This is my second blog looking  at the process of focusing, first developed by Eugene Gendlin and then expanded by Anne Weiser Cornell and Barbara McGavin into what they call Inner Relationship Focusing. I have personally found this process extremely helpful and have taught it to many of my clients: …

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Tune into your Supersense

The phrase "Tune into your Supersense" comes from the work of Steve Biddulph. Closely linked to my previous blog about the work of Lisa Feldman Barrett are powerful tools to manage our emotions, suggested by Biddulph and also by Eugene Gendlin.  I really love Steve Biddulph’s ideas in his book…

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Fifty Shades of Crappy 

Talking about fifty shades of crappy always brings a smile to people’s faces! This is the fourth in a series of blogs about managing stress. Stress is part and parcel of every day life, and can affect how we feel emotionally, mentally and physically and also how we behave. We…

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Managing Stress

This is the third in a series of blogs about stress and looks at effective ways of managing stress. If you search online for stress management tools, you will come across a huge variety of suggestions. These include progressive muscle relaxation, biofeedback, emotional freedom technique (sometimes called tapping), guided imagery,…

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Is All Stress Bad?

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Stressful experiences are a normal part of life, and the human stress response is a survival mechanism that primes us to respond to threats.  Is all stress bad? And do we all respond in exactly the same way to stress? Good stress and bad stress Research shows that good stress…

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Stress and Burnout

This is my second blog looking at Emily and Amelia Nagoski's an excellent book about stress and burnout, Burnout: The Secret To Solving The Stress Cycle.  The Nagoskis offer straightforward solutions based on science but first we have to really understand what is meant by “the stress cycle” and how…

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Is Stress Good or Bad?

The Covid 19 pandemic has affected all of us in many ways. We don't yet know what Christmas will look like, and although although we now have the welcome news that vaccines will become available, we don't know  when and we don't know what is in store for us in…

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