Newsletter 80 – May/June 2015 features new training options, tips and more

Posted by Amanda Furness

Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of In Equilibrium.

We’re delighted to see the arrival of more daylight, especially as we have just discovered that an eighty minute walk is required this evening in order to burn off the damage that consuming a lightly buttered scone with our morning coffee did to our daily energy in=energy out equation!

Anyway, apart from the odd over-indulgence, things are moving apace at the In Equilibrium offices with many new training options available.  We provide details of them all in this edition which includes:

  • details of four new accredited Mental Health Awareness courses
  • an introduction to our 90 minute sessions which are ideal for training during the lunch period
  • a useful 5-minute video excerpt from our first e-course entitled “Personal Resilience in an Hour”
  • an Ask the Expert which tackles the delicate subject of whether a manager’s style is aggressive or bullying
  • and a great stress tip for anyone whose memory isn’t quite what it used to be

Details about all our courses and resources are available on our website.


In Equilibrium News


New E-learning course

Our new personal resilience e-Learning course is of one hour duration and includes seven practical strategies to help strengthen your resilience.  The course is designed to develop your ability to deal with life’s dips, knocks and bumps whether they occur in your professional or private life. In our Resources section below, you can discover one of the seven strategies by viewing our five-minute video excerpt from the course, which is written and presented by Dr Chris Johnstone.

Please contact us for further details about the e-Learning course


Bitesize training sessions

We are now able to offer short sessions on many of our training topics.  Please contact us for more information.


New Accredited MHA training

We have recently increased the number of mental health awareness courses we offer. Four accredited courses of varying length, presented by Christine Clark, are now available:


Latest Testimonials

Both Age UK and Ayrshire College have provided very positive feedback from their recent experience of our on-site training –

“The quality of the training has been fantastic and our employees are really engaging with the trainer and getting something out of it. Also In Equilibrium makes the whole process very easy to arrange.”
Sophie Holland, Employee Engagement & Wellbeing Officer, Age UK

“The training course content was very good, very interactive and a great introduction to Mindfulness.”
Lisa Little, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Adviser, Ayrshire College


Stress Tip

Have those car keys moved themselves again?  Do you spend five minutes searching for your glasses only to discover they were on the top of your head all along?  We all suffer from memory lapses, the good news is that our tip may help you to overcome them.

Read our Stress Tip here …
Read our stress tips archive here …


Ask the Expert

In this edition we answer a question from a reader on the subject of management behaviour and how it can be construed.

The Question
“I manage a team which consists of 6 team leaders who all look after between 6 and 8 members of staff.  Recently one of the team leaders, who had only just started with the company, told me that they found my management tone aggressive.  This shocked and upset me so, in confidence, I asked one of my longest serving team leaders for their honest opinion  They agreed that I can be very abrupt and dismissive but apparently my team just put it down to the way I manage and try not to let it get to them.  I know that I’m always really busy and often feel like I’m being pulled in many directions but am appalled that I might be thought of as a bullying boss.  Please can you offer some suggestions as to how I can change my behaviour and come across as a better manager to my team?”

Read our Ask the Expert Q&A here …

If you found our answer helpful you may be interested in the following courses:
Bullying in the Workplace: Be Aware!
Bullying in the Workplace: Training for Managers

You can read our previous Ask the Expert Questions and Answers here …


Amanda’s Column

Amanda’s wondering who’s most worn out by the topic that’s currently never far from the headlines – them or us?

Read Amanda’s column here …
The archive of Amanda’s column is available here …



In the resources section of our Spring newsletter we feature a five minute video excerpt from our new eLearning course and an article which explains many of the terms mentioned when the topic of resilience is discussed.

Click here to view this edition’s resources



“We are constantly being put to the test by trying circumstances and difficult people and problems not necessarily of our own making.”
Terry Brooks
American Writer (b. 1944)

“Happiness doesn’t just flow from success; it actually causes it.”
Richard Wiseman
Psychologist, Author and University Professor (b. 1966)


News from the Outside

Click here to see a selection of articles including:

  • Toxic Boss at Work?  Here are some tips for coping
  • Six surprising sources of stress and how to do away with them
  • Arianna Huffington on sleep, stress and why she won’t buy the Apple watch
  • Five job-related stressors which are more likely to kill you than second-hand smoke
  • A different meaning for the phrase “stuck in a rut”


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: