Life coaching clients often come to me to talk about how to create happy relationships. In almost all of our long-term relationships (whether with partners, friends, family members or colleagues), our feelings can wax and wane. Even when we are deeply connected to another person,…

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Coming together with family and friends can be both a blessing and a stress. Added to the general tiredness many of us feel as the year-end approaches, the pressure of buying gifts, crazy traffic and over-excited children, these gatherings can actually feel like hard work instead…

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When I first started meditating, I resisted an early morning meditation practice. I opted instead to meditate later in the day. But it wasn’t long before I realised that other things were getting in the way. I took the advice of my teacher and made…

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‘We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.’ Plato Fear is a strange thing. Sometimes you’re not even aware that you’re feeling it. It can sit there, under…

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I was interviewed by a journalist recently about how to stay calm in the lead-up to Christmas, and we both agreed that it’s crazy how we create an imaginary deadline by which time we need to get all projects completed, or catch up with every…

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Yesterday I heard a friend speak about a recent scare she had with her partner. Out of the blue he had a panic attack that left him barely able to stand and unable to speak for a short time. Understandably, the experience completely terrified her….

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In one of the opening chapters of Russ Harris’ new book The Reality Slap he asks the following questions ‘Who is the one human being in your life who can always be there for you, in any moment, no matter what?’ and ‘Who is the one human…

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In our busy lives, we sometimes allow things to become complex and difficult. Take a step back and look at the areas of your life that you can simplify. 1. Take stock Look at all of the different aspects of your life and decide which parts…

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When Chris and I were in Bali last year, we went on an eco bike tour which was the highlight of our trip. Our guide was a young Balinese guy who had a fantastic sense of humour and an adventurous spirit. He rode down those hills…

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