Christmas 2019

Christmas memories

These days many more people are asking ‘what is the meaning of Christmas?’ Has it really become more about the commercialisation and profit-making frenzy that most of us are led to experience?
I recently came across Truman Capote’s short story ‘The Christmas Memory’ and not only did it evoke memories from my own childhood, it made me think more about what for me is the central theme of the Christmas spirit. In my blog I invite you to ponder what is the meaning behind the spirit of Christmas for you? If you could change how you ‘do’ Christmas what would be different? Audio track also available.
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Happy New Year resolutions 2019

Happy New Year it’s 2019! And I wonder what you intend to focus on in 2019? Any ideas?  What New Year wish means happiness for you and what one thing would you love to achieve? Here’s some perspective on how to plan to cultivate happiness in 2019? What is happiness for you and what one thing would you love to achieve? You’ll find access to five helpful tips which may help to guide you on your path in 2019.
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Quit the smoking

Steps to your freedom

It’s that time of year again which is associated with the drive to quit smoking. Are you one of those people who keep promising yourself that it’s time to stop but just don’t seem to get around to it? Here’s something that may help you to quickly re-appraise and get motivated towards your freedom from tobacco whatever time of year it is… Continue reading this post

Uncertainty:Tips to conquer self-doubt

How do you overcome the traps of self-doubt?
In the final part of this blog series, we look at the impact of  ‘uncertainty’ and two of the traps that fuel the habit of self-doubt for some people. Including some coaching hints and tips that may help you to break the habit of not taking action towards your hopes and dreams. Continue reading this post

How to kick out self-doubt


What is the opposite of confidence building? Some would describe this to be a feeling of self-doubt. I wondered if ‘self-doubt’ is an actual feeling or an unhelpful habit born from the fear of trying. Check out my two-part series on how to kick out self-doubt and build your confidence. Continue reading this post

Gratitude on a winters day

Gratitude and Happiness

Using gratitude as a positive psychological tool to feel better is possible. Even if, like me, your day starts with a visit to the dentist on a cold and wintry day! I wondered have you ever found happiness where or when you least expected it? How can fleeting moments of pure pleasure bring you a greater sense of joy? Which just means you can feel better about your day at the end of the day. Broaden your perspective just a little bit by reading today’s blog. Audio is also available. Continue reading this post

Debt at Christmas

Debt at Christmas

Day 6 the final part of my Christmas countdown series. One of the biggest causes of stress over this period is financial obligations. The pressure of the media and specific brands to buy, buy, buy! All these things, alongside youngsters or adult expectations, can ramp up those stress hormones and risk you going into debt at Christmas. In the final blog in this series of Christmas Countdown, we look at the things you could consider doing differently this year to stay out of debt. And what to do should you find your finances have spiralled out of control. Continue reading this post

Christmas overindulgence

Christmas overindulgence

It’s day 5 of my Christmas Countdown series. While it’s okay to take a break from moderating our eating or drinking, there is still some wisdom in resisting the urge to overindulge massively over the Christmas holidays. Today’s penultimate blog in my Christmas countdown series gives you some ideas about how to control those urges. And also asks you some specific questions to help you decide what would work best for you. Sign up for a free guide to healthier strategies starting today and in the lead up to Christmas. Continue reading this post

Christmas Fun

Christmas Fun

Day 4 in the 6 session series on Christmas Countdown. Having fun at Christmas time can mean different things to different people. So, is there any such thing as the perfect Christmas? After all, things in life don’t always go as planned, so why should the festive season be any different. Are you feeling responsible for when things go awry? Then just maybe you’re expecting too much of yourself. Experiment with letting go of the weight of expectation this year. Here are some ideas to share the load, and you could discover new actions and attitudes which will allow those anxiety levels to drop. Generally, when we learn to relax more with uncertainty and live in the moment, then everybody can start to have more fun. Continue reading this post

Christmas stress and difficult people.

Avoid Christmas stress

Avoiding Christmas stress isn’t easy when we are dealing with personal, or others emotions and expectations. How do you usually deal with ‘difficult people’ or what feels like the overwhelming demands on your time? What may be the reason why people start to behave irrationally? What can help you? This information with some ideas might help to sprinkle some Christmas magic in alleviating that stress. Continue reading this post