Want to be stress free? Doing Good, Does You Good!

This is the theme for Britain’s Mental Health Awareness Week which took place last week.  Promoted by the Mental Health Foundation, it focuses on how, by helping others by acts of kindness, volunteering and peer support, you can indeed help yourself.  Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your health and there can be nothing more humbling, and satisfying, than that feeling of helping someone who cannot help themselves.

I remember when I was a Samaritan volunteer, taking calls on a crisis phoneline, where my role was to listen to people who were desperate or lonely and needed someone with whom to speak.   None of us received any financial reward for our help – yet the
commitment and dedication to our role was as if we did, and the Samaritans have now become an international organisation helping people worldwide.  Continue reading


Stress at Work? Find out what to do when you hate your job!

I was sitting in a restaurant the other day waiting for my friend to arrive and I overheard two people speaking on the next table to me.  One was obviously upset and said
to the other, “I can’t wait for the weekend – two whole days off!”   Many of us say that but this was only Monday!

It saddens me to think that so many people are apparently working in jobs that they hate and can’t wait to leave work. They can’t bear the thought of getting out of bed in the morning, and having to ‘psyche themselves up’ for the working day ahead.
It would be great if everyone loved their work but the unfortunate reality is that very many do not. Continue reading


Be Stress Free: Self Mastery Can Improve Your Life

In the words of Leonard da Vinci “One can have no smaller or greater mastery than mastery of oneself”.

Self mastery is the ability to recognize, understand and manage the different aspects of your personality, and in so doing, to create a higher quality of life experience. It is the ability to make the most out of your physical, mental and spiritual health and below are some areas of your life which will help you on your path towards developing effective self-mastery.

Vision: All self-mastery starts with you: the roadmap that you will create to take you to where you want to be. You need to be self-disciplined and committed to your vision and to always keep it in the forefront of your mind. Write your aims down, and share them with others, so that you will be accountable to yourself. Continue reading


Author of Show Stress Who’s Boss! says, ‘Distracted Driving Can Get You Killed!’

It is so easy to do.  You are driving along quite happily, the road is clear, the sun is shining and you are almost on auto-pilot.  You think of a message to send to someone and so you pick up your phone and start texting.  You know that you are taking your eye off the road and you know you shouldn’t be texting but there is not much traffic around, so why not?

Sound familiar?  Can you really say that you have never done this before?  Maybe you are one of the few who can put their hands on their heart and say ‘never’ but there are many others who would quietly put up their hands and admit to this one. Continue reading