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An embodied approach to overcoming self-sabotage

Self-sabotage – the act of getting in our own way, stopping our own success. We all do it because we are all in the grip of our saboteurs. Those voices in our head that tell us we’re not good enough, we can’t do certain things, that others will laugh at us or that we will fail. Our saboteurs arise in childhood as a form of self- protection. They become our defence mechanism against a world...

Hacking your life is a form of self sabotage

Everywhere we look, we are being offered life hacks: biohacking to make the most of our body or immune system; short cuts to health, fitness, better eating; quick tips to bring us wellbeing, resilience, even spiritual enlightenment. In practically every area of life it seems there is someone offering a quick fix answer to whatever we want to achieve. It’s easy to get sucked in. Who doesn’t want to get things done more quickly, to...

Breath means business

It is commonly recognised that stress in the workplace is one of the biggest drivers of decreased performance, causing a loss of over 11 million days at work in the UK each year (HSE).  The most forward-looking companies are exploring new ways to help employees reduce stress and anxiety levels. Breathwork is one of the cutting-edge techniques (increasingly backed up by research, e.g. Perciavalle et al (2017) reported a 15% reduction in self-reported measures of...

Your breath as a channel to calm and clarity

Our breathing is the only part of our autonomic nervous system (the part that controls and activates our internal organs) that we have conscious control. When we breathe deeply and slowly we activate the part of this system that helps us feel calmer and less stressed. When we get stressed the fight or flight mechanism kicks in. It’s an instinctual response and we can’t do anything to stop it happening. That’s actually important as it’s...

Getting into embodiment changed my life

What we do in our bodies influences how we live our lives. When I first got into the world of embodiment this became clear to me in so many ways that I had just never noticed before and it caused a dramatic shift in how I chose to live my life.  In case you’ve not come across the term embodiment before, it is literally the way you are in your body, how you move, breathe,...

The state you are in

The state you are in - enhance your emotional intelligence and manage stress What is state management and why would you want to be able to do it? Put simply, being able to manage your state, your emotions, is a key indicator of your ability to survive and thrive in life. Early self-regulation ability as a child is a significant predictor of performance later in life, so learning new skills in this area is likely...

Breathing for stress management

When we are struggling to cope in a world that seems impossibly changed, it can be helpful to look at what we can take control of, rather than fixating on things that we can’t. One thing we can take control of is how we are in our bodies. Our posture, how we move, our breathing all have a significant influence on what we think, how we feel and what we achieve. By making a shift...

My body is the map of my life

It's National Storytelling Week. A celebration of the way humans have communicated for millennia and reflecting the way evolution has wired us to receive and process information. Storytelling is a wonderful way to interact with the world, both around us and within ourselves. Stories somehow resonate with us, often proving more memorable than facts alone, with their ability to touch us deeply and stay with us for a long time. Their impact has been proven...

Mindfulness in career change

Mindfulness – a simple yet effective form of meditation that enables you to gain control of unruly thoughts and behaviours. Is it really as straightforward as that? This type of description of mindfulness is very much in vogue at the moment, however I believe this is actually quite a limiting definition for a practice that can really open up and support your career change journey. It has become very popular to think of mindfulness as simply...

Compelling storytelling for your career change

Being able to tell a good story is really important in making a successful career change. The ability to quickly and compellingly tell your story means you will engage people, help them remember you, and ensure that you are making the most of every opportunity that comes your way, whether at a formal networking event, in a casual conversation with friends, or during an interview situation. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of human...

Turning fear to your advantage during a career change

One of the main reasons people don’t pursue a wanted career change, or why they get stuck, is fear. Fear of failing… fear of getting it wrong… fear of looking foolish… fear of someone telling them they are doing the wrong thing… One of the challenges is that fear is often ill-defined, perhaps we have a nagging sense of doubt or we start catastrophising about all the things that could go wrong. Fear is normal,...
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An embodied approach to overcoming self-sabotage

Self-sabotage – the act of getting in our own way, stopping our own success. We all do it because we are all in the grip of our saboteurs. Those voices in our head that tell us we’re not good enough, we can’t do certain things, that others will laugh at us or that we will fail. Our saboteurs arise in childhood as a form of self- protection. They become our defence mechanism against a world...

