New York isn’t the only city that never sleeps! In the US 70 million people are reported to have some kind of sleeping disorder, including insomnia, sleep apnoea and sleep deprivation (American Sleep Association, 2019), Bad sleep affects a startling 1 in 3 people in the US (ASA, 2019).
In the UK, 74% of the population sleep less than 7 hours per night, while again, roughly 1 in 3 people suffer a sleep disorder (Sleep Council, 2017).
Things don’t look much brighter in the rest of the world: globally over 60% of adults suffer from insomnia or other sleeping issues (Harris Poll, [...]
Sleep is of the brain, by the brain and for the brain! Consider last month. How many times did you work through the night to deliver a project on time or please your boss with that important presentation? But how many times did you reboot your computer or phone to make it work more effectively? If you’re willing to be gentle with your electronic devices, why aren’t you doing the same for your brain?!
For a decade I worked in an investment bank, where the culture of sleeping deprivation is tolerated – when not encouraged – as in many other kinds of global businesses [...]
Sleep is the most under rated basic need in modern society. We need sleep as we need food and water, but somehow we think we can manage to have a healthy life on only 5 hours sleep a night.
Sleep deprivation is as harmful as malnutrition, but its consequences are slow, subtle and devious, and before we realise it, we are putting our lives in mortal danger. Don’t let your FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) mess up your sleep cycles!
I’d like to share what the clever scientists tell us about the mortal risks of insufficient sleep.1. Increased Cancer Risk
BOOM. Chronic sleeping disorders are [...]
When was the last time you woke up, fully rested, after a FABULOUS night’s sleep? If you can’t remember, look no further!
Sleeping, eating and shelter are our essential needs that we must satisfy in order to be functional human beings. And while it’s true that diabetes, obesity, depression and stress can have huge negative effects on our sleep patterns, sometimes our most simple habits and routines are making things worse and reducing our ability to get some decent shut eye!
Want to become a sleeping rock star? Here are my my favourite habits for successful sleep. [...]
We think happiness just happens and it can, but you’ve got to work in some happiness too – Michelle Obama
Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1964, Michelle Obama is known for being the former first lady, the first Afro-American first lady, married to the 44th President of the USA. But she’s much more than that.
Graduating from both Princeton and Harvard Law Schools, Michelle is a successful lawyer, wife, mother and influencer. How has she learned to juggle such a portfolio of extraordinary achievements and keep them all in balance?
Let’s look at Michelle’s ‘3 [...]
The evidence around employee well-being and individual and organisational performance is astounding! I believe that satisfied employees are the most important thing a business can aspire for. In fact, happiness makes people around 12% more productive (Sgroi, 2015). Work-life balance is easier when the workforce doesn’t feel the pressure of sitting at the desk every day.
Whether you’re a manager who wants to enhance the power of your group or you’ve just joined a new team and want to make your onboarding process flow more easily, here are some ideas to help you successfully [...]
Who is happy? He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind and a docile nature – Thales of Miletus.
Work life balance is hard, elusive and fragile. Achieving the perfect balance between our personal and professional lives is one of the biggest 21st century challenges we face. Often this concept involves so many different aspects, people, even our subconscious and unconscious minds, that can we can be left feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, understandably upset.
Tired of juggling duties and pleasures? Can’t remember the last time you find proper time for yourself? Look no [...]
By definition, work-life balance is essential in creating both a fulfilling personal life and a successful professional life. One American survey shows that during work hours 42% of employees take care of personal and family needs, and 60% respond to personal communications. On the other hand, 48% respond to work-related communications during their personal time at home and 25% work during vacations (American Psychological Association, 2015).
Needless to say that if we dealt exclusively with work matters in the office and personal matters at home life would be easier. But that’s simply [...]
Today I’d like to share with you two stories of some of my dearest clients. Their names have been changed to protect their privacy, but read their stories and see whether they resonate with you.Banking Burnout
The first story is about Steve, Managing Director of Sales in the Sydney office of a global investment bank. Late 40s, 2 kids, over 15 years married to his college sweetheart, and a quite brilliant banking career covering 3 continents, Steven was struggling with stress so much that he was experiencing anxiety attacks, both at the home and in the office. During the weekend he [...]
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[...]