Mental Health – Lets Keep Talking
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Most people will not have to suffer from severe mental health issues, depression, anxiety or suffer a full meltdown during their lifetime. But one in 4 of us will.

Thankfully, the stigma surrounding mental health is now being addressed and our attitudes are changing. Individuals can get the support that they need and be treated properly if they reach out.  It took many courageous individuals to stand up and be personally exposed in order to change perception and attitude.

We must never let mental health issues suffer the same stigma that it did in the past.  Only by maintaining an open dialogue and enabling sufferers to speak and share their personal stories without fear of repercussions, can we continue to increase awareness. We all have a role to play, even those of us that are lucky enough to have avoided any personal suffering.


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I read one such individual story this week and wanted to share. Jonathan Trott, England international cricketing legend opened up about his return from England’s 2013-14 Ashes tour.

Whilst discussing mental health in an interview on Sky Sports, he revealed, that he had wrestled with his own problems.


Jonathan Trott: “The job I loved, filled me with dread”


Jonathan Trott


Speaking during Mental Health Awareness Week, the batsman revealed he began to experience symptoms of anxiety during the home Ashes series in 2013.

But Trott’s issues came to a head in Australia. Where he had scored 445 runs and two centuries during England’s Ashes triumph in 2010-11. When he flew home after the first Test in Brisbane.

In the show, Trott told host Nick Knight: “It was building. I probably realised during the home Ashes of 2013-14.

Understanding the signs


“I remember being at Durham for the fourth Test and not able to concentrate, which was something I pride myself on.

“There was something missing and going to The Oval I knew I was in a little bit of trouble, not wanting to play. That’s when the whole anxiety of putting the tracksuit on and going to the ground was triggered.

“The skill of playing cricket was something I was starting to dread, which I had loved my whole life until then. It was terrifying as it felt so foreign and you are so exposed with cameras everywhere. It was tricky to get some alone time and make sense of it all.

“I remember saying I wanted to play [in the ODI series against Australia that followed the 2013 Ashes] to get back into form before Australia, whereas now if I hadn’t played in that series I wonder if my career may have been a bit longer.

“I tried to fight my way through on the field and live up to the standards I had set for myself, which were pretty high.” He continued ”I was fine at the hotel, away from the ground – it was only going to the Test matches where the scrutiny was.”

“I did pretty well in the warm-up games but going to Brisbane was different. Another level that I had never experienced. I remember going down to breakfast with my cap over my eyes. Trying to sit away from the other guys hoping they wouldn’t see I was pretty emotional eating my cornflakes.

Getting the right support


“Coming back from Australia we said I had a stress-related illness. To me, that didn’t seem good enough for the press. It was a bit grey. But the reason for that was that we weren’t sure exactly what was going on.”

“I wanted to be as honest and open as possible. But when people want you to say 24 hours later what’s going on, it’s impossible.” He goes on to say ”I only got properly diagnosed five months later, in early April.”

Trott says he attempted to return to cricket with county side Warwickshire too soon. He only began the road to recovery after linking up with renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters. Dr Peters has worked with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton.

The 39-year-old retired from cricket in 2018. He implores anyone suffering from mental health problems to seek face-to-face help where possible, insisting it makes a huge difference.

Good advice – let’s keep talking.

Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months. And currently holds the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

Essential Online Mindfulness for Work
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Mindfulness for your team

When organizations invest in preventive and supportive mental health solutions, a little goes a long way. Employees should not need to travel to access the resources they need to cope with and reduce stress. Mindfulness training can be done online or through a mobile app, making it accessible to almost everyone. Research shows that Mindfulness accessed online is as beneficial to the majority of participants as doing Mindfulness in person.

Recent studies into the effects of Mindfulness show it can reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression and isolation brought on by being stressed and isolated working at home. Megan Bell Jones, Chief Science Officer at Headspace says “Our brains have developed to focus on the threat. Short-term stress and anxiety can be part of a healthy range of emotional experience. At times they can even help us stay safe”. What Mindfulness does is helps us to stop focusing on the symptoms of threat so our central nervous system can relax.


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Physical health

However, when we experience chronic stress from working at home it can tax our immune system. Working at home with not being able to leave work at work at the end of the day. Experts feel this scenario is being made worse by working from home as there is no element of leaving the office. We are permanently at work. This can cause more severe problems like anxiety, depression, and sleep disturbance. This threat reflex that releases powerful hormones like cortisol acts like a drug and keeps us hooked to news cycles and fuels chronic stress.


Support & prevention

There are different forms of help for stress, anxiety and depression. Meditation helps deactivate the emotional center of the brain which is responsible for emotional reactivity. So in effect, you can detach from that part of you through medication but this does not help to address the root cause of the condition. When we help our brains stay grounded we are better able to engage the rational part of our brains. This can help us understand information and make decisions from a place of fact versus panic. Mindfulness works by helping people regulate emotions, changing the brain to be more resilient to stress, and improving stress biomarkers. This process effectively changes the structure of the brain meaning that our brains develop during Mindfulness; changing to be more resilient to the effects of stress, anxiety and depression.

A good Mindfulness programme is easy to set up, cost-effective and accessible online. During COVID19 it is essential employees and employers look after their mental health to ensure they are ready to bounce back quickly from COVID19. For more information on Mindfulness visit or email

About the Author:

For the last five years I have studied an undergraduate degree and masters in Psychology and Mindfulness (MSc). This has led me to continue this research through a PhD at Warwick University. During these 5 years I have taught Yoga and Mindfulness as a full-time job to businesses. My hard work was rewarded with a contract to work as a lecturer teaching wellbeing, Mindfulness and Yoga courses throughout Coventry for Coventry Council.

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Director of Therapy at Satis - The Mindfulness Movement

How to Build Self Esteem – The Guide to Healthy Confidence
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

In this intriguing article from guest writer Marcus Neo, he reveals how to build confidence and increase self-esteem with just a few simple tweaks to your daily life. Take a look below and click to read more if it piques your interest. You might be surprised at what you discover!


How is genuine self-esteem is actually generated? Why do some people feel like a fraud and why some people feel like a king? Why some people feel deserving of things in their life, and some people struggle with it? How do some people boast of things they never did accomplish and are perfectly fine with not doing so?

Initially, I bought the idea of willpower, after all, with psychological studies that showed that the environment shapes behaviour, as opposed to willpower. However, I, later on, bought into the argument of childhood development: the Freudian approach.

I’ll argue that high performance boils down to multiple variables, from the environment and your childhood experiences. I’ll also argue that self-esteem is a key fundamental of all high-performance behaviour. Your behaviour boils down to one’s self-esteem. How much you believe you’re worth, deep down. Self-esteem leads to courage and eventually leads to an expanded life.

If you believe you’re worth it, you’ll have higher expectations of both of yourself, and others, you’ll have stronger boundaries, you do not take shit from anybody, including yourself…




If you enjoyed this article you may also like to read Enabling people to be their best by naming the stress


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How AI Can Improve Employee Health, Wellness, and Safety
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

AI is one of the most exciting tech developments to emerge in recent years, and it will no doubt continue to reshape how businesses are run. That being said, AI is often talked about in the realm of data analytics and innovation strategies. These are important uses of AI, but by no means are they the only ones. In fact, AI can play a big role in shaping safer workplaces for companies all over the globe. So how can AI be used to improve employee health?


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Provide smarter assistance to stressed-out employees


Stress is a part of everyday life, and even rank-and-file employees have days when they feel like headless chickens trying to complete their tasks. CMS Wire cites virtual assistants as a tech innovation that can help provide personalised experiences to each and every employee, allowing them to schedule their day according to data such as what time the most emails come in, what notification preferences each user wants, and so on. In fact, these assistants can even be trained to answer simple questions and thus help minimise communication backlog. The beauty of virtual assistants is that this tech has become widely available, meaning it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg for businesses to adopt.


