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“I’m so stressed all the time”

Our award-winning coach Kim Morgan meets a woman who is trying to be everything to everybody

COACHING SESSION 1 Needing to offload

Louise* had a demanding senior role in a financial-services organisation. She booked some coaching sessions to help with her work-life balance. She appeared highly organised and in control but, as Louise began to tell me about her life, I could see that she was feeling really stressed.

‘I’m trying to be a good mother; an inspiring leader at work; a loving wife; a caring daughter to my elderly father. My best friend is going through a painful divorce, and I am trying to be there for her, too. But I feel so pressured all the time. It is hard to divide myself between all these things, and I am not doing any of them well. I feel everything is about to fall apart. How is it possible to keep fit and healthy, look good, attend school sports days, read with my children every night and manage a large team in a fast-moving business? Oh, and fit in some mindfulness practices every day, as the media suggests that we should?’

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