Telomeres – helping me extend my health span

I constantly seek research and findings that effectively and meaningfully link academia and the real world. This week’s example that sparked my imagination was discovering the works of Elizabeth Blackburn a Nobel prize winning, molecular biologist.

In a world that constantly seeks to improve well-being she focuses on the positive application of theory and science to open the world to Telomeres and how they influence your health span.

Studying mental ill health, I have become increasingly and uncomfortably familiar with the negative vocabulary that currently prevails in the literature. “The Telomere Effect“ offers a refreshingly positive vocabulary and vibe as it presents a strong scientific representation of the effects of stress on one’s body and health span. The book powerfully articulates the levels of control we can exert on our own and others health by focusing on our Telomeres.

Quick definition required here, Telomeres are the caps at the end of our DNA strands, they offer a protective sheath often likened to that at the end of a shoe lace. It prevents damage to our DNA strands and protects the chromosome.

Chronic stress and negative thoughts can shorten your Telomeres whilst meditation has been shown to strengthen them. As an advocate of the power of empathy, self-awareness and mindfulness her book has given me a novel scientific narrative to translate research into reality.

An excellent preface, or substitute if time is of the essence, to the book is her TED talk, it offers an invaluable bite size insight to Telomeres and her work.

You have the power to change your well-being, explore the possibilities. I am!

Neena Speding
Chartered MCIPD, BSc (Hons) HRM, PGCE
Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader & Collaborator
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Your journey in 2018

  • What do you want to see and experience along the way?
  • Who is travelling with you?
  • What are you really looking forward to?
  • How do you want to feel?

I have decided wherever my road takes me, the journey is going to be an easy one. Easy is my word for 2018.

After all it’s easy if I think it is.

Neets
Coach, Communicator & Collaborator
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A question…

What are you buying yourself for Christmas?

Gifts are a sign of love, affection and thoughtfulness and we shop with everyone else in mind.

So what about us?

Our fun idea – add your name to your Christmas present list and think about what you would like, buy it, wrap it and put it under the tree and enjoy on Christmas day – after all you’re just as important as everyone else in your life.

Have a fantastic Christmas and see you online in 2018.

We’re off to the shops!

Neets, Carol & Neena
Collaborators
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Make time to listen

This week I’m recommending a wonderful book I’ve been reading by Nancy Kline called Time to Think in which she talks about the importance of creating a thinking environment because ‘the quality of our attention determines the quality of other people’s thinking.’ It’s powerful and reminds me what a super skill listening is.

As a coach and trainer I’m often told I’m a great listener. And, yes it’s true I am pretty good at it, but reading the book I have become aware how often I forget to listen when I’m hanging out with my friends and family. Many times I catch myself falling short – like when I realise I’m multi-tasking on the phone to my friend, diving in with my advice on her problem or interrupting my husband to share my story about the time that thing he’s describing happened to me too.

This results in a situation where they tell me that ‘no you don’t understand’ or ‘I just need you to listen’ and they’re right – I feel the same way too on receiving unwanted advice. These are the people I care about the most and I want to give them the respect and space they deserve by really listening.

Do you catch yourself listening to answer or add your comments too?

I have noticed that when I let go of the impulse to jump in and talk, conversations are more relaxed. I’m learning fascinating new things about people just by being present and paying attention. They feel heard, sometimes that’s all that was needed and often they find their own answer in the process.

When was the last time you really listened to someone when they were speaking? Challenge yourself to listen to their story, listen to their emotions and really hear them. Be prepared to be surprised.

 

Carol Conway CPCC
Coach & Collaborator
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Is there only one way?

We all have regular habits and ways of doing things.

Whether it’s the way you brush your teeth, the route you take to work or how you plan a project.

Today we’ve been discussing the benefits of more than one way?

Think about it, you have something you want to achieve or get done, there’s your way – the way you normally do it and then there’s my way and how I normally do it – it’s more than likely that both will be different. And yet both will achieve the result you want.

So, is there really only one way?

 

Neets
Coach, Communicator & Collaborator
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Three reasons why everyone needs a coach

It was 2004 when I first worked with a coach. I’m proud to say my coach at that time was Gabriella Goddard (the founder of www.brainsparker.com).

I still remember how I felt at every session, one-hour to focus on me and what I wanted to discuss – it was a breather from my corporate life! The sessions helped me to make sense of my scrambled brain and life, and I realised over time that they weren’t that scrambled at all.

Gabriella had my back and that felt so safe and comforting. It allowed me to open up, really get clear, find out new things about myself and actually get stuff done. She kept me on track and moving forward.

I was so impressed with my coaching and the results I achieved that I decided to train as a Co-Active Coach®

Today I’m lucky enough to work with two wonderful colleagues at eight circles and we all agree that these are the three things we do for our clients and why we feel everyone needs a coach at some point in their life.Neets
Coach, Communicator & Collaborator
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