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Monitoring the safety of mobile workers


Mobile workers are often thought of as those working at home from their laptop, but this category comprises all kinds of employees who do fieldwork, such as logistics and delivery drivers. One of the main reasons why Verizon Connect recommends businesses invest in fleet telematics is because this system continuously gathers data on driving behaviour. Such data is then used to make tables highlighting driver performance, which managers can then use as a way to see where (in the case of recurring incidents) their drivers need more safety training and assistance. Telematics is a prime example of how AI can improve employee health, and help employers to see where their current health and safety efforts are lacking.


Boosts diversity and equality opportunities


Diversity and inclusion in the workplace can do wonders for employees’ mental health. While most employers know this, few actually take the time to implement measures and ensure that this diversity becomes a reality. Part of the issue is that for diversity and inclusivity to really be attained, companies have to look into every nook and cranny to remove unequal practices. So, BizTech suggests using AI to sort through HR and payroll information and compile an account of pay statuses across departments. Data visualisation allows managers to catch huge over-arching trends that might have been lost under the piles and piles of records.

As with most tech innovations, AI is still continuously being developed in line with what people need. Our previous post on 7 Wellbeing in the Workplace Initiatives You Can Start Today underscores the need for employers to always look after and nurture their employees. And with safety on everyone’s mind nowadays, companies would do well to look into this often-neglected link between AI and employee wellness.


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Jillian Craig is an aspiring tech writer whose love for technology stems from her love for video games. Since she held her first Gameboy Color and watched the fast-paced development of gaming consoles, she's been curious about technology and how it impacts businesses and consumers alike.

Enabling people to be their best by naming the stress
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

A guide to managing workplace stress by Felicia Jones.

Have you ever felt stressed, I mean really, really stressed? But then, something funny happens; you see a child dancing or hear someone on the radio and somehow the former feeling seems to have disappeared? The question is, were you ever really stressed before, or was it something else?

Most people would attest to feeling stressed at times. It could be because of something that’s touching them personally or maybe it’s the stories you hear in the media. It could also be something that’s affecting a family member or friend. But here’s the thing. Stress is not homogenous in nature or even uniform as a term.

When we use or relate to stress in a homogenised way, we can confuse, or devalue its meaning. By doing this we can unknowingly, actually cause even more ‘stress’. What I’m hoping to do here, is to untangle, in brief, the treads that bind the term stress to intangibles and unknowns. It’s important that we do this and do away with umbrella terms. This enables us to more accurately pinpoint and verbalise what we and others are truly experiencing. In so doing, we have a much better chance of being able to deal with the real issue, properly.


What is Stress?

The word stress has become an umbrella term, synonymous with words which actually much better, fit what we’re truly feeling. This may be; overwhelmed, anxious, tired, fatigued, bored, scared, dreading, fearful, grief or sadness and much much more. If we could more accurately name what we’re experiencing, then we’d be more likely to be able to ‘claim it’, ‘see it’ and ‘do something with and about it’. One area that this is really important in, is the area of work.


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According to the HSE, 28.2 million days (2018/19) are lost every year due to work-related ill- health and a staggering £9.8billion lost to employers in costs. In years gone by, we’ve been used to hearing ‘work-related ill-health’ and maybe thinking of accidents or injuries. But what we’re actually talking about here, is stress-related illness. In fact, workplace injury only accounted for 4.7 million days lost.

