OK, so this is a hard one.
Mainly because unfortunately, what’s best for the employee isn’t necessarily always best for the organisation…
It’s probably counter to a lot of other information you’ve heard too – but that’s because people are so worried about being PC, they’re ignoring the research.
Over the past 4.5 years in business, I've seen a monumental shift in the way we support people who are struggling with mental illness.
No longer are people prepared to rely on medication (the fact that they're just about as effective as placebo's may have something to do with this... (Penn, E., & Tracy, D. K., 2012)).
It may even have something to do with the fact that it's unbelievably difficult to see anyone when you know that you're struggling (some services still having disgustingly high waiting times).
But in my mind there's something much more profound happening.
Ready to hear something bonkers?
Research by Feldman, et al., (2008) found that when guys and gals are stressed out at uni, spending time with their mates helped them to relax them which lead to better academic success...
Oh, wait, that kinda makes sense ...
& isn't that what we all already knew?
A couple of years ago I created a whole campaign full of free opt-ins, follow-up emails and even some video training around the whole subject of employee engagement & you know what it sucked.
OK, so it didn't suck, it just didn't quite have the same sort of flair that everything I produce now does.
It was also super complicated because I was still a newbie at the whole 'content creation thing'
We’re going to be jumping in with the answer to this question in a couple of tics but, I just want to prepare you.
Because, I really don’t think you’re going to like the answer…
You see, it’s one of those airy-fairy type answers…
We often forget that like us, students have their own issues.
Sometimes a child may not be engaging in class because of things that have happened at home, maybe they dislike the subject, maybe they had no breakfast or maybe they just hate school altogether.
There are 101 reasons why a child, even one who is normally quite engaging, checks out.
(so that they are not easily led astray by the wrong crowd...)
You’d think, considering I offer a training package for organisations this blog post would be something I’d want to keep under wraps…
Look I get it.
I’m the first one to say, happy employees are profitable employees (& just so we’re on the same page your profits don’t mean diddly squat to me, but your employee’s emotional and mental state, well that matters a lot).
Was your weekend everything you planned?
I spent Saturday hiding in my craft room making a Jacket because the weather was not exactly gardening weather...
But, I took advantage of filling my hobby-bucket after a really hectic few weeks and by Sunday was feeling rejuvenated.
Getting children to pay attention to anything nowadays seems like an impossibe task.
Social media and the internet has enabled them to access the information they need at a click of the button and no longer requires the same level of congnitive processing as it once did.
Imagine whizzing back in time to when you were a child and the option to ask an all-knowing instantly responsive gadget to give you the answer to everything - you'd absolutley take advantage.
Before we get into how to persuade your child (or children) to do what you want, we need to quickly address the elephant I've just plonked into the room -
Persuasion is not manipulation, it is not unethical and it is not about turning your children into robots.
Persuasion is supporting your child to make a decision which is going to be beneficial for them in the long term.
I posted a question on LinkedIn yesterday & it certainly got a few reactions...
'If a colleague is returning to work after being off with stress, depression or anxiety should you mention it?'
I left it quite ambiguous on purpose so that people would interpret it in a way which was personal to them.
I hope you had a great weekend?
Took some time out to sit back, relax and chill out?
That might be a problem.
I'm gonna keep this one short and sweet so that you can take action asap (mainly because this is key when busting through the procrastination habit!
I'm writing this post because I know that it's not only going to help many of the wonderful parents in the group I'm supporting, but also help many of you out there who have yet to meet me.
But before I start, I want you to know something...
Everything is going to be OK.
Even if right now all you can see is pain.
There is always hope and there is always another day to make things brighter in all of our lives.
Of course, EVERYONE knows that #psychologists and #psychics are two different things...
Trust me, for some, this really hasn't sunk in yet...
Tune into this weeks #TherapyThursday #podcast episode to find out why this really matters to you -
So, I'm gonna be here super quick because it's getting late & I wanna get out in my garden to build my much needed compost heap...
Here's the thing.
4 years ago I said no to pursuing a career in mental health the traditional way because I felt constrained by all the rules/regs.
What to do when you've got social anxiety disorder & offered group therapy... [#TherapyThursday Episode 8]
Group therapy, in theory, can be effective, i.e., if everyone has anxiety then they need the same techniques to overcome their anxiety.
The thing is, this completely misses the point.
Trust me, I get it.
Having either depression or anxiety is bad and when you’ve got both life can suck a lot.
I mean, if the sheer inability to get out of bed doesn’t make you feel useless, the fear of getting out of bed and setting off an incomprehensible chain of negative events is sure to do it.
& the reason I said I get it, is I’ve been there.
If you are struggling with mental illness most often the words which follow 'I am' tend to be very unhelpful...
But, if you’ve delved into the self-help world & tried out things like affirmations you’ll also know the most powerful ones of these also start with the words I am...
So who’s right?
Most of us have a crazy amount of apps on our bits of tech, but did you know that heading over to social media sites such as Facebook when you're feeling mentally wobbly can do a lot more harm than good?
Don't panic though, because there are some apps which are going to help you effortlessly move towards a mentally healthy life.
Click play on this weeks #TherapyThursday podcast to find out my top 3.
I know, it's crazy right.
There are a million different methods, hundreds of different 'schools' of thought and countless opinions on what you need to do in order to be mentally healthy.
Yet, so many people are still struggling.
& many, losing...
Read on to find out why tackling these 3 things are the difference between staying stuck in mental illness and leading a mentally healthy life:
Did you know, that when you have those very unhelpful thoughts they will use the same sort of language you use in the real world?
Tune in to find out why this one fact can help you significantly reduce the amount of negative or worrying thoughts you have.
Tune in to find out why I compare EFT to Ronseal and why this technique is definitely one I recommend everyone learns to lead a mentally healthy life
If you've ever tried writing out all the things you want to get yourself motivated to move forward you probably noticed that it can sometimes make you feel even more deflated than when you started.
That's because you're doing it wrong...
Tune in to today's #TuesdayTip episode to find out the sneaky way to help your subconscious feel good about all the things you want to do with your life so that you can get motivated about making it happen!