We’re all familiar with the negative effects of prolonged stress: it impairs your immune system and constricts your blood vessels, damaging your body and your relationships. But most people don’t go out of their way looking for stressful situations, so what can we do to protect ourselves when stress inevitably shows up? Eating healthily, drinking plenty of water, limiting caffeine and alcohol, getting exercise, fresh air and good sleep will all help you to deal with stress mo
If those words strike dread in your bones, then you’re not alone. It's even worse when they come from the lips of someone who you just can’t seem to gel with and who whatever you say, you just can’t seem to get your messages through properly. Wouldn’t life be so much easier if everyone dealt with issues and communicated in the same way? As someone who will do pretty much anything to avoid conflict, I’ve struggled in the past when dealing with people who seem to thrive on it.
It seems that the antics of my five year old hit some kind of nail on the head. So here’s another story from the Christmas break that I will attempt to draw some useful work lessons from... She’s made an office at the bottom of our stairs (we have an unusual door that separates them from the living room), and she sets up the bottom step with her papers, pens and ‘class registers’ and then closes the door. At intervals, she opens the door and requests that we join her in her o
At the dinner table last night my five year old daughter pipes up: ‘Right, we’re going to go around the table and everyone can talk about what they’ve been doing today. You first mummy’. I was impressed, and began to talk about a meeting I’d had in the morning. I was describing details I thought she’d find interesting when you could see that she could hold it in no longer, and burst out with: ‘I stood on Eva’s legs in gymnastics! And I got a shiny sticker!’ You’ll no doubt re