Over the last couple of years, I've discovered that in reality looking after yourself is far from a selfish act. It's not about spa days, big holidays or pulling a sickie from work - although there is definitely a role for all of these things.
Many individuals are not aware they are under stress, let alone the precise level of their stress, the triggers of their stress, and the potential health problems caused by prolonged stress. In order to effectively combat stress and its ill effects on health, stress triggers and responses to stress must be recognised and managed in real time.
Just because we are utterly devoted mothers and fathers does not mean that we cannot still have our own lives, fulfil our own ambitions, enjoy our own interests - be us. Just because we have a host of pressing demands upon us, be it work or chores or family responsibilities, that doesn't mean that these should be the whole focus of our lives.
In our everyday life we often have so many roles to fulfil, all at the same time. Be it wife, mother, sister, daughter, colleague, boss and, the most important of all, being who we are. Always being in demand can be exhausting and draining. It can leave us feeling tired out, cranky and emotional with nothing left in the tank.
This research points out that businesses are right to be concerned about mental health at work - with discrimination, fear and shame in play, it is very hard for the massive potential of mental health as an asset to be realised. It is time this changed. The report calls on British businesses to rise to one of the defining challenges of our time and create a culture in which mental health is valued: where disclosure is encouraged, support is present, and everyone feels that their work and the benefits they receive contribute to their wellbeing.
Sausages have been a staple in the British diet for centuries-upon-centuries. According to Love Pork, it is believed that sausages were first brought to Britain by the Romans some time before 400 AD.
Yes it's great to have goals, aspirations, aims, to want be the best version of ourselves and even to keep improving but we have to cut ourselves some slack too. There has to be an off switch, moments where the 'conscience police' are off duty.
I can totally understand people who do not bother to do anything extra in their life to help others. Being an activist and formulating new ideas that will create a better and equal society can be pretty draining.
So it turns out we're never too old for a bit of sex, drugs and rock n roll, and furthermore it can actually do us the world of good. That's according to Professor Wlodzislaw Duch, who heads up the Neurocognitive Laboratory in the Center of Modern Interdisciplinary Technologies, and the Department of Informatics (both at Nicolaus Copernicus University).
The Leadership Multiverse I spend a lot of my time in the UK working with leaders drawn from across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors an...
I began to recognise that in order for me to move through this stroke, I needed to let go the person I knew before it, and embrace whoever may follow. That doesn't mean there was necessarily to be drastic difference, but that I must be very wary of spending my recovery chasing someone who may not completely exist anymore.
We have heard about the importance of stress management for a little more than two decades, and long-term studies of stress in the population have seen stress steadily rise during that time, as Carnegie Mellon University's long term study , which covered more than three decades, proved.
A day after my 20th birthday I 'ghosted' my best friend Gemma*. Feeling particularly hungover after a night clubbing we had our very first fight, where eight years of toxic resentment surfaced. I then deleted her off all social media sites, blocked her number and never spoke to her again. I never told her the real reason why either.
Some days you'll feel like you're back on track and then it will come out of nowhere again like a black cloud, but these days will get fewer and you will have more good days than bad and you'll know that you have the ability to feel happiness again.
The mental health status quo has been accepted for too long, but this inaction is failing the next generation and will continue to do so. Only by acknowledging and prioritising the critical role of research can we see the progress in mental healthcare that our young people so desperately need.
I realise how fragile life is, how easily I could have left loved ones, so I make sure to enjoy quality time and having fun with family and friends, even if that means working late once everyone's in bed.