Stress around workplace conflict often arises from fear of how others might react, discomfort in experiencing difficult emotions (such as guilt, anger, embarrassment and anxiety), and worries about judgement or blame.Being able to navigate difficult conversations at work is a highly valuable skill, but one often lacking for those who need it the most.
Stress affects us all differently but common symptoms range from difficulty concentrating to reduced sleep quality and generalised anxiety. While it’s normal to experience stress at work in small, manageable amounts, stress experienced over a long time can develop into more serious conditions such as panic disorder and depression. Not only does a high level of workplace stress increase the likelihood of absence, stress is thought to be a leading reason as to why employees might look for another role elsewhere.
We took it as an opportunity to introduce our RACE model, experimenting with a new blueprint for work that balances sprints with recovery. Too often at work events we come out feeling drained and depleted. Our ambition was to change that and to come out feeling collectively energised, with a renewed sense of inspiration. We experimented with bringing the retreat to work.
The importance of psychological safety at work cannot be overrated, not only as a way to encourage open communication but to create an environment of growth and productivity.
Employee empowerment is the concept that if you provide employees with the correct resources and authority to do their work, they will be happier, more efficient and more motivated. It’s no surprise then that empowerment is directly linked to engagement—an empowered employee will be more engaged in their work and an engaged employee will feel more empowered in turn. So, how do you create a sense of empowerment at work?
As individuals continue to reevaluate their priorities post-pandemic, a lot of focus has been placed on how workplaces can adapt to better meet the needs of their employees.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘take a breath’. The concept of harnessing the breath to release stress is nothing new, but thanks to ongoing research, the list of known breathwork benefits is ever-evolving.
There are three top determinants that can help you succeed at work or any aspect of your life for that matter. The first is your skillset, the second is how you relate these skills to the world, and finally there’s your privilege (which covers things like your networks). So, if you learn certain life skills, you relay them to the world in a way that's impactful and you work on improving your privilege, you will definitely encourage professional success.
The general definition of lucid dreaming is being consciously aware that you are dreaming. Some people go further and suggest that in order to lucid dream, you should be fully controlling your dreams as well. If you’ve never experienced it before you might worry about lucid dreaming anxiety but in most cases it’s enjoyable and completely fascinating.
Neuroscientist Dr. Tamara Russell talks us through the physiology of mindfulness based stress reduction, how it affects our brain, and why mindfulness in the workplace can improve focus, collaboration and performance.
I’m often asked what happens if we don’t get enough sleep? Without a sufficient amount of sleep, and certainly enough deep and REM sleep, we start to see a detrimental impact on our physical, mental and emotional health, both in the short and long term.
The goal is to understand it in a lot of detail and to get that new model for how each individual person’s brain works and how it connects to their symptoms and experiences. From there, we can make more accessible tests and tailor treatment in a much more personalised way.
Very few people talk about the fact that negative emotions in the brain can do almost the same damage as unhealthy food. Chronic stress decreases the diversity of your microbes, and changes the behaviour and leakiness of your gut. Your gut is a mirror image of your emotions.
Dr Edginton is interested in how our thoughts and emotions relate to our physical responses and how practices such as mindfulness help with stress reduction and management. We discuss the importance of applying a personalised approach to mindfulness-based stress reduction to be an effective aid in the treatment of many mental and physical disorders.
The scientific understanding of stress shows it to be the result of an interaction between a person and their environment. So, when your environment becomes too demanding and you stop being able to cope in a good way, the balance is disturbed. You could look at stress as the precursor to burnout.