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Spring 2020 newsletter offers sleep tips & coaching case studies


Welcome to our Spring newsletter which includes:

  • A stress management tip reminding us of the link between our brain and our guts.
  • Details of the most recent articles on our blog including “What is the role of a mental health first aider?”
  • Are you sleep deprived? Trainer Michelle Spirit provides practical tips and advice on how to get a restful night’s sleep.
  • Links to helpful resources including a new guide for people managers to deal with conflict at work.
  • And finally … why we should, on occasion, take time to consider what may be behind a strange dream.


Equilibrium News
We have recently added some real-life examples of the types of issues that can be solved by working with one of our corporate coaches.  You can find our Corporate Coaching page here.

We have also given our training course pages a visual makeover. The content of our courses hasn’t changed, our aim was to make the details about each course easier to navigate.



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What is the role of a mental health first aider?

One of the questions we are most often asked regarding workplace mental health awareness training, is, “What does a Mental Health First Aider do?”. So, here is a short article which looks at the mental health first aider’s role and why organisations may benefit from having staff trained to fulfil this function.



Stress Management Blog
Recent articles added to our blog

NEW COURSE – Suicide First Aid through Understanding Suicide Intervention
How to manage bullying in the workplace
Tackling Sexual Harassment at Work – NEW resources page now available



Stress Management Tip

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A reminder of the conversations which take place between our minds and our guts, with 4 actions we can try to help listen to and calm that chat when we are feeling anxious.  Read it here.

Visit our tips archive




Ask The Expert

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Could you suggest any tips I could try to help me get a full night’s sleep?”  In our latest Ask the Expert, specialist trainer and corporate coach, Michelle Spirit, offers practical sleep tips and advice.

Read Michelle’s answer here

Have a look at our archive of Ask the Expert Q&A’s


Amanda’s Column

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Amanda discovers that trying to live more sustainably has unexpected benefits and rekindles some old memories.





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View this edition’s resources here. They include:
– The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s guide to sexual harassment and harassment at work
– The BITC Report “Mental Health at Work 2019: Time to Take Ownership”
– A new CIPD Guide “Dealing with Conflict at Work: A Guide for People Managers”
– Guidance from ACAS for employers to help manage the impact of menopause at work
– The University Mental Health Charter which has been launched by Student Minds



White dandelion flower against a setting sun“It’s a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.”
John Steinbeck, American author (1902 – 1968)

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
Marcel Proust, French author (1871 – 1922)


5 recent articles on our social media channels

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The important role workplaces can play in helping to end mental health stigma
A short clip about the difference between empathy and sympathy
5 ways to improve your workplace wellbeing right now
Making work less stressful and more engaging for your employees
A 4-minute exercise to enhance whole-brain thinking (get your left and right hemispheres to work together)


… and finally …

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A sobering tale from a clinical psychologist that highlights whilst telling people about your night time antics and gaining a laugh is fine, it’s also important to reflect on what may be their cause and taking action.  Read it here.



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: training@in-equilibrium.co.uk.

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