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Why midlife is so bloody tough and what to do about it

While writing my psychology honours research on midlife adults a few years ago, I made a list of major life events and milestones that happened during that period. I realised that during the ages of 30 and 60, the average person will, in no particular order: Start or already be in a serious relationship Get married Buy a house and attempt to maintain it Commit to a career building job Try to have children Realise children may or may not happen Have children and learn how to parent Take parental leave away from the workforce Sell a house and buy another one Get pets Care for ageing parents Be promoted, made redundant, and/or start again in another career field Experience major change at work Become totally responsible for reoccurring bills and...

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Tilt the balance your way

As a working parent, I know the often overwhelming challenges we face in finding a work-life balance. Always rushing? Feeling the pressure? Losing perspective? Just remember, you’re not alone. It’s time to slow down, breathe deep and focus on the three main issues.   Make a plan In my experience working with clients, most people come undone because they haven’t planned. And because they haven’t planned, they haven’t gone to the gym, eaten well or managed stress. As a result, they feel they’ve failed. The truth is you haven’t failed. You just need time to reassess. Take 60 seconds and think: What do I want to achieve this week? Set yourself a couple of goals. If you’re trying to get fit, factor in two exercise sessions or six in a week –...

Take care right now

If there's one thing I've learnt from health coaching, it's that everyone gets derailed from their goals at some point. Me included! Just when I think all is going well - my cycling training is going well, everyone is eating well, no one is sick...

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Exercise is good for body and mind

Keep well this winter by keeping active indoors

It’s not an uncommon story; the best laid exercise plans being derailed by inclement weather and low temperatures. That run or walk gets put off and the heater gets turned up. Let’s face it, sometimes the heat pump is more attractive than the outdoors. However, there is no better way to stay warm and stop your energy levels slumping mid winter than with a regular exercise session. If the outdoors isn’t calling the way it did in summer, make the most of the indoor activities that are available to you at facilities nearby. Even the hardiest outdoor exerciser sometimes wants to stay indoors, so why not think about getting along to a exercise facility or studio where you can stay warm and dry and still get...

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Executive health

The skill every leader needs to master

There’s a skill every leader needs to master that you won’t find in most, if any, leadership competency frameworks. It’s a skill so crucial that it could make or break a business and yet it’s a skill that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. The skill every leader needs to master is health promotion.   Changing of the guard To date, the bulk of health promotion work has been driven by government and not-for-profit agencies.  En masse, they've  encouraged us to quit smoking, wear sunscreen, eat better and be more active. In the workplace, health promotion has usually been led by a single or small group of health and safety representatives and the focus has tended to be on staying safe. We're starting to see more of a shift towards health and wellness more broadly. However, leaving...

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