Friday, 13 November 2020

If you have changed your work environment due to the C-19 pandemic please read on.

Perhaps you are now working mainly from home. Whilst there are benefits to you of this 'where' I am working, such as less commuting time, you may have started to notice some downsides such as sitting for long periods, not taking breaks and working more hours. 

I am working with several individuals just now to help them to adjust their daily habits so that they feel more in control of their thinking and their behaviour.

One lady is working on her eating and exercise habits using a plan that she put together last month with my support. The plan is tailored to her personality and the way she works as well as sugary snack substitutions that she enjoys just as much!

Working from home, albeit often with a virtual communication network can feel lonely and disconnected.

I am working with clients to make small as well as pleasant changes that address the impact of the new working from home model.

Personal development is the best thing that you can do for your wellbeing, helping you to master your psychology and improve your physical health, due to your mind-body connection.

If you would like help and support on your personal development journey, please get in touch in the first instance via enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk, sharing a bit about what you would like to address.


Saturday, 17 October 2020

Be Yourself Now

 If you are fed up with being told what to do, this blog is for you.

There are times when being told what to do is necessary, for example the rules we are required to follow with respect to COVID-19. Another example would be to stay within the law. Another to meet the operational needs of a business such as health and safety. In leadership terms this would be the autocratic approach.

Other times, such as being given well meant advice by friends and family, being told what to do can confuse us.

We know that when we are advised the brain actually pushes back and this can be experienced as anything from slight irritation to not listening at all.

Sitting with a professional coach and counsellor you can work on the relationship that you have with yourself, what you are drawn to, what gives you satisfaction, how you are feeling in situations. Reflecting in this way will help you to find solutions for yourself and be more authentic.

Your coach will provide a non-judgmental space  without interjecting, rather listening, completely present, holding the space whilst you reflect on your highs and lows. They will also encourage you and help you to see that setbacks are normal, supporting you through your 3 steps forward and a step back, or two!

My favourite is deep work where we get to equip you with the beliefs and values that will support you to move towards and achieve the outcomes that you want.

If you want to get to know yourself better with the freedom to be yourself, invite yourself to grow and develop by working with me, please get in touch via pam@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk and start by telling me a bit about you.

Friday, 24 July 2020

Career Review

If lockdown has created shifts in your thinking about your career then this blog is for you.

Perhaps time spent at home has shifted your priorities and thinking about your existing role and other options.

For example, if home working is a viable option in your career, perhaps you are thinking that you could cast your career net wider in terms of business base. Travelling distance for say one or two days a week may be feasible for you within this home dominating business model.

You may have saved more money than usual due to less travelling and homemade lunches. Could you follow a calling that may pay less than your old role, managing due to lower outgoings?

Lockdown has surpassed the ninety day guideline for how long it takes to change habits. I was reading in the news that approximately sixty percent of Americans will not be returning to their old gym routine, having found cheaper on-line or no cost alternatives such as walking and gardening.

Businesses are likely to be more receptive to home working where this works and can potentially reduce costs through say less building space.

Perhaps you have itchy feet but no calling yet or are unsure where you would be happiest in a career. The majority spend so much time at work so it makes sense that we enjoy it most of the time. Life is short...

At West of England Coaching and Counselling we specialise in career transition. Your coaching and counselling typically begins with a career diagnostic. This is a transformative process, looking at your work personality, skills preferences and values and aligning these with a few career options. If you have never undertaken such an assessment, maybe your time is now.

We also help you with acquiring skills necessary for a career move such as confidence and motivation. Helping you to present your best CV and interview capability is also on offer.

If you would like to know more please get in touch for an initial consultation through enquiries@westofenglandcooachingandcounselling.co.uk.




Sunday, 24 May 2020

Think Smarter...

We are all leaders in one context or more. If you want to improve your leadership this blog is for you.

Adair, a leadership guru, argues that "to act is easy, to think is hard, thinking needs to dominate for leadership development and results". How many times have you found yourself acting quickly only to regret it?

When we are told something a new mental map is rarely created and we often experience this as with a threat response. When we think about an issue in depth, we do create a new mental map.

An expert coach will ask you clean, incisive questions not give you brain clouding opinions. An expert coach-mentor will wait until you have exhausted all of your own thinking and asked them for your perspective before giving you advice.

The same experts will provide you with a confidential space where you are not judged, help you to normalise your vulnerabilities and feel less burdened by your anxiety. Your emerging awareness will help you to process your thoughts, explore a number of perspectives and response strategies.

They will both support and challenge you in your pursuit of courageous goals and transformational change including helping you to live the values and beliefs that will help you to achieve what you want.

In essence, talking things out and through in conversation with a coach-mentor expert opens up places in your mind for you to gain more insights and feel more secure.

To find out more about the results that you can achieve with the help of a coach-mentor, get in touch with us through enquiries@westofenglandcoachingandcounselling.co.uk.