Here’s a story about two cancelled holidays and a flexible working request. It’s also about giving up a need to control. Difficult. I know. My husband and I were meant to go to Cyprus in May, and Croatia in June. A total of 15 days of sunshine, sea and a change of scenery. Instead, we,Continue reading “Cancel your need for control”
Author Archives: Natasja
How the wrong question can make you feel like giving up.
When you change the question you ask yourself, you also change where you look for the answers.
Ever heard of the saying “When you assume, you make an ASS out of U and ME”? It’s a bit harsh, but it gets the message across: don’t assume anything about anyone. I made an ass of myself just the other day when I was coaching a client. Okay, not while I was coaching (but jumping toContinue reading “Ass-u-me”
How to be more assertive
To many people assertiveness is a thorny issue. It certainly was for me. When does standing up for myself and my needs, turn me into a manipulator? Or worse, a bully? Why is it difficult to say no to my colleagues but easier to a stranger? How do I stop my naturally empathetic nature fromContinue reading “How to be more assertive”
The habit of procrastination
You’ve unpacked the dishwasher, reloaded the dishwasher, descaled the kettle, updated your Facebook status to say how shocked you are at the amount of limescale in the kettle, made a frothy coffee, posted a photo of the coffee on Instagram and liked every article in your LinkedIn feed. You tell yourself it’s because cleanliness isContinue reading “The habit of procrastination”
Get an expert to do it for you.
Last week I employed a freelancer from Kenya to help me with Natasja King Coaching. That’s a first for me. But when something means a lot to you, like launching yourself as a coach, you want things to be done right. There’s a lot on the line, and first impressions last! I’ve never before thoughtContinue reading “Get an expert to do it for you.”
Will this make me feel good or guilty?
When it comes to self-care, this is the question you need to ask yourself. You see, there is a danger when you hear people say that self-care is important, to confuse this with “spoiling yourself” with the one thing you love the most – even if it’s the one thing that you know is notContinue reading “Will this make me feel good or guilty?”
Law of Attraction as a belief system
The New Thought movement is a mind-healing movement that originated in the USA in the 19th century, based on religious and metaphysical concepts. It is not considered a religion (though it has formed the root of several religious organisations) but simply “ancient wisdom expressed in a new way”. New Thought, or Law of Attraction asContinue reading “Law of Attraction as a belief system”
How to deal with change
Dealing with change is undoubtedly the most stressful thing for humans to have to endure. No, allow me to rephrase that. Stress isn’t caused by change, change becomes stressful when we don’t adapt. When we don’t roll with the punches. And it really can feel like a punch in the gut. There are times whenContinue reading “How to deal with change”
I have always been fascinated by aromatherapy and the power of smell to evoke happy memories. Whenever I smell jasmine I am reminded of my first holiday in Corfu. A large jasmine plant covered the walkway to our room. When we sat outside or left the room, the smell would envelop us. And when IContinue reading “Aromatherapy”
Motivational Interviewing and weightloss
Obesity has been evidence linked as a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic diseases, sleep apnea and depression. Weight loss can significantly reduce the risk of developing up to 18 health conditions linked to obesity. Not only does obesity impact the quality of life of the individual, it puts a strain onContinue reading “Motivational Interviewing and weightloss”
The very real impact of kindness on the body
The Mental Health Awareness Week theme of Kindness, is right up Dr. David R. Hamilton’s street. He writes books and educates people in how they can harness their mind and emotions to improve their health, with a special interest in the effects of kindness on the body. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry as anContinue reading “The very real impact of kindness on the body”
Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in the GROW model
8 Steps of CBC in the GROW Model Step 1: Setting the Scene for Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (“CBC”) “The way you think about events in our life profoundly influences the way you feel about them: change the way you think and this will, in turn, change the way you feel.” (Life Coaching A cognitive behaviouralContinue reading “Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in the GROW model”
Comment on the skills needed to facilitate a coaching session
Attention and interest A way to show that you are paying attention to and showing interest in what a person is saying is by having an open body language. Body language encompasses facial expressions, micro-expressions, voice, gestures, and postures. I often find myself leaning forward when I’m intently listening. This comes naturally to me. HavingContinue reading “Comment on the skills needed to facilitate a coaching session”
Review of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook
As the title of the book suggests, this is a book for people seeking practical solutions to reducing their stress. To give a thorough review of this book, I felt that reading alone wouldn’t be sufficient to access its effectiveness. I wanted to try the techniques out on someone with high levels of stress. MyContinue reading “Review of The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook”
A reflection on resilience mindsets
Michael Neenan says in his book Developing Resilience that “resilience is forged through pain and struggle, and the willingness, however reluctantly undertaken, to experience them”. I certainly learned resilience when I had surgery to correct inward rolling ankles and dropped arches in both my feet. My feet had been this way since birth and IContinue reading “A reflection on resilience mindsets”
The impact of wellness coaching on diabetes
The NHS’s Action for Diabetes has made it clear that in order to improve the health outcomes of those living with diabetes, education around self-management of the condition need to be improved and individuals have to become empowered to take charge of their own care. Studies have shown that wellness coaching is able to bridgeContinue reading “The impact of wellness coaching on diabetes”
The Mind Body Connection
What Eastern medicine has known for 2000 years about the connection between the mind and the body, Western medicine only actively started to research less than 2 centuries ago. The concept of the mind influencing the body was first explored by George Beard, MD in 1881 when he linked the stressful lifestyle of the AmericanContinue reading “The Mind Body Connection”
Yoga can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression
Yoga can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression. A study of 846 participants over 11 years reveal that mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don’t simply relax us; they can ‘reverse’ the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression. Lead investigator IvanaContinue reading “Yoga can reverse the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression”
So this happened…
I am incredibly excited about 2020 and what it will bring. I’m literally buzzing all the time just thinking about my Resilience and Wellness Coaching course and the new career that will follow. Watch this space!