The HSE also pinpoint stress-inducing situations, like those that we may be familiar with, ie, those of overstimulation. Here an individual finds it hard to cope with increased demands or expectations. However, The World Health Organisation (WHO) the leading authority on world health and wellbeing, suggests that there are varying areas which induce work-related stress and some may actually relate to under-stimulation. There are three areas of importance to consider:



Here an individual may find it difficult to cope with monotony, lack of variety, under-stimulation or what they perceive as ‘meaningless’ tasks. Or they may feel that they are unable to contribute to decision-making processes. These situations may be particularly relevant to graduates, who are eager to make their mark in their first or second job but struggle to navigate the change from highly singular academic to team orientation. Or, for the returnee parent who was managing a household but finds that these skills do not necessarily translate in the same way within the workplace. What is important is to recognise, not only that these situations may induce ‘stress’, but more importantly the terminology the employee uses to describe the stress as this is something that can actually be actioned.



Here individuals may feel uncertain of where they fit into the organisation. Or some may be struggling with home-work-life balance but feel unable to express it. Contrarily, achieving a much sought after promotion can actually be stress-inducing. This is not due to the additional responsibility, but rather the transition and adjustment and the impact it has on existing relationships. Having a safe space, if not with the line manager, then with HR to voice may be particularly useful.



What is interesting, is the area of respect and acknowledgement. It is an innate desire which most humans crave and is actually the fourth tier of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Its sits way above the need for salary, food and shelter. A 2007 presentation by Semmer, on recognition and respect, suggests that; ‘(people) go to great pains to defend their personal esteem and social self-esteem’. Furthermore, research by Tessema et al (2013) linked recognition as an important facet of job satisfaction. They stated that ‘people who feel appreciated are more positive about themselves and their ability to contribute’. It is important to note that there may be cultural variations to this and that financial compensation is also a contributory factor. However, recognition may be an under-utilised tool in boosting employee self-esteem and combating experiences that an employee may consider stressful.

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Stress in and of itself is merely a biochemical reaction induced by internal or external stimuli. The body is wired to maintain a steady-state of homeostasis. Here ph levels, temperature, tissue viscosity and repair, metabolism, maintenance of commensal bacteria and emotional and physical stresses amongst other factors, are all kept in a healthy range. Anything beyond this state creates not only a stressor for the body but also a potential danger.

In maintaining homeostasis, the body utilises many different systems (or pathways). There are a few pathways for stress, but a critical factor is the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). In short, when someone experiences a stressor, the brain signals to the adrenal glands that action is required to combat the stress. In reaction, the body then releases the most appropriate chemicals to induce action and eventually return the body to homeostasis.


Fight or Flight

Most people are now aware of the ‘fight, flight or freeze’ state. Particularly in the former, the body needs rapid glucose for brain processing and simultaneously to activate muscle tissue contraction. However, for someone who is chronically bored or feeling devalued at work, the emotions of frustration and internal anger may similarly induce a fight or flight state. This is another reason why it’s really important to use language accurately because differing pathways often cross or interact. They may start with a similar initial root, however, produce differing feelings that can be confused, such as depression and anxiety or physical pain with elation or cold and fear.

Even if only sitting at the desk, the body will utilise the same mechanisms required to address a fire or a verbal onslaught. It will initially release adrenaline and glucose and insulin and overtime cortisol as the perception is of a ‘real’ danger to the body’s survival. But ultimately, for an individual sitting at a desk, ruminating rather than speaking out or acting, they risk having stress chemicals accumulate in the body. This then creates the body to continually signal action requests in order to navigate out of the situation. This is where people begin to get sick with tension headaches, gut problems, sleep problems and fear-based anxiety. Simply being able to accurately say what the actual problem is, can help to turn things around.


Some useful tips

Access the right words. A simple thing which teachers and parents use and may sound condescending to adults, but may actually help, is to say (in the nicest way); ‘use your words’. In line with this, it’s very useful to have an emotional vocabulary sheet to help people access what they are actually feeling.

