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Newsletter 74 features Mental Health and Wellbeing – Jan/Feb 2014

A slightly belated Happy New Year from us all at In Equilibrium.

Our first edition of 2014 is a busy one which features Mental Health and Wellbeing and includes:

  • A link to the last in our series of videos entitled Resilience at Work – this time we look at Taking Responsibility
  • A comforting stress tip
  • An Ask the Expert which concerns a common workplace dilemma
  • A handy resource for Managing Stress at Work together with a link to a pocket guide for those visiting their GP to discuss a Mental Health problem
  • Some uplifting articles in our News from the Outside section which we hope will help you tackle the New Year positively


In Equilibrium News

Resilience at Work – Taking Responsibility
In the final part of our resilience video, we look at the key area of taking responsibility for the choices you make and considers the importance of pragmatic optimism.

Managing Health at Work: Conversations
Our latest short film lasts under 6 minutes, and looks at the Do’s and Don’ts of Managing Mental Health Conversations at Work.

New Consultant
We are delighted to welcome Carole Connelly who has recently joined In Equilibrium as consultants.

Carole’s specialities include resilience and mindfulness.

You can read Carole’s  full profile on our website or by using the links above.

Stress Management Tip

With Christmas behind us and who knows what in the way of winter weather in front of us, we might all benefit from the comfort this tip brings … and it’s one you can do for yourself!

Read our stress management tip here
View our stress management tip archive here


Ask The Expert on Mental Wellbeing

We answer a question from a reader who is worried about a colleague’s mood and mental wellbeing.

“I’ve noticed that one of my colleagues, who used to join in with the team’s laughs and pranks, has stopped contributing in any way. Whenever I ask if she’s ok, she turns away and mumbles that of course she is.  I rely on her to provide some background information which allows me to produce quarterly reports for our boss, but whenever I ask, she tells me she’ll get round to it.  I feel stuck in the middle as I don’t want to pressurise her as she’s obviously not herself, but I’m also under pressure from our manager.  What can I do to help without appearing to be a tell-tale or a busy-body?”

We suggest some practical steps the reader can take both to help their colleague and also to relieve their own pressure.  Read her answer here …

You can read previous Ask The Expert Questions and Answers here …

If you found the answer helpful, you may be interested in our Mental Health Awareness Training course

Carolyn is the author of “The Layperson’s Guide to Good Mental Health: Your A-Z for a Happier Life“.


Amanda’s Column

Amanda considers whether virtual friends are good for your mood when travelling?

Read Amanda’s column here …

Read archived editions of Amanda’s column here …



In this edition we featured our post on reducing your staff’s pressure together with a link to a handy pocket guide from the Mental Health Foundation for those visiting their GP to discuss a mental health problem.



“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”
Jim Rohn
1930 – 2009
American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker

“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!”
Audrey Hepburn
1929 – 1993
British actress and humanitarian


News from the Outside

Click here to see a selection of external articles concerning:

  • Some practical tips to help relieve stress and improve mental wellbeing
  • Practical changes you can make if the lack of daylight during the winter months drags you down
  • The question of how to get through January which has been answered with both humour and practicality
  • The findings of an employment tribunal between an employee suffering from work-related stress and his employers
  • Some tips on what to do when someone’s addiction to their phone or tablet causes you stress

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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