The Coffee Break Confidence Blog

Stop faking it, start feeling it!

Stop faking it, start feeling it!

I am of course talking about confidence here – what else?! When it comes to confidence, there are many books, articles and speakers that will tell you to “fake it till you make it”. And I totally see where they’re coming from, because confidence is something that...

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Free hypnosis track to release negative feelings

Free hypnosis track to release negative feelings

I don't think any of us expected to be living in the reality we find ourselves in now. It's an unfamiliar and uncertain time and I know for many people the combination of the health situation, being inside more with our own thoughts and not being able to be with loved...

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Every day I was told that I wasn’t good enough

Every day I was told that I wasn’t good enough

This is the true story of my imposter syndrome, more honest than ever before. It was December 2013 and I was aged 28. I had been working as a PR Manager for an international and highly-regarded organisation for almost three years and had a lovely content marketing...

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My OCD became my superpower

My OCD became my superpower

Between the ages of 5 and 10, I had two phases of being controlled by OCD. The one I remember the most seemed to be triggered by the misinterpretation I made about what my Sunday School teacher had told me. I am sure these weren’t her words, but what I took as the...

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Mind strategies for dealing with toxic work colleagues

Mind strategies for dealing with toxic work colleagues

This is not an HR blog so I write this assuming you already know the practical steps to take to call out unacceptable behaviour and the people to escalate situations to if colleagues are causing you unnecessary grief. This blog offers some additional ways to use your...

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The art of switching hats

The art of switching hats

How many hats do you wear in a week? Not the cap or fedora kind, but the invisible ones that represent you stepping into a different role. I have different metaphorical hats for my work as a therapist, coach, marketeer, entrepreneur, wife, friend, daughter, sibling…...

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Reclaim the long-lost summers of your childhood

Reclaim the long-lost summers of your childhood

Now I wasn’t quite around in the summer of ’69 but when I was a child the summers certainly seemed to last forever and I do fondly look back on them as the best days of my life. So whilst on the packed and sweaty tube this morning on the way to work, I got to...

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My January, not Dry January!

My January, not Dry January!

If you’re anything like me, you’ll have a few less pounds in the bank and a few more on your belly than you did at the start of December. You’ll be craving your chocolate fix by 10am but cannot bear to see a mince pie again for at least another 10 months. You’ll wish...

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“So, what do you do?”

“So, what do you do?”

We’ve all been there. That friend’s party or a networking event where you suddenly find yourself standing in a group of strangers and no-one is talking. The tumbleweed is on standby at the edge of the room, ready to roll in and make the awkwardness all the more...

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Listen to the seasons – it’s time for change

Listen to the seasons – it’s time for change

It's officially autumn. The leaves are turning stunning shades of reds, browns and oranges. The mornings are crisper and the evenings are arriving earlier than expected. We're the opposite side of the year to spring and yet somehow autumn always seems like the most...

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Why I wear makeup

Why I wear makeup

There is a fabulously simple technique we use as Cognitive Hypnotherapists called anchoring. In NLP, "anchoring" is the process of associating an emotional response with a trigger, so that when applied the response can be quickly and subtly reaccessed. This is a...

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