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Functioning Fakeaholic verses Fake it ‘till you make it.

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You go to work every day and do your job. To your colleagues, you appear motivated. Calm. Driven. All the things that are actively encouraged in business. But the reality is different. Underneath it all you’re anxious. Stressed. Worried about what others think. You have no work/life balance. You’re losing sleep. And with a mounting…

Calling Out the Men Stories – Part 2

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I’d like to thank Steve Picken from ITV for being brave enough to put his name to this blog and for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk about his personal challenges and experiences. What was it about the Calling Out the Men campaign that made you want to contribute?  A friend…

Calling Out the Men Stories – Part 1

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As part of our Calling Out the Men campaign, I wanted to give you some insight into real life stories around emotional wellbeing for men in business. I’d like to thank my client for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk about his challenges and experiences. What is it about the Calling…

This Movember we’re Calling Out The Men.

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In the month that focuses on male health and wellbeing, this Movember, we’re calling out the men. The Rising Vibe strapline is ‘Feel Better. Do Better.’ We focus on emotions to make shifts. By changing the way we think, we can change the way we feel and therefore change the way we show up. When…

Authentic Masculine Energy.

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We all know a ‘really great guy.’ A father, brother, uncle, friend or work colleague, we’re instantly attracted to their noble heart. They’re kind. Respectful. Assertive yet tender and protecting. We feel good when we’re around them, safe and empowered. They harness their authentic masculine energy.  Yet in today’s high pressured, fast paced, target driven…

Bring emotion back to business.

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You don’t often see or hear that. ‘Emotion’ and ‘business’ in the same sentence. Traditionally, we don’t talk about our feelings and emotions at work. We leave them at home and we just get on with it. All this emotional chat is incense burning, sandal wearing pink and fluffy BS and has no place in…

Giving up too easily? It’s just not cricket.

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This Summer I decided to sponsor a cricket team, partly because my Brother plays for them but mostly because, as the classic reggae song states, I don’t like cricket, I love it! I come from a family of cricket fans. Watching the cricket immediately makes me feel better. Sitting outside on a warm summers day…

40, single and childless – a shame story.

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All this month we’re calling out our shame. We’re bringing it into the light so that it turns to dust. This week a very brave friend of mine has decided to call out her shame of being 40, single and childless. Here’s her story. Tell me how you came to be 40, single and childless.…

The shame hangover.

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Getting wasted seems to be a widely accepted pastime in western society. Unless you’re teetotal you’ll have almost certainly felt the pain of waking up with a banging head, sick stomach and crippling fatigue that can make even the smallest task seem like a massive effort. A classic hangover will always lower our vibe. But…

Shame, Tradition and the Royal Wedding.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love tradition. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the turkey, trimmings, family rows and cold weather. Christmas abroad you say? Oh dear God no! But there is something about tradition that can lead to shame. It can push us into doing things that don’t sit right with us. We’re strong armed…
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