3 Great Tips for Managing Stress

Posted on June 17th, 2015 by

Stress is good for you.

No, really it is.

We all perform well when under a little pressure. It’s when the balance tips that we get fraught. That’s when we start to make to make mistakes and send out daft emails, say stupid things in speeches, drink/eat too much or not at all.

Here are 3 tips to do every day:

  1. Walk Tall.

    There is well documented research to show that our posture affects our mood. Slump, slouch, generally mope around with ‘don’t notice me’ written all over you will ensure that happens. Instead, take a deep breath and hold yourself as upright as you can. Walk tall and look the world right in the eye. (Thanks to Val Doonican for that line – anyone remember him?)

  2. Listen to Happy Music.

    Music can have a profound effect on our mood. Whenever I feel in need of a quick cheer up this (below) is where I go. It never fails to make me smile. Take 5 minutes and watch this. (If link doesn’t work for you go here.) Mozart is particularly good, too. Play happy music in car on the way to work, or in your ipod on the bus or train.

3. Smile Regularly

It’s quite possible that if you’re over stressed you’re frowning. You may not even realise it. Frowns create more frowns. It’s kind of hard to smile at a frowning face. Smiling makes you feel better. It’s easy to smile back at a smiley face. Even fake smiling will produce some happy hormones. Which means soon you’ll be smiling for real. Go on, smile!

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Menglish? Do you speak it?

Posted on June 15th, 2015 by

Do you know the differences between how men and women speak? A better understanding of our different styles can help you enormously both at work and home. I have to give credit for the title to the journalist Hilly Janes. She invited me to speak at a Women in Journalism event. It was obvious that they would come up with a pithy headline! I was speaking to the Women in Journalism group on the differences in how men and women

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Is This The New Old Girls’ Network? What Do You Think?

Posted on June 12th, 2015 by

How do you feel about giving friends a helping hand? I’ve had so much support and friendship since I began my business and I’ve appreciated every single scrap: people retweeting my stuff, telling women about the RenewYou course, generously sharing the blog posts. I’d like to give something back. I’m thinking of starting something akin to the old girl’s network on these pages. But I won’t be calling it that… ;>) Read on and do let me know what you

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When Women Thrive Businesses Thrive, & that means YOU

Posted on June 10th, 2015 by

Do you ever find yourself trying to justify why you need some gender equality initiatives at your place of work (like attending or booking a RenewYou course)? If so, this will help. It’s a report from an American organisation called Mercer; they polled 168 companies in 28 countries. Here’s a brief excerpt of what they found: THE FIVE KEY DRIVERS OF GENDER DIVERSITY Standalone programs and silo-ed initiatives are not advancing gender diversity. Statistical analysis of the data provided by

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Does My Brain Look Big in This?

Posted on June 7th, 2015 by

  Do you hide your intelligence? Just a teeny weeny bit perhaps? If someone tells you how bright you are do you mumble embarrassedly: “Oh no, I was just lucky I knew that…” or similar? You’re not alone. We women do it all the time (in general). Men do not (in general). In fact, men tend to oversell their intelligence. Women do the opposite. You know that if you tell yourself something often enough it will become a self fulfilling

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Women, Don’t Make This Common Mistake

Posted on June 5th, 2015 by

If you are always the kindly soul who jumps up to make drinks for everyone, stop now because… 1. You may be out of the room when important stuff is said, busy collecting up cups, taking orders, etc and 2. You are not a waitress but run the risk of creating that impression. By all means take your turn, and also make sure that they see you for what you are – a talented and very able woman who is

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