself!
I'm going to do my best to leave out as much of the science jargon as possible because having a degree, masters or doctorate should not be required when reading a blog post. Back in 2014, research reconfirmed just how damaging chronic stress is to the brain.
OK, so let's go right back to the beginning again because it seems despite all the hard work of many upstanding individuals the fact that stress is bad (and I mean really bad), is just not quite sinking in with many people.
The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).
Even something as simple as sharing, translated into adulthood, could manifest as; someone who never offers to make the tea for others; someone who takes a large piece of office birthday cake; an individual who is incapable of working as part of a team...
In the parent training world this is the million dollar question (although unfortunately for my bank balance not literally). It's the number one thing I'm asked. How do I say no without starting World War 3?
Look, if I had a house worthy of being featured on the real housewives of Cheshire (yes it's a real programme and yes it's definitely on my guilty pleasure list), then I would be taking it all in my stride.
Whether you've sat an exam, learned to drive, had an interview, spoken in public... all these things get our bodies stressed. But, once we've done whatever it was that was stressing us out our bodies get the opportunity to calm down, chill out, and relax.
14/12/2016 11:02 GMT
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