Newsletter 88 – Includes tips to reduce stress and to get a good night’s sleep

Posted by Amanda Furness

Welcome to our first edition of 2017 and belated New Year wishes to you all.  Although we’ve given up trying to work out what’s going on with the temperature control button this winter, we are feeling more energised by the extra daylight that our progression from the shortest day has brought.

So, on that optimistic note, please read on for:

  • In Equilibrium News – including details of our new “Dealing with Difficult Behaviours” training course
  • Stress Tip – a tip which may quickly help dispel your negative thoughts about a stressful problem
  • Ask the Expert – our trainer, Karen Barr, explains why you should choose an accredited mindfulness teacher
  • Resources – links to two helpful mental health in the workplace resources
  • And finally – an article title which you wouldn’t expect us to feature … read it to see why we have!

In Equilibrium News

Dealing with Difficult Behaviours

NEW Training Course

Dealing with Difficult Behaviours
This one-day course explores the reasons behind challenging behaviour in the workplace and equips delegates with the skills to respond appropriately and manage situations which could lead to aggression or conflict.



social enterprise


NEW – Case Study
We have recently added a new case study to our website following our delivery of a 6-month training programme for a social enterprise.



Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers
Our next open courses is:
Mental Health Awareness Training for Managers
Location: Belgravia, Central London
Date: Wednesday 22 March 2017



Recent Articles Added To Our Blog

Stress Management Blog


We have also added some blog posts illustrating feedback from recent courses:

Our delegates wordsMental health awareness training for managers – open course review
Resilience training for a conservation charity
District Council resilience feedback
Use an in-service day for stress management training
Preventing bullying & harassment in the workplace – training feedback
Mental health awareness training for a recruitment agency


Stress Management Tip

Old oak tree

A quick exercise which can help change your thinking about a problem or situation that is causing you to feel stressed …

Read our Stress Management Tip
Read our tips archive here




Ask the Expert

Karen Barr - Mindfulness Trainer
In this edition, Certified Trainer and Executive Coach, Karen Barr answers the following question:

The Question
“I am looking to receive some mindfulness training. Why is it important to choose an accredited mindfulness teacher?”

Read Karen Barr’s answer here

If you found Karen’s answer helpful you may be interested in the following courses:
Mindfulness for Performance and Wellbeing
The Mindfulness Training Programme


Amanda’s Column

Amanda Furness
Amanda begins the New Year with a new challenge to tackle and, in doing so, discovers a personal stressor that is missing from those top 10 lists of stressful life events …

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



Pile of booksInclude links to 2 mental health in the workplace resources:

  • a practical toolkit of materials
  • an enlightening report which found that the value added by those with mental health problems in the workplace may be up to nine time the estimated costs which arise.

Click here for links to this edition’s resources



"Attitude is everything" written on pile of post it notes“To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong.”
Joseph Chiltern Pearce, American Author, 1926 – 2016

“The line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either, but right through every human heart.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Writer and Historian, 1918 – 2008


News from the Outside

Click here to see the following selection of articles:

  • Employee Satisfaction: Corporate Restructuring can negatively affect employee wellbeing, even if no jobs are lost
  • Turn stress into success
  • Managing the hidden stress of emotional labour
  • Tips for a good night’s sleep: Wear bed socks and avoid arguments
  • Workplace absence study proves we’re not as selfish as we think
  • And finally … Who needs stress? We all do. Here’s why


who needs stress


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