Questions to ponder in 2021

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Anna Percy-Davis New Year’s day has come and gone in a particular blur this year and so too have many of my potential New Year’s Resolutions. What is it about New Year’s resolutions anyway? They seem to be a really clever (or perhaps not so clever) way of setting ourselves up to fail. Besides, looking […]

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 […]

Changing minds in the workplace, Sir Ian Cheshire

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Leading businessman Sir Ian Cheshire says the pandemic has completely changed the background to talking about mental health at work. He became interested in the issues because of family experiences and has since worked with charities to promote good practices in the office. The fact that so many of us are working from home poses […]

The ’thank you’ practice

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Yogi Divya Kohli shares a practice for when we need to break the cycle of negative thought. This practice gives you instant positive energy like a burst of joy. She calls the practice “thank you” and it combines gratitude and mindfulness into one great practice.

Breath practice: it’s OK

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We are all experiencing a great deal of stress at the moment, so yogi Divya Kohli shares a practice to help us steady ourselves so we can meet the stress, and deal with it. You will examine where in your body you are feeling the stress or anxiety, acknowledge it, then intervene and […]

Three breaths practice

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Yogi Divya Kohli has prepared a series of short in-the-moment-practices for us to do when we feel stressed or overwhelmed, or when our thoughts start to overcome us. Each practice will give us a tool that’s easy to remember and simple to do. The first one is called Three Breaths.

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 […]

Feel, write, delete

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Christine Steel At this time of year – particularly this year – we are all too aware of the pressures put on young people today, as they start a new school or a new university. I have seen the pressure first-hand with my daughter: to achieve academically, in the workplace, and socially, all while conforming […]

Intervene in an emotional challenge

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Jo Cruickshanks from The Breathery shares a short and dynamic version of a transformational breathing practice for people who are ready to step into their power and show up as more inspired, visionary leaders. “You can use this practice to intervene before things get too much. It doesn’t take a long time to […]

Releasing neck and shoulder tension

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Rachael Hall, former ballerina now Franklin Method educator, shows us some simple exercises you can do daily. These will support us in feeling grounded and feeling calm, as well as releasing neck and shoulder tension – these things often come hand in hand. Following the exercises, your mind will often feel lighter and […]

My strength is made perfect in weakness, Rachel Kelly

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Journalist Rachel Kelly was working in a stressful job when she had her first serious attack of anxiety and depression which put her in hospital; later, her second episode lasted for two years. Rachel found that her love of words and poetry helped her recovery. She built up from reciting one line at a time […]