7 ways to boost your psychological immunity

You are diligently washing your hands and maintaining social distance but how do you build your psychological immunity in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic?

With unprecedented shocks and disruptions to your daily life, any fears, stress and agitation arising at the moment is understandable. We are in new territory and experiencing diminishing levels of control over where we go and what we can do. Many of us are now working remotely with the dining table doubling as a workstation. The duration of this crisis is unknown and it’s disquieting. We can’t even Google some of the answers. One thing is absolutely clear now more than ever, we need fortify our mental health.

What Is Psychological Immunity?

Staying well in the face of the current hardships needs to be a priority. Now is the time to boost your psychological immunity. The Psychological Immune System is the repertoire of inner resources that underpin your resilience, provide immunity against stress and boost your...

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More Women on Stage: Backing the Panel Pledge

Written by Sharon Longridge

Nudging women to speak up

Recently I met with the female head of Organisational Development (OD) at a major Australian company. While in conversation about working together to develop the company’s top talent, she mentioned that it was a great time for me to be a woman. Initially I thought it was an odd comment, then she went on to described the Panel PledgeIt’s a national initiative seeking to increase the participation of women in public forums, conferences and the media. Currently in Australia women are seriously underrepresented. The Panel Pledge toolkit describes the alarming gender disparity, “It is estimated less than 15% of panellists in Australia are women. Less than 12% of experts cited in business newspapers are women. Such optics have consequences.”

The OD leader explained that as part of her company’s commitment to the Panel Pledge, when staff ask to attend a conference, they only...

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The Mic and the Mind

For most professionals, mindfulness is critical to mastering the art of public speaking writes executive communications specialist and Leadium Director, Sharon Longridge.

“Commanding, inspiring, motivating.”

They were the anchoring words I gave a senior executive recently. We were preparing the presentation she was about to deliver to her 2500+ workforce at a 'Town Hall' style gathering. This was a conversation that she needed to get right.

We spent three-quarters of the session focused on her storytelling: hooking the audience, crafting compelling anecdotes and evidence, plus a powerful call-to-action to close.

The balance of the session we spent on her mindset. We explored how she really felt about public speaking. This gave her space to share long-held self-doubts which had up until then triggered unhelpful stress and corroded her...

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Why has mindfulness captured business leaders' attention?

Have you ever had the experience of ‘listening’ to someone talk and then realising you haven’t heard a word they’ve said? Too often our minds race off to the past or the future and we are unaware of what is happening in the present moment.

The opposite of this is ‘mindfulness’, where you are aware in every moment of your thoughts, feelings, sensations and your surrounding environment. Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, defines mindfulness as ‘paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.’

Mindfulness refers to the quality of a person's intention, attention and also their ability to self-regulate according to Mindful.org's Editor-in-Chief Barry Boyce "Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing, and not overly...

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