When the pressure of stress is too hard to handle, our body and unconscious mind are desperately looking for a way out. Coping mechanisms help us to make it through a long day or a rough period. But when we’re sucked into a spiral of anxiety and stress it can be tough to create healthy behaviours. We’re all human, and sometimes the easiest way looks the most appealing, so don’t judge yourself if you recognise some of your coping mechanisms in the list below. Acknowledge and accept the problem, I have a solution for you!
What are the most common but unhealthy ways to cope with[...]
More than half of the world population live in cities and urbanisation shows no sign of slowing. City living can be tremendously exciting and full of stimulus - art exhibitions, restaurants and global cuisines, theatre openings, you name it! And needless to say, career opportunities are greater, shopping is greater and transportation is easier too. I’ve lived in cities for more than 90% of my life, and I’d also highlight that urban life is not all fun and games. In fact, City slickers are 21% more likely to have anxiety disorders and 39% more likely to have mood disorders [...]
Stress is the natural response of the body to danger and has been a critical factor in the survival of our human species. Yet today, stress has become one of the worst plagues of our times.
The World Health Organization claims stress has become a “World Wide Epidemic.”
In 2017, 75% of Americans experienced at least one symptom of stress (American Psychology Association, 2017). So, if you’ve been feeling extremely tense and preoccupied lately, know that you’re not alone.
How does stress work?
During a perceived threat our Amygdala - located in the back brain and [...]
Happiness is being in bed with my lover, riding my bike, sports, happy times with my friends, conversation, learning, the earth, dirt, family with wine and glorious food and happy tidings and energy and zest and lust for life – Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves has been riding the streets of Hollywood for quite some time, but his fame and success didn’t scratch his values and integrity. Many showbiz personalities are often in the press for less noble reasons, but not Keanu.
Born in 1964 in Beirut, son of an English costume designer and a Hawaiian native, Keanu has Chinese, Hawaiian, [...]
In the endless dance of opinions, how do you follow what is right? Being right is controversial. What you or I might consider to be right may not agree with someone else beliefs. So, we may consider what is right for us, not in an absolute or intangible way.
But how do we determine what is right for us? Sticking to our values! Our system of values is our core nest, the building where we can welcome our true self and let it live comfortably.
In terms of putting our Values into Action to Transform our Life, I like to think of 3 Key Steps:
Values, Commitments, Behaviours.VALUES
Every building [...]
How many times have you been berated by your parents or reprimanded by your boss? How often have you been told “My generation knows better!” or “I have more experience?” But at the same time, we think – “NO! in fact me and my peers know way better than you, dinosaur!”
Understanding how different generations think and behave can be fundamental to bring some stability and harmony in your working place and home. Getting clear on intergenerational differences in values can be truly unifying.
We generally talk of a different generation every 30 years. In [...]
Our values define our life: our choices, our actions, our behaviours. Our values and beliefs determine the life we decide to conduct, the people we surround ourselves with, and the environment we create - at home and in the office.
As adults we spend most of our waking time at work, so making sure your job is aligned with your values and vice versa is fundamental for your well-being and happiness. More than that, when you listen to your values, work-life balance isn’t such a mysterious creature after all!
Let’s look how your values impact your working life and workplace [...]
Great leaders – in politics or business – have one common trait: they inspire people to exert extraordinary effort and passion in doing anything. And the most extraordinary part is that people who follow leaders embrace their mission like it was self-conceived!
To be a true inspiration you’ll need to lead by example and establish great standards for your team.
Here are some of my favourite tricks in the Leadership toolbox. Let’s see if you have all the cards to win your team’s esteem!1. Strategic Vision
Be the captain of your ship! Give your team a clear [...]
Leaders will be those who empower others – Bill Gates
Bill Gates’ life hasn’t been all fun and games: he dropped out of Harvard University, his first company went out bust, his search engine Bing was a total flop and – well – we all remember the pain of using Microsoft Vista and Internet Explorer 6!! But none of these little rocks in the road ever stopped him.
He’s one of the most successful humans of our time and a brilliant example of inspiring leadership. Let’s take a look at what qualities provide genuine motivation for all of us.1. Dream & Do
Millennials have been blamed for all kinds of workplace sins: from being lazy, unreliable and irreverent to ungrateful, job-hoppers who, for sure, are way more interested in their social media than anything else!
The truth? Millennials are often workaholics whose potential has been constantly misinterpreted and underestimated, who actually feel guilty when they need to take time off (Harvard Business Review, 2017). So, how do we go about motivating the future asset of our organisations and make them bloom into great managers?
Here I’ll show you 7 KEY ways to motivate millennials!1. Share[...]