Recent research has highlighted how important it is to take a break at regular intervals throughout the day. When a three month survey was undertaken at Sheffield University involving 850,000 people they found that responses, rapid perception and decision-making were better, more effective when people avoided cramming intensively and applied a looser, more relaxed approach.
There is a huge body of research that says that not only do good relationships contribute significantly towards people's happiness at work, but also helps people become more resilient in the face of every day stresses and frustrations.
A little piece of me has evaporated. Two little pieces in fact. I have a new home which is occupied by two of us rather than four; there is a full fridge and no pile of shoes and coats in the hallway. I am in silent mourning for something that is missing yet still not far away.
When parents and those in-charge of small children are asked what it is that they have done all day, the answer can be hard to quantify. The exact details may be hazy, some of it may sound like nothing much at all and there are probably moments they've forgotten to account for, but it covers a great deal.
With five out of seven days being ones you get up and go to work (over 70%), this really is one of the biggest parts of your life and you have to make sure you can look in that mirror every morning and say 'yes, this is what I want to do, this is what I want to get up for'.
It started years back with small things. In meetings I noticed I would feel panicky if I wasn't sat by the door- I felt trapped in the room, as if everyone's eyes were on me. I much preferred to be at my desk, head down, getting on with my work.
Compassion is a wonderful key to have in your life in general, but most people don't think of it as being that useful in their jobs. Compassion for others is important, yes, but also remember to be compassionate with yourself.
Who knows, maybe one day soon I'll be inundated with my work, my own TV show, jetting off around the world helping people to bounce back, that I'll need to value my work more with a financial representation. But right now? My desire is to reach as many people as possible.
The future isn't set in stone, however it is clear that technology will highly impact the working population, in some cases for the better and in others for the worse, and the reality is that everyone is vulnerable to these changes.
Fortunately, being an entrepreneur has now become much easier thanks to new technologies and the internet, which have reduced the risk of setting up in business significantly. Lack of job opportunities has also driven entrepreneurial change and so made starting up your own business a much more attractive alternative.
Instead of constantly working, moving from one task to the next, let's explore ways to manage stress and burnout, be more appreciative of our lives, value our opportunities and challenges, whilst enjoying a positive perspective on life.
When you look at some organisations you see core principles cascading through everything they do. This tends to be more likely in a small or an entrepreneurial company but it doesn't have to be limited to here. It is undesirable from a brain perspective to have conflicting messages coming you from every direction.
This week there was a report about the rising costs of childcare in the UK, which is indeed a big problem for parents. Yet I kept reading how this was an issue for working mothers or mothers returning to the workplace, never about fathers.
Stop every ninety minutes or so, take a break, eat something nourishing, drink something replenishing, move, look at a picture of someone you love, breathe mindfully, pray, nap, get out of your head and back into your body, remind yourself that you're a human being and not a human doing.
In the light of Chinese New Year and The Year of The Goat upon us, it seems the perfect time to demonstrate how bringing out your inner goat like tendencies can actually help you achieve the results you want.
Taking the time for yourself can be seriously one of the most difficult tasks we all undertake each week. Some people love to be always engaged be it on line or with people 24/7, others are happy enough on their own and of course there are many who like the balance between both.