In times of crisis, we need tools. We need them fast. We need them now. Actually, we needed them yesterday. We just didn’t realise it. But something has blown up in our faces and now we do.

Here are some simple emotional toolkits. They all have the following attributes:

  • They are free
  • They are simple
  • They are available 24/7
  • They do not require you to surrender your rationality or your religion
Timesheetophobia and how to avoid it Timesheetophobia and how to avoid it

It’s called ‘punching in’ for a reason. Not because it traditionally involved a clocklike machine and a punch card, but because everyone hates timesheets for the simple reason that it reminds us our time is not our own.

Starting awkward conversations Starting awkward conversations

Awkward. The word itself is… well, awkward. Nobody likes those conversations. Yet from time to time we all have something we need to get off our chest. And we know damn well the chestee (Is that a word? It should be.) isn’t going to like it.

12 Steps to a healthy workplace 12 Steps to a healthy workplace

How emotionally healthy is your workplace? How healthy are your own working practices? Here’s a quick checklist to get you on track if you feel your stress levels rising.

4 Approaches to public speaking (1½ of them work) 4 Approaches to public speaking (1½ of them work)

  • Do nothing
  • ‘Just do it’
  • Toastmasters
  • The holistic approach
12 Signs of unbalanced thinking, Part II 12 Signs of unbalanced thinking, Part II

Another six ways in which our mind can think itself into problems if we don’t observe and practice positive thinking: over-generalisation, over-association, over-actualisation, inflexibility, intolerance and ignoring positives.

12 Signs of unbalanced thinking, Part I 12 Signs of unbalanced thinking, Part I

Is your mind playing tricks on you? Here are six ways where what we think is going on is not what’s actually going on: absolutism, labelling, catastrophising, fortune-telling, mind-reading, closed-mindedness.

Surviving Christmas Surviving Christmas

‘Tis not necessarily the season to be jolly. For some people, Christmas is the worst time of the year. Here’s a brief and simple guide to surviving the sometimes less than festive season.

7 Steps to calm anxiety 7 Steps to calm anxiety

The first time I had a full-blown anxiety attack I was in seat 17A of a United Airlines Boeing 767 at 30,000 feet somewhere over Colorado. Unfortunately, I didn’t have this toolkit. It would have been quite handy.

5 Tools for solving personal crises 5 Tools for solving personal crises

  • Breathe
  • Know it will be alright
  • Accept
  • Don’t compromise
  • The solution already exists