Working from home? Here’s how to start your day!

It might surprise you to find that I’m not going to tell you much about how to start work… although I will end up there. This is because what you do before you start your work day is so important no matter where you are working but at […]

Where did it all go wrong?

This is huge isn’t it? This thing that we’re going through at the moment. This huge transformation of how things work and how we go about our business. As someone who loves to write about how we can look after ourselves, how we can self-care, I have found […]

Meditation ‘on’

Sometimes the penny drops and you think… I’ve been thinking that all along but had never really thought of it as clearly as that. Meditation is not an easy thing to get ‘right’. Whatever ‘right’ is. We are generally told that it’s about clearing your mind of everything, […]

Education and Training

Stephen is available for conferences and training events to talk about self care, being organised, and productivity. Get in touch here. He has recently presented at the North East Social Work Alliance Conference – “Relationships and Lived Experience” on resilience in professional practice and CACHE’s 2020 Leeds and […]

The ‘Two Minute’ Rule

Being productive either at work or at home is a crucial part of being organised and being organised is essential to a happy and content life I feel ……All your ducks in a row so that you just get on with your day. I live by the ideas […]

Is just enough enough?

Earlier this week I was talking to a group of final year students at the University where I work about self care. They are currently entering their final stages of their undergraduate degree, on placement, writing dissertations, and balancing all of that with family and personal life. I […]

Time to set some real goals! 10 things!

Now that we’ve got January out of the way it’s time to set some real goals. We’ve moved past the New Year resolutions we’ve probably already forgotten about (!!), we’ve finished off the Christmas sweets, and now we have the rest of the year to go at! Come […]

Autonomy – one of the keys to success

I talk to people a lot about ‘flow’. This is a concept that I first came across in the landmark book ‘Flow’ by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. Flow is essentially the state that you can find yourself in when you are totally absorbed in something to exclusion of all other […]

Where’s your ‘self’?

I am, it seems, mildly obsessed with the idea of ‘self’. I just think who we are is so important. Often our public selves and private selves lack the connection that I feel is so important to well-being. When you are at odds with yourself, that is, you […]

It takes longer than you think…

Turns out writing a book takes longer than you think and takes up more time than you could ever imagine! I’ve recently finished writing a book with Lisa Watson and Steph Hunter and it’s been wonderful experience to get my words onto paper ‘long form’. I love writing […]