Inspired by a line from Carrie Fisher’s book 'Wishful Drinking', and in recognition of all the difficulties we’re facing in these unprecedented times, check out my latest video for Psychologies Magazine's Life Labs site, featuring 3 steps to remind you that you’ve done difficult before, and have the resources to do it again. https://lifelabs.psychologies.co.uk/users/205356-pam-cottman/videos/you-ve-done-difficult-before-here-s-how?utm_source=user_mailer&fbclid=IwAR2pxka3inMQASL3Xw6Qs41g5U9Spt4nkaSe7diKSfmj22rlvSqF7RLmj3I
How are you doing today? Feeling overwhelmed, lost or uncertain? Anxious about work, family, yourself? Unsettled or saddened by recent events and how long they might last? You’re not alone. But the good news is that, even in times of adversity, there’s much that we can do to build our reserves of resilience: our ability … Continue reading Building resilience in times of adversity
https://videopress.com/v/zsMcqwzU?preloadContent=metadata In today's tip for Children's Mental Health Week, I'm talking about snowploughing and curling (thanks to Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron - loved their recent 5 Live interview on this) and how to encourage children to develop a growth mindset. Allow them to try, to experience failure, to make mistakes and learn from … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week – Growth Mindset
Will they like it? Will they do well? Will they be happy? Will I be happy? What if I make the wrong choice? Making decisions about the important stuff in life can be difficult and the pressure is often far greater when we’re making choices for others, particularly our kids. With the deadline for primary … Continue reading 3 ways to make a values-based choice of primary school
A luxury you might think. Maybe. This never happened during my teaching days. But then, those days involved a regular salary, Performance Management cycles, opportunities to take on more responsibility, to develop and grow. And none of that happens now - unless I make it happen. This September marks 2 years since I resigned from … Continue reading Today I took myself out for a coffee – and a bit of reflection time.