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Newsletter 90 – Summer 2017 focuses on wellbeing, both in and out of work



This edition features wellbeing both in and out of work.  If you’re heading off for a summer holiday over the next couple of months, we wish you a safe and enjoyable break. In the meantime we hope to offer some enticing pre-holiday reading:

In Equilibrium News – includes why we’re having a re-think about Mondays
Our Wellbeing Tip – suggests an alternative to dress-down Fridays
Ask the Expert – trainer Dot Gourlay has provided an engaging response about the benefits of having “The Full-on Monty”.  He is the promising model in our feature pic above!
Resources – the results of 2 surveys; one regarding absence management and the other into attitudes to mental health problems & mental wellbeing
And finally – an entertaining presentation sharing 3 important lessons we can learn about happiness

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In Equilibrium News


Love MondayWe do like Mondays!
Monday in our experience, and mainly for logistical reasons, is not a popular day of the week for our customers to offer management and staff training.
However, maybe this is due a re-think. Recent feedback suggests that delegates who attended a Developing Personal Resilience course really appreciated the positive start it made to their week.


Map of Great Britain to demonstrate that we work throughout the UK

Training throughout the United Kingdom

We always enjoy looking back over each quarter and seeing where our trainers have been delivering courses for our customers.
This Spring we have delivered training from Lerwick on the Shetland Islands to Chiswick, West London … a recent blog captures a snapshot of where we’ve been together with the range of training courses we’ve delivered.



Upcoming Makeover

We hope you can always find what you are looking for on our website but as technology is constantly evolving, there are always improvements to be made.  So, we’re really excited to currently be re-designing our homepage and will be launching our new look website later in the year.


Recent Articles Added To Our Blog

Resilience at Work

Subtle Signs of Bullying

Promoting Equality & Diversity at Work



Stress and Wellbeing Tip

Unplugged-switch off

Is it all your outstanding tasks, or the daily interruptions you incur, which stop you from getting on and clearing your to-do list? This edition’s tip offers a practical suggestion …

Read our Stress & Wellbeing Tip
Read our tips archive here



Ask the Expert

As the summer holiday season is upon us, we thought we’d look outside the workplace and bring you a wellbeing and lifestyle Ask the Expert.

Over the past few months, the Equilibrium team have watched in awe as trainer Dot Gourlay and her family welcomed Monty, a Guide Dog for the Blind’s puppy, to become part of their family for 14 months.  We’re really grateful to Dot who has frankly answered the question on everyone’s lips …


The Question
“How does becoming a Guide Dog for the Blind’s Puppy Walker family benefit and challenge your health and wellbeing?”

Read Dot Gourlay’s answer here


Amanda’s Column

The entrance to a ladies restroom

Amanda enjoys the benefit of working for a company who are happy to take a taste of their own medicine …

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



A Date to Remember

There is a myth that talking about suicide with someone can put the idea into their head and trigger the act.  The theme of this year’s World Suicide Prevention Day is “Take a minute, save a life”.  It takes place on 10th September and you can view this year’s brochure here …

Light a Candle at 8 PM on World Suicide Prevention Day e-cards or postcards in English


Pile of newspapersFeature the results to 2 surveys:

The 2016 CIPD Absence Management Survey and NatCen’s British Social Attitudes survey 2015 where one of the four subject areas were attitudes to mental health problems and mental wellbeing.

Click here to view this edition’s resources



"Attitude is everything" written on pile of post it notes
“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks”

Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister, 1874 – 1965

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now.”
Chinese proverb


News from the Outside

Click here to see the following selection of articles:

  • Sitting near a high performer can make you better at your job
  • Simple ways to promote wellbeing in the workplace
  • How meditation helps you handle stress better
  • Loving Legal Life: What is Wellbeing and how can you tell if you are being well?
  • Play is important for adults too
  • And Finally …What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Lady in white dress jumping towards the blue sky with an arm upstretched


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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