Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

GUIDE TO LIFE; in Association with the NHS

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LAST year was tough for many people, when all of us were affected by the credit crunch in small or large ways. Sadly we are seeing more businesses go under as the recession takes a firmer grip, with the Chamber of Commerce now predicting that this will be the worst recession in three decades, and where they estimate 3.1 million people will be jobless by the end of this year.

This news and the general current climate have a huge impact on people's lives, where financial worries and the fear of losing jobs puts a lot of additional stress and strain on many individuals and families.

Unless you have been through redundancy, it would be difficult to fully understand the knock-on effect it has on those people who lose their jobs and those who are close to them. I have been through the experience four times in my 30 years of employment, and it was ghastly, leading to sleepless nights worrying about how to pay bills, and a real dent in confidence and self esteem. Currently people are living in fear of their jobs and livelihood, and for the people left behind in organisations that have had to lay off staff, their workloads increase, causing them additional stress, while they too live in fear for their own jobs.

The escalation of the conflict in the Middle East certainly isn't helping, as people are now worrying about the prospect of more terror attacks on mainland Britain, not to mention all the troublespots around the world, as man fights man over land, gender, colour, race, religion, possession, sexual orientation, control and more.

My amazing business partner Jules has just returned from a month in India learning Yoga, and is now a qualified Yoga teacher. Of the many things she has shared with me of her experience there, it has been the real difference in the values of the two cultures that has been most memorable. The kindness and gratitude for the most simple of things has really changed her views on life.

My view is that each and every one of us has a part to play in everything that happens in and around us. …

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