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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Recently, perhaps because of all the stress associated with the start of a new year, I’ve been speaking to clients about the issues they’re having around sleep. More specifically, they ask if I’ve got any tips to help them get a sound night’s rest. You could call it ironic that people choose to speak to me about sleep, since I’ve been an insomniac ever since I was a child.  However, that only means I understand all too well how a continual lack of sleep can ruin your health. It al...

March 2, 2020

Ever felt like ending it all?

I’m sorry to give this blog such a bleak title. But then, you probably recognise those feelings of gloom we can all find ourselves experiencing in those dark winter days of January. No doubt your employees will, too. It’s no surprise that The Samaritans have reported January as being “a peak time for calls from people on the edge of despair”, as those feelings ofstress they had masked so well over the festive season begin to resurface. Worse still, 2018 saw the sharpest rise in suicide r...

February 3, 2020

Employee Depression: could you spot the signs?

It’s easy to guess that January is the month in which we’re all more likely to feel the most depressed.  Not only is it cold and dark outside, but the streets are strewn with forlorn Christmas trees, reminding us that the pleasures of the festive season are long gone. So, it’s perhaps no wonder that The Samaritans have reported January as “a peak time for calls from people on the edge of despair”.  It seems we tend to mask feelings of stress over Christmas, only for them to ...

January 6, 2020

Review of an exciting year and looking forward to 2020.

What a year it has been so far for us at Confidence to Return, I want to say a huge thank you to the forward thinking, trailblazer Corporate companies and the HR & L&D teams who have appointed me for my services this last year. I cannot thank you enough! I initially began my business offering Parental Coaching, and have since expanded over the years as new employee issues became apparent to firms across the UK, which in turn has developed my business and my personal growth. I am always led by my...

December 18, 2019

How To Stay Healthy (And Still Have Fun!) Over The Party Season

Does it always seem like you fall ill just as you, (or after) are taking a holiday?  If you’re really unlucky, you could be one of those people who fall ill while they’re supposed to be enjoying that long-awaited break. It isn’t surprising that so many of us are affected by illness while we’re away from work.  For one thing, a holiday never just happens on its own, does it?  We rush here, there, and everywhere beforehand, making sure all the loose ends are tied up at hom...

November 19, 2019

Why Keeping Your Employees Physically and Mentally Well in the Workplace Matters

There's no doubt employee assistance programmes (EAPs), otherwise known as Occupational Health, have their benefits. They offer immediate support to employees with personal and work-related problems. They help employers reduce absenteeism and increase productivity. And they are confidential. No one knows who calls the 24-hour EAP hotline to talk to a counsellor. Quick fix benefits I can see the benefits of immediate EAP advice where the problem is: financialphysical health relateddrug related An...

October 29, 2019

9-day fortnight aids successful return from maternity

Embracing the flexible 9-day-fortnight pays off for everyone, a chat with a recent Confidence to Return coachee has shown me. Kelly Goodbody is senior vice president in financial advisory services for AlixPartners, a global consultancy firm. She had been with the firm for 2 and a half years when she became pregnant with her first child. Like many women in senior roles, she was worried about how she could juggle the demands of childcare with the nature of her work. AlixPartners asked Confidence t...

October 11, 2019

"What do you do to look after your mental well-being", is always a question I like to ask...

"What do you do to look after your mental well-being", is always a question I like to ask my clients and "I don't know", is usually a common answer I get back. Here's how it works: Several of our employee clients returned for further sessions in the past week on the back of using the techniques and building resilience that I taught them. I'm very proud of the transformation they have made so far, and very much look forward to seeing them grow even more so over the coming weeks.The best part of m...

September 30, 2019

The surprising link between mood, immunity, stress…and your gut

Whenever I meet with a new employee to facilitate the right support for them, I will always ask about their diet. The question tends to attract strange glances at first, but there’s a very good reason for asking it. Even just a few years ago, the very idea that our gut bacteria could have any influence over our mood would have been instantly dismissed.  But recently, a glut of scientific studies have started to show that micro-organisms in the gut have the ability to affect our mental hea...

September 10, 2019

Returning to Work After Maternity Leave: The Big Question

Becoming a parent is a transformative event that brings many completely new challenges with it.  Balancing a career with the life-changing responsibilities that come with a new baby most definitely counts as one such challenge! As a maternity coach, I specialise in supporting employees through the entire process of their maternity leave, from the initial handover and maintaining career momentum, to providing therapy in the case of a traumatic birth. At the end of each and every maternity co...

August 16, 2019

​ Would you know what to do if Sudden Death Syndrome hit your workplace?

You may not ever have heard of Sudden Death Syndrome before.  Perhaps you have heard of it, but you’ve shied away from learning more (Sudden Death Syndrome doesn’t sound very positive, after all). Or maybe it has affected you. Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) is a comprehensive medical term that refers to the different causes of cardiac arrest in young people, aged 35 and under.  They are defined as “non-traumatic, non-violent, unexpected occurrences resulting from cardiac arrest with...

August 2, 2019

Lessons in employee care… from ITV’s Love Island

You might think it strange, mentioning “Love Island” and “positive employee support” in the same breath – particularly when you consider that I’m a coach who specialises in just that kind of support.But as Love Island hit our screens again this summer, I’m compelled to think about the lessons it could teach us about the way we take care of the people who work for us.You probably already know that two of the show’s former contestants, Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis, sadly comm...

July 3, 2019

​ Are your employees secretly plotting to leave?

How confident are you that your employees are happy where they are? Recently, I’ve been spending some time reflecting on my one-to-one sessions with employees at companies of all shapes and sizes.  As an employee business coach and a trauma therapist, it’s of course very important that people feel they are able to talk to me openly and confidentially. And so, during the course of my work, I’ve encountered lots of different people, with lots of different stories to tell (including one ...

