Dr Perpetua Neo
The Neo Café

I write in cafés all over the world about mastering your time, mind and sleep. As a Café Person since I was 11, I’ve christened my blog The Neo Café— for your dose of Mastering Your Psychological Capital, my signature blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, psychology and ancient wisdom– in plain English for busy high-performers like yourself who want quick and thorough solutions. My work’s available in 41 languages, and here’s how we can partner together.


  • The 5 Questions: Questions To Reflect On Your Year

    The performance review. The peer review. The relationship check-in. We are no strangers to reviews in our work and, sometimes, love lives. But how about extending that to yourself?

    I’ve read a few tongue-in-cheek memes that go somewhere along the lines of how 2023 one-third over while we are still processing 2020. The truth is, life will always…

  • Do you suspect you are a bad boss? Read this to improve your performance.

    You kinda know it. You’ve seen the way people look at you, you hear the whispers. People say you’re causing stress, and that stresses you out even more.

    That’s okay. Many leaders become leaders because of their technical skills; and no one teaches us leadership. And that is a skill you can pick up, progressively.
    The reality check
    If you…

  • Read this before you think about building a healthy organizational culture

    The four day work week. Mental wellbeing. A course on how to communicate better with others. Time management seminars.

    All sound fancy and good.

    But do you remember the last time you walked in and felt great, then left and completely forgot? Or, made some change and went back to square one, following which you felt disappointed with yourself?


  • How To Reduce Anxiety Immediately

    But I need to worry!” my client Rachel tells me. “If I don’t worry, nothing ever gets solved, and something bad will happen.”

    The truth is, some of us like to worry. It is a comforting ritual, because it gives us something to do. Like that old soft toy we hug, it’s something we’re so used to. To…

  • How To Talk To Your GenX Leaders About Mental Health

    We know that GenZ is vociferous about mental health needs in the workplace, Millennials are likelier to have done them on their own time and out-of-pocket to benefit their performance, and then GenX has very different ideas.

    Quite often, mental health looks like yet another initiative to check off the tickbox for HR purposes or an Away Day,…

  • Having An Anxiety Relapse? Here’s Why. And Here’s The Way Out.

    The relief from feeling significantly more in control after a particularly anxious chapter is oh-so-sweet. And we all hope that we never feel that kind of anxiety again.

    But what if a new episode in your life reintroduces those same feelings? A racing tornado of a mind, fast heartbeat and clammy palms, and hypervigilantly looking out for how…

  • What Are Dark Empaths?

    We often think of empathy as an amazing thing. Most of us believe that empathy is the solution to cruelty and aggression and generally leads to better outcomes, from sales to productivity to customer relationships. Hence, empathy training is recommended for anyone, from prisoners to doctors to teachers.

    Indeed, deficits in empathy are thought to be at the…

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