Hacking your life is a form of self sabotage

Everywhere we look, we are being offered life hacks: biohacking to make the most of our body or immune system; short cuts to health, fitness, better eating; quick tips to bring us wellbeing, resilience, even spiritual enlightenment. In practically every area of life it seems there is someone offering a quick fix answer to whatever we want to achieve. It’s easy to get sucked in. Who doesn’t want to get things done more quickly, to...

Breath means business

It is commonly recognised that stress in the workplace is one of the biggest drivers of decreased performance, causing a loss of over 11 million days at work in the UK each year (HSE).  The most forward-looking companies are exploring new ways to help employees reduce stress and anxiety levels. Breathwork is one of the cutting-edge techniques (increasingly backed up by research, e.g. Perciavalle et al (2017) reported a 15% reduction in self-reported measures of...

Your breath as a channel to calm and clarity

Our breathing is the only part of our autonomic nervous system (the part that controls and activates our internal organs) that we have conscious control. When we breathe deeply and slowly we activate the part of this system that helps us feel calmer and less stressed. When we get stressed the fight or flight mechanism kicks in. It’s an instinctual response and we can’t do anything to stop it happening. That’s actually important as it’s...

Getting into embodiment changed my life

What we do in our bodies influences how we live our lives. When I first got into the world of embodiment this became clear to me in so many ways that I had just never noticed before and it caused a dramatic shift in how I chose to live my life.  In case you’ve not come across the term embodiment before, it is literally the way you are in your body, how you move, breathe,...

The state you are in

The state you are in - enhance your emotional intelligence and manage stress What is state management and why would you want to be able to do it? Put simply, being able to manage your state, your emotions, is a key indicator of your ability to survive and thrive in life. Early self-regulation ability as a child is a significant predictor of performance later in life, so learning new skills in this area is likely...

Breathing for stress management

When we are struggling to cope in a world that seems impossibly changed, it can be helpful to look at what we can take control of, rather than fixating on things that we can’t. One thing we can take control of is how we are in our bodies. Our posture, how we move, our breathing all have a significant influence on what we think, how we feel and what we achieve. By making a shift...

My body is the map of my life

It's National Storytelling Week. A celebration of the way humans have communicated for millennia and reflecting the way evolution has wired us to receive and process information. Storytelling is a wonderful way to interact with the world, both around us and within ourselves. Stories somehow resonate with us, often proving more memorable than facts alone, with their ability to touch us deeply and stay with us for a long time. Their impact has been proven...

Mindfulness in career change

Mindfulness – a simple yet effective form of meditation that enables you to gain control of unruly thoughts and behaviours. Is it really as straightforward as that? This type of description of mindfulness is very much in vogue at the moment, however I believe this is actually quite a limiting definition for a practice that can really open up and support your career change journey. It has become very popular to think of mindfulness as simply...

Compelling storytelling for your career change

Being able to tell a good story is really important in making a successful career change. The ability to quickly and compellingly tell your story means you will engage people, help them remember you, and ensure that you are making the most of every opportunity that comes your way, whether at a formal networking event, in a casual conversation with friends, or during an interview situation. Storytelling is one of the oldest forms of human...

Turning fear to your advantage during a career change

One of the main reasons people don’t pursue a wanted career change, or why they get stuck, is fear. Fear of failing… fear of getting it wrong… fear of looking foolish… fear of someone telling them they are doing the wrong thing… One of the challenges is that fear is often ill-defined, perhaps we have a nagging sense of doubt or we start catastrophising about all the things that could go wrong. Fear is normal,...