Resilience

An Open Letter To Any Woman Recently Diagnosed With Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

Plenty of people will tell you that you're 'strong' and 'brave,' that 'you have to get on and kick cancer's butt'. But underneath all this fighting talk, you might be just plain scared. We want you to know that we didn't feel brave. We felt there was never any choice but to go on.

#Adulting: Looking Behind The Hashtag

Becky Morris | Posted 23.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Morris

As a millennial, the reality of reaching what we consider to be adulthood feels a world away from what was promised. We believed that working hard, educating ourselves and managing our money would lead to success.

How To Replace Your Self-Doubt With Self-Worth

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

But if we feel vulnerable and open to criticism, or are knocked-back by even the smallest of set-backs, then it is all too easy to believe that we're powerless to act, incompetent, unable to relate, and doubt our-self in every area of our life.

Without Opportunity, Development Is Impossible - NGOs Should Be Opportunity Brokers

Simon O'Connell | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK
Simon O'Connell

In Jijiga, Ethiopia, Mercy Corps helps women expand their milk businesses, improving the incomes for hundreds of pastoralists and their families. Phot...

Losing My Husband, Daughter And Leg Taught Me The True Meaning Of Resilience

Victoria Milligan | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Victoria Milligan

life less ordinary banner I thought I would collapse from the pain of my grief, I literally imagined myself melting into the floor in one big grief puddle. I look back now, four years on, and wonder how I have survived. I suppose the reality is that I had no choice. Time doesn't stop just because a major tragedy happens in your life.

Cancer Creates A 'New' You, But Can You Recognise Her?

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 02.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

When I think of the how breast cancer has affected me, the most imminent questions that come to my mind are: 1. Should the cancer have changed me? 2. For the worse AND the better? 3. What should my 'profile' look like? Stronger? Weaker? Both? If both, then how can weak and strong live together in harmony?

When We Experience Suicidal Crisis, Is It Because We Are Not Resilient Enough?

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.02.2017 | UK
Joy Hibbins

I question whether resilience is a helpful word to use. It can make those of us who experience suicidal crisis feel that it was a failing in us - that we lacked the necessary resilience to prevent it from happening.

Getting Emotionally Fit

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 09.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

Short-term distractions such as alcohol, drugs, pornography, sex, and over-eating are often used to tune-out from the pain of emotional fatigue. However, these distractions only temporarily mask the symptoms of fatigue and stop us from more effectively monitoring and managing the cause of our distress.

Creating A Resilient Workforce

Emma Rosen | Posted 02.02.2017 | UK
Emma Rosen

What would it be like if we were all fulfilled in our careers? I hope that many readers are happy and feel fulfilled in their working life. I assume...

How Running Helped Me Through Treatment For Breast Cancer

Jenny Baker | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Baker

I've been a runner for many years. I've run marathons, parkruns and all distances in between. I had a year of running events planned to celebrate my 50th birthday in 2015 but that all unravelled when I found a lump in my breast, and was diagnosed with cancer.

New Year New You - Sainthood Or Selfhood?

Paul Adam Mudd | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Adam Mudd

Sixteen hundred years ago, Augustine left behind Selfhood for Sainthood. Mindfulness of course isn't a short-cut to Sainthood, but starting this year it might just help you to find your Best Self!

My Past, Please Welcome My Future

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

Today, I tried a new route. Along the river on the crisp icy grass, the sun glazing on my cheeks, I ran, my mind taking me forward, my feet following, slower on the bumps, making sure I was firmly grounded in the mud. Finding my balance, I wanted to protect myself from falling.

How To Approach Your Employer With A Mental Health Problem

Dr Philip McCrea | Posted 21.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Philip McCrea

Worryingly, the report found that more than half of employees admit feeling unable to approach their employer about a stress-related issue; therefore the cycle continues unbroken, and if left un-addressed can lead to significant mental health problems.

Resilience At Work - Another Paternalistic Endeavour?

Andrew Heath | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Heath

Having been on the conference circuit over the last few months (Wellbeing at Work, HR Summit Barcelona and CIPD Annual Conference) we've heard the term 'resilience' being discussed in many of the seminars and break-out sessions. Many delegates have wanted to discuss that word on our stand, too:

Resilience - A True Story

Unni Krishnan | Posted 24.10.2016 | UK
Unni Krishnan

We walk along corridors past men, women and children sleeping on the floor. The storm has blown the roof away from the buildings in the school complex, there are cracks on the walls. One young man steps in to one partly damaged building as people wait anxiously outside.

Having Hope When All Seems Hopeless

Dr Paul Wood | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Paul Wood

I recently received a message from a psychologist in a large Australian prison. She has been printing my blogs and handing them out to prisoners as "a beacon of hope for change". This got me thinking about the role of hope and optimism in my own life and personal transformation.

Celebration List

Esther Dark | Posted 12.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Esther Dark

Many of us rely on our organisational prowess: sticky notes and to-do lists clutter our workspaces in a bid to stay on top of our ever-growing workloads. But what happens after a project finishes?

Top 10 Causes of Stress in Entrepreneurs

Katie Buckingham | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Katie Buckingham

Starting up your own business can be a very rewarding and exciting time in your life, but 'being your own boss' can take its toll on your mental wellbeing. Your business is totally dependent on you, if something goes wrong it is your fault and what happens if the business fails? Aside from the good aspect of doing what you love every day, there are many worries and stresses in the lives of entrepreneurs. Here are ten:

The End of the Beginning: Dropping the Breast Cancer Bomb

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 13.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

When IS the right time to drop the breast cancer bomb? A breast cancer diagnosis can shatter relationships and put younger children at risk of vulnerability. For a woman who is encouraged to 'move on' a simple track does not exist.

What People Say About You and How to Care About It

Becky Walsh | Posted 13.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

When people want to tell us who we are, it's important to consider what they have to say. They may have something to teach us. But their perspective is based on their experience. Ultimately, they must be heard through the filter of the love you have for yourself. Don't take somebody else's word over your own heart. That is resilience. 

Will the World Humanitarian Summit Deliver?

Aaron Oxley | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK
Aaron Oxley

Leaders meeting at the World Humanitarian Summit could transform the way we respond to the increasingly severe disasters caused by climate change. Her...

Panning for Gold: Stories of Resilience after Breast Cancer

Tamsin Sargeant | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tamsin Sargeant

Being diagnosed with cancer is like being catapulted into another world - the Land of Illness - unlike Mordor, the landscapes are bleached and bright, but just as dangerous. It's a world ruled by men and women wearing white coats, speaking a foreign language, with unfamiliar rules - bad things happen to good people. Unsurprisingly, we are desperate to leave.

Running Against Metastatic Breast Cancer

Nazanin Derakhshan | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nazanin Derakhshan

Today, my friend revealed to me that her breast cancer had metastasised to her spine and pelvis. I felt like I had been thrown off a cliff, yet I was standing. I wanted to turn back time, but is that resilience? I wanted to scream and cry but I had promised my six year old daughter to practice her dance moves. 'Mummy, let's start dancing', she said. But how could I?

Children and Young People's Mental Health Crisis - A Damning 'State of the Nation' Report

Frederika Roberts | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK
Frederika Roberts

Suicide is the most common cause of death for boys aged between 5 and 19, being the cause of 14 per cent of deaths in this age group, and the second m...

Women's History Month: The Forgotten Women of Syria

Thaslima Begum | Posted 01.04.2017 | UK
Thaslima Begum

Syrian refugee women are facing serious human rights violations, exploitation and gender-based violence on a daily basis.