Identify the stressor. This may be as simple as ‘I struggle going into a meeting’ or  ‘I feel that saying ‘no’ or ‘I can’t’ will be seen as a weakness and marked against me.’ Or for some, it may be something at home, or sometimes going into a similar situation in which someone has failed before. By accurately identifying the stressor, mechanisms can be put in place to address it.

Good nutrition. A healthy brain and gut (where serotonin the ‘feel-good chemical’ develops) creates healthy, active individuals. Most workplaces have cakes and biscuits available all of the time But simply having a variety of fruit, water and some healthy nut bars, can help people to sustain their energy. This not only prevents people from getting into energy peaks and troughs which actually induce internal stress for the body but also makes them more alert.

Encourage breaks. Energy is created by oxygenating the body. Simply encouraging staff to get some fresh air actually creates a greater level of energy in the body and can help to reduce feelings of stress. It is challenging when running a business to spend time with each employee, but by encouraging staff to talk to each other and by fostering community and allowing open and honest communication, respect and self-esteem can be further developed.


For a long time, the emphasis on making improvements in the workplace has been on increasing opportunity and making physical adjustments. These are important. However, simple measures such as helping staff to accurately pinpoint what their actual issues are can be a way of reducing work-place stress and creating a more productive workforce.



Semmer, N K., 2007. ‘Psychology of Work and Organizations, Recognition and Respect (or lack thereof) as predictors of occupational health and well-being. [online] Available at: Accessed: 20th February 2020

Tessema, M., Ready K J., and Embaye A, 2013. ‘The Effects of Employee Recognition, Pay, and Benefits on Job Satisfaction: Cross Country Evidence, Journal of Business and Economics. [online] Available at:


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Felicia Jones

Felicia Jones is a (BSc) qualified Nutritionist, Stress Management Trainer (Dip), Nutritional Supervisor, Speaker and the owner of Stress Less Living ( a nutrition and stress management practice. Felicia works with people on a 1-1 basis, in groups and also provides educational workshops and talks. Her ethos is primarily of meeting people wherever they are on their health journey, without judgement. Then working with them collaboratively to; reduce stress, integrate better nutrition and enable the restoration of full health.

Health, Wellbeing & Mental Health Community goes live
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

Health, Wellbeing & Mental Health Community goes live by Mark Stephens.


Its time to take action

As a nation, we are travelling head-first into a national crisis around mental health, with the NHS and GP’s already overloaded beyond their capacity.

Subsequently, without the resources to cope, individuals are being signed off work and prescribed antidepressants at an alarming rate. This is leading to an ever-increasing number of sick days, thus impacting individual businesses and costing billions of pounds in revenue losses to the economy each year already.

Businesses cannot rely on the government to address this issue. The solution sits within the realms of corporate responsibility and unless we each take action to address this very real issue, we will undoubtedly suffer the repercussions through disruptions to workflow and productivity ourselves.

However, there is a reward for adopting a more caring culture that supports a genuine and practical approach to the wellbeing of staff, as businesses will inadvertently be establishing a more attractive cultural brand that will appeal to the future talent that they would like to attract.


Health and Wellbeing Events

Together with our trusted partners, we have come together to create a Health and Wellbeing Community, which will help you to address this issue. Our core team already contains more than 50 CEO’s, experts and practitioners and we are aligned with more than 50 organisations providing practical solutions across diet, health, fitness, alternative medicines, DNA research, holistic solutions, financial debt resolution, company benefit schemes and more.

Our efforts will be directed towards running regular health and wellness-themed events across the UK for Senior HR, business owners and individuals who are responsible for corporate wellbeing initiatives within their business. Giving you the chance to attend and meet with peers, practitioners, suppliers and industry professionals to hear personal stories and establish meaningful relationships.

The purpose of this group and ultimately these events is to educate businesses on how to support staff from the perspective of both mental & physical health and to share and generate practical ideas to take into your business. Ultimately leading to increased staff retention, productivity, and overall business success.


