Whether you’re changing your job, attending a tricky meeting or presenting to a large group of people, that feeling of sweaty palms, thumping heart in your chest and throbbing headache are all signs that you are becoming stressed. Any event in life will rarely cause us to be stressed, but combined with other decisions you… Continue reading Stress – managing nervous system response
In this post, we’ll reflect on the difference between trying too hard to always be the best at any cost, and happily and consistently being “good enough”. From a people perspective, we hear more and more of over-achievement, burn-out and the unhealthy culture of “workplace martyrs” (Google it, it’s a thing!) For any employer, the… Continue reading Why “good enough” just isn’t good enough!
Slightly cryptic title this week, but I was pondering a tricky issue whilst on holiday in our beautiful summerhouse in Finland (see the picture above for the view from the house at midnight!) It’s an issue I’ve faced on more than one occasion, and I haven’t always got it right. A former colleague had contacted… Continue reading Combining roles to save cost is not always the right thing
Having “outed” myself very publicly in the workplace, and openly discussed my mental health condition, it felt like a really huge, and uncomfortable step – but one I did not regret. I realised that unlike many other aspects that may mark someone out as “different”, mental health has a certain stigma still attached to it.… Continue reading Why mental health “issues” makes me uncomfortable
Many years ago, I fell in love with a Finn. We moved in together, got cats, bought a home together and got married. Living with a Finn exposed me to many aspects of Finnish language, life and culture. Our home is full of Iittala, Marimekko and Artek. We enjoy enjoy eating “poro” and drinking lonkero.… Continue reading What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained
So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues