Nov 16

Why clarity is the key to success

By Yvette Ankrah | business , Confidence

Why clarity is the key to success

We all make plans - given unplanned and unprecedented experiences we've had during 2020 we might think that there's no space for plans. If you're looking at how you're going to shape, direct and change the next 12 months writing a plan will help you get there. However, before that process can begin, something that will help you make a difference is having clarity  

The Cambridge English dictionary defines clarity in the following ways:

  • The quality of being clear and easy to understand:
  • The quality of being easy to see or hear:
  • The ability to think clearly and not be confused:

Being able to be clear in your mind what you want to achieve, why you want to achieve this, how you are going to do this and what you are going to do - is an extremely important step.

There are several reasons why we might not feel we have that true clarity.

Owning your story

We all have stories that we tell ourselves and these are our beliefs - the problem is that not all of these stories are true and even worse they may not even be your own story. You may have told yourself that you are no good at public speaking - because of this story that you've told yourself you avoid doing this. If an opportunity arises that may benefit you, your business or your career that involves public speaking you avoid it.

Alternatively, you may have a belief that anyone rich is a bad person, even though financial wealth is important to you, you are conflicted because of your view of what that might mean to you become as a person.

Your mindset is truly powerful and that is what this collection of beliefs and stories are. These stories impact on your choices and your results. Consider what happens when we make plans from a space where we are running negative stories, beliefs and patterns. Getting that clarity on who you are and what is your story is a key step to success

What would happen if you owned your story and understood what it was and let go of stories that don't help you move forward?

Expressing your heart's desire

The first question I ask my clients is ‘what do really you want?’ It's a powerful question simply because so many times people have never actually thought about what they want. The majority of my clients are women and so often with women, the needs of others are put first. The act of permitting yourself to say what's in your heart is liberating, powerful and clarifying. Your current job, your career path or your business model may need to completely change or just might need a tweak in a new direction - however, the actions aren't possible if you haven't started with that clarity on what you truly want.

Freeing your mind

There are so many distractions around us that create mental clutter – this could be is physical clutter that disrupts your mind or devices that interrupt us. The constant bombardment of information into our brain stops us from being able to think clearly. Finding ways to still the mind to allow those thoughts space, helps you get back to clarity. Tools such as breathing techniques, and mindfulness enable you to quickly get rid of the noise and have calm and clarity in your mind.

Connecting

We are not able to achieve what we need in this world on our own. We need to connect with others whether that is colleagues, clients or peers. Once you have the clarity on what it is you want and how you're going to achieve it, finding support to help you and letting people know this is what you're doing, is also important. This is about finding the right people by talking about what it is you need and allowing people to help you and connect you to others. For example, deciding to do work in an industry where you can see how your skills can transfer but you have not yet got the experience. To get the experience you start connecting with people in the industry, finding out more and explaining what it is you're looking for and how you might fit.

Being visible

Alongside connecting with others, being visible means that the right people see and hear you and understand how you fit into the solution that they need. Thinking about your career, you understood now that you wish to move to a certain Department. You start speaking to the people in that Department, you look at how you can transfer there or work on a project so that you can connect and showcase what you can do. You find a way to network with the key people who can make decisions - this doesn't mean changing your personality it just means creating a strategy. However, without that clarity and knowing that you want to be seen and heard you would not make these moves.

Clarity is the first part of everything that I work with when I support my clients because it is the first step to creating change. Your planning from a place of power, of knowing, and of strength when you have clarity.

Do you have clarity?

If you would like your internal story to be different and you're ready to have clarity and calmness in your mind, get in touch if you are high achieving women and see how I can support you.

Nov 09

Want more clarity? Ditch the clutter

By Yvette Ankrah | business , Confidence , self-care

Photo by Wonderlane on Unsplash.

Want more clarity? Ditch the clutter

I have a confession to make. I'm not the tidiest of people. I often work on multiple projects and have a range of files around me all the time. I do this, so that I remember that something needs my attention – however, it turns out all those files are not helping my productivity after all!

As more and more of us are based at home, how we manage our environments becomes even more crucial especially as it can have a real impact on our wellbeing. Roster et al define clutter as “an overabundance of material possessions that collectively create disorderly and chaotic home environments”[1] In this article I outline the key reasons to ditch the clutter in your life and create calm instead of chaos.

Raises cortisol levels

Cortisol is the stress hormone and the alarm system for your body designed to help you in fight or flight mode. Having a lot of things around you can raise cortisol levels and cause you to feel more stressed. Items around you are reminders of things left undone, which can also contribute to high-stress levels. There is an impact on women as women, it seems, are more affected by clutter

Dust!

I'm not one for ornaments, as I have no fondness of dust or dusting. A good reason not to have so much stuff around is to avoid issues with dust. Dust can impact allergies and too many items around make it hard to clean!

Brain overload

We tend to overload our brains when there are lots of things around us. The brain is taking in all that information, all the time. There is an impact on how well you can think because of all the clutter as lots of items around you interrupt your flow.

Lack of wellbeing and weight gain

There are numerous studies that link clutter to feelings of wellbeing – clutter can impact your happiness![2] How you feel about your home and not wanting to be in that space has also been linked to weight gain and unhealthy eating. When a place is cluttered you eat more.

Stops us connecting

Too much clutter stops us connecting with others. As one study found, it's harder for us to read emotional expressions when we've got too many other stimuli around us.

Impacts your short-term memory

Clutter affects short-term memory as well as slows down our brains when processing information.

There are a wealth of reasons why we should ditch the clutter if we truly want to get clarity, improve our wellbeing, happiness and even our weight.

Read to ditch the clutter?

Clarity is the first module of my transformation programme as a key to help you change. If you are a high achieving women in corporate and want to create less stress and are ready to soar, get in touch.


[1]DarkSideofHome_JEP_Final2016.pdf

[2] The-Negative-Side-of-Office-Clutter-Impact-on-Work-Related-Well-Being-and-Job-Satisfaction.pdf

Oct 13

Break the habit

By Yvette Ankrah | Review , self-care

Break the habit, start a new story

Every night you say to yourself that you will go to bed earlier and get at least seven hours sleep. At midnight you find yourself still on your phone/computer/ slumped on the sofa not really watching the TV (delete as appropriate).

You're sitting at your desk eating lunch and working and you realise you haven't had lunch away from your computer in such a long time.

You meant to call your friend but realised that another week has gone by and you haven't had a proper conversation outside of the Whatsapp chat groups.

Does any of this sound familiar?

We create habits and tell ourselves stories about our behaviour.

We believe that will never be able to go to bed early or be that type of person that goes for lunchtime walks in the park. We tell ourselves we are very busy and wear the ‘busy-ness’ label proudly.

However, if you dislike them, they do not serve you and it’s time to do something different it is possible to break the habits.

In the same way that you've created those habits and are holding on to those behaviours, the reverse can happen.

Start to change - 7 ways forward

  1. A good question to ask yourself is how important is it to you that you make the change? If it is not of high importance, it might explain why you haven’t done it!
  2. If it is important, one way in which you can kick start change is to connect with the deeper meaning of why the change is important to you. The more connected you are to the reason than the more important it is to you, the more likely you are to start doing something about it.
  3. Ask yourself - what might be getting in the way? Write out what comes to mind
  4. .Ask your body – once you’ve done the thinking, connect with your body and feel. Think about the thing you want to change, does it bring up a feeling in any part of your body? If it does write out in detail the feeling and sensation, where is it in the body? Consider that the feeling is telling you and work out how to move forward.
  5. Embody what you want – how can you be the person who takes lunchtime walks? What do they do and how would they set up their day? If you know someone that successfully does what you want to do, how can you model their behaviour?
  6. Set yourself up for success - going from eating at your desk every single day to saying that you're going to take an hour break away including a 30 minute daily walk might be too a big change. Instead, set yourself a small change – for example - 30 minute lunch away from your desk twice a week.
  7. Date yourself - I advocate putting things in the diary that important to you and this includes making time for yourself. Block out the time to chat with a friend, relax in front of the TV or have a date with your partner. Treat this time as just as important as any work-related meeting.

What habit will you shift and what will be your new story?

Aug 18

Work-life balance?

By Yvette Ankrah | business , Confidence , self-care

Work-life balance? Seven tips for success

Work-life balance is one of the biggest myths that has been created! Particularly for women in business, the female entrepreneurs building businesses around their families, the side hustlers finding a way to balance corporate life with their passion.

The reason I say this is because of the constant feeling of juggling, overwhelm, guilt and stress striving for balance produces. It is unrealistic to think you can completely separate parts of your life, particularly if you work from home, which so many of us find ourselves doing now.

There are a few reasons why you may be working for yourself (or want to do so if you are in transition) – passion and flexibility are two of mine. I love what I do, and I do it around my family. There is an intertwining of my work life and my personal life.

I’m calling out this myth as the mum who has asked her child to ‘wait a minute whilst mummy sends this important email’ instead of helping him build his Lego figure. The reality is, especially if you work for yourself, it is not always possible to keep work and your personal life separate.

This is why over the last few years more business magazines and coaches had been debunking the myths,  talking about either setting boundaries  or integrating your work and life, rather than trying to create an artificial divide. It is about the lifestyle that works for you and your family.

I work for myself so the success or failure of my business is on me, it doesn't mean that I shouldn't take care of myself or expect there to be no overlap of my business and my personal life. By setting boundaries and finding a way to merge your life and business you create your own version of what is acceptable to you. It is realistic and enables you to make better decisions about what you will do and how you will work. These can change daily, weekly or monthly depending on what is happening in your life.

Setting those boundaries and integrating work and life:

Your view of ‘work’

If you are doing something you are passionate about you may not see it as ‘work’. Work implies something hard, difficult and involves lots of labour. Your tasks may be hard and labour intensive but if love them, are skilled and motivated it doesn’t feel like a slog!

How do you view what you do? More importantly, are you doing what you love?

Got a plan?

You may need to put in more hours particularly when you are starting out. Know your plan and ensure you look after yourself at these times.

What’s your plan?

Office hours?

I like to have set office hours and always clearly state when I will get back to people. This manages expectations and enables me to manage my private time. The likelihood is if you call me during pickup and during my after-school cuddle I'm not going to answer the call! I will also work in the evenings however not every evening. I often work with a client or run a workshop between 7-9pm, but after 10pm I use for writing or admin tasks.

Are you clear on what times you are available?

Manage 'always on'

Modern technology is amazing and I could not survive without my mobile phone however there are certain functions that I switch off so I do not have work invading every minute of my life. This way I can focus on tasks when I am working and when I’m not, be away from work-related messages.

Can you look at how you use your mobile or have a work mobile which you can switch off at certain times?

Deadlines

There are times when you need to meet specific deadlines and you may have to forget about your boundaries during this time. However, be clear in your own mind that this is for a short time only. If you are so busy that you find yourself chasing your tail all the time you need to invest in support or hire some staff. This will stop overwhelm, stress and burnout as your boundaries can be maintained.

What support do you or your business need to thrive?

Do not neglect self-care

You need to be at your best to run your business. If you have taken the time to invest in a self-care regime you will know that missing your exercise or quiet time is not going to let you be your best. Whatever you have chosen to do - morning meditation, a run in the park, yoga - try to set a boundary around those things and limit missing them during busy times.

What is your self-care regime?

Creating boundaries, adopting a flexible approach and answering these questions will help you find a way to work that supports you.

Book a call to see how I can support you.

A verson of this article appeared on LinkedIn

Aug 07

Be your own boss

By Yvette Ankrah | business

Be your own boss:
From side-hustle to CEO

What do Slack, Twitter, Air b’n’b and Innocent drinks all have in common?

They all started as side hustles.

If you have a side hustle you are not alone. Side hustles have been booming with Henley Business School research (2018) showing that 1 in 4 Brits have been running at least one side gig alongside their full-time job. The self-employed are also involved with figures published in 2019 by IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, finding that that 320,000 people have a so-called ‘side hustle’ on top of their self-employment.

From a way to make money fast to realising a passion, there is a myriad of reasons why everyday people look at creating a side hustle and developing it. Whilst some are content to keep it on the side, some want to move it into their full-time dream.

If you are a corporate woman with a side hustle ready to start making that move, read on!

Whether you are looking to replace your 9-5 income or create the next unicorn business ($1bn business), taking more concrete steps to that side hustle becoming your full-time reality might seem daunting.

Can your side hustle make money?

The first thing to establish is whether your side hustle is something that is going to sustain you. This doesn't mean it's making you your top figure right now. This means that it has the potential to do this. There is a plan in place to get in there and you know exactly what it takes to move those numbers up. Planning is crucial. Often, I meet female business owners after they have worked on their business for a few years. Something that starts as a passion and grows organically without much planning, becomes exhausting and overwhelming. You can change this by planning now and adapting your business model to fit the times.

When to leave the corporate job?

Knowing when to make the transition from your 9-5 to working for yourself full-time is sometimes a dilemma, I believe that you should leave on you own terms, in full health and ready to face the future. Being carried out of the role or saying ‘I quit’ with no plans in place because you’ve had enough, are not the best starting points!

If you are nurturing your side hustle, there comes a point where the balance tips, where the side hustle takes up more and more time and is making more and more money. However, for it to even have a hope that it's going to get there, it does need commitment, energy and a strategy.

Financial freedom and work/life balance

Creating balance and having financial freedom is often the goals I hear women saying they want when deciding to take the plunge. But how do you manage that when you are working for yourself? Sometimes, women find it hard to give themselves space to have that time off. Also, what about those 12-hour days you might be working in the day job? Do you want that to continue when you work for yourself? There, obviously may be times it's unavoidable to work long hours. But how do you really want to structure your life when you're running the thing that fulfils you the most?

You want to be able to enjoy your success and have time for the things that you love without feeling guilty that you're not working hard enough or constantly worrying about failing.

Do you truly believe you can make your side hustle into a successful business?

What you believe is a key part of the story. You might be getting in your way and sabotaging your success!

One of the biggest differences between those who succeed and those who don't is their mindset. The ability to grow and learn from mistakes, bounce back, seeing and embodying their future.

Now, let's talk a bit more about you and your mindset behaviour and habits.

How do you operate?

  • How do you as an individual show up, day in, day out?
  • Do you understand what your values are, and what that means in terms of your business?
  • Do you know what your strengths are and how to use them to problem solve and to work through anything that is thrown at you in the world of entrepreneurship?
  • Do you know how to manage your day and create a timetable, when you are completely in control of everything you do? So that when you wake up on that first day after you have left your job, you know what you're going to be doing, how, when, and more importantly, why?

I ask all these questions because often they're not asked and many of these are questions are answered and covered in the programme that I'm launching , Exit your 9 to five with ease, transition with less hustle more flow which is all about helping you get in the right mindset to move into your passion.

It's about enabling you to thrive, avoiding overwhelm and burnout and creating a concrete plan that helps you to move out of your day job into your passion.

This is all about working on you and getting you to be the best leader of your organisation that you can be. It's understanding:

  • how you deal with adversity,
  • how you manage others,
  • how you manage yourself,
  • how you really connect with your goals, and your ‘why’ and
  • how you can also shift those limiting beliefs that might be stopping you progressing – eliminating the ‘I'm not good enough’ and ‘why would people want to buy from me’ or ‘will I make this work?’ thoughts.

This programme deals with all that and more. If you'd like to know whether it's for you, please read this information and then book a call.

Jul 29

Do you know the signs of burnout?

By Yvette Ankrah | Uncategorized

Do you know the signs of burnout?

I've spoken about how burnout can creep up on you. Often, when you experience it, you treat it as your new normal.

Burnout affects the mind, body and emotions - notice changes in behaviour and listen to what your body is telling you. This is not a comprehensive list however these might help you spot whether it's a problem for you, a colleague or loved one.

  • Feeling indispensable
  • Never having enough time
  • Hyperactivity
  • Being unable to say no
  • Anxiety
  • Increase in alcohol or tablet consumption
  • Change in eating habits
  • Rewarding yourself with shopping
  • Problems with concentration and decision making

Have you noticed any of these?

You can take action and start to make changes today.

If you are a woman in business, get in touch to see how I can help you or attend my next on my next self-care workshop.

Jul 27

Tips for coping at this time and beyond

By Yvette Ankrah | Uncategorized

Tips to help with coping, building resilience, managing your mindset and taking care of your body. The 'Great Pause' has enabled us to have a change of pace, time to reflect and perhaps create new habits and behaviours.

I put these together to help support mind, body and soul using the work I teach my clients using NLP, performance coaching and self-care practices.

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Feb 06

How to relax in under 10 minutes

By Sydney Tierson | Guest post , self-care

Not all of us are blessed with the ability to handle stress with grace and decorum. In fact, the vast majority of us blissfully enjoy the ability to throw a couple of pillows at the wall, and maybe even lock ourselves in the car to have a quick scream.

So, instead of nearly setting the house alight and scarring your beloved pet for the rest of his life, follow my tips on how to relax in under 10 minutes, without causing a scene. Whether it be at the office after an intense meeting or the fact you accidentally sent a text moaning about your mum, to your mum, I’m here to help. So, continue reading!

Chomp And Chew On The Gum

No matter what task you are doing, if you’re doing it in a hurry, a brilliant way to alleviate stress levels is to chew on some minty gum while you are doing it.

A recent study has also shown that chewing gum can increase the user’s attention and make those become much more aware of the surrounding goings-on. This is perfect if you are drastically cleaning the house in a hurry and need to drive the kids to football within the next half hour. So, crack open the pot of Extra, and enjoy the minty fresh breath.

Guzzle Down The Green Tea

If you are a hot tea drinker, then this is something you should definitely take a stab at. The herbal remedy is said to induce relaxation by increasing the chemical L-Theanine, that works around the body to reduce levels of stress. 

By sipping on the soothing, warm Green Tea, your body will soon feel relaxed, comfortable and ready to take on the next 100 emails before clock out time.

Take It Out On A Stress Ball

If the day is just getting too much, yet you’re at the office, with no pillow to scream in to be seen, then why not change it with a stress ball instead?

The rubbery, squishy creations are somewhat like a children’s toy, yet work brilliantly for those who need to let a little anger out without drawing attention to themselves. The simplicity of squeezing and releasing the tension on the plastic invention promotes muscle relaxation and positive well-being.

Stress balls come in all different shapes, sizes, colours and textures to suit your liking most. So whether that be a bright red ball or a green character whose head expands when you squeeze it. Anything that you can be a little rough with, is perfect!

Splashing Cold Water

Water benefits the body in an astounding amount of ways. But not only can it leave us hydrated and feeling clean, but the coolness of its makeup can also leave us feeling rather relaxed too.

So, head to your nearest loo and start the tap running cool. Then, run your hands under and splash your face with a little H20 and let the water drip over your pressure points. In doing this the waters cooling effect will begin to cool your body down, leaving you feeling much more relaxed at the end of it.

Take A Walk

Simply taking a walk around the block of the office to the nearest coffee shop, or leaving the house to pick up some milk is the easiest yet a very effective way to induce relaxation.

Getting out and having a change of scenery combined with a small helping of exercise allows those to take some time to themselves and focus on just breathing and walking. Not to mention the small number of endorphins that are produced which will help kick back feelings of negativity, and help you feel relaxed in no time.  

Devour The Chocolate Bar You’ve Been Avoiding

Not the most appealing to many, but eating dark chocolate has an array of benefits to help the body feel relaxed and unwind.

A study recently found that 13 people who tested with ‘high anxiety or stress’ levels, had a dramatic reduction when eating 40 grams of 74% dark chocolate every day for 2 weeks. Therefore, the study concluded that chocolate does, in fact, induce a relaxed body state.

So, next time your partner questions you on how much chocolate you’ve eaten, you can blame it on your stress levels being far too high- whether that’s true or not!

Soak Up Some Sun

Even if it’s only for a couple of spare minutes, going outside into the warm weather has numerous benefits.

The way in which it works is by increasing our levels of serotonin in the body, which act fast to make us feel happier and more alert while calming us too. And, without enough exposure to sunlight, our bodies struggle to produce this hormone, so we can be left feeling sluggish and quickly irritated by the simplest of mishaps.

Turn Up To Your Favourite Playlist

We all have our go-to playlist. One that has an array of heartfelt power ballads, songs to shake our hips too, and those that are the best party anthems around. All of these favourites can do more than turn us into the next Whitney. In fact, they can all work together to help us feel relaxed and a lot happier.

Studies show that simply listening to instrumental sounds or songs helps our bodies feel instantly relaxed, with even the smallest differences being seen from listening to a few minutes of their favourite playlist.

So, whip out the headphones or turn up the radio on the way home. And, don’t be afraid to have a little sing-along. You know you want too…

Stretch As Far As You Can

Many would say that the best way to feel relaxed, is to hit your nearest yoga club and get to stretching. However, this is certainly not the case.

In fact, you can easily stretch whenever you are. Whether that is on the bus, sitting at your desk in the office or while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil. Knowing the right positions to do and how to do them can quickly leave your body feeling much more relaxed, as muscles loosen and blood flows around the body free of charge.

We all know how amazing the first stretch of the morning feels as we roll out of bed. So why not continue this throughout the day?

Cuddle Your Beloved Pet

Pets can bring so much happiness to the home. Whether it’s cats, dogs or even your own bird, these furry friends work hard to make us feel alive and well.

So, if you’re feeling as though you need some relaxation, why not schedule in a quick mother and dog appointment of cuddles or playtime. Our beloved pets can ease any stress we owners are having and can help us feel healthier in the process.

So why not use your pet dog as a free therapist, and consult all your daily issues with the man's best friend. You will certainly feel amazing after it, and you’ll get a warm and fluffy hug in the process. Win-win!

Summary

There are many ways in which we can feel relaxed after a long and stressful day. From having a personal pamper evening to a long session in the gym, we can quickly get back to feeling ourselves from the simplest of tasks.

However, for those that need a quick fix and an action that will induce relaxation in a matter of minutes, be sure to choose from our selected list of tried and tested above. From a simple walk to the coffee shop, to squeezing a stress ball until you are no longer angry, these ideas will certainly leave you feeling refreshed, calm and ready to take on the next pile of work your boss throws at you.

So, pick your favourite and get to practising. Then, you will own the perfect regiment to feeling relaxed at all times. And any task that may be thrown your way, you will be able to complete with simplicity and grace, and no stop-offs to the loo for a time out or a scream in the car!

Feb 06

Why self-care matters

By Yvette Ankrah | self-care

When was the last time you took some time to look after yourself? As a busy executive, you might think that looking after yourself is a bit of luxury especially if self-care means a spa day or a weekend break

Self-care is much more than that. It is not just taking a hot bath and going to a spa once in a blue moon nor is it longing for that holiday. When you are in a senior position it can be hard to clock-off and take time out, especially if you in charge of a team or run your business solo and you are wondering how you will earn enough for you to take that time away!

However, learning self-care is one of the most important things you can do for yourself and your business. Self-care is how you look after yourself on a day-to-day basis to maintain your health and well-being.

Stress is one of the top causes of ill-health and in a recent survey 74% of people reported feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Other studies have shown that one of the top issues for people who run their own businesses is stress and unfortunately ladies, stress affects women 50% more than it affects men.

A little bit of stress is useful - it can help you hit that deadline when time is running out, but it must be managed. Constant stress takes its toll on your body as well as your mental health. Symptoms such as headaches, backaches, low energy or just a general feeling of being unwell can be signs of stress. Overtime this can lead to Chronic Stress and if left unresolved chronic stress can lead to burnout.

Burnout is very different from chronic stress and the numbers of people experiencing burnout are growing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) burnout is now “syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed”. With burnout, symptoms are not feeling like you want to do anything, the thing that you loved no longer appeals to you any more, you simply have no energy - it’s a feeling of ‘you’re done’.

Now I’ve experienced chronic stress and burnout and my patterns of behaviour were simply to have a weekend away and then I’ll go back to doing exactly what I’d done before and then wonder why a few months later I got that feeling again!

When I started working for myself, I was doing the same thing I did on my management roles, working very long days and thinking I had to keep pushing myself using the same behaviours. I was completely depleted and kept going on to the point my body said it had enough and I developed fibromyalgia.

I wasn’t changing my behaviours and I wasn’t looking after me. Once I had worked on my behaviours, I created a self-care plan to maintain my well-being.

Creating a self-care plan enables you to combat stress, develop physical and mental well-being and build resilience. There are clinical studies that show the effect of having a self-care plan on your well-being and they show that by consistently engaging in these practices you can change your health. If you are already experiencing stress it helps you manage it and stop it getting worse. If you are already burnout, it is a way to ease you out of that place and develop healthy habits and behaviours.

What is a self-care plan?

It is a plan that enables you to address certain areas of your life and create positive interactions in those areas. These are

  • Your workplace and your professional life or your business
  • The physical or your body
  • The psychological
  • The emotional and
  • The spiritual
  • Relationships

In each of these areas, you look at how you can create more positive experiences. For example, you could look at your work environment - if you work from home, do you have a dedicated place to work? Is it arranged how you would like it to be? Or thinking about the physical, are you getting enough exercise? What can you do to start to make changes to what you eat and drink?

Whilst the self-care plan is about you it is also about how you interact with others and how you give to others, that can also help you feel good.

The idea is not to massively overhaul your life in a way that is not sustainable, it is about making small changes that you do on a regular basis which enable you to be happy and healthy and thriving. It is just one of the pillars of success that I teach my clients.

If you would like to know how to create a self-care plan or work on changing behaviours habits and beliefs, please get in touch and arrange a call.

Yvette Ankrah – Transformational Coach

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