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Blue Monday, Covid and a New Start

Blue Monday

Today is Blue Monday, allegedly the most depressing day of the year.  But with the most challenging Christmas in at least my memory, and COVID not looking like it’s over anytime soon, Blue Monday is even more challenging.

But, just because it’s called Blue Monday, doesn’t mean we have to give into it.  It isn’t a blueprint for how to feel.  There are some simple things you can do to lift your mood, whether it is Blue Monday or any other day, whether COVID is here or long gone.  And I share some other tips to help 2021 get off to a good start.  Call it a new beginning.  I will give them to you in two parts:  one to uplift your mood and another to create momentum.

Part One (Mood)

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Working From Home

Several people have spoken to me about the challenge they have in working from home.  There are those for whom this is a real boon and boosts their productivity.  But there are those for whom it is something close to a living nightmare.  Starving for connection and distraction, the thought of hunkering down, isolated, can feel very difficult indeed.

I do hope these tips help you, whatever your situation.  It’s a fairly long post because I wanted to cover off as much of the common working-from-home problems as possible.  You may want to skip to sections relevant to you, or read through the whole thing.  It should only take a few minutes.

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How Stress Resilience Helps Performance

Stress resilience

We already know that stress can have a negative impact on performance in a number of ways:

  • Poor decision making
  • More errors made
  • Increase in irritability and therefore conflict
  • Impact on teamwork
  • Increase in absenteeism and presenteeism
  • Negative effect on customer satisfaction
  • Risk of burnout or breakdown of your most valuable resource

All create a negative domino effect.

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Stress and Performance

Stress and Performance

Many of the people I coach say that they have too much stress.  For some it is the reason they come for coaching.  For others it is a consequence of what else is going on for them.  And then there are others, who come to me because they are wondering “is this it?”:  often a euphemism for boredom or feeling unfulfilled.

But there are three levels of stress which affect performance and I wanted to share them with you.

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5 Dimensions for Success with Less Stress

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5 Dimensional Coaching

As we enter a new year, most of us will have thoughts about what it will take to make it a success.  We will doubtless make huge commitments to ourselves and our businesses to make it a good year.  But it’s stressful being successful.  My A-HEAD for Success 5 Dimensional Coaching ® program is designed to make it less so.  In this article I wanted to share with you the 5 Dimensions and then in future articles I will go into them in more detail.

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Stress: Avoidance, Cure or Prevention?

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Avoidance of Stress

When it comes to stress, avoidance is the best strategy, isn’t it?  Not really.

It is almost impossible to avoid stress – it’s a natural part of life.  Especially in our VUCA world (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous).  Obviously, we don’t want any more stress than is necessary but in order to avoid it, one or more of the following are probably true:

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Stress Resilience in a Chaotic World

Chaotic World

Our world is not just chaotic, it is volatile, it is ambiguous, it is uncertain.  Now, more than ever with Brexit an ever-present uncertainty in our lives; always-on technology; social media and press reminding us at the perfection we need to attain and the happiness we need to feel; having to achieve more with fewer resources; the rate of change; reliance on technology which changes without warning and technology breaking down when you have a deadline to meet, it’s hardly surprising stress levels are so high. You can’t even watch the news without seeing other news relayed to you in text below the main story.  It is relentless.

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Your Stress at Work

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The Your Stress at Work Survey has been completed and it has some interesting insights I wanted to share with you.

It seems that stress has reached epidemic proportions, and the impact on individuals at work has been significant.  The main themes are given below.  So, grab a coffee (or chamomile tea) and read on.

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What is Integrative Coaching?

Integrative CoachingCoaching is a wonderful tool for those who care about getting results with more ease:  it helps you achieve your goals by creating practical action plans, using tools and techniques to help achieve them and helping you to build skills to facilitate the change you seek.

Integrative Coaching does the same but it goes deeper, if required.  Because sometimes there is a reason that goal achievement is elusive, or perhaps challenging.  Integrative Coaching looks at what is blocking you.  Unless the blocks are removed, problems will recur, especially in times of challenge.  Integrative Coaching, a more sustainable approach, will look at the psychological blocks, the biological ones (tired all the time is a common factor), the emotional ones (stress and anxiety for example) plus more.

Author Philippe Rosinski says it is “… a holistic approach that calls upon multiple interconnected perspectives to facilitate the unleashing of human potential towards meaningful pursuits … from the physical to the spiritual.”  In the A-HEAD for Success terms, spiritual is all about purpose and meaning.  When you are aware of and completely aligned to that, everything else becomes easier and clearer.

Three Levels of Integrative Coaching

Integrative Coaching is at the forefront of The A-HEAD for Success 5D Coaching Model ™ which helps provide three levels of integrative coaching through the 5 Dimensions (Clarity, Skillset, Mindset, Stress-Resilience, Health and Energy).  Of course we only work at the level of need but the process helps identify the need which is different for everyone.

  1. Integrating a variety of approaches tailored to suit your specific needs
  2. Integrating mind and body. A good example is that a client may present with any number of physical symptoms.  For example: exhaustion  (my latest book explains how complicated this condition is and why the integrative approach is so important), insomnia, headaches or Irritable Bowel Syndrome to name a few.  Though there may be physical causes to these, there may also be emotional and lifestyle factors involved.  Stress is very often a factor in IBS so we deal with it from a multifaceted perspective.
  3. Integrating parts of the self. This deals with self-sabotage which may be impacting performance, health, relationships and more.  So we address this internal conflict:  if you feel that you have your foot on the breaks and the accelerator at the same time, self-sabotage may very well be at play, but it is often subconscious so you need to work with an expert to deal with it.

Conventional coaching tends to be somewhat formulaic and will not always address the finer details which can so impact on us.  Integrative Coaching helps address the complexity of what it means to be a functioning person in a dynamic world.

Want to know how it might help you?  Call me, Tricia Woolfrey, on 0345 130 0854 to find out more.  Calls are no-obligation and completely confidential.

© Tricia Woolfrey

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