Guest Post: Cat Williams ‘Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You’

Stay Calm and ContentNetmums spoke to  Cat Williams, a mother of two, Army wife, relationship counsellor, and new author, to ask her about her book ‘Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You’. 

The book teaches strategies to find calmness even when life gets chaotic and stressful.

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Why did you write the book?

My clients suggested I write the book so that other people could be helped in the same way they had.  They were struggling with common but painful issues but they learned how to come through them as calmly and contentedly as possible.

What is it about?Staying calm

Those people around us who seem to stay calm and content no matter what, have strategies in common which we can all learn. This book shows you how.  Topics covered include: stress, couple relationships, work problems, parenting, motherhood, extra-marital affairs, divorce, bullying, depression, self-harm, family relationships, Christmas, teenagers, arguments, communication, chronic pain, addiction, bereavement, abuse, suicide, the battle of the sexes… and more.

There are short stories throughout the book on many of these topics. The stories are fictional but the positive changes which occur in them are based on real-life changes.  Readers of the book will learn how to change or control how they feel about themselves, and how to positively influence their lives, and the lives of everyone around them.

January blues January can be a difficult month, do you have any ideas for beating the January blues? 

The central theme of my book is self-esteem and how it can be affected by circumstances and relationships. In January we can feel low because the fun of Christmas is over, or because our festive period was not as pleasant as we might have wished.  We might have fallen out with family members, or might be feeling the financial pinch. 

In January we need to be gentle on ourselves, but also recognise that it is our responsibility to look for things which might help us to feel more positive, it might be a time to start a new hobby, or to reconnect with friends and family in a calmer environment that over the festive period.

You are giving 50% of your profits to charity, why is that?

I wrote the book hoping that it would be helpful to people, not for profit. A way that I can help as many people as possible is by supporting charities.  The sort of charities I hope to be able to benefit are those which offer support and counselling  to children or adults recovering from traumatic or difficult circumstances, such as abuse, neglect, violence, bereavement etc, and those which help them to find meaning in their lives again.  I am an Army wife so I would also like some of the charities to be ones which support military families, particularly if they have been bereaved.

Tell me about yourself

I originally trained as a Physiotherapist, qualifying in 2000 from Kings College London.  I met my husband just before graduating, and we married in 2004 and began our Army life together. Our first posting was to Germany, where I trained as a Relate counsellor and began working with Army couples and individuals. We then moved around several locations in the UK, including Wiltshire and Scotland, and we are now based in Canada.  I have two children aged 6 and 3 who keep me busy.  I love being a counsellor.  It is a pleasure and a privilege to be trusted with peoples deepest concerns and problems, and to try to help them come through them as calmly and contentedly as possible.

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The book is available to buy now. Stay Calm and Content

If you are suffering from the January Blues then visit our Health and Happiness section on Netmums, where there are ideas to help lift your mood and help you feel more positive. We show you how to take time to think of life’s simple pleasures and we also have our Making Mums Happy course, which has helped hundreds of mums to raise their levels of happiness.

 

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One Response to Guest Post: Cat Williams ‘Stay Calm and Content No Matter What Life Throws At You’

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