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For those of you no longer going to an office and working from home and struggling with the same 4 walls day after day have you tried the technique of the 'false commute".❓

What you do is get up as normal but rather than go straight to your PC you jump in your car (or bus or walk) and drive a circular route back to your house.

This sub consciously tells your mind its now time to work and then at night when you finish work you do exactly the same in reverse.

The theory being when you come back into your house your mind tells you are now home and its relaxation and chill out time.✅

Of course it sounds rather strange but maybe this might work for someone.✅

Bugger that, I am fair enjoing the extra 1.5 hours I get in my scratcher.
 

Purple & Green

Radge McRadge
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For those of you no longer going to an office and working from home and struggling with the same 4 walls day after day have you tried the technique of the 'false commute".❓

What you do is get up as normal but rather than go straight to your PC you jump in your car (or bus or walk) and drive a circular route back to your house.

This sub consciously tells your mind its now time to work and then at night when you finish work you do exactly the same in reverse.

The theory being when you come back into your house your mind tells you are now home and its relaxation and chill out time.✅

Of course it sounds rather strange but maybe this might work for someone.✅
This was actually one of the top tips that I read when I started working from home in Jan 19. There were others but I found this one works. I used to drop the kids off at school then go a half hour walk and then back to the house to "work". It did work really well.

Of course not doing it just now because its too bloody cold outside.

Pomodoro technique was another I found really helpful - I'm oversimplifying but set a timer for 25 minutes and work. no interruptions. I know that many of you with young children working from home that's impossible.....
 

Purple & Green

Radge McRadge
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One of my psychobabble newsletters. I first heard Tasha on Radio 4, and her angle was about self awareness.

Dear Purple & Green,

Last week, something strange happened to me. Even though nothing in my life had changed—it was still Groundhog Day, every day—I was suddenly flattened by exhaustion and fear. The best way I can describe it is that I wanted to jump out of my skin while simultaneously taking a two-week nap.

At first I thought it was just me. But as I spoke to more people, almost everyone seemed to be hitting the COVID wall at the same time. Social media was awash sentiments like “I’m not sure what I can do to feel good. All my resources are depleted” and “today I told my therapist that the adrenaline I’ve been relying on for the past ten months has run out. He’s been hearing that from every other client this month.”

Journalist Nylah Burton dubbed this moment “the new nadir of the pandemic.” Over the last year, we have dutifully implemented coping tools like keeping a routine, staying healthy and connected, and reducing our anxiety. But seemingly overnight, these tools aren’t working like they used to.

Our frustration about this can easily give birth to self-criticism. Personally, I noticed I was falling into the rabbit hole of rumination: Seriously, what is wrong with me? I’ve made it through almost a yearof this—why can’t I make it through the day?!

And especially right now, judgmental thinking is more dangerous than it seems. Even during “normal” times, research shows that self-criticism worsens depression and depletes resilience. So, to get through this final phase of the pandemic (however long it will be), there is one urgent skill we can add to our coping toolkit: self-compassion.

For all intents and purposes, self-compassion is the opposite of self-criticism. It means viewing our suffering and shortcomings with understanding and acceptance.

Self-compassion brings several tailor-made benefits for our COVID-related challenges. During stressful events, it deepens our emotional resilience and self-worth, and lessens depression and shame. It helps us cope with illness. It buffers the negative impact of trauma and even propels post-traumatic growth.

How, then, can we increase our self-compassion? Pioneering researcher Kristin Kneff has done incredible work in this space (her website has several excellent tools). But today, let’s focus on one practical approach: better monitoring our inner monologue.

To illustrate the power of constructive self-talk—both personally and professionally—my colleague Steven Rogelberg studied senior executives at the end of a leadership development program. Each person wrote a letter to their future selves about how the experience shaped them. Compared to the self-critical executives, those who wrote constructive, compassionate notes were less stressed, more motivating as leaders, and better performers at work.

So if you notice that you’re feeling bad about yourself right now—guilty, fearful, or unable to cope**—take notice of whether you’re being self-critical or self-compassionate. If you veer into the judgment zone, try using what I call “the friend test,” and ask, Would I say what I just said to myself to someone I like and respect?”

Especially in times of stress, we can pull ourselves down without even realizing it. But the good news is that removing these well-being barriers is completely under our control.

This month, I hope you’ll join me in making a resolution: as the wise author C. JoyBell C. vowed, “the only person who can pull me down is myself, and I’m not going to let myself pull me down anymore.”

Here’s to loving ourselves for making it this far, and compassionately navigating whatever comes next,

~Tasha

**If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help: In the U.S., call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineor text HOME to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support from the Crisis Text Line. If you’re outside the U.S., visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.
PS. Just a quick reminder about my recently-launched virtual course. If you want to become a more self-aware leader—and therefore more effective and motivating—there's never been a better time to invest in yourself. For more information, check out the course website. ?

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As I've shared over the past few months, I just launched my own pay-it-forward project, the Tasha Ten. We received hundreds of exceptional applicants for our first cohort, from over 35 countries!

First, thanks to everyone who applied. I personally reviewed every application, and was struck not just by your accomplishments, but your powerful drive to make the a world better place.

Today, I am thrilled to officially announce our first cohort! Marshall and I hope that you are as inspired by these visionaries, catalysts, and world changers as we are.

*FYI, this is the first year of this program, and I am planning on launching more cohorts in the coming years!
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Legendary Radge
Bump. How is everyone? (In particular @FifeHibs )
I'm weary and still feel on my last nerve. Just ticking off the days though.
If only this was still the 90s, I'd be able to get a load of jellies ;)
Good shout. Still a day at a time approach here too.
The reopening of early year's, nurseries and schools for specific age groups from next week a massive lift at this end.

Keep on ✅
Short notice but I’m doing a wee mental health awareness session on zoom at 1pm today and every Wednesday if anyone wants to join pm me

Fantastic. I'll try and get onto these.

Qualified as a Mental Health First Aider recently which will be a massive help, not only for myself but the wider community - Hibs and locality - and future work/projects I'm involved with.

If I can help anyone with anything, always available to help ✅
 

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Ohh, I have my moments!!!

I think it is a minefield ( should that be mindfield!) as what’s good for one is not for another. Also, it effects people all different ways, and for different reasons. The result is very much the same though. It can be very debilitating.
It stole a lot of my confidence, though I’m in quite a good place these days.
During the time we won the cup, I was suffering quite bad. I went to the final and had a superb day, but the following day I was engulfed with negatives thoughts. It was very cruel.. One of the scariest, but best bits of advice I got was you learn to live with it. You manage it and learn enough tricks to keep on top of it . Then eventually , hopefully, like this virus, you suppress it enough that it’s not an issue.

One day you can be the best person to give support / advice, the next week , you can be the one who needs it.
Im up for both .
my 59 year old sister in law committed suicide on Monday 1st feb. RIP
 
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