Imposter Syndrome – what it is and how to overcome it!

Are you an imposter?   Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments. They have a persistent internalised fear of exposure as a “fraud.” Despite being competent, individuals convince themselves that they...

How to be Happy.

        “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Abraham Lincoln. We don’t all feel excited, happy, vibrant and full of life all the time. We don’t all feel valued at work. Sometimes life isn’t the rosy picture we’d like...

Self-confidence at Work

The way you feel about yourself and your self-confidence, impacts your happiness level. It can make life more or less stressful for you. If you trust your ability to handle difficult situations, you can see them as a challenge instead of as a threat. If you don’t...

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

What is PTSD? Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been around for a long time. People know it under many different names. Previous terms for PTSD have included; ‘shell shock’ during WWI,. Also, ‘war neurosis’ during WWII, and ‘combat stress reaction’ during the...

Time to Talk About Education and Mental Health

THE PROBLEM When your children start school or university and are warned about mental health issues, you assume that the warnings and reminders of support are for other people, those who already have mental health issues, or who are already at risk. That might not be...

Facing empty nest

At this time of year many families are facing an issue they probably feel ill-equipped to handle – I know I do. Eventually all of us leave home but when older kids go to Uni it’s like a halfway stage in that they move some of their stuff but do not completely...

Maternal Mental Health

  Recently there has been a lot of attention in the media focused on women’s postnatal mental health.  Good mental health is hard to establish and maintain today without children, let alone throwing a newborn baby into the mix along with all the sleepless nights,...

PRECIOUS FRIENDSHIPS

I haven’t written in the last few weeks because but life has been busy!. I finished my second book ‘Taking the Stress Out of Leadership!’, and except for having the cover designed, this will be sent to Amazon for its print on demand section soon. I will also turn it...

Making mistakes

Recently, I was asked to comment on BBC radio Kent as I often am. The subject was making mistakes and the impact that can often have if you’re in the public eye. There had been an unfortunate incident where a cricketer had tampered with the ball. His apology both on...