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The Hopes and Dreams of a Dad

Hopes of a dad

The Hopes and Dreams of a Dad

Being a dad is amazing, hard work, confusing and a little unnerving. All that responsibility, decision making, conflict resolution, boundary setting, playfulness, fun and don’t get me started on those feelings I never thought I would have! Dads dreaming! I have many conversations with men about fathering. Recently I enjoyed delivering my Good Blokes, Great […]
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Men and thinking

Where do you put your thoughts? – Part 1

I’m going to generalise a little! We men like to organise, fix, solve and put stuff neatly in their place. (There are many man caves beautifully systemised and ordered, similar to a well-stocked tool shed!). When it comes to balancing our thoughts and feelings most of us have a kind of filing system of the […]
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Men and thinking

Where do you put your thoughts? – Part 2

Men generally compartmentalise their emotions in order to protect themselves from feeling vulnerable. Emotional compartmentalisation involves shifting your focus to a situation and suppressing feelings that emerge. It’s when we push difficult feelings aside, sweep them under the carpet and move on. A blokey term that encapsulates this is “suck it up and move on”! […]
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Men and emotion

Do you need to strengthen your emotional muscles?

Tough Men Many blokes like to see themselves as strong and tough. Maintaining physical fitness is a really important activity for our overall wellbeing. I remind myself of this every time I feel my face reddening, sweat pouring and gasping for breath at the gym! Being strong and tough, however, seems to cause great confusion […]
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Men and emotional strength

A 5 step Workout to strengthen your Emotional Muscles

Are you avoiding, denying or distracting yourself from feelings? Is it a struggle to perform at your best, or relate well to people that matter?  It may be a sign that your emotional muscles need a good work-out. Emotional muscles are explained in more detail here in a previous blog. Research points to higher emotional […]
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Holiday blues

7 ways to beat the post holiday blues

Are you ending the summer holiday period with tons of excitement and motivation as you return to your life? How is it going farewelling slow breakfasts, luxuriously long and lingering reading time, sunning on the sun lounge, late lunches, lasting lattes, wonderful walks, exploring exciting surroundings, and a whole lot more seemingly exclusive holiday activities? […]
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