Unplug? If the mere suggestion of being tech free fills you with horror this blog is for you. A rather conservative piece of research from Microsoft suggests we check our emails on average 274 times a day and that doesn’t include those social media notifications that are constantly distracting you. We take a look at the benefits of unplugging from technology and entering a digital diet.
The sun is shining and Aquatic Park Cove is filling up with people in wetsuits just waiting to submerge themselves in the chilly morning Pacific Ocean. If you haven’t tried open water swimming you’re in for a treat. We don our skins and get together with local swimmers, their canine entourage & spectators just hanging out for fun. Join us on a deep dive into the wellbeing benefits of an icy alfresco dip as we go sea swimming in San Francisco.
We’re super excited to announce a brand new mindfulness book that our resident mindfulness lead, Gill will be co-authoring. ‘Mindful Heroes’ is the brain child of Aberdeen University & Gill will be working alongside her very own personal mindfulness heroes including Professor Paul Gilbert, Alan spence, Graeme Nixon, Terry Barrett and Vin Harris amongst others. The book will examine the practical application of evidence based mindfulness meditation in everyday life.
Gill will bashing away at her keyboard and contributing a chapter on her work based research, ‘Bullet Proof 9 to 5-ers’ which examines the impact of an 8 week mindfulness programme on leadership resilience, stress and compassion. Gill conducted her research whilst working with the senior leadership team of a national charity. The results were extraordinary. To find out more, watch this space….
Mindful Heroes will be launched at the Mindfulness Association Conference at Samye Ling, March 2019.
Hey There Fabulous,
Welcome to A Night of meditation at the V&A, the tenth episode of The Positive Change Guru Podcast, the podcast for a positive community. We want you to be inspired, achieve your dreams and take action. Our mission is to help you achieve your goals and unleash your awesomeness by providing you with practical, actionable tools for positive change. There’s something just a bit special about delivering mediation in the V&A at night so we decided to share that with you.
Work. We spend most of our lives there but rarely give thought to how or why, caught in a constant cycle of to do lists, interruptions and demands. If you’re feeling the strain as a leader, little wonder. Organisations and individuals are struggling to keep up with the pace of constant change. Research from prof Mark Williams at Oxford University’s Mindfulness centre suggests that we’re more stressed today than we were 40 years ago. Workplace studies into mindful leadership demonstrate promising results suggesting a realistic antidote to the chaos. So how do you become a mindful leader? Here are our top 3 hacks.
Resilience at work toolkit? Why do we need that? We spend a huge amount of our lives at work and yet often it’s cited as one of the major sources of stress. We know that the world is changing rapidly and frequently organisations and individuals are unable to keep up with that unprecedented pace of change. The result? Stress and burnout. Working for a Healthier Tomorrow the 2008 report authored by Dame Carol Black recognised business as a key player in promoting adult health and wellbeing. But still we lose an average of 17 million work days due to stress, anxiety and depression according to the Mental Health Foundation. The World Health Organisation has named stress as the ‘health epidemic of the 21st century’ The antidote? Resilience. Take a walk through our resilience at work toolkit where we examine what it is, the latest resilience research and how to develop more of the stuff. Step inside and we’ll show you how to keep calm and carry on.
It’s not everyday that you receive a phone call from the iconic Victoria and Albert Museum in London inviting you to deliver meditation in the museum at night as part of their prestigious learning programme. Did we want to design and deliver an introduction to mindfulness? You bet we did. In this week’s blog we reveal exactly what it’s like to practice Mindfulness in the V&A at night and just what happened when we spent a night at the museum.
If you’re new to positive psychology or thinking about how you can implement it on a practical level in your workplace, you’ve come to the right place. Unlike traditional psychology it doesn’t focus on dysfunction, what’s broken or what’s not working. Nope. By looking at what works it aims to create more of it. Positive psychology is a new, science backed paradigm that will enable your team to flourish, optimise performance and even, wait for it, feel happier at work. We show you how.
Personality type and stress, we’re all different and here at PCG we say that’s a good thing, it’s what makes life interesting. It’s also what can make life complicated at work and at home when we’re stressed. Examining your personality and type and stress offers an opportunity to take a look at what might jam your inner gears. What results in stress for you may not be the same for others, we all have different triggers and respond in incredibly different ways to stress. So how do you work it all out? A good place to start is with yourself. Take our free personality test here http://positivechangeguru.com/discover-your-personality-type/ and read on.
You’ve probably set yourself some audacious goals already for this year (if not, why not?). Wondering how you’re going to stay focused and smash those personal challenges? Could mindfulness boost your success? If you haven’t investigated the science behind mindfulness before you might be more than just a little bit surprised (and very persuaded) by the research.