Self-compassion: A salve during tough times

This Covid-19 lockdown is tough. 

Have you had moments recently where it seems your best self is hiding in a cupboard? With the blurred boundary between your personal and professional life, are you finding it difficult to know when you've done enough work? Perhaps finding time to do any focused work is frustratingly elusive. There has been a mix of all of the above at my place, writes Sharon Longridge. 

While many of us can recognise some of the upsides of the lockdown - slowing down, meeting more neighbours and for the lucky people, exercising more - let's not gloss over the layered and widespread costs and hardships of this constrained reality.

How are you really coping?

The Covid-19 lockdown has triggered the 'trinity of stressors' for countless people around the world. That is a disconcerting mix of uncertainty and loss of control plus novelty (we've not done this before). Therefore it's understandable if you, your family or your team members...

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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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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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