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Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

Welcome to my blog

There is a lot of information around on the importance of looking after our health, like maintaining a healthy diet and plenty of exercise... Which is all well and good if your aim is just to keep your body healthy. But what about your brain?

From chocolate to coffee and sleep to sharper smarter thinking, join me for an article or three as I share insights, tips and ideas on what it takes to keep your brain operating at full speed, so you can wake up feeling refreshed, happier and healthier every day.

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Mental wellbeing. What’s empathy got to do with it?

Mental wellbeing. What’s empathy got to do with it?

What has been happening in Afghanistan is truly horrible. Watching the news bulletins of the chaos, the fear and an increasingly desperate situation, it’s hard not to be touched by the human suffering.

Are you an empath?

Are you a person highly sensitive to the emotions of others that, courtesy of your mirror neurons enables you to feel what they feel as a shared experience?

Or do you see it as just another example of woo-woo, irrelevant touchy-feely stuff and found only in “Petals.”

Empathy matters because it is essential to your mental wellbeing, and studies have shown how empathetic leaders are seen as more trustworthy, and fair.

The problem is, our ability to show empathy is becoming endangered courtesy of a hostile environment and even some of the medications we use.

But like other aspects of wellbeing, empathy can be learned and strengthened.

What do you do to stay empathetic to the needs of those around you?

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Giving Thanks. Why Gratitude Matters.

Giving Thanks. Why Gratitude Matters.

Despite the fact 2020 will be remembered as a basket case of a year associated with terrible loss and grief, hardships and fear, there has been some good. Acknowledging this and counting our blessings is important, firstly to remind ourselves that even in times of adversity, there will always be some positives though we may have to look really carefully to find them. Secondly, that focusing on those small things that give us a sense of joy or happiness is essential to being able to find the motivation and confidence to move on.
In this blog I share 5 ideas on how to show more gratitude and the benefits gratitude provides our mental wellbeing

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Finding a silver lining to the Covid-19 storm cloud

Finding a silver lining to the Covid-19 storm cloud

Despite the barrage of doom and gloom and scary images of people on ventilators and health care workers gowned up in white suits, what I’ve noticed recently has been a huge surge in human kindness and compassion. Have you seen this too?

We’re looking out for each other in ways not witnessed for a very long time. We’re checking in the elderly and vulnerable in the community. We’re digging in deep to help out with donations to Foodbank and showing a willingness to contribute to the greater good and
complying with the request to stay home because that act of kindness works to keep others safe.

Whether singing to each other from our balconies (as in Italy) enjoying a virtual workout with Joe Wicks from the UK, saying thank you to the harassed person at the supermarket check-out or sharing a toilet roll with a friend in need, sharing that moment of kindness does us all a power of good.

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Bridging the Empathy Gap

Bridging the Empathy Gap

What would you choose?
A higher paying job where profits came before people or a lower paying job, where you felt you were being treated as a person, listened to and encouraged to grow professionally?
Empathy matters because it makes feel cared for.

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Are You Being Too Hard on Yourself?

Are You Being Too Hard on Yourself?

Compassion.

It’s not about feeling sorry for ourselves or expecting a pity party.

It’s the acceptance that things haven’t turned out as expected, we’re doing it tough and it hurts.

Compassion is the reaction and kindness we might receive from a friend, it’s supportive and helpful.

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How investing in caring for others helps us all

How investing in caring for others helps us all

Empathy matters. Empathetic leaders command greater trust and respect boosting engagement and motivation.
The patients of empathetic doctors recover more quickly from illness.

But research has confirmed a serious empathy deficit in the health arena with 56% of doctors reportedly saying they don’t have time for empathy.

But the reality is being empathetic takes no time at all. A 40 second interlude of empathy and kindness has been shown to result in significantly reduced anxiety levels.

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