........if you have tried to cope alone; but you don’t need to. ‘Coping’ is best done with support and information – and you deserve both.
There’s no doubt that pressure can be a positive thing – it can fuel creative energy, facilitate fast innovation and keep energy up, up, up. Stress, on the other hand, is potentially a killer – and an insidious, debilitating, harmful assassin. This is no exaggeration and, at last, the subject of mental health is becoming ‘OK’ to discuss as individuals but as importantly, is recognised as being essential to every business. I have specialised in providing supportive sessions for people living with stress, PTSD, anxiety and other restricting issues, for many years now and my message is simple – there are answers, there are solutions and there IS a way forward.
Of course, mental illness – at whatever level and longevity - should never have been a ‘secret’ in the first place and it’s now possible to look forward to a time when individuals, families and businesses are more aware and far more ‘up front’ about mental health issues. For many, that time has already arrived and the people who do something about it for themselves, their loved ones or their employees and colleagues, all deserve a medal.
It isn’t easy, it isn’t done without thought, it isn’t a ‘quick fix’ and that’s why it deserves recognition for the action taken.
From a human point of view, we all want to be healthy in all ways and wish that for our loved ones too. From a business point of view, it makes more sense to support individuals who flag they are having problems and support them through it. Let’s take the Winter Olympics as a way to view this from an ‘ROI’ point of view.
Return On Investment
Imagine you have sponsored, supported and encouraged an athlete for years or even for a couple of seasons; seeing in them the potential to win a medal. Then, they sprain a joint or tear a ligament. Does it mean they are now useless or to be ‘thrown away’ and a replacement found? No, absolutely not.
When an athlete is injured, even more effort is made by physios and specialists, so that athlete can return to their former high level of performance. The sportsperson returns to the Olympian challenges with renewed vigour and complete trust in those who provided support when it was needed most.
The same is true of an employee – their medal may not be on a ribbon around their neck but they do represent a significant investment in time and money. From the cost of recruitment to ongoing training, from the knowledge they have of your clients or services, from the skills they have which bring in business or satisfy your customers, everyone in an organisation – whatever its size – is part of a team. Having to reconstruct that team will be far more costly than providing support to existing members.
For the sake of your business, let alone it being the ‘right thing’ to do, providing your employees – or yourself – with the supporting techniques needed to successfully address mental health issues is common sense. Please call me today for more information about how your business can support employees dealing with mental health issues. Information about my services and techniques are on my website or email me - firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is one word that makes most of us groan, it’s ‘exercise’. Memories of school games afternoons, sideways glances at equipment bought with good intention which are now gathering dust, hangers full of gym wear that probably won’t fit anyway. It could all be a source of depression or guilt but, here’s the thing, exercise doesn’t have to be heart-pounding to make it effective.
Yes, effective cardiovascular workouts and making your body capable of ‘more’ is a good thing but if you haven’t succeeded at this before perhaps now is your time to make changes. As part of my Wellbeing mission, it’s my pleasure to help people to bring exercise into their lives and to enable sports oriented individuals and teams to exceed their goals.
There are many techniques and options that I can offer, depending on your current skill level and in full consideration of any health factors but let’s start with some basics that may take the Ouch out of Exercise.
Walking is known to be an excellent way to improve your wellbeing – it has an amazing ability to get your heart rate raised just enough as well as making your joints feel more free but did you know there is medical evidence to show it produces chemicals in your brain that elevate your mood. Recently it was announced that exercise – which includes walking – can have a positive preventative factor related to the development of Alzheimer’s Disease. You can begin your walking ‘career’ very gently, too, so don’t worry that you need to get out the lycra and two skiing poles from the outset.
Walking can be a gentle way to introduce exercise into your daily routine – even walking rather than driving to your local store counts. Our part of the world is blessed with lovely places to walk and there are few restrictions on where you can wander.
For example, the Sandringham Estate is predominantly flat, and paths are clear and open – plus you can reward yourself with a lovely cup of coffee afterwards. Taking Sandringham as an example, there are two well marked Nature Trails, one 1.5 miles long (2.4km) and the other 2.5 miles long (4km). What better place to start stretching those legs?
Most of us have a rusty bicycle hidden away in the shed or garage, and with a pump up of the tyres and a rub down of the dust, we have our own next step on the exercise front. Bringing back memories of childhood bike rides, this form of exercise boosts memories of the past as well as giving us relatively gentle movement in most muscle groups.
