Feel Better Friday video: What will you put in your mightier than a vision board ‘mood box’?

Writing today’s blog is making me laugh again as I start a NEW mood box for something I’d not even considered when I filmed this on Monday.

They can be used for moods (calm? confident? peaceful? courageous? sleepy? safe?) and goals.

Use all your senses – vision, hearing, touch (fabrics, stones…), emotions, even smells and (careful not to have things that might go off) tastes.

What’s will you put in your mood box?

What will you use for it? An old shoebox that you decorate? 

Feel free to share below.

With love,

Eve

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Feel Better Friday video: What’s your ‘happy place’?

I realise that not everyone would be delighted to be on a pretty cold beach with choppy seas and bracing winds but imagine your OWN happy places…

Where have you felt completely yourself, at ease, peaceful, happy and joyful?

Maybe you remember specific moments (use all your senses to make it as vivid as possible) or maybe you need to – for now – imagine such a moment. When I started doing this, it was floating face down in the sea, far away from any land.

I still love a few Disturbing Position face down floats after my swims but I need to be careful to move into underwater handstand to avoid alarming other swimmers. In that out in the middle of the ocean version (I rarely sea swim too far out of my depth in real life in case I get swept away), I could float face down for as long as I wanted to hold my breath, totally at peace.

Some people like to imagine a hammock on a sandy beach with the sun warming them. Others, a hot mug of tea on a favourite sofa…

The world is your lobster and you don’t have to just pick one.

What is your ‘happy place’? How do you feel after spending just a few moments imagining yourself there?

How can you anchor it in the present? Maybe you have photos or other reminders you can use to help yourself make it feel as real as possible?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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My highlights from AICTP’s 2nd Conference on Integrative Practice

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Last week was a busy one in terms of integrative coaching conferences – you wait ages for one then two come along at once! (For interested people, our next BACP Coaching one will be this November, not so close to AICTP’s).

Much as I loved chairing BACP’s Working with Coaching Day on Monday 22nd (click HERE for my highlights), it was wonderful to be able to relax as a delegate and catch up with integrative friends and colleagues on the Saturday – same hotel, same FLOOR so extreme deja vu!

I keep saying it but can’t not – it is SUCH a delight to be in a room filled with people who are also working integratively.

Especially, for me, people like the fantabulous Dr Magdalena Bak-Maier (who’s workshop last year was so lovely it inspired me to rebook for this year’s conference even though I knew it would be a very busy week).

I was also intrigued by how Emanuela Fulli was (like me) integrating energy work into her practice, in her case Reiki.

And (drum roll), in spite of having read hundreds of marketing books etc over the nearly 14 years I’ve been running my own practice, I’ve (due to the integrative nature of my work) never been able to come up with a succinct ‘elevator pitch’ until yesterday. This was a direct result of Lisa Farr’s session on marketing.

I can now say, ‘I work with people who are ready to prioritise their mental health and wellbeing. I take a holistic approach to helping them create happier, fuller and more peaceful lives.’

Ever since Theresa May’s ‘citizen of the world = citizen of nowhere’ speech in 2016, I’ve felt that little bit less at home here (London born, Indian Irish (by way of Kenya), mostly raised in Essex, a year in the US then adopted Wales before moving back to London and Essex).

Hardly succinct. I’ve experimented with ‘born in London’ but that’s not enough.

It wasn’t something I’d ever felt massively conscious of as being lots of different things, it was only during the 2012 Olympics that I began to feel that maybe, at least culturally, having spent so much of my life here, I am a little ‘British’. (I’ve always had an Irish passport).

Maybe the two events being so close to each other made a difference but I realised that same diversity of approaches is what I love about integrative practice.

My new intro (Writer, Integrative Supervisor and Coach (with Counselling, Yoga, NLP, EFT and Crystals) is still on the long side but sooo much more succinct than some of the things I’ve called myself over the years.

We’re ALL more than just one thing. I love being able to choose from a range of tools to ask the person I’m working with how they’d like to move forward.

Were you there? What were your highlights? Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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What do you WANT to happen? (Rapport, October 2017)

Rapport Oct17 Well formed outcomes column

You can click this link to read the full piece: Quick Tips 56 Well Formed Outcomes 05

And, of course, it’s a practice to focus on what we want rather than on our fears.

What helps you?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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My piece on using houseplants to help with goal setting (Rapport, October 2017)

Rapport Oct17 houseplants anchors

You can click this link to read the full feature: Health 56 Houseplant Anchors 10

Sometimes I feel a little guilty when I think about how hard all my houseplants work (although them simply being themselves helps me remember my own intentions so I don’t think it’s too arduous for them).

Have you used houseplants to help you with goal setting or intentions? 

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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My latest Chair’s Message (Coaching Today, January 2018)

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You can click this link to read the whole piece: CTJan18ChairMessage

This article appeared in the January 2018 issue of Coaching Today, which is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy © BACP

Were you able to attend our Working with Coaching Day in London last week? What did you think?

Click HERE to read about some of my highlights from the day.

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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My 365 Ways to Feel Better feature and excerpt in Coaching Today (January 2018)

CoachingTodayJan18excerpt

You can read the whole feature and excerpt by clicking this link: CoachingTodayJan18excerpt

This article appeared in the January 2018 issue of Coaching Today, which is published by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy © BACP

Do you spend a lot of time prioritising others?

Would remembering your own self-care help you be MORE there for your clients and others?

Feel free to comment below.

love,

Eve

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My piece on being kinder to ourselves this year (Rapport, January 2018)

Quick Tips Be Kinder to Yourself Jan18

Has beating yourself up every other year WORKED? How about experimenting with some kindness, acceptance and self-care this year?

You can read the whole thing by clicking this link: Quick Tips 57 Be Kinder to Yourself 05

What helps YOU?

Feel free to share below.

love,

Eve

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