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A successful launch

The launch of our Health and Wellbeing event a few weeks ago was hugely successful, hosted by Bannatyne Health & Fitness and professionally run and organised by the team at Business Live UK, we are pleased to say that the feedback has been outstanding and we are looking forward to announcing the next set of dates and locations as we take this event on a UK wide tour.

If you work in or around HR and the company you work with are looking at health, wellbeing or mental-health initiatives, then these events offer a fantastic way to explore what and who is out there providing meaningful resources and solutions. Our events are hosted in a totally relaxed non-sales environment, with free food, drink, great speakers and of course collaborations alongside industry peers.

The following video was filmed at the launch event; over 75 individual businesses attended along with 20 carefully selected industry suppliers, and our team of organisers, promoters, sponsors and speakers.


You can watch the video here


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We offer a customisable software platform integrated with multiple selection and screening tools, enabling you to make well-informed recruitment decisions. 

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Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last seven years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications.

His company, Smart Recruit Online, have been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months and currently hold the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

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Mark Stephens

Mark has established a reputation for his passion and enthusiasm over twenty years working in the recruitment industry, both client and agency side. For the last ten years, he has been researching the recruitment landscape from both a technology and people perspective. His insights into market trends are often used and quoted across the industry’s leading publications. His company, Smart Recruit Online, has been the winner of 5 international awards for technology innovation and Recruitment Technology in the last 18 months. And currently holds the accolade of filling more jobs from direct applications for their clients than any other online recruitment service in the UK.

The Power of Hypnotherapy
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

The Power Of Hypnotherapy by Amanda Coles.

Hello! My name is Amanda Coles and I spent over 20 years working in Corporate HR before retraining as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. But I have a confession to make, and it took me years to confront it. Throughout my 20’s and 30’s I suffered with anxiety, stress and panic attacks brought on by numerous personal issues and too much stress at work.

In 2013 my GP wanted to give me anti-depressants. They are commonly dispensed by GP’s who struggle in a short 10 minute window to get to the root cause of problems. In fact, they are so common that 1 in 6 adults between the ages of 18-64 are currently on anti depressants, and according to the latest study by the Mental Health Foundation 23% of all absences in the workplace are mental health related and it is the leading cause of absence in the UK. Having worked in HR I have seen for myself the rise in mental health problems.


A Better Alternative

I decided to investigate alternative and complementary therapies rather than take anti-depressants. Waiting times on the NHS for CBT were up to 2 years and so in desperation, I turned to hypnotherapy.

It was so successful I decided to retrain as an NLP Hypnotherapist and Life/Business Coach. I now combine my HR background with my experience as a Coach and Hypnotherapist and I work with companies to implement mental wellness strategies and individuals who want to re-engineer their lives for greater success.

What is hypnotherapy? One of the questions I am always asked by potential clients is will you make me cluck like a chicken? My answer is always the same – only if you want me to.  As far as I’m concerned it’s unlikely to be a solution to your problem.

Hypnotherapy is not something you need to believe in for it to work and more than you have to believe in gravity to fall off a building. So is it all just suggestion and placebo? No. It is scientifically proven that the process of hypnosis causes specific physiological, neurological and physical changes in your body and brain.

It is not something I do TO you, it is a collaborative process and you simply need to give yourself permission to heal yourself and through my unique blend of therapy, motivate you to a successful outcome.


Does it Work?

So how effective is hypnotherapy?? A study conducted by American Health Magazine found that only 38% of patients recovered after 600 sessions of psychoanalysis. In behavioural therapy, it took 22 sessions for 72% of patients to recover but after just 6 sessions of hypnotherapy, 93% of patients recovered.

We all know that mental health problems are on the rise. The pressure of stress found at work, within relationships, through comparison with others and within a drive to “succeed” can affect everybody, no matter what your background is.

The reality is however that hypnotherapy helps to treat more than just anxiety and stress. It has been scientifically proven to have many other uses, and that’s because nearly everyone can benefit from learning how to relax, how to think positively and use their imagination to rehearse the positive changes they would like.


