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The benefits of commitment? (to anything)

Jun 6, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence – regardless of their chosen field of endeavour.”

This quote from Vince Lombardi tells us to in another way to focus on doing our best, at whatever we are choosing to be interested in, large or small – it might be changing the food you eat, or the number of times you smile and relax, the hobby you are involved with; or the effort you put in at work, a major new challenge – or the effort you put into working out how you look after yourself or your Staff?

The benefits are immense, the quality of life improves, constantly.

AVOID BURNT OUT!

Jun 5, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

The benefits and passion of Coaching NorthWest have been focused on Wellbeing – on exactly the problems the heading presents if ignored.

In the States, a very well known business lady is calling out for a Conference on Burn Out.

Read these stats and comments as quoted from her article in the Sunday Times: ” Success is measured on two things: money and power. But it’s time for a third metric, one founded on wellbeing, wisdom and our desire and ability to give back.”

“Women in stressful jobs have a nearly 40%increased risk of heart disease and a 60% increased risk of diabetes. ….we are used to men having heart attacks in their fifties, but it shouldn’t be happening to anyone.”

She wants “Less stress, more living.”  This is a highly respected and motivated business woman. She is declaring war on Lifestyle demanded of most employees to have a business “succeed”. “What is the price we are paying?” she asks. “behind the facade of of a successful life, the job, the kids, the husband – ….. what are we leaving unattended?”

She speaks of learning to meditate – simply because she thought she was too busy to learn, when that was when she needed it most. She speaks of not eating junk food because it messes up mind and body, of doing yoga, of finding ways of sleeping well, without chemical aid, of having sessions of speaking to remove mental stress.  – IE all that is addressed at with Anne at Coaching NorthWest!

Arainna Huffington says this in her speech to a Graduating Class at Massachusetts College – “traditionally expected to tell grads how to go out there and climb the ladder of success, but I want to ask you, instead, to redefine success. Because the world you are heading into desperately needs it.”

Amen to that. What do you think?

 

 

 

Vit D – Sun or Supplement?

May 27, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Be aware that unless you are seeing enough daily sunshine between March and September – and who does in the UK? you are likely to be low in levels of Vit D.

Vit D shortage can be happening without you knowing, and low levels are indicated in many conditions, including cancer (Anticancer Research publication). Supplementation is easy. Please speak with your doctor or Nutritional Therapist.

Prozac “prison” Yet 47 million prescribed in the UK last year.

May 27, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

To quote an article in the Sunday Times by Kathy Brewis “officially Prozac is not addictive.” Then the article goes on to describe the debate surrounding this drug.

She describes the “torment of trying to escape her addiction”. There is no support for those attempting to get off this drug. Long term use, it appears, has shown up many undesirable side effects, including, according to this article, bone fracture, haemorrhages and stroke.

She calls for, having described her ordeal of wanting to remove Prozac and deal with her issues instead, “time for mental health practitioners to think again about alternative treatments for depression”

David Healy is quoted as author of Let Them Eat Prozac”…….he says “Significant numbers of people find it awfully hard to come off Prozac and, when they do, they endure very physical problems that can go on for years.”

The World Health Organisation says the leading cause of “ill health world wide” will be Depression by 2030.

This is serious. Would you rather not face the issues, hit them before they hit you with continuous stress levels? It’s a long dark tunnel back to health if you are caught up in this web.

 

 

Wasting your money on Supplements?

May 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Nutrition  //  No Comments

If you are (happily) taking more interest in your wellbeing, and may have read articles which encourage you to buy nutritional supplements – STOP!

Please be aware that that is what they are – supplements. Firstly, find the correct support (ie qualified professional) to work out if your foodstuff is actually giving you the correct nutrition for your system, not a whole bunch of other people’s. Secondly, then, you can be safely recommended any necessary supplements.

Thirdly, a simple blood test, if you are concerned, taken by your local surgery will inform if you are low in vital nutrients, eg Vit D – of which there has lately been much in the press.

Don’t be unnecessarily alarmed or conned – take these simple steps to save, time, money and worry.

Negotiation – do you know what is needed?

May 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Do you understand the basic needs of NEGOTIATION?

A daily conversation of negotiation takes place for all of us – from a simple unaware state (eg, what time do you want dinner?) to a formal meeting for the known purpose (eg changing the timetable for shift workers, or settling a chronic dispute.)

To consciously negotiate we need at least two people – though some may argue we can negotiate with ourselves!

Those involved must wish to reach a settlement, and choose to be honest and open about their requirements.

Those involved must also be willing and able to satisfy the needs of the other, not need to be following another’s dictate.

There will be interests in common and interests in conflict, and there must be appreciation of this before an approach is made.

And importantly, those involved  must be ready to compromise.

If there is total agreement about the targets or problems involved, and no actual conflict, then this will lead to a harmonious conversation, and is not negotiation! You may be attempting in fact to have the other totally agree with you, without listening to their needs and reasons why. It is because there are conflicting interests that the need for negotiation arises. And the acceptance that compromise will be required.

 

 

 

YOGATHON!

Feb 13, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching, News, Nu U Program  //  1 Comment

11.30am  – 7.45pm March 4th at Houghwood Golf Club – a Yoga-thon!

You don’t need to have done yoga before, just come at any time that is good, stay for as long as you want/can. Take from the sessions what you need, enjoy, and please leave a donation for DIAS. This brilliant charity works to support victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse. so badly in need of funds, which have been heartily affected by the cuts.

1 in 4 people are affected at some time in their lives. Children are massively affected.

For more info, or any questions about the Yoga-Thon -ring 01744 612391 or anne@coachingnorthwest.com

Refreshments will be available all day. Thankyou!

Feeling the cold?

Jan 21, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Nutrition, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

Yes, we do want to eat more during cold weather – keeping warm takes more energy. To make good choices that keep you feeling full for longer, this is a time to choose the foods containing fats – but please choose the good fats! ie, good meats, nuts, avocado, peanut and nut butters (without added sugar of course!), semi-skimmed milks rather than skimmed.  Pulses and legumes are also very satisfying and nourishing. Call for any more assistance.

Jan 21, 2013   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Life Coaching  //  No Comments

Quote from Einstein to encourage you in the search for improvement of our situations – and why hiring a Life Coach isn’t a bad idea! – “We can’t use the same kind of thinking we used when we created them” (the problems, situations, issues etc).

Take Action! “People’s problems are their hobbies” (Dan Kennedy)

Dec 12, 2012   //   by Anne Russell   //   Blog, Tip of the Week  //  No Comments

If you want to be productive and successful, and CHANGE what is creating STRESS and pressure – don’t let these attitudes and feelings become HABITS! What to do? First step acknowledge they are there. Secondly, take action. Seek a new way through. Quit the habit of accepting the stress.