Today is World Suicide Prevention Day – an appropriate time to think about how we are looking after ourselves and each other right now, and how resilient we feel.
Have you found yourself (more than usually, on occasion, or more often) off-balance or overwhelmed this year as a result of life events that you may (or may not) have anticipated – plus, on top of all of that, everything we’ve all been dealing with/are still facing to do with covid-19?
I know I have, and that it’s also true for many people I know, personally and professionally.
How do you rate your own resilience amongst all this? Are you the ‘Weeble that wobbles but doesn’t fall down’ (maybe I’m showing my age here with this example…?). Or are you worried that you might actually fall down? Continue reading “How resilient are you?”
Lockdown, though necessary to contain the initial spread of Covid-19, was hard for a lot of people. In most parts of the UK now, (and in some other parts of the world, too), restrictions are starting to ease and we’re now entering a different phase, a slightly revised ‘normal’.
Whilst these changes are extremely welcome for some – particularly those whose income has been adversely affected and who are now able to resume work – for others, this brings a new level of anxiety in terms of deciding which activities feel safe to resume, and which don’t.
In many ways, full lockdown is easier and clearer to navigate in terms of understanding what we each can and can’t do. It removes most of the element of choice and individual decision-making. Now we’re starting to have to consider different possibilities and to interpret advice and rules which are, to many of us, less clear cut. Continue reading “Coming out of lockdown – easy or confusing?”
When we went into lockdown we all stopped doing this – some of us had stopped even before that.
It’s something we have tended to do here in the UK – in business and socially.
Maybe it’s a generational thing (I’m in my 60s) and perhaps it’s also more prevalent amongst men than women – although, in my experience, lots of women (in a work context, at least) used to shake hands, too.
A handshake seems like a small gesture, but maybe it represents quite a lot? Continue reading “Hello! Will we ever shake hands again?”
Yesterday, in between other meetings, I attended some sessions at the CIPD Festival of Work Conference – online of course, and focusing very much on the current situation, Covid-related.
The keynote address contained some real nuggets that have stuck with me since then – with regard to:
- the organisations that I work with and for,
- some of my coaching and counselling clients and supervisees,
- my own personal aspirations and career plan. Continue reading “Nuggets of wisdom re jobs, careers and business”
Our lives and our world have been well and truly disrupted by coronavirus and all that it entails.
We have each been living our own ‘temporary normal’ in order to survive and cope.
Many are already talking about what our ‘new normal’ will look like afterwards.
All we do know, for sure, is that no-one is unaffected and that we can’t go back – we can only go forward. Continue reading “Disrupted lives – what next?”
This is from an internet search I did yesterday:
It’s my experience that the (Western) world has been shaped mostly by extraverts and that, consequently, those of us who identify more with the traits of introversion, or are on the cusp between the two (ambiverts), can find it a tough place to navigate at times.
In her book ‘Quiet‘ (which I love), Susan Cain talks about the different levels of stimulation required, and able to be tolerated, by introverts and extraverts and the ‘extrovert ideal’. She quotes William White:
“Society is itself an education in the extrovert values,
and rarely has there been a society that has preached them so hard.
No man is an island, but how John Donne would writhe to hear how often,
and for what reasons,
the thought is so tiresomely repeated.” Continue reading “Today is World Introvert Day”