27th of September

What’s Happening With Our Mental Health? (A Slight Rant)


Mad Hatter

Mental Health is a subject very close to my heart. I have experienced my own difficulties with mental health early in life and then experienced it later in life, professionally as a mental health nurse. As a result, I get very passionate about it, frustrated with commonly held beliefs, annoyed with some professionals having their ‘expert’ competitions with one another, deflated with social media coverage about it and struggle with the idea that we’re all suffering from mental illness when really, much mental ill-health is distress produced as a normal human reaction.

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18th of August

Getting to the Heart of The Matter – Moving Forwards with Values


Cake

In my last blog post I wrote about how a seemingly innocuous coaching exercise had reconnected me to my values, and so had also brought some renewed meaning to my life. I also mentioned how I would look at values and show you how it’s possible to connect with them in order to understand what really matters and so find some direction.


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31st of July

All Coaches Have a Story


Seeds

Covid and the lockdown, having the kids at home, being unable to get to workplaces to do any of my coaching has meant that I’ve had to take stock of what I’m doing. I’ve really had to understand the whys and wherefores of where I’m at, what work means to me and how I want to move forwards. So, I’ve been doing online training and reading about coaching, and co-coaching and having supervision and receiving coaching myself. In one of the webinars I’ve watched, I was asked to do a little exercise: the idea is, that in order to move forwards as a coach, you need to connect with your ‘why’ ie why do I coach? All coaches have a story, so the exercise involves connecting to that story. What you have to do is keep asking yourself why, until you can’t ask any more. I’ve done it a few times before and I’ve always said to myself, ‘it’s because I want to help people’. Well, yes, I do, but WHY?!

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