The first days of January usually inspire me to make plans and resolutions for the coming year. But this time, I’m opting out of that ritual for the first time in years. Here’s why…
What pushes you into survival mode? How can you tell when you’re in it? And how could you learn to get out of it?
Adrenaline is a hormone that can give us access to our reserves of energy in emergency situations. Yet, when most of our lives end up feeling like an emergency, those reserves get depleted and the adrenaline becomes addictive.
We’re in a bit of a sleep-crisis in our Western culture. We have ideas and habits that actually prevent us from having a healthy attitude towards sleep. But sleep is a non-negotiable when it comes to our wellbeing.
Many of us have princples that guide our lives, ideals that we’ve translated into practical habits to reflect who we want to be. But sometimes, those principles are too hard to uphold, or conflict with one another, or somehow don’t really seem to mirror that initial ideal. Is it alright not to live according to your own principles for a while?
When have you worked enough? When have you ‘earned’ the right to take some rest? Are you weak if you just can’t manage to keep up with the day-to-day rhythm? I was forced to look at some of these questions, through my own very personal lens.
We all want to feel a sense of belonging. It’s part of our human nature. And we often try to feel it, by making ourselves fit in. But is that the right way to go about it?
Over time, I’ve come to recognise some of the signs that precede depression. Last week I noticed myself feeling angry, a lot, for seemingly no reason. My therapy session yesterday helped uncover a bit of what was underneath.
We named our business ‘Show Yourself’ knowing only too well how challenging that can really be. Why is it so terrifying to show your true colours? And why is it that, in the end, we really don’t have a choice?
What is the one response that works on an angry friend, a scared child and a grieving family member? It’s empathy. It’s one of the most valuable skills we can acquire and the impact on our personal and professional relationships is amazing. Why not give it a try?