Resilient people are not immune to stress but they can deal with it

Workplace mental health pushed to top of agenda

Increasingly, business leaders are speaking out about how workplace mental health issues, such as anxiety, affect their lives, even when they appear to be successful and at the top of their game, responsible for decisions that affect thousands of people.

Even when his business was doing well and his family life was contented, Adam Shaw struggled with his emotional problems. “I had a lot of anxiety over the business,” he says. “I got very down and my OCD just came crashing down on me.”

To the outside world, Mr Shaw was the highly successful entrepreneur behind a multi-million-pound legal services business employing 1,000 people. But behind the confident façade was a man whose life was dominated by crippling anxiety…


How Life Changes Can Impact Your Money Plan

We are creatures of habit. When we find something that works, we resist change because, hey, if it ain’t broke….

On the contrary, the job of a business owner is to in fact revel in uncertainty, roll around in the unknown, and bask in the light of change; because that’s what is needed to forge a pathway to success.

In my professional life, that push has taken me from the embrace of music, the demands of accounting, and then into the world of financial services. I have walked on the cutting shards of an inner push that tells me there is more.

Since entering the financial services business over 32 years ago, my business has shifted from commission to fee-based to fee-only; from a transactional to relationship orientation….


Resilient people are not immune to stress but they can deal with it

stressed people
Today’s under-35s are experiencing double trouble because they are trying to navigate a faster moving, highly pressurised “always-on” world with reduced coping skills. Photograph: Getty Images

For those who grew up in the 1970s or before, life-learning was often taught by the school of hard knocks. There wasn’t much disposable income in most families, and rites of passage, such as getting pocket money, learning to drive or going abroad for the first time were all hard earned.

Having grown up with this sparing regime those who had children in the 1980s and early 1990s were determined to make life easier for their children. They were often more protective of their children than their parents had been of them, and were quicker to applaud and reward even small accomplishments. They also did far more for their children, gave them a lot more and at younger ages, and dropped their expectations around what their offspring should do in return…

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