Healthy Business

Healthy Business

What is a healthy business? It’s a complicated question. When I work with businesses in my role as a corporate wellness director and advisor, I answer such a question by keeping it simple. I break it down into two main areas. One, what’s the health of the numbers and bottom line? Two, how healthy are you and your employees?

Time Management

Time Management

The first step is to acknowledge you are in control of your day and then deciding how you’re going to spend it. Become more conscious, see what really needs doing and then simplify how you work.

How to be a good listener

Listening Skills

We need more listeners in the world. Listening is a skill we don’t learn at school, yet it is essential in all walks of life, not just in professions like psychotherapy, counselling and coaching.

Walking to relieve stress

Walking to relieve stress

Many studies show that exercise can work quickly to elevate depressed mood in many people. Although the effects may be temporary, evidence suggests a brisk walk or other simple activities like yoga or TiChi can deliver several hours of relief, similar to taking a paracetamol for a headache.

The importance of sleep

The importance of sleep

The importance of sleep for rest and repair when dealing with a business, can’t run on empty all the time. So, why do we ignore this fundamental causality, everyday?

The Fear of Failure

The Fear of Failure

As a business owner, I often struggle with the pressure of being the sole decision-maker. And when the stakes are high, it can be difficult to trust my instincts without feeling nervous about making mistakes, we can all relate to those gut retching moments.

Networking and Business

Networking and Events

Networking and Events are incredible, aren’t they? It’s never been easier to get in touch with someone across the globe, and the internet means that we can now achieve many of our daily tasks from the comfort of our armchairs at home or in the office.

Resilience

Resilience

Despite us allegedly living in an equality-focused world, becoming a mum unfortunately still destroys careers.

Winter Blues

Winter Blues

Winter can be a challenging time both mentally and physically. The days are darker, colder and shorter which can affect our mood and our bodies become more susceptible to all kinds of winter nasties like colds and flu.

Stress Management

Stress Management

Managing stress is not about avoiding stress it’s about structuring a plan to be able to cope effectively with daily pressures.

Happiness

Happiness

What is happiness? Really, what is it? According to the Oxford English Dictionary, is “the state of being happy”.

Jobs on the side

Jobs on the side

For many of us, our financial needs seem to be never-ending. You need to put a roof over your head, clothes on your back, food on the table, pay your bills, access a vehicle, contribute to a pension and have some kind of life or death insurance.

Inspiration

Inspiration

For those of you, who are mid-lifers and have found themselves fallen foul of furlough or a similar situation meaning, this is for you… let’s action plan together - you need to assess where you are and take action, quickly.

New Challenges

New Challenges

Your business idea is probably great. It is your job to make me (and others) believe in you and your purpose - not what you are selling.

Exercise

Exercise

Finding the time for fitness when you are a business owner can be challenging. With unpredictable hours, split shifts and the urgency of business demands, exercise can be the first thing to be dropped.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence

As entrepreneurs, we tend to rush around trying to accomplish everything on our never-ending “to do” list, only to wake up the next day and do the same thing all over again. Is this living?

Emotional State

Emotional State

“We all have a Chimp, can you recognise yours?” Emotions… they keep us company every day. They can be helpful and make us feel great, but they can also cloud rational thinking and take us down a spiral of negative thinking such as worry, fear, anxiety, frustration, stress, anger and so on.

DetoXing from Social Media

DetoXing from Social Media

You’re having a better than average day at work, you’re cracking on - look at you being an entrepreneur! You pause for a moment and have a cup of tea. It is at this moment that you reach for your phone and start scrolling.

Rest and recovery

Rest and recovery

There is a popular perception that being exhausted is a badge of honour that marks you out as a successful business owner....

Bereavement

Bereavement

You're running your own small business; it's ticking along and you're feeling quietly confident that you have control of all aspects of your work, the daily social media management, freelancers, deliveries, meetings, design and artwork, deadlines and then something changes.....

Entrepreneur insomnia

Insomnia

Waking up with a start at 2am in a pool of cold sweat isn’t anyone’s idea of a good night’s sleep. And while it happens to us all from time to time, if you have your own business then chances are these night-time disturbances are a bit more frequent than you’d like.

Wellbeing

Wellbeing

Writing a business plan at the start of each year is highly advisable. The simple act of putting your ambitions for the 12 months ahead in black and white adds considerably to the extent to which they become embedded in your thinking.

Mindset

Mindset

Our inherent qualities of mind and character, our moods and set of attitudes can be summed up by the word 'mindset'. Our mindset influences absolutely everything, from our relationships to business. It is our biggest asset and most powerful tool to get to where we want to be, but it can hinder our progress if it isn't right.

Energy Management

Energy Management

How many times have you met someone and been blown away by energy and enthusiasm with which they talk about their business? You find yourself drawn in and wanting to know more.

Courage

Courage

Are you a rollercoaster person? Or would you put your hand in a box of spiders? I personally would do one but haven’t the courage to do the other – yet.

Menopause and the Workplace

Workplace Menopause

Menopause and the Workplace - ‘’The average age of women to experience the menopause is 51 years old when they are in more senior posts and may have more stressful jobs that can be more difficult to juggle around family life, let alone cope with having menopausal symptoms too’’

Overwhelmed

Overwhelmed

One of the most common emotional states for entrepreneurs is that of feeling completely overwhelmed by how much there is to do when running their own business.

Delegation

Delegation

Delegation is both an art and a science. There are definitely better and worse ways to do it but judging exactly what to delegate and to who, takes a bit of trial and judgement.
In this article we will look at what to delegate, when and how. We will also look at why this can be difficult to do in practice.

Isolation

Isolation

When you work for yourself it can be hugely rewarding. But it can also be incredibly isolating and it’s not something we often talk about.

Yoga for Relaxation

Yoga for Relaxation

Let’s talk about yoga. You know that thing, where people apparently contort their bodies into bizarre sounding and bizarre-looking poses (go on, look at the Ear Pressure pose that resembles a snail…)?

To X or not to X, that is the question…

To X or not to X, that is the question…

The trouble with adding a kiss or two to the end of a business communique is it’s totally loaded and creates more questions than it answers.

Balance of Life

Balance of Life

Adjusting life to a new business and balancing with other aspects of your life can be tricky. By the time you’ve added hours of a part-time job, gym sessions and other personal commitments, the time to do your business is reduced to a few hours here and there! I personally found to begin with my balance of life and work wasn’t right. 

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