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4. What's Your Heart Attack?

'People fall over the truth now and then, but most pick themselves up and carry on as if nothing has happened.' Winston Churchill. It is well known in public health circles that there is one thing that is sure to get someone to stop smoking, take regular exercise and eat healthily: a nice big heart attack. There is nothing that concentrates the mind so much as imminent death. But what a shame that you have to wait until your arteries are all clogged up before you start looking after yourself. I had a client a couple of years back who had had a similar shock to the system. A senior doctor, he was bright, enthusiastic, very personable and h

3. More Action, Less Stress

'It's not what we do that makes us tired, it's what we don't do. The tasks we don't complete cause the most fatigue'. Steve Chandler One of the most common sources of stress and tiredness, both within and outside the workplace, is the perception of having too much to do. If you're feeling overwhelmed at the moment, you may already be slightly irritated by my use of the word 'perception'. You might argue, is this endless list of tasks I have to get done at work a 'perception'? Is this birthday party I have to organise, this weekend when my entire family are descending, the broken washer in the kitchen, the cat needing neutering, my son's sc

2. Getting Back in Control

Last time, in 'What do you use your brain for?', I invited you to take a tour round your brain, and for those of you who did there were probably a few revelations. There usually are when you take the time to step back from an experience you live with on a day to day basis and take a good look. As we spend most of our waking hours inside our brains, you probably didn't have too much trouble working out what you spend your time thinking about. What may have been less easy was changing what you think about, in particular when you tried to think about something less. That's because, unfortunately, we can't stop thinking about things at will. If I said to you, please DO NOT think about s