Recently, I jokingly referenced the film ‘Jerry McGuire’ in a post on Facebook, saying that my husband – the lovely Martin – ‘completes’ me.read more
Mindfulness – it’s everywhere isn’t it?!
Every other article on LinkedIn, in the Sunday papers and popping up in your Twitter feed talks about how mindfulness is the route to happiness and can change your life forever.
But what does it really mean and how can it help in the workplace?read more
If I am honest, my interest in mindfulness journey started because of my inner bully! For a dozen years, I had that bullying voice telling me I had to do and be my best. I hadn’t really recognised it as a bully, I saw it as inspiring, it created my drive.read more
At Fresh Air Fridays whenever we run courses for individuals or organisations, we talk about all sorts of outcomes that people might experience. Sometimes I want to simplify the whole thing and say “you will be happier”.read more
Do you take a regular lunch break?
How many business leaders do you know who take a regular break during the day?read more
No, not loser or lemons. But LOVE.
I have a confession. I’m a bit uncomfortable with the L-word, especially when it’s joined by two others to make the ultimate three-word sentence — I LOVE YOU.read more
I love the fact that at Fresh Air Fridays we explore Space and Celebration in December. Whilst many people can see the celebration side, quite often the ‘space’ bit seems completely unrealistic, “nice in theory for those people that have time, but they don’t have the stuff I have to deal with!”read more
How I turned a love/hate relationship with planning around…read more
“The correct way to view mental health is that we all have it and we fluctuate between thriving, struggling and being ill…” Stevenson and Farmerread more
I know the importance of looking after my physical and mental health and support others in making time to do this for themselves. Yet I’ve just spent a week feeling proper poorly with a cold. Without doubt, this is the consequence of a particularly stressful and difficult few weeks for me and some of the most important people in my life.read more
Throughout October our Fresh Air Fridays community is talking about ‘Team’ because, as the saying goes: ‘No (wo)man is an island’.
Here are just some of the reasons we cover this topic.read more
Wellbeing matters. Your wellbeing and that of your team. As a leader, what kind of example are you setting?read more
On our Fresh Air Fridays’ sessions this month the theme we’re exploring is habits. It’s not just about the things we do though, it’s also about our thinking habits.read more
When I had a diagnosis of breast cancer in October 2012, it had me STOP and take a really good look at my life – the classic ‘wake up call’.read more
Our Fresh Air Fridays theme this month is about stretching your “Comfort Zone”.read more
As our contribution to World Environment Day – Connecting People to Nature, we are really excited to announce the launch of our Fresh Air Fridays’ book.read more
…I genuinely hope that you’ve been encouraged to get outside and, perhaps, share that time with the people you care about, either at home or work.
Here’s some ways I’ve found to build walking into everyday life…read more
In our Fresh Air Fridays community this month we are inviting our members to have some fun exploring their big dream.read more
Our founder, Ruth Steggles, shares her story about the encounter with mental illness that led to awareness and, eventually, the creation of Fresh Air Fridays.
On Easter morning 2010, our beautiful daughter broke off one small square of Easter egg, ate it and declared she was full!
That was the moment our lives changed.read more
Here are some personal thoughts and experiences from stress awareness month.read more
Our theme for April, here at Fresh Air Fridays, is happy relationships. I think you can improve the quality of your relationships if you have a genuine desire to do so.read more
I’m in the doctor’s and he’s given me the prescription for what I’ve come in for. As I get ready to leave he says, “is there anything else, because you look like you’re about to burst into tears?” I start to cry and I can’t stop.read more
It’s Time to Talk day and we’re looking forward to a time when we can say we’re struggling with a bout of depression as easily as we say we are suffering with a cold.read more
The daily commute and the part perception plays…
Since I’ve been working in an office again, for the first time in nearly 20 years , I have deliberately tried not to learn the train times, knowing that they run at least every 20 minutes during the day.
Over time though, I’ve got to know the times and, the other day, found myself rushing to get a train which, when it arrived, had half the usual number of carriages and was completely full. Some of the people on the platform were obviously very frustrated and I could see that this was going to have an impact on their whole day.
I found myself thinking “that was a bit of a waste of time” before noticing a man standing and looking the other way.read more
Create your life through planning
I consider myself a free spirit. I don’t like to be told anything and I like a bit of spontaneity. Over the years I have read a whole load of business books about goal setting and planning and have noticed a certain resistance in myself.
Recently though, I’ve invested in a ‘self journal’, which divides my day into half-hour slots. There was a time this would have left me terrified but, having heard how someone else had used it to overcome their struggles, together with an understanding that I could do whatever I wanted, I took the leap.read more