When Self-Care Feels Like A Chore!

Much is said of the need for business owners and entrepreneurs to practise regular self-care. In fact, in some entrepreneur circles, a popular topic of conversation tends to be “so what’s your current morning practice then?” Many of the key thought leaders from the world of personal development and entrepreneurship will tell you how essential it is to have a self-care routine in order to be successful in business and in life, and of course many of us take that on board, the good students of life that we are, and go off and plan out a whole programme of activities that we vow to do regularly so that we too can have a successful business and life. Read more

Dealing With Depression As An Entrepreneur

Depression. What is depression?

The feeling of waking up each morning exhausted regardless of how much sleep you’ve had. A severe lack of motivation and enthusiasm to do anything or go anywhere, and a head full of rumination with frequent thoughts of “what’s the point?” and “what’s wrong with me?” When you find it almost impossible to string a sentence together or remember what you did 30 minutes ago, let alone last weekend.  Read more

Why Having A Niche Is Good For Your Mental Health

First of all, despite the word ‘niche’ in the title, this blog post is not about marketing, although it might please some marketing experts to know that by spreading the word that niche is a good thing, they are also promoting good emotional health too. Read more

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How Burnout Can Strike Even When You Love What You Do

How many of us left the corporate world to go and set up in business on our own?

How many of us thought that – because we were leaving corporate to do something we really, really love, that we wouldn’t suffer from burnout?

Not true is it! Read more

Emotional Intelligence: Why Is It So Important For Entrepreneurs?

I remember the first book I read when I started studying hypnotherapy – it was Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence. Written in 1996, it still remains relevant to this day, perhaps even more so now in the way we conduct our thinking and our response to everyday events and situations in our lives. Read more

Feeling Frazzled? 5 Things To Do Right Now To Help You Reset & Refocus

You’re sitting at your desk. You’ve got so much to do, you don’t even know where to start. You feel so behind. Your eyes are tired from staring at the screen, and your shoulders are aching and full of tension. You try really hard to focus, but the harder you try, the harder it gets. Read more

Why Jumping To Conclusions Is Bad For Your Mental Health (and how to stop doing it)

How many times have you sent an important email or text to someone, expecting a quick reply and when it doesn’t come, think to yourself: why haven’t they replied? Have I said the wrong thing? Are they ignoring me? What’s going on! I’m obviously not that important to them!

And of course, because we start thinking like that, we might feel some anxiety coming on, or even get cross or irritable when we think about that person.  Before we know it, we’ve had an entire conversation with them in our head. Read more

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What To Do When Everything Feels Really Hard

Do you ever feel like everything is just too hard?

Even the most everyday tasks feel like too much to deal with? There’s no food in the house but the idea of walking around that supermarket (kids or no kids) feels exhausting. You haven’t exercised for weeks but the thought of going for a run in this weather feels impossible. The inbox of emails is piling up, but it feels too overwhelming to deal with them.  Read more

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Is it worth buying a SAD lamp?

If you suspect you get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then maybe the thought has crossed your mind of investing in a SAD lamp, but wondered whether it’s worth it?

SAD, or winter depression, is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, and those who are affected, tend to feel it coming on around the clocks going back, and the days getting shorter. It’s thought around one in three people notice the winter blues – where they feel more tired in the mornings, notice a drop in mood, and have less energy to get things done. Read more

The REAL reason you wake up feeling exhausted.

Do you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted, even though you went to bed at a reasonable time?  Then you find yourself mentally calculating how many hours you’ve had, telling yourself tonight will be an earlier night.

Waking up feeling tired before the day’s even started has to be one of the most frustrating things.  Motivation isn’t there to get things done, the urge for sugar and carbs is high, and you feel like you’re in go-slow mode. Read more