Blue Monday is a Myth

Blue Monday is a myth. It’s startling that so many people are unaware of its inception – did you know that “Blue Monday” started life as a PR stunt for the holiday company, Sky Travel? In 2005, Sky Travel released a campaign where psychologist Cliff Arnall predicted what would be the most depressing day of the year. Using an equation dreamed up to answer the PR Agency’s question, the third Monday in January was coined ‘Blue Monday’. 14 years later, Mr Arnall confessed that the date has…

10 simple ways that keep successful people stay calm under pressure

It may seem obvious, but staying calm under pressure is a major factor when it comes to our performance at work. Managing stress is vital for success in that it keeps us alert, and is also a major factor when it comes determining psychological wellbeing. Successful people recognise how to utilise stress to their advantage, and usually share a set of behaviours that allow them to navigate challenging situations and heavy workloads effectively. Here are ten simple…

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We should follow Alastair Cook’s example and acknowledge our need for emotional support

“Without my wife, I don’t think I’d be standing here. You don’t often say things like that – I don’t know why I just have – but it’s the way I feel.” Alastair Cook, the England cricket captain, is right, we don’t often say things like that. And much less in the sporting cauldron where the theme for men, in particular, is to fight alone against the demons of pressure and self-belief. When sport stars do acknowledge the support of their families, genuine though it is, often it’s in the form of…

The One Show’s Stress Week

This week is the One Show’s ‘Stress Week’ (BBC One, weekdays at 7pm) and I’ve been helping them explore the issues – both at home and in the workplace. We followed a busy Event Manager who was organising a big event at which Anthony Worrall Thompson was the guest.....and the celebrity chef was running late! We analysed the film to look for the manager’s particular triggers and gave advice on how to manage the potential stress reaction and to mitigate against long-term stress. We also looked at…