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Category Archives: Featured

The Reviews For The Little Book of Sleep Are Starting To Come In: And They Are 5 STAR

My new book has been out for a little over two weeks now – it feels so much longer some how. And the good news is that reviews are coming in And I’m so pleased to say that people are enjoying the book and finding it useful. Here’s another 5 star review from Richard Hulse […]

Interview on Good Day Chicago about The Little Book of Sleep

I got invited on to Good Day Chicago at 2.30am NZ time to talk about my new book, The Little Book of Sleep. There is a not-so-delicious irony about how this wrecked my sleep for the night. But I didn’t manage to get some sleep in the end. Here it is, in all it’s glory, […]

Mid-Year Mental Health Tips Refresher

Everyday life can be demanding. When things seem like they are getting on top of you, here’s a brief reminder of helpful wellbeing behaviours. Try these prompts to preserve your balance, or re-balance yourself. 1. Value yourself: Try to be kind and avoid self-criticism. Whether you want to broaden your horizons or make time for […]

Steady now FREE to read on Kindle Unlimited – Please Share!

It’s tricky trying to do what you love and also make a living. And although I’m busy doing what I love, the ‘making a living’ thing is proving to be a quite the challenge to crack. I’ve discovered that I love writing. Not academic writing: I can do it, but I wouldn’t describe my relationship […]

MY NEW BOOK! The Little Book of Sleep is here

I have exciting news! My new book is here and it will help you to SLEEP EASY again. The Little Book of Sleep is a quick read, and absolutely PACKED full of tips. Find out how you’re RUINING your sleep. I know that my sleep was not good – and it was one of the reasons why I wrote this book. […]

I’ve been busy trying not to be busy. It’s working. Here’s why.

Around the end of March, I figured out that I was working too much. I’d lost my vitality. My mojo was missing. It had been going on for a while – about 14 months – but I identified that I needed to scale down, and take this seriously. So why now, after what has been […]

We Need a Better National Mental Health System

We need a better National Mental Health System. Alongside stronger regulation and governance, we especially need a body that can commission services to better mental health standards, and to help develop a workforce better able to serve New Zealanders. To do this, we need a better standards framework alongside a workforce development strategy to meet […]

Preparing for Covid-19 in the Community When Borders Start to Re-Open

Let’s imagine that we have a vaccination campaign that has gone really well in New Zealand, with a high proportion of the population receiving the Pfizer / BioNTech jab. As more people get vaccinated, community protection also increases. Let’s also imagine that, globally, numbers of cases of Covid-19 have fallen dramatically, but pandemic coronavirus variants […]

Exiting Covid-19: Changing our relationship with the future

In my lengthy blog post yesterday, I talked about what the exit narrative for New Zealand may look like now we know more about the vaccination strategy. Thinking further about this, what I’ve realised is that the task is about changing New Zealanders’ relationship with the future. Let me explain. When the pandemic started, it […]

Now that the Vaccine Pathway is Clearer, What is the Exit Narrative?

This psychologically-informed post offers suggestions for reframing the current narrative for strategic, high level Covid-19 communications. My analysis describes the current successful minority influence approach, but also the risks of continuing along this path. I propose moving from a story of safeguarding to a narrative of the potential benefits that are unlocked through vaccine uptake […]