Respectful interventions at work

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Kindness at work also means kindness to ourselves right now, says wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly. She says we don’t do enough to ask our colleagues how they’re doing, if we think they are working too hard, or not taking enough breaks, or look like they could be struggling. “Have a proper conversation. Look […]

Learning to adapt

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Rachel Kelly Most of us prefer to follow a more predictable path and don’t like being rattled by unforeseen events. And, unfortunately, life feels especially unpredictable at the moment. The world is going through rapid and unprecedented change. We might in the past have relied on certain pillars of stability, be they religious, political or […]

Teaching kids to be kind to their minds

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Just because you’re young, doesn’t mean you don’t have worries, emotional health practitioner Jo Morton-Brown tells children. Using a collection of teddies to represent worries, Jo explains how talking about worries can help children manage them. She tells children how to be kind to their minds, and open themselves up to new ideas […]

Mental wellbeing for young adults

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In this video for young adults, Jo Morton-Brown explains how stress can help us, but also how it can affect our wellbeing. Have you noticed any physical signs, like mouth ulcers or eczema? Jo explains how too much stress can be overwhelming. She suggests taking a pen and paper doing a mind dump […]

Setting boundaries when working from home

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Work is home, home is work. How do we set boundaries for ourselves at the moment? Wellbeing consultant Catrin Donnelly suggests we schedule regular time in our calendar for breaks, self-care, relaxation, or just a change of activity. This is particularly applicable if you have to spend a lot of time on video […]

Feeling safe and secure in the new world, Dr Nihara Krause

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For many young people, this year’s lockdown has brought mental health difficulties to the fore. Consultant clinical psychologist Dr Nihara Krause says that stress, anxiety and depression may result from the crisis, but she suggests ways to help young people build resilience and learn strategies to cope as they get back to their usual routines […]

It’s time to be progressive

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Will Pike was paralysed after an injury during the hotel bombings in Mumbai in 2008. He now campaigns for better diversity across corporations and communities. “We have the entire population trying to accommodate themselves in different ways because of coronavirus. Many of the factors in this ‘new way of living’ are factors that […]

A situation rich with growth opportunities

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Psychotherapist and coach Petra Velzeboer has limited her own access to news at the moment, to take herself out of the fear loop and lower her cortisol. Her upbringing in a religious cult has helped her build her own resilience. So, Petra has focused on connecting with people and asking her what they’re […]

Find some comfort in the solitude

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Adventurer Sarah Outen has spent 500 days in complete isolation over the last few years, rowing solo across oceans. She found that there was a peace and openness to the solitude, and a real sense of who she was. But it’s difficult to recreate the contact and closeness of having people near you. […]

We can still control our spirits

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Held hostage for seven years in the Colombian jungle by a guerrilla group, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt came up with some strategies to survive. “While we may all be feeling that we have lost control of our lives, there are still things we can control. We can organise our time, our […]

Managing your anxiety in today’s uncertainty

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Charlie Cannon advises us how to manage our anxiety levels and panic during times of extraordinary confusion and worry of the coronavirus pandemic. For those that suffer anyway, the bombardment of news can be overwhelming. Spend time in nature and walk off or exercise to lower spikes in your cortisol. Try and stop the […]