Beth Burgess
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Beth Burgess is a solution-focused therapist, coach, trainer, writer and speaker, specialising in addiction, anxiety disorders, stress, self-esteem, and mental health.

Beth is the author of The Recovery Formula: An Addict's Guide to Getting Clean & Sober Forever and The Happy Addict: How to be Happy in Recovery from Alcoholism or Drug Addiction. She has also published a mini ebook, What is Self Esteem?

Beth also runs employee development training and workshops on topics such as stress, assertiveness and self esteem.

As a freelance writer, Beth regularly covers personal and professional development topics. She also enjoys writing on social topics, such as addiction, criminal justice and mental health - and what it takes to live a healthy, happy life.

As someone who has herself recovered from alcoholism, social anxiety disorder, bulimia, self-harm and Borderline Personality Disorder, Beth has an empathy and insight that allow her to reach people in the darkest of places and a determination to help others succeed.

Beth lives in North London and runs Smyls. Find out what Beth is up to on her personal website, read more articles or watch videos by Beth.

Entries by Beth Burgess

What the World Cup Can Teach You About Being a Great Boss

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 9:34 AM

England are out. Lessons will be learned. It's the same old World Cup story for England fans, who'll be leaving Brazil with sunburn, tacky souvenirs and a familiar sense of disappointment. What Hodgson will do to improve the team's performance for the European qualifiers remains to be seen.

If he...

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The One Rule For Dealing With Depression

(1) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 8:20 AM

It's Depression Awareness Week -- and as nearly a fifth of the UK population has experienced depression, or its second cousin, anxiety, it's time to talk about how to deal with it.

I have experienced a few forms of depression myself, from mild cases of unremitting sadness to a seriously...

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Why Getting Therapy Makes You Cool

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 2:10 PM

Not so long ago, most people wouldn't readily admit that they were using the services of a therapist. It wasn't the sort of thing that would pop out on a first date, in the supermarket queue or during a chat with your next-door neighbour. Perhaps they thought they...

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Could Buddhism Help Your Business?

(1) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 10:54 AM

It's not a connection that many people automatically consider - profit-making and spiritual practice, but introducing Buddhist precepts into your business can have positive effects on your employees and on your bottom line.

The goal of Buddhism is ultimately to achieve enlightenment, but along the pathway to awakening, there are...

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Why New Year's Resolutions Fail - And How to Fix Them

(1) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 7:20 AM

So you're fed up of your wobbly bits, your two-day hangovers and spending your time looking at Facebook photos of what other people had for dinner. Time to get serious about changing your life. You scribble down your New Years Resolutions, promising yourself that 2014 will be the...

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How to Ease Your Festive Stress

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Aaah Christmas. A time of jingling sleigh bells and jangling nerves. Of togetherness and family, and massive rows with your nearest and dearest. Yes Christmas is a time for joy and celebration, but it's also a time that causes most people an untold amount of stress.

What makes it all...

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My Name Is Beth and I'm an Alcoholic

(11) Comments | Posted November 17, 2013 | 6:00 PM

There. I've started you all off. It's Alcohol Awareness Week from from 18 to 24 November and Alcohol Concern is encouraging people to have conversations about alcohol and how it affects them. The charity hopes to get us talking about the health risks and social problems that are linked with...

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Using Your Brain to Beat Burnout: Five Anti-Stress Tips

(0) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Stress-related illness is on the rise in the UK - and increasing numbers of people are hitting levels of stress so hazardous that it lands them in hospital. Yet stress can be conquered by learning to be aware of the signs of burnout and by changing the way you respond...

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What Amy Winehouse's Birthday Means to Me

(7) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 7:00 PM

I was 27 when I decided to stop drinking; the same age at which Amy Winehouse sadly died while in the throes of her own battle with the booze. Although I didn't find immediate recovery after my initial decision to quit, I was already sober when Amy's death was announced...

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No-one Is Broken, Only Lost

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 6:37 AM

From around the age of nineteen, I considered myself a broken person; I was an alcoholic, a prostitute and was plagued by a crippling anxiety disorder. Little did I know that one day it would all be resolved, proving that nothing about me was broken, only lost.

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Is Your Dopamine in the Driving Seat?

(10) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 8:01 AM

While we like to think that we are independent beings in control of our own lives, a brain chemical called dopamine may be responsible for more of your choices than you think.

This much-misunderstood neurotransmitter, whose original function was to ensure our survival, has been somewhat hijacked by the modern...

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Are you a Victim of 'Compare and Despair'?

(2) Comments | Posted August 8, 2013 | 4:48 AM

Much of our unhappiness comes from comparing ourselves to where we think we should be, or where others are, rather than seeing what is positive about our own reality. Instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses, we should be focusing on ourselves and ploughing our unique furrow.

As...

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The Benefits of Mindfulness

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:38 PM

Have you ever tried to untie a knot in a hurry? You desperately tug at it, randomly pulling at it, twisting it in different directions, only to find the knot becomes even more knotted than than it was in the first place.

But if you slow down and pay proper...

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How to Deal With Difficult People

(15) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 7:00 PM

The world is populated by a wide variety of people, one species of which seems to have evolved solely to push our buttons and rub us up the wrong way.

It is easy to feel stressed out and irritated by the members of Difficultus Humanus; but dealing with difficult people...

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How to Have a Sober Summer

(24) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 7:49 AM

With the weather warming up, people are busting out the barbecues, cracking open the cans, and filling the beer gardens, but what do you do if you don't want to drink?

Whether for health reasons, because you have a problem with alcohol, because you don't want the excess calories on...

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Why Russell Brand Is Right About Addiction

(69) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 7:00 PM

Love him or hate him, Russell Brand's article on addiction in the Guardian last week is a powerful insight into the addict's world, and could be a big step forward to getting addicts the help they need.

The media has picked up on the fact that Brand still...

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How Do You Solve a Problem Like Paul Gascoigne?

(30) Comments | Posted February 13, 2013 | 6:00 PM

As a fellow addict, I have been struggling to read the ongoing coverage about the resurgence of Paul Gascoigne's alcoholism; perhaps the most difficult thing of all is to see well-meaning people staging what might be an entirely pointless intervention.

As an alcoholic myself, I know the pain of relapse....

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Does Christmas Leave You Cold?

(6) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 6:00 PM

Decking the halls with boughs of holly. Shepherds watching their flocks by night. Fat old men dressed in red. Bah, humbug! You can keep it.

I hate Christmas. There, I've said it. If I hear Slade, Wham or Cliff blinkin' Richard again, I think I'm going to be sick.

I...

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Addiction Recovery: Why This Alcoholic Won't Play Small

(24) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 7:00 PM

It's one of those illnesses that you never get over, addiction. But far worse than the looming fear of relapse, is the fact that addicts are not 'allowed' to do anything other than recover.

Addiction is an insidious illness. It creeps up on you, it deludes you; it makes you...

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Summer Blubbin' - Does Summer Make You Sadder?

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2012 | 7:00 PM

While for most people, the summer is a time of sun, fun and frolics, for others the warm summer months can lead to sadness, introspection and tears.

Anyone whose life is not exactly where they want it to be right now could be at risk of Summer Blubbin', as...

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