The Family Drug Support Aotearoa (FDSA) nationwide charitable trust was founded by Christchurch innovator Pauline Stewart. It was created ‘to assist families/whanau to deal with alcohol and other drug misuse, in a way that strengthens relationships and achieves positive outcomes’. FDSA is physically based at 301 Tuam St, Christchurch Central. It’s support phone number is: 0800 337 877; the office phone number is: 03 2818740; and the email contact is: office@fds.org.nz
If you need help,

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A key tip to keeping your technical information up to date is to create specific lists e.g. technical information (IP addresses, links to get into the back end of one’s website, instructions to do certain tasks, names and contact of IT expert) and update them regularly. Another list to create is your personal logins/passwords, and that too needs to be updated whenever new contacts/information needs to be added, or, contacts/information needs to be deleted. If you can keep on top of the lists,

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The International Coach Federation (ICF) supports a huge, world-wide coaching community to gain coaching credentials (ACC – Associate Certified Coach; PCC – Professional Certified Coach; and MCC – Master Certified Coach) and maintain them, through ongoing professional development and joining specific Communities of Practice. All members adhere to the ICF’s code of ethics. Many countries across the globe have ICF credentialed coaches working with clients across the different sectors. If you want to find out more,

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Death Cafes have been established all around the world to enable individuals to talk about their mortality, life and living, and come to grips with it. The Covid-19 outbreak and the enforced shutdown hones the mind to what is important in life, and how quickly our personal situation may change. If you haven’t already had discussions with loved ones about your mortality, do so. Get your personal affairs documented and sorted out. Get real, get ready,

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We are strange creatures, human beings. In the midst of enjoying life and living, we put thoughts of our own mortality on the back burner. Yet now, with Covid-19, the lockdowns and various other restrictions imposed upon us, our personal fragility is highlighted like never before. Our sense of control has gone and fears have come to the fore. Yet there is something constructive we can and must do during this time, if we haven’t done so already.

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There’s nothing like a crisis situation to really hone the mind and focus our attention on what really matters in our lives. To enable us to do this, we need to schedule some quiet times to allow our minds to slow down and for us to really ‘look’ at our current situation- not just in our personal lives, but our working/professional lives also. So, some questions for you to contemplate in the following weeks: (1) What brings you great joy in your personal life?

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W. N. Murray, from the Scottish Himalayan Expedition (1951) had this to say about commitment: “Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans:
that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred.

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Two difficult yet very helpful questions we could ask ourselves on a regular basis are (1) what is your soul mission? (2) what is your joy generator? When was the last time you thought about the real purpose of your life and the sort of ‘legacy’ you wish to leave behind you? Many people live lives of quiet desperation – unhappy in their work, personal lives and everyday realities; some may lack the confidence and/or insight,

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I attended an excellent Emotional Intelligence & Neuroscience Masterclass last week, as part of the annual WBECS Coaching Summit. The speaker was Deiric McCann, and he shared the characteristics of managers and colleagues with well developed ’emotional intelligence’. They include: Demonstrate awareness of their own moods and emotions; makes others feel appreciated; is open and honest about their mistakes; makes ethical decisions; manages their emotions effectively in difficult situations; recognises other people’s hard work and achievements.

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