June 13, 2019

Postpartum psychosis and the workplace: the value in support

As an employee maternity coach, I have welcomed the media’s recent foray into talking about postpartum psychosis (described by the NHS as a “serious mental health illness that can affect a woman soon after she has a baby”).  That phrase “postpartum psychosis” sounds terrifying in itself, doesn’t it?  It seems completely out-of-kilter with that lovely Hollywood vision of a beautiful baby being handed to an impossibly glowing new mum. Yet when we really think about what comes...

June 3, 2019

How to support your employees through miscarriage trauma

Trigger warning: includes words used to describe the surgical management of miscarriage. Society celebrates pregnant women and babies. New lives are embraced. Cards, flowers and congratulations are sent. Consider royal baby Archie… But every year one in four UK pregnancies – about 250,000 – end in miscarriage, which is the loss of a pregnancy in the first 24 weeks. When this happens, society is silent. The joy is replaced with ‘it’s personal’ and ‘not nice to talk about’, le...

May 10, 2019

How the aftermath of suicide ripples through generations

The two high-profile suicides of Keith Flint and Mike Thalassitis which were highlighted in the media recently, have really resonated with me. It’s been very poignant and made me recall my own family experience with suicide.It’s made me question, has much changed in mental health support since the 1970s?My grandad Frederick, or ‘Tally’ as he was known, was 64-years-old when his body was found in the River Thames, London, by a sailor on a small boat near Westminster Bridge in the 1970s. A...

March 25, 2019

If EMDR can help a Spice Girl, it can help your employees

If you’re like me, you relish those moments when you can relax and read a good book. I had chance to indulge in reading a few during the recent festive break that have left me feeling inspired.Among them, two that stood out were by well-known celebrities who have each encountered traumatic personal relationships and have survived to tell their tales. Melanie Brown’s, ‘Brutally Honest’ and Tina Turner’s ‘My Love Story’ are on a similar theme, with both women havi...

February 19, 2019

Review of an exciting year and looking forward to 2019

When I was planning my business for 2018, I never anticipated just what an exciting 12 months I would have, both personally and professionally. A lot has happened, and some of it is thanks to Confidence To Return’s loyal clients, along with associates and contacts recommending our services. Since this time last year, I’ve appeared on national television and was honoured to be invited to speak in the House of Commons. I’ve also been supporting scores of employees through personal chall...

February 11, 2019

A lawyer’s last lesson in how to talk to colleagues about cancer

Charlie Hainsworth was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2017, aged 38. She’d gone to her GP after noticing a strange hardness to one of her breasts. Within three weeks she was told that the cancer had spread to her bones and that it was incurable, something known as secondary breast cancer. Months of chemotherapy, a mastectomy and radiotherapy followed to maintain and prolong her life. I had the privilege of knowing Charlie in the final year of her life and want to celebrate everything sh...

January 2, 2019

Consider the 9-day-fortnight for flexible working requests

Never mind 8-days-a-week, have you heard of the 9-day-fortnight? It’s a flexible solution to consider for employees who want a better balance between work and time with their new baby. One of my Return to Work Parental Coaching clients told me how it worked for her recently. Putting her baby daughter in a full-time nursery place seemed to be the only option when my client considered her return to work after maternity leave. But she and her husband were uneasy about that. They both worked long ...

December 21, 2018

Help your employees process the past

Your female employee, let’s call her Becky, is struggling to cope at work after her bullying husband walked out six months ago. She put on a brave face but it was a terrible time for her. Becky knows she’s better off and looking ahead but you think she’s suffering and struggling with what happened. She’s jumpy in the office and has started assuming the worst will happen, in every situation, which is getting hard for her colleagues to deal with. You want to offer support that will help he...

December 6, 2018

Be ready to deal with the ‘quiet horror’ of a traumatic birth

My nephew Luke was born after a traumatic caesarean section 22 years ago and I witnessed the emotional harm it caused my sister for years to come. I’m not telling an unusual story here, by the way: giving birth is terrifying for many women. The Birth Trauma Association estimates at least 20,000 women suffer birth trauma every year. So, Luke was due early in July 1996. My sister and brother-in-law were ready for their first baby: they’d been to the NCT classes, learnt about the breathing and ...

November 29, 2018

Why a positive maternity leave handover matters

The importance of supporting and facilitating a pregnant employee’s handover cannot be underestimated. In fact, I’d say Handover is one of the most important sessions of the Confidence to Return Parental Programme. Why? Because you don’t want your employee to leave exhausted and on a bad note, or worse a baby arriving early because of stress, which is something I have seen happen. So, it’s important for bosses to structure the leaver’s last week in the office. Delegation should begin ...

November 12, 2018

How to help employees let go of emotional issues

When employees suffer a traumatic event such as losing a baby, a divorce, death of a loved one or any other one of life’s big challenges, we expect them to react emotionally. For a while, allowances are made for unusual behaviour because we expect them to get back to being ‘themselves’ over time. But did you know emotional trauma caused by these common, if distressing, life experiences can leave a negative imprint on a person’s brain in the same way as soldiers are affected by military a...

November 1, 2018

How coaching can reveal the right decision after loss

A business owner hired me because a long-standing and valuable employee had suffered 4 personal losses in less than 3 months. Her auntie, mother and husband had died, along with the life plans they had made for the future. Overwhelmed, she had been off for 2 months when her employer asked Confidence to Return to support and facilitate her return to work. My work with her is a good example of how ‘right’ result is not always the one you expect. ‘Unsure if she wanted to return’ It was a ch...

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