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Analysing your situation

So you’re suffering workplace stress yourself, or you’re interested in stress impacts on other people. The main cause of this is in relation to being respected or given the right level of responsibility.

This is a very common issue. Perhaps we don’t feel valued, or we feel that we’re not doing what we could do or would like to do, and that makes us feel like we’re not in control of our own life. Or it might be that pay and conditions fall short of our expectations.

It’s important to communicate what you feel with line managers, assertively but respectfully. Mindfulness training helps us build our inner strength, as well as our emotional intelligence and empathy for others, so that challenging interactions become much easier.

This is the focus of Module 3 in our 9 week course.

If you want to do something about this now, click the button below and I’ll send you links to some free resources and possible next steps.




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How to feel more confident and assertive

One of the key training areas in our mindfulness training is around emotional intelligenc (EI). In essence EI is about being more tuned-in to our own emotional reactions, and also to the sensitivities of others.

In today’s work environment there’s more stress than ever. This puts pressure on inter-personal relationships, and it’s all too easy for managers to expect too much or to be a bit off-hand with their team members. That comes at a price: as an employee we can feel there’s a lack of respect, and also our own stress levels rise. This can lead not just to poor work motivation, but to all kinds of physical and mental ill-health.

30% of us in any year will suffer anxiety to the point of taking time off. A survey by MIND in 2014 showed that almost half of us turn to alcohol after work, and another half had sleep problems. Don’t let this be you.

So how does mindfulness work? It’s very simple. The brain develops neural pathways that equate to habits of response to similar situations. Neuroscience shows us that the brain is plastic. We can change our brains, and change our lives. It just takes regular practice of some really straightforward exercises.

So, my training programmes are designed with you in mind.

‘The most astonishing benefit I have experienced is an improved ability to cope with huge amounts of stress and pressure from my work and home demands.’  Read John’s story

simon-with-ivy-smallSimon says: ‘I’ve been a business advisor and ethical entrepreneur for 35 years, and a mindfulness practitioner for 20 years. So I know about turning stress into fun, and difficulties into opportunities. And l’m loving life more and more.’

If you’re anything like me, dealing with people is the primary skill in life that we have to keep working at.

Over 25,000 research studies show that mindfulness training makes you more emotionally resilient. 

One student put it simply: “The practice of mindfulness has become a hugely important part of my life, both at home and in work. I find that I am more able to take a deep breath and pause when faced with challenging situations, and I am generally calmer and more able to ‘go with the flow’ of what life throws at me. I am also more compassionate and forgiving towards myself as well as to those around me.” Fiona C 

Another said: “Work and life pressures no longer have the ‘sting’ they appeared to have prior to developing mindfulness. Similar events still happen but the way I react has improved.” John C 

Research by McCubbin et al Nov 2014 showed a positive impact on physical and mental health, work productivity, and reduction in healthcare utilization, at least for one year afterwards.

The courses

My courses are designed for busy people with lots of demands!

How does it work? Simple, all the courses have an online format. I’ll send you regular emails that tell you exactly what to do each day. Then go online or use your mobile to check in and do 30 seconds, 5 minutes, or 20 minutes guided practice when and where it suits you.

If you need personal attention, I offer coaching too.

‘The rate and pace of change coupled with a requirement to develop a more agile, flexible and ambidextrous workforce inevitably creates a climate of uncertainty for employees.  Employees are our most important asset and taking care them by investing their wellbeing is crucial so we’re genuinely trying to help them to manage these difficult issues, increase their resilience and help them to deal better with stress.   One of the ways we’re doing this is with mindfulness training.’  Read Sue’s story at Pembrokeshire County Council

You will see results within a few weeks. In fact 94 % of my students report ‘significant’ or ‘amazing’ results.

All this and save money too! Whereas most mindfulness courses will set you back about £250 for 8 2-hour sessions, then say goodbye, my courses cost just £5 per month. You get access to a huge library of articles, guided mediations and regular updates as long as you stay a member. And you can go back and watch, read or listen as often as you like. Never miss a class!

This really could be one of the simplest ways for you to learn to get more done without the worry, and get your life back!

‘Mindfulness and meditation training in a high-stress information environment indicated improved capacity for multitasking, staying on tasks longer, less negative emotion after task performance, and improved memory for the tasks they performed.’ University of Washington Seattle, 2012

If you’d like to feel more confident and assertive at work, and worry less, I’m here to help you now.

There are three course options. All come with full membership access. You can upgrade to the longer courses at any time, and cancel any time.

Why not try it? For the price of couple of coffees a month, you just might get your life back.

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Simon Michaels

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