Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Food for thought: stress

We generally perceive stress to be a bad thing, it is a sign we can’t cope with the stimulus around us, it’s negative and overwhelming. But is that true? In reality, it should be considered a state of arousal or stimulation. If we are bored then this will be low, if it is too low and we have no stimulus this can lead to depression (like, too much can lead to anxiety and depression). If we are angry, nervous, afraid or excited the level of stimulation or stress will be higher.

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking a pandemic and turning it into an opportunity 

It would be safe to say that in the last few weeks my brain has gone crazy. I could never have predicted that when I resigned in November, would I leave the office, retrain, be full of energy and ready to go, then one week later see WHO announce a pandemic. Welcome to the world of trying to make it as a PT in the middle of Covid-19. My brain has well and truly done loops of the stages of acceptance. Although I think I compressed it into three stages: denial, depression and ac

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Taking BIG steps in the ‘right’ direction

Sometimes we stay in, let’s say non ideal, situations for too long. Not because we want to, and not because we don’t want to get out, but because sometimes it is the only thing we really know and it can be hard to break out of that pattern until we find the right thing to go to. It can be easy to look at a situation objectively and tell someone else what to do. It’s really, really hard to look at your own life, acknowledge a problem and do something about it. I’ve been in a n

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Taking positivity into 2020

Generally the end of the year marks a period of reflection. What did I set out to do this year? Have I done it? Have I done more, less, as I expected? Who did I meet? Who have I not spoken to for a while? What will next year bring? If I could do it again, would I do it differently? Am I proud of what I have achieved? For me, this process typically starts in early November, then I have a long weekend away in the middle and I come back ready to make some changes. My mum and Kat

Home for Christmas

No matter how much you like your family, Christmas, gift buying and giving, eating – Christmas can be a pretty anxiety inducing time of year for even the calmest of people. And I certainly am not the calmest of people. December is a month of the year where you can be in full swing, doing great at work, at home, balancing your life and then suddenly everything gets picked up, shaken and lobbed out the window, with the upbeat ring of “oh, go on, it’s Christmas”. For people that

Home for Christmas

No matter how much you like your family, Christmas, gift buying and giving, eating – Christmas can be a pretty anxiety inducing time of year for even the calmest of people. And I certainly am not the calmest of people. December is a month of the year where you can be in full swing, doing great at work, at home, balancing your life and then suddenly everything gets picked up, shaken and lobbed out the window, with the upbeat ring of “oh, go on, it’s Christmas”. For people that

Home for Christmas

No matter how much you like your family, Christmas, gift buying and giving, eating – Christmas can be a pretty anxiety inducing time of year for even the calmest of people. And I certainly am not the calmest of people. December is a month of the year where you can be in full swing, doing great at work, at home, balancing your life and then suddenly everything gets picked up, shaken and lobbed out the window, with the upbeat ring of “oh, go on, it’s Christmas”. For people that

Home for Christmas

No matter how much you like your family, Christmas, gift buying and giving, eating – Christmas can be a pretty anxiety inducing time of year for even the calmest of people. And I certainly am not the calmest of people. December is a month of the year where you can be in full swing, doing great at work, at home, balancing your life and then suddenly everything gets picked up, shaken and lobbed out the window, with the upbeat ring of “oh, go on, it’s Christmas”. For people that

Competition and being competitive

It’s not always a good thing. My family are all pretty competitive. Sometimes playfully, sometimes seriously. Sometimes it starts playfully and we get carried away and then someone ends up in tears (sorry mum). With a sociable twin brother and sister who were pretty good at sport, had each other to make it easy to get involved in activities at school, they were reasonably competitive. And rightly so, they were talented and put in effort. I remember as a kid, my sister and I w

Competition and being competitive

It’s not always a good thing. My family are all pretty competitive. Sometimes playfully, sometimes seriously. Sometimes it starts playfully and we get carried away and then someone ends up in tears (sorry mum). With a sociable twin brother and sister who were pretty good at sport, had each other to make it easy to get involved in activities at school, they were reasonably competitive. And rightly so, they were talented and put in effort. I remember as a kid, my sister and I w

Competition and being competitive

It’s not always a good thing. My family are all pretty competitive. Sometimes playfully, sometimes seriously. Sometimes it starts playfully and we get carried away and then someone ends up in tears (sorry mum). With a sociable twin brother and sister who were pretty good at sport, had each other to make it easy to get involved in activities at school, they were reasonably competitive. And rightly so, they were talented and put in effort. I remember as a kid, my sister and I w