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Nobody wants a dead canary

Nobody wants a dead canary
As recently as the 1980s, canaries were taken into coal mines by miners as an early warning system for toxic gases. The reason for this was that canaries are highly sensitive to such gases and so they become sick (and even die) at lower concentrations than people do. Therefore, the...
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Learning to welcome criticism

Learning to welcome criticism
How do you handle criticism of your ambitions and plans? Does it upset you or make you feel hurt and defensive? What about if you actually valued it – how would that feel? Criticism can be very helpful to us. It can help us realise how much we really want...
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This is probably the number one myth about stress

This is probably the number one myth about stress
I was r ecently invited to speak about stress to a group of about 55 people.  I’m always happy to accept such invitations because stress management is a favourite topic of mine and I enjoy speaking to groups who are interested in discovering how they might become more resilient to...
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Is anger wrecking your life?

Is anger wrecking your life?
A favourite quotation of mine is, “ Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned” . I like it because I ’ve seen the damage that anger can cause in people who...
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Life lessons from a terrier

Life lessons from a terrier
Steve and I were on holiday recently, with our t wo Parson terriers, Eddie and Juno . Eddie is very keen on being in water – rivers, the sea, ponds, even the deep puddles on Burbage Common. He is always keen to get in and to have a paddle or...
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Two key causes of Christmas stress - and how to avoid them

Two key causes of Christmas stress - and how to avoid them
Are you looking forward to Christmas? Despite the media i mage that Christmas is a season of unlimited joy and love , the reality is that Christmas, and the preparations for it, are extremely stressful for many people - even those who, on the whole, love Christmas.  If not acknowledged...
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Three ways you're increasing your stress levels before you even get dressed

Three ways you're increasing your stress levels before you even get dressed
I meet many people who say they start their day feeling anxious or stressed – even before they’ve got out of bed. Some say that by the time they start their day they already feel exhausted and can feel the pressures of life bearing down on them. Often, when we...
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Top Five Tips for de-stressing

Top Five Tips for de-stressing
1. Focus only on the things that you can change or influence. Feeling powerless is a major contributor to stress . Yet, so often, we get worked up about the t hings we have absolutely no influence over – new parking arrangements near work, the actions of complete strangers, bad...
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Forgetful, or stressed?

Forgetful, or stressed?
A recent study in rats showed that just three days of stress could result in  changes in the brain similar to those which are found in Alzheimer's disease . Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich have discovered that th e increased release of stress hormones in rats leads to production of a specific...
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Anxiety - a worrying condition

Anxiety - a worrying condition
Many of the clients I see suffer from anxiety.   More often than not they  have been to their GP several times about worrying symptoms such as palpitations , light headedness, an inability to concentrate , a feeling that they can’t breathe , and/or repeated, even permanent, indigestion and stomach...
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Aesop -- as true today as ever

Aesop -- as true today as ever
Aesop lived between 620 and 564 BC , yet the fables he told are as pertinent today as they were when original .  I guess that says a lot about how little human nature has changed in the intervening 2000-odd years.  His stories so elegantly illustrate how a person's attitude...
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Stress - the lessons from upholstery

Stress - the lessons from upholstery
I’ve always been interested in the different ways in which scientific knowledge is discovered and then explored.  In particular, I love stories about accidental discoveries – those great insights which sometimes spring from the observation of everyday events by someone with a slightly different perspective or by someone who asks...
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