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Newsletter 81 – July/August 2015 features a wellbeing tip, Ask the Expert and more

Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of In Equilibrium.

We hope you are managing to arrange some time away from work to relax over the summer months.  Happily, we’re finding that it isn’t nearly as difficult to gear ourselves up to do some exercise in the evenings when it stays light until late and the outside temperature doesn’t cause immediate goose bumps when you leave the house in a t-shirt!

For those moments when you are indoors, we hope you will find time to have a read of our latest newsletter which has been themed around the topic of wellbeing and includes:

  • Details of some blog articles and new pages on our website which may be of interest
  • A wellbeing tip which is definitely worth putting into action
  • Our trainer, Karen Barr’s enlightening answer to an Ask the Expert question about trying to juggle troubles in our reader’s personal life with their demanding life at work
  • Two valuable resources for looking after your mental health and the wellbeing of employees in the workplace
  • Links to some interesting and thought-provoking articles

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

In Equilibrium News

New The Mindfulness Programme

In addition to our one-day Introduction to Mindfulness course, we have recently introduced The Mindfulness Programme. For those looking to enhance their personal effectiveness and wellbeing, our Mindfulness Programme offers 16 hours of tutor-led delivery, enabling key techniques to be embedded into each participant’s daily life, allowing a core, sustainable mindfulness practice to develop.

New Ethos and Values Page

We have recently added a new page to our About Us menu explaining our company ethos and values. We felt that, just as we like to assess the principles of those we use professionally and personally, it was important to articulate In Equilibrium’s ethos and values to our current and future customers.

New Customised Training

A short article which highlights that all our training can be individually customised and gives details of the format of our most popular customised stress management course for managers, supervisors and team leaders.

Recent articles added to our blog include:

Suicide Threat : Do you know what you would do?
Our expert trainer, Christine Clark, has written this thoughtful blog article to create awareness that suicide is a very real workplace issue and one which organisations should create a plan for, rather than finding themselves in the position of having to react to a suicide crisis.

Four short articles to our series on aspects of resilience:
Acceptance of life events with resignation or resilience?
Boundaries and their importance in your life
The importance of demonstrating empathy in the workplace
The effect of impulse control in the workplace

Client Testimonials and Newsletter Readers’ Feedback
Receiving client testimonials and feedback from our readers is always a pleasure, so we decided not to keep all of the comments we’ve received to ourselves and have published some of them on two blogs. Please feel free to make us update either page by giving us some feedback which we will want to shout from the rooftops … Contact us

Wellbeing Tip

A look at the wellbeing benefits that the experience of being a stranger can bring …

Read our Wellbeing Tip here …
Read our tips archive here …

Ask the Expert

In this edition In Equilibrium trainer, Karen Barr, answers a question about work/life balance.

The Question

“My mum had to go into a nursing home some months ago because she couldn’t live independently any more because of her dementia. I work full time and, at first, my supervisor was sympathetic as I had to take some time off for meetings with social work and to deal with my mum’s house. However, as time has passed, I haven’t been able to participate as I used to in work nights out and my relationship with my colleagues has become more distant. My supervisor has started to lose patience with me when I can’t work late to finish a deadline because I have to visit my mum regularly since she hasn’t settled very well at the nursing home. I couldn’t manage to go on an off-site week’s training course because of my personal commitments and now my supervisor isn’t putting my name on the list for any further training opportunities. I am worried about raising this as an issue with my supervisor as I get upset talking about my situation. Please can you give me some guidance as to how to approach this matter with my employer as I don’t want to be labelled a ‘troublemaker’.”

Read our Ask the Expert Q&A here …

If you found our answer helpful you may be interested in the following courses:
Mindfulness Training
The Mindfulness Programme

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

Amanda’s Column

Amanda’s enjoying a girl’s night in when it takes an unexpected turn that no-one’s prepared for …

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


In the resources section of our Summer newsletter we feature ten mental health tips from the Mental Health Foundation and a link to the recent guidelines published by NICE which make recommendations for employers to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

Click here to view this edition’s resources


“What surprises you about mankind?” Confucius was asked
“They lose their future, they forget the present … and they live as if they will never die and die as if they have never lived” Confucius replied

“The happiness in your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.”
Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor
121AD – 180AD

News from the Outside

Click here to see a selection of articles including:

  • Super Foods for Stress Relief
  • Employee Wellbeing is as Important to the City as the Health of its Businesses
  • Men Need to Open Up About Depression Not Man Up and Keep Quiet
  • The Best Teams Act Like Musicians
  • Mental Illness on the Job
  • A link to a 30 second speech from Bryan Dyson, former CEO of Coca-cola

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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