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Newsletter 89 – Spring 2017 focuses on the theme Surviving or Thriving

With this year’s Mental Health Awareness week (8 – 14 May) exploring how we can cultivate good mental health, we’ve aimed to focus this edition around this year’s theme of Surviving or Thriving.

Read on for:

In Equilibrium News – including details of our new “Building Resilient Teams” one-day course which aims to help individuals and teams thrive
Wellbeing Tip – includes an acronym to help a wandering mind with the bonus of helping us focus more and procrastinate less
Ask the Expert – recruitment specialists, Timewise provide the answer to a question about the availability of flexible working at all stages of one’s career
Two External Wellbeing Resources – one to help employers work with employees to keep them healthy and in work, and the other to help promote wellbeing in the workplace
And finally – an employee wellbeing strategy we haven’t heard being used before

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In Equilibrium News

Building Resilient Teams

NEW Training Course

Building Resilient Teams
Our new one-day course has been designed for a whole team to learn together what is needed to collectively build their resilience, as well as the role each team member can play in creating a team which is supportive, cohesive and high performing.


Jessica McKoen


NEW Trainer
We are delighted to welcome Jessica Mckoen to the In Equilibrium team. Jessica is an experienced mental health trainer known for her lively and interpersonal approach. Read her profile and view the courses she can present by clicking on her photo.


Good sign


A Big Thank You
We made an interesting and welcome discovery at the end of last month and wrote a blog about it!



Recent Articles Added To Our Blog

Stress Management BlogThe Approach State – moving towards challenges using mindfulness
Microsteps to Resilience
Deconstructing Stereotypes and Gaining Competitive Advantage through Inclusion
Are you a desk jockey looking to improve your health?
Training in Equality and Diversity may be essential but it doesn’t have to be boring
Comparing resilience training and stress management training – What is the difference?
Developing Mindfulness to Increase Resilience

We have also added some blog posts which include news about the company or illustrate feedback from recent courses:

Equilibrium News
January training courses and locations
In Equilibrium is now an accredited Living Wage employer
Understanding and Developing Personal & Team Resilience
Resilience Training for Managers – International Leisure Group
Create an inclusive workplace – how we can help


Wellbeing Tip


Do you find your mind strays off-piste to plan your chores for the evening while the work task in hand beckons to be finished? This edition’s tip offers some practical suggestions for keeping your mind on the job …
Read our Wellbeing Tip
Read our tips archive here



Ask the Expert

It’s a well-known fact that flexible working helps us manage our work-life balance which is good for our mental wellbeing, but convincing employers that it will work isn’t always so easy.

We’re delighted that Timewise, whose core mission is to shape and grow the flexible hiring market in the UK, agreed to answer this edition’s question which highlights how flexible working can benefit both the employee and the employer.

Timewise straplineThe Question
“I’m getting more and more employees coming in to talk to me about flexible working and whether it’s possible to progress in our company without working full-time. Do you have any advice on making flexible working work at a senior level?”

Read Timewise’s answer here

If you found Timewise’s answer pertinent you may be interested in the following courses:
Personal Wellbeing
Overcoming Unconscious Bias Training


Amanda’s Column

Blue Tit
Amanda finds her own way of coping with the effect current world and domestic news stories are having on her
Read Amanda’s Column
The archive of Amanda’s column is available here …




Slippers and pyjamas from above
Includes links to 2 external wellbeing resources:

  1. a report offering recommendations to reduce long term sickness absence
  2. a fact-sheet to help promote employee and organisational wellbeing

Click here for this edition’s resources



"Attitude is everything" written on pile of post it notesIf human beings are perceived as potentials rather than problems, as possessing strengths instead of weaknesses, as unlimited rather than dull and unresponsive, then they thrive and grow to their capabilities.
Barbara Bush, American First Lady 1989 – 1993, Born 1925

It’s not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.
Charles Spurgeon, English Particular Baptist Preacher (1834 – 1892)


News from the Outside

Click here to see the following selection of articles:

  • Preventing digital overload must become part of employee wellbeing programmes
  • Opinion: How to manage the mental wellbeing impact of a departing colleague
  • Unilever urges world leaders to unstereotype the workplace
  • Older workers “more stressed” than younger colleagues
  • The Resilience Habit I Taught Thousands of Army Drill Sergeants
  • And finally … Why making music at work is great for employee wellbeing


Man playing guitar


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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