Now, you may be saying to yourself, “That’s all well and good but I can’t get out much because of home responsibilities!”
Okay, let’s take a look at that – if you can’t get out much, how about using your stairs for an instant workout?
And let’s not forget reaching up high – or low - to use dusting as a stretching exercise?
Hoovering and sweeping are two great ways to exercise and have the benefit of a spic and span home into the bargain. And this is for beginners, so just imagine what a gradual build up of exercise could achieve when you know how to put your mind to it.
And that’s the point of this article – exercise is often as much about the mind as the body. I know it can be daunting to tackle something new or return to exercise that you abandoned or rejected for some reason. I can work with you to make exercise something that gives you the zing of energy and a whoosh of achievement.
Call me today to find out how I can help you - 07568 145151.
As a seasoned professional specialising in therapeutic services for adults and children, I am keenly aware that as a society we are in the throes of a worrying epidemic. This epidemic can take many forms and despite the increasing media reports of our health services not being able to keep up with an increasing level of demand, there are still some who believe that ‘Wellbeing’ or ‘Mindfulness’ are just buzz words. This couldn’t be further from the truth and I am making it my Mission to raise awareness of what could be called ‘the potential to destroy ourselves from within’ and promote solutions that are now needed in schools as well as the workplace. The fact is that if we make changes to attitude, perspective and action, the long-term return on the ‘investment’ would be staggering. Imagine, children who don’t go through years of self-destructive behaviour at worst and at best can be the happy, emotionally confident little people they deserve to be. Image, a workforce that is more productive, less likely to job-hop and a massive reduction in sick days.
What concerns me so much is that a vast section of people – of all ages – may not have the pressures that our forebears had in terms of sheer survival, but can still reach a point where life is difficult at best and downright damaging at worst.
To put it in a nutshell, there is an increasing need for support when something is worrying a person to the extent that it is impacting on their life – right now - and with every possibility that the results will debilitate them in years to come in their educational, social, workplace, relationships and family lives. I know there ARE answers and I am determined that my mission to deliver practical solutions that can literally ‘make a difference’ will continue the work that has been proving so successful for clients who use my Practice. Experience has shown me that, whether it is a child who is battling to understand the world they are in or adults who find their world stressful and destructive, solutions exist to turn ‘things’ around.
Let’s look at our society’s most important assets first – our children. How can it be right or remotely acceptable when news programmes report on increases in self-harming, teenage suicide and even primary school children exhibiting extreme stress?
Thankfully, schools and workplaces are increasingly aware that ‘Wellbeing’ is a vital element in everyone’s life and tackling emerging issues at the earliest possible stage can prevent deeper or lasting damage.
For schools, bringing in professionals such as me to work within the school environment can make a visible difference to children who may be suffering – silently or otherwise – due to anxiety or a lack of self-confidence. For example, the schools I work with in Norfolk which have the insight to recognise the need for structured, informal and encouraging intervention when a child is developing issues that need solutions. This doesn’t mean ‘heavy’ sessions of navel gazing; it means establishing an environment in which a child – usually in a small group of fellow pupils – can relearn their responses to external factors, in a casual, fun, but constructed session.
By using a combination of Neuro Linguistic Programming and relaxation techniques, the children learn how to manage their emotional wellbeing – from within. Amazingly, four weekly workshops of just an hour makes a significant difference. It is a miracle I see repeatedly – a child goes from Unwell Being to a youngster who experiences true, self-generating WELLBEING; marvellous!
Just as teaching a child to walk without bumping into furniture prevents harm, well-constructed Wellbeing Groups can salve unseen injury and give the child a path around the problems that make them, frankly, totally miserable. There can be no greater joy than seeing a child change from a negative mind-set to a focused, stronger, more confident person with a positive sense of self.
The ‘hidden’ travails of stress, emotional uncertainty, a lack of confidence and a dozen other potentially harmful feelings can become overwhelming and action is needed. Employers and teachers may suddenly see that those they spend hours a day with are struggling. What better time than now for all of us to embrace Wellbeing as an essential part of being a supportive human being?
I will be publishing more information on how Building Confidence, Improving Self Esteem and Stress Relief can make lives better in future blogs.
If you would like more information on Wellbeing Programmes for children or adults, please contact me.