Podcast: Mindfulness in the Workplace

Mindfulness is one of those buzzwords that seems to be here to stay. The Collins dictionary describes mindfulness as: “A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations, used as a therapeutic technique.”In this podcast recording, I speak with mindfulness expert, Audrey Tang about what mindfulness actually means and how to use mindfulness techniques in the workplace.

Do you have the right skills and attitude to be a WAHM?

If you’re new here, let me just start by defining WAHM: it is a ‘work-at-home mum’. WAHMs can be self-employed or work for an employer – there are so many options available these days. However, the primary requirement to be called a WAHM is to, well, to work from home.

My first experience of working from home started about 13 years ago, shortly after returning to work from maternity leave. I had applied to work flexibly at work, and the editorial director was so incensed by the audaciousness that she made me a full-time homeworker. I would show up in the office once a fortnight just to stay connected to my work colleagues and to attend meetings.

Podcast: How to Have a Tidy Mind

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In today’s podcast our founder and editor, Joycellyn Akuffo, discusses having a tidy mind with Kate Ibbotson of A Tidy Mind (www.atidymind.co.uk).

Find out how to to get you sanity back in times of digital overload, long work hours and just a lot of juggling, starting from the inside out!

What Does Super Mario Have to Do with Business Failure?

‘Failure’ should not be a dirty word. It really shouldn’t. But for many, the fear of failure can be the main reason why there is no motivation even to try, to take that first step. It really shouldn’t be.

Let’s have that determination to keep taking another step and never to give up. The courage to keep trying is why I use the example of playing Super Mario (you’ll understand it better when you listen to the podcast!)

Podcast: Has LGBTQ in Schools Gone Too Far?

A recent petition on Change.org asked for parents to take back control of sex education.

It seems that some parents have lost a lot of the insight into what’s being discussed about LGBTQ in schools. Should parents take back the control, or is a petition taking too far?

How to Deal with Criticism at Work and Elsewhere

How to Deal with Criticism at Work Without Losing Your Cool

Hands up if it grates you when you know someone really needs to know something about the way they work or their actions, but you can’t tell them because you know their reaction will leave you feeling like a villain.

Learning how to respond to criticism, and how to deal with the negative things that people say to us is a sign of maturity and personal development. Not everyone comes out of the womb with this gift – but it doesn’t mean we can’t cultivate it or develop it.

Podcast: How Can Couples Budget Without Fighting?

While today may well be Valentine’s Day – the one day in the year when couples are supposed to be loved up – for the rest of the year, it may not all be roses and chocolates! 

According to research, money problems are pitted as one of the main causes of divorce and breakups – often ahead of infidelity and other issues.

A recent poll of more than 2,000 British adults by legal firm Slater and Gordon last year, pitted money worries top the list of reasons why married couples split up. One in five of couples say it was the biggest cause of marital strife.

Heidi Allan from financial wellbeing experts, Neyber, joins Mothers Who Work on today’s podcast to help mums avoid fights and disagreements about money.

What happens when you take your employer to a tribunal?

Yesterday, we gave you a rundown on what to expect at work during your pregancy from first to second, to third trimester. Today, we’ll be looking at what to do if your employer turns nasty during your pregnancy.

Making a decision to take your employer to a tribunal won’t have been easy. However, if you don’t do something about it, they get away with it and will likely do it again. Every wonan has the right to be treated fairly at work – pregnancy can be stressful enough if you have health issues; and there’s so much you may already have on your mind in prepapration for your bundle of joy anyway, so havig issues at work just compounds the issue.

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Why You Need More Women in Your Marketing Team

Although women are now increasingly visible in various sectors in society, they still need more seats at the table. In many other areas, women seem invisible. In the absence of women, some things could go wrong. Hence, it is crucial to consider the presence of women in these areas to…

feeling lazy or lacking willpower?

Are You Truly Lazy or is Your Willpower to Blame?

Do you feel that you are lazy or do you find that you are just not motivated? Many people will tell you that their motivation is not there and this is why they just feel like being plain lazy.

While being lazy is often viewed as being a sign of weakness it is connected to your willpower. Or more appropriately put, your lack of willpower. So what can you do to improve this?

managing mobile phone usage of children

Why I think children should use an iPhone….all the safety reasons

It’s often suggested that children are given a brick phone when they start going to school independently. This is so that, should they be targetted by thieves, they don’t lose out on an expensive phone. A thief would probably spit at them than to take the phone – and that is safer than being beaten up or stabbed for the latest smartphone.

 

While I see the logic behind this, I don’t agree. That’s why my son has an iPhone. I probably shouldn’t even be putting it out there for the world to see, but I’ll explain why I would rather he uses a smartphone (and the iPhone is easier because it connects to all my own devices) than a brick.

Never Underestimate the Power of Five Minutes

Do you always feel like you are running from one activity to the next and never seem to get a few moments to yourself? Do you find it hard to schedule in time to take a break?

Never underestimate the importance of five minutes. No matter how busy a day we have, we all have five minutes to spare in our day. That’s the equivalent of just 5 out of 1440 minutes of each day. It can do so much to change our perspective on the pressures of life. 

How a Virtual Office Can Improve Business Profitability

Your virtual office in the UK provides your business with internet access, but it also can provide your business with facilities in some of the finest buildings in London and other major cities. On top of having this kind of access, your business has the freedom to move around the…