Heading for Burnout? 28 Signs

These days stress levels in many workplaces seem to be sky high. Many women seem to be under increasing demands to do more in less time, and are likely heading for burnout as they are being burdened with higher workloads (that actually need more than 100% of one person working full-time). However, employees can often feel that if…

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Why Stressed Women Don’t Need More Sleep

There seem to be a lot of stressed women around these days. They'd surely all love to get more sleep! When I look back on my life, I've had quite a few periods of high-stress. At one time, a lot of my stress was work-related, combined with the many demands of being a mum. Later on, my stress…

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Sensitive Women & Work Stress

Work stress comes in many forms but sensitive women react more than others. Colleagues may say to you "Don't take work so seriously!", or "You're so sensitive!". Such comments can sound like a criticism of your very being. When people say this, or you say this to yourself, it can feel as if you shouldn't have these feelings.…

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Too Busy For A Holiday Break?

Are you desperate for time off work but feel you're just too busy for a holiday break? Or you’ve booked leave to pretend you are doing the right thing by yourself and loved ones. Hey, you know secretly you’ll still work anyway and have to sacrifice you-time or family-time!  Alternatively, maybe your workplace has a poor or unbalanced…

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Why Stressed Women Feel Worse After Exercise

As a former health researcher I'm all too aware of public messages to "Exercise More!". But I once gave up running after 30 years when I started to feel worse after exercise rather than feeling better or more relaxed! I've revisited the topic of stress and exercise just this week because a few months ago I started cycling…

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Grant Stress: 7 Tips for Female Academics

Grant-writing pressure this year comes on top of many COVID impacts. You probably just want to relax after a strenuous year! So should you be writing grants at all, and if so, how can you make it less stressful? Grant-writing and COVID This year most academics trying to write applications to win research funding are going to feel…

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An Alternative to Mindfulness and Positive Thinking

Buzzwords in the wellbeing world for several decades, Mindfulness and Positive Thinking may not be working for every woman. They have been appearing even more as mental health problems and workplace stress have increased across Western society. Not to mention as ways to potentially cope with the extra challenges of COVID-19. But I’ve often struggled with them both.…

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Self-Care or Selfish? Struggling to Find Me-Time

Self-care or Selfish? Those who know me well could say that in the past I’ve been one of the worst culprits for putting everyone else’s needs before my own. I just want to help and see people happy! That can’t be a bad thing, surely? Well not at face value. But while many women in today’s world know…

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