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Newsletter 78 – November/December 2014 features wellness


Welcome to the last edition of In Equilibrium in 2014

Tolstoy once said, “Just as a painter needs light in order to put the finishing touches to his picture, so I need an inner light, which I feel I never have enough of in the autumn”.

For all those who echo his sentiment, we may not be able to offer an instant solution but have devoted this edition to the theme of wellness and it includes:

  • News of our latest courses which could help you to deal with difficult people or end your battle with sleep
  • An easy competition which could see you win a relaxing prize
  • A practical stress tip to help with a very current problem
  • Our trainer, Louise Overy, helping a reader to get organised for the strains of the festive period and beyond in our regular Ask the Expert feature
  • Links to some handy resources and external articles which include an uplifting, short, silent video on the definition of happiness


In Equilibrium News

New mobile/tablet friendly site
We have recently upgraded our website to ensure it is Smartphone and tablet friendly. So if you are reading this on a mobile device, please take a moment to view our homepage and forward any comments you may have, they will be gratefully received.

New Courses
We have recently introduced two new courses which are both proving popular:

Dealing with difficult people
Valuable either for those at the front line of customer service or those who regularly work with a difficult personality, the skills learnt on this one day course will help participants strengthen their personal boundaries and protect their health and wellbeing in addition to aiding their motivation and productivity whilst at work.

Sleep Well: Ending your battle with sleep
In less than two hours the productivity of your organisation could be boosted by helping the, on average, 2 out of 3 employees who experience difficulty sleeping well regularly. All participants leave the session with a step-by-step strategy for tackling their sleep issues which can be implemented immediately.

New Trainer
We are delighted to welcome Human Resource specialist Michelle Spirit. Michelle has over 20 years experience of helping organisations and individuals to manage stress, build resilience and understand mental health issues. She recently presented a very successful course for the National Association of Police Well-Being Advisors (NAPWA).

Recent blog articles you may have missed
In case you’ve missed any of them, here’s a quick summary of the articles which have appeared on our blog since our last newsletter:
In Equilibrium on Social Media
A reminder of the links you need to find us on the social media channels

Reacting versus Responding: How to hold onto your power
A resilience tip.

Top Tips for Setting Boundaries at Work
Resilient people have healthy boundaries, read our top tips for setting yours at work

Training in Preventing Bullying – Shout it from the rooftops
A look at why offering training in Preventing Bullying can make an organisation appear more attractive as a place to work

In-house Training: We come to your workplace
A brief summary of the procedure for booking an In Equilibrium training course

Rumination – Why we should learn to stop chewing the cud
Learn what rumination is, why it is damaging to our health and some techniques that can be used to control it

Personal Resilience Workshop for NAPWA
Read about our trainer, Michelle Spirit’s recent delivery of a course for the National Association of Police Well-being Advisors (NAPWA)


Since the theme of this newsletter is Wellness, we thought it would be apt to run a competition and improve three readers wellbeing by sending them a nice early Christmas present!

To Enter
All you have to do is spot the “Wee Willie Winkie hat” on one of the pages of our website and then email us at [email protected] using “Newsletter Competition Entry” in the subject line. Give us your name and choice of prize together with a link to the page where you found the hat.

It’s in the news!

Closing date
The first three entries drawn from the said Wee Willie Winkie Hat at midday on Friday 28 November 2014 will receive their choice of prize.

Grow Your Own Coffee Plant, Box of Tasty Truffles, Bathtime Pamper Giftbox or Personalised To Do Stationery

Stress Management Tip

A recent study showed that we can spend 13 hours a week reading and replying to email whilst another found that going without email for 5 days resulted in a significant drop in the stress levels of those monitored. Read our tips to help with this 21st century stressor …

View our archive of stress management tips here …

Ask The Expert

Louise Overy offers advice to a reader who finds that the demands at home and work at this time of year can be overwhelming.

The Scenario
“I find this time of year fills me with dread, work is always really demanding in the lead up to year end, the thought of getting organised for Christmas makes me bury my head in the sand and the lack of daylight puts any attempt of a healthy evening walk or bike ride on the back burner. My desk at work and the kitchen table at home already have piles of paperwork containing non-urgent tasks which seem to build week on week and they are a fair representation of the constant muddle going on inside my head! Do you have any tips I could use to sort myself out and get organised for the Christmas period and beyond, as I feel this disorganisation is like a lead weight dragging behind me which affects not only my productivity but also my ability to cut off and relax.”

Expert’s Answer
Louise Overy reassures our reader that they’re not alone and suggests some practical approaches they may like to consider.

Read her answer here …

Louise Overy’s profile can be viewed here …

If you found Louise’s answer helpful, you may be interested in our Stress Management Techniques training course.

You can read previous Ask the Expert questions and answers here …

Amanda’s Column

With the debate about whether we should still be changing the clocks ongoing, Amanda believes a little creative thinking could make all the difference.

Read past editions of Amanda’s column here …


In this edition we feature a 3 minute mindfulness meditation exercise and an article to help you increase your energy at work.

Click here to view this edition’s resources


“I can feel guilty about the past, apprehensive about the future, but only in the present can I act. The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”
Abraham Maslow
American Psychologist
1908 – 1970

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.”
Anne Frank
Diarist and Writer
1929 – 1945


News from the Outside

Click here to see a selection of external articles including:

  • ten “stay-sane tips”
  • 3 stress-busting yoga moves you can do at your desk
  • 5 ways you can learn to take on and enjoy your work life
  • research as to how social diversity makes us smarter
  • a case for radical innovation in corporate UK’s wellness agenda
  • a definition of happiness

Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. We are always delighted to hear from our readers, so if you would like to share your comments or suggestions with us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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