BAME Women on Boards

Get on Board: Why diversity on boards matters

This week I attended the University of Leeds Council Meeting, from the other side of the table. What do I mean by this? I used to be a member of Council as a Student Union Officer in 2003-2004. November last year I was asked to become a Council member (equivalent to a trustee). I was filled with joy. You may think, why? Firstly, it was my alma matter, so I was honoured. Secondly, as I run my own business it’s…

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How to look after yourself 365 days of the year.

Beyond New Year’s Resolutions: Wellbeing 365

New Year’s Resolutions We hear it every year, don’t we? Setting intentions and then giving up on New Year’s resolutions. The second Friday in January is apparently when most people quit or “fail” their New Year’s resolutions in some way. It can be down to the time of year, feeling pressured into setting them or wanting to see quick results and feeling disheartened. I gave up this practice a long time ago as January is a time I want to…

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Six Wellbeing at Work Trends for 2019

Wellbeing at Work last year Here we are as another year begins. 2018 saw wellbeing at work come to the forefront with board-level discussions and senior leadership teams taking the lead with a focus on mental health in the workplace. For me, the wellbeing at work highlights of 2018 were increased numbers of staff receiving Mental Health First Aid training, financial wellness programmes and digital detoxes,  There was also an increase in workplaces encouraging the use of mindfulness through classes and/or promoting…

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What do I want this Christmas

How to cope with stress at Christmas and Jingle Well

Stress at Christmas time Ten percent of people find Christmas a stressful or lonely time of year. The media would have you believe Christmas is an amazing, magical time, but this actually isn’t the case for everyone. Family stresses, loneliness, endless travelling, dark, cold days, last-minute stressful deadlines, Christmas parties and the never-ending (Christmas) to-do list. Whether you celebrate in a traditional way or not it creeps up on us all. This year I decided to launch an online coaching…

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And Breathe to represent resilience

Personal Resilience Training

Why is everyone talking about resilience? I think there has been more discussion about resilience and what it means due to the increasing levels of stress in our everyday lives. We all know we are too reliant on our technology, we check emails at all hours, homework is issued on iPads, and we use gadgets at home. All in the hope of trying to save time, but this often means we do not have time with constant buzzing, pinging and…

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