How to reduce worry when waiting for potentially bad news
Do you ever worry when waiting for important news? Maybe when you have gone for a job interview and you’re waiting to hear whether or not you might get the job. Perhaps you had a medical test and you’re hoping that it won’t be bad news. Maybe you pitched an idea to a client, but you’re really not sure how things will turn out. Or your line manager tells you … Read more
Boost your mood in 3 weeks
I work as a psychologist. So, of course I recommend a lot of psychological techniques to clients to help them boost their productivity, skills, job prospects, and emotional wellbeing. However, there are some things that can affect the mind and our wellbeing that do not require mental methods.
A recent study set out to reduce symptoms of depression in only 3 weeks. Researchers randomly assigned young adults (aged between 17 … Read more
5 reasons to be concerned about rudeness at work
Unfortunately, most of us have either been on the receiving end of rudeness or have observed it going on around us. It’s something we are so used to that we probably just accept it. But here are 5 ways in which incivility can affect us.
1. Observing rudeness reduces performance and creativity
Of course being on the direct receiving end of rudeness can make us feel angry or frustrated. But … Read more
Boost your health and mental performance in just 10 minutes
Research shows that it can take as little as ten minutes to improve our physical health, psychological wellbeing, and our mental performance.
All around the world, scientists have been discovering that simply spending time outdoors in nature has measurable, significant benefits for both physical and mental health. For example, an investigation led by Cornell University’s Genevive Meredith recently summarised the conclusions reached by multiple groups of researchers looking at time … Read more
Debunking 5 myths about mindfulness
I’ve written about mindfulness, its benefits in terms of stress and wellbeing – and how to work on it before. But here are 5 myths about mindfulness.
1. Mindfulness benefits everybody
WRONG! There are a small number of documented instances of mindfulness practice having adverse effects for some people.
A team of British, Italian and Spanish researchers led by William Van Gordon at the University of Derby recently pointed … Read more
Identifying and tackling sources of stress at work
Surveys repeatedly find that many people report feeling stress as a result of their work.
I have written before about the fact that stress is not something that simply happens to you. You can take steps to deal with the emotional impact of problematic situations.
However, the best way to reduce stress is often to tackle the particular problem that is bothering you such as an individual colleague, a … Read more
3 research-based facts about happiness in work and life
Ask people what they want in life and they often say that they want to “be happy”. But why does happiness matter? And how can you achieve happiness?
1. Being happy may help you to be better at your job
Some people dismiss happiness as inconsequential. For example, I’ve heard a few managers say that they don’t really care whether their employees are happy so long as they are performing … Read more
Maintaining mental wellbeing during the coronavirus
How are you doing during the pandemic? A few months ago, I wrote about some behaviours that I have personally found useful in terms of maintaining my productivity and psychological wellbeing.
Here are some other things that I am personally finding helpful in terms of maintaining my mental wellbeing:
Work while standing up
Prior to the pandemic, I used to spend about an hour or couple of hours travelling – … Read more