Fake it until …. you become it

An excellent TED talk from Amy Cuddy about how our minds govern our bodies AND how our bodies govern our minds.  Simple techniques for feeling more powerful and coming across with more authority.

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Self-Compassion

An excellent website, set of videos and a supporting book that examines this area in detail.

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Thriving on Pressure

Author: Graham Jones

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Resilience

Author: Liggy Webb

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Happiness is Contagious (2)

An important part of resilience is the ability to laugh at yourself (some bad language here)

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Self Compassion

Author: Kristin Neff

Self Compassion offers a powerful solution for combating the current malaise of depression, anxiety and self criticism that comes with living in a pressured and competitive culture.

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Introducing Workplace Wellbeing

Staff well-being at work – principles, ideas, methods and theory for stress reduction and improving wellbeing in the workplace, for employers and employees

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Readings and Videos on Positive Psychology

Positive psychology website from the University of Pennsylvania. Contains lots of TED talks, newspaper columns and in-depth reading lists, which explain the concepts of positive psychology.

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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy – audio resources

Audio resources from the Russ Harris website for mindfulness, including specific audio recordings for coaching, which you can listen to.

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Mindfulness in Business

Nice little article from the Harvard Business Review about mindfulness.

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Simple Steps to Tackle Stress

Practical advice from the Mayo Clinic.

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Pinpoint Your Work Stressors

Work stressors can be identified in almost all aspects of one’s job. Before taking action to eliminate or reduce these stressors, pinpoint their sources. Isolate these factors so corrective action can begin

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Using ABC to overcome pessimistic thinking

Good information about the ABC technique. It applies the information to a workplace example, which is quite handy.

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Understanding the Change Curve

Article about the change curve. A very helpful insight into the psychological process of change.

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The Change Curve in Businesss

Another article about the change curve, as applied to business contexts.

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Tackling Depressive Thinking

Website including some very helpful links, including number 11 ‘unhelpful thinking styles’.  It’s a clinical document but still relevant we think.

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i-Resilience Questionnaire

Robertson Cooper’s free online questionnaire measuring your resilience.

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Understanding the process of personal change and transition

William Bridge’s model of transitions and how to manage yourself and others through a time of transition.

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An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Author: Chris Hadfield

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4,000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a Space Station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior...

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How to Develop Emotional Health – School of Life series

Author: Oliver James

Outlining the five elements of good emotional health – insightfulness, a strong sense of self, fluid relationships, authenticity and playfulness in our approach to life – James offers strategies for optimising each characteristic to live more fulfilling lives. Helping us to understand the impact our emotional baggage has on our...

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We are emotional beings – the power of words

A moving little film that shows both how words can have such an emotional impact and how re-framing anything can completely alter the meaning you make of it.

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Improving Access to Psychological Therapies

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies is an NHS programme rolling out services across England offering interventions approved by the National Institute of Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) for treating people with depression and anxiety disorders.

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Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes

Author: William Bridges

It’s really important that you understand that the process of personal change has some distinct tasks and steps.  This book describes them very clearly.

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Psychology Today

Link to US site, which has quite a few useful articles and questionnaires on it.

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Learn NLP

We trained with Linda Sykes.  She’s a great teacher, with a real passion for not only NLP but also yoga.  There are lots of advantages to working with someone who makes the clear link between mind and body.

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Kids and Co.

Author: Ros Jay

This author tried applying business principles to childcare in an amusing and thoughtful way.  The result is something that just might boost your resilience.

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Ultimate Confidence: The Secrets to Feeling Great About Yourself Every Day

Author: Marisa Peer

Marisa Peer’s tried and tested programme is an effortless way to maximise your potential and overhaul your whole outlook on life for the better. Her powerful hypnotic language and effective techniques mean that just reading the book enables you to change negative thought patterns and break harmful habits that have...

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The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level

Author: Gay Hendricks

In The Big Leap, Gay Hendricks, the New York Times bestselling author of Five Wishes, demonstrates how to eliminate the barriers to success by overcoming false fears and beliefs. Fans of Wayne Dyer, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson, and The Secret will find useful, effective tips for breaking down the walls...

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How to Deal with Difficult People

Author: Gill Hasson

Whether it’s a manager who keeps moving the goal posts, an uncooperative colleague, negative friend, or critical family member, some people are just plain hard to get along with. Often, your immediate response is to shrink or sulk, become defensive or attack. But there are smarter moves to make when...

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Sanity and Performance at Work

Top Ten Tips for Workplace Sanity! http://www.hrzone.com/perform/people/how-to-stay-sane-at-work    

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Keeping the Rust at Bay

All of us want to enjoy happy, productive and fulfilling working lives. But all too often, complexity and stress gets in the way. At its most extreme, acute stress – prolonged pressure which is beyond our capacity to cope with – can lead to burn-out. But much less spoken about,...

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The EQ Edge, Third Edition: Emotional Intelligence and Your Success

Author: Steven J. Stein

Authors Steven J. Stein and Howard E. Book show you how the dynamic of emotional intelligence works. By understanding EQ, you can build more meaningful relationships, boost your confidence and optimism, and respond to challenges with enthusiasm–all of which are essential ingredients of success. The EQ Edge offers fascinating–and sometimes...

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Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ

Author: Daniel Goleman

In some ways this was the book that kicked off the whole EI debate: the groundbreaking bestseller that redefined intelligence and success. Does IQ define our destiny? Daniel Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a major role in thought,...

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Dealing with Critical People

Critical people make rude comments, judge our decisions, talk at length about what we’re doing wrong or rarely have anything nice to say. One way to deal with them is to stop being with them altogether. But this isn’t easy to do when the critical person is your boss, colleague,...

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An antidote to the awful motivational posters…!

Humour builds resilience …. No industry has inflicted more suffering than the Motivational Industry. Motivational books, speakers and posters have made billions of dollars selling shortcuts to success and tools for unleashing our unlimited potential. At Despair, they know such products only raise hopes to dash them. That’s why their...

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What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness

Psychiatrist Robert Waldinger shares his fascinating findings on what makes a good life and – based on his 75-year old study of adult development – offers unique insights into what keeps us happy and healthy.

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The Surprising Science of Happiness

Social psychologist and author Dan Gilbert challenges the idea that specific life events determine our wellbeing, and proposes that true happiness does not depend on external factors, but that it comes from within.

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The Power of Forgiveness

What do ‘reduced stress, better heart health, lowered anxiety and pain perception and higher overall happiness’ have in common? They are all correlated to your ability to ask for forgiveness – this engaging video explains why.

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Resilience

Author: Webb, L.

A light read and with some useful resources. Easy to digest; an anecdotal and practical guide with lots of common sense advice from a “happiness guru”. 

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Cognitive Behavioural Coaching Techniques for Dummies

Author: Whitten, H.

An interesting take on CBT and how this powerful technique can be used in the Mind part of the Mind Body Balance equation!

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NHS Mood Zone

Whatever you need to know about coping with stress, anxiety or depression, or just the normal emotional ups and downs of life, the NHS Choices Moodzone is here to help. It offers practical advice, interactive tools, videos and audio guides to help you feel mentally and emotionally better.

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Towards a Psychology of Being

Author: Maslow, A.

The 1962 classic.  Still as relevant as ever. There’s a strong argument that we need more “being” and less doing in order to stay resilient.  We are more than our most recent achievements!

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The Natural Way to Treat Depression

Author: Puri, B.K.

There’s a lot of criticism of current methods of treating depression.  There are three main kinds of antidepressants, all of which have their own problems. The oldest kind, called tricyclics, such as amitriptyline (Tryptizol) and imipramine (Tofranil) commonly cause drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation, sweating, dizziness and blurred vision. Selective serotonin...

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Alcohol and sleep – they don’t mix well!

Some more information for you: In contrast to widely held beliefs, alcohol has very few positive effects on sleep. There are numerous negative effects to consuming alcohol before bedtime, including increased insomnia and a reduction in sleep quality We discuss the scientific evidence regarding the effects of alcohol on sleep...

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Ways to lower the stress hormone, cortizol

Are you experiencing weight gain, high blood pressure, or mood swings? If so, your cortisol levels may be high. But what are the ways to lower cortisol, why does it impact the body so negatively, and how can you get back to living the happy healthy life that better suits...

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