HR managers, are experiencing higher levels of stress than pre Covid. They are being tasked with jobs they haven’t faced before. HR managers are being thrust into a ‘parenting’ role for organisations. Staff are increasingly turning to HR to manage their anxieties regarding social distancing, sanitation and hygiene. Interpersonal relationships at work are becoming fraught with people practising varying levels of hygiene protocols, for example with some staff being more vigilant about practising protocols and others with a more [...]
I am so enjoying my weekly Saturday morning interviews about coping during Covid -19 with Thabo Magubane on Mix 93.8FM. I am looking forward to taking calls in studio once lockdown is over. In the meantime, I am offering listeners a weekly opportunity to nominate yourself or someone you think would benefit from an online therapy session to help with Covid -19 related mental health issues during these extraordinary times. Many people are experiencing high levels of anxiety and depression [...]
By Louisa Niehaus Of course you are going to be anxious during these unprecedented times. We have no form of reference, nothing to compare this to. Your anxiety is TOTALLY NORMAL. One way of managing your anxiety is to accept it, own it, face that you are responding to a highly unusual set of circumstances. However, give yourself a set time period to give vent to your anxiety, don’t allow your anxiety to rule you. Try to keep yourself in [...]
By Louisa Niehaus This isn’t going to be an article that propels you to search deeper or achieve more. Instead, I am going to ask you to walk a path with me, to challenge your mindset, as well as your belief system. Chances are that you, dear reader, are past the school or tertiary education phase. This is an important qualifier. This means that you need to get used to measuring your self-growth on a different set of measurables than [...]
Men and women are different… and yet the same. Both sexes go through mid-life crises, but with differences. In the third episode of Lifehacks with Louisa, you’ll find out about: The reasons behind a mid-life crisis; How you can minimise the fallout from your mid-life crisis; and How men and women behave differently.
It’s the old cliché: “Once a midlife crisis enters your life, your marriage is doomed.” It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. Lifehacks with Louisa episode 2 is here to give you some insight into how mid-life crisis affects marriages. You’ll also have access to questions that you can ask yourself about your marriage to see if your marriage can weather the storm, or if you’ve truly outgrown your spouse.
A mid-life crisis is usually depicted as a ridiculous time of a person’s life, but did you know that it can help you to take stock of your life and give clarity for the many wonderful years you have ahead of you? Join me for the first ever podcast episode of Lifehacks with Louisa and you will: Be able to recognise the signs of a mid-life crisis; Know the difference between a mid-life crisis and menopause; Recognise that a mid-life crisis shouldn’t [...]
It’s true, I would much rather interact with a people pleaser than I would the opposite. If we are honest, most of us prefer engaging with pleasant, friendly people who go the extra mile to accommodate or help you. However, for the people pleaser, it’s not that great being trapped in the Teflon mould that encases them. Why is it a Teflon case? People pleasers tend to be impermeable to receiving help or allowing themselves to be cared for. As shiny [...]
Do you associate burnout with harassed corporate executives? If so, you are wrong. Burnout can affect anyone from students to parents, athletes, entrepreneurs and yes executives. What are the signs? Excessive tiredness, despite rest Relying on sugar, alcohol, caffeine, sports drinks to keep your energy levels up Cynicism is what differentiates burnout from depression. You feel like you are adding little value to what you do – despite the amount of effort you put in You feel emotionally numbed or distant Social avoidance We live in an [...]
At the end of the year, we want to let our hair down, kick our shoes off, lessen the stress…. Don’t be tempted to overdo things at your office function. If you intend staying at your job, remember you still have to work with these people and you WILL have to face them again. Hopefully not for a disciplinary hearing after a wild office function! Too many glasses of vino and you might just think it’s a perfect opportunity to cut [...]