Mental Health in the Workplace

The estimated cost of mental ill-health to UK employers each year is between £33 billion and £42 billion.

Organisations suffer the consequences of poor mental health. A CIPD study highlighted the impact that mental ill-health has on companies and found that:

– 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
– 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
– 80% find it difficult to concentrate
– 62% take longer to do tasks
– 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

As an employer, you can help manage and prevent stress by improving conditions for staff at work. But you also have a role in making adjustments and helping someone manage a mental health problem at work as mental health is covered as a disability within the Equality Act of 2010.




So what can you do practically?

By constructing and implementing mental wellness strategies within your workplace you can reduce absenteeism and presenteeism, increase engagement and staff retention – all proven ways to increase profits.

So in summary, hypnotherapy is not the woo-woo, voodoo magic it is so often portrayed in the media, rather it is a safe, effective, fast and drug-free method for improving your health and happiness – who wouldn’t want some of that?

Amanda Coles

Amanda Coles is a CNHC Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP & Meridian Practitioner & Life Coach.


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Amanda Coles is a CNHC Registered Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP & Meridian Practitioner & Life Coach.

Smart Recruit Online Sponsor Health & Wellbeing Event
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

SRO sponsor wellbeing event at Bannatyne

Smart Recruit Online (SRO) is proud to be a primary sponsor of the Health Before Wealth event taking place at Bannatyne Milton Keynes in Winter Gardens on Thursday 19th September, in partnership with Business Live.

CEO of SRO, Mark Stephens commented; “we are committed to working with HR Teams to address mental and physical health issues. This is a growing concern for all businesses and we believe that HR is well-positioned to take a leading role in supporting wellness and wellbeing in the workplace. We look forward to supporting this initiative with Business Live and Bannatyne’s”.

“Unfortunately, while health and safety in the workplace is standard, health and wellbeing is all too often an afterthought. We’re on a mission to change that,” said Victoria Beale, CEO Business Live UK Ltd.

Early bird tickets are still available at just £10 each via Eventbrite, here you can also find the full agenda for the evening and gain access to more information about who is attending, supporting and sponsoring the event.

Watch a short promo video about the event here.

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Who is the event for?

The event is designed specifically for Senior HR decision-makers, business owners and managers who have an interest in supporting physical and mental health and general wellness in the workplace, both for themselves and for their staff.

There will be health and wellbeing speakers addressing these important issues, providing insights and practical ideas, which can then be taken away and applied into the business.

You will also be invited to try some of Bannatyne’s ‘Mini Treatments’ and there will be buffet food and drinks also provided.

Come along and network with other HR professionals in a relaxed environment

When people put health first, wealth will follow.




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Coping with Difficult Situations
Danielle Meakin - 6 Comments - 29 Sep 2019

By Robin Hills, author of The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business.

Everyone is working with greater uncertainty, ambiguity and change than ever before and has to cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life.  Challenges and changes are constant.  Some of these may be crises or emergencies that demand your immediate attention.

Difficult situations may be familiar or unfamiliar to you depending upon whether you have experienced them before.  You will have developed coping mechanisms and these will help you in dealing with familiar adverse situations and many unfamiliar ones.

You can’t control what happens around you or other people.  The self-talk (your inner voice) that you use will drive your thinking and your feelings, leading to the decisions that you make and your subsequent actions and behaviours.

Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.  It is an internal drive often characterised as an inner strength, fortitude or hardiness that relates to how you calmly engage with your environment.  Resilience incorporates your physical health, as well as your emotional and mental health, and your well-being.

Coping, however, is adapting your thinking and behaviour to manage demands that exceed the resources available to you or demands that you find taxing.

So being resilient is more than just coping and putting up with stuff.  It is about learning through the experience to grow personally and become stronger to deal with difficulties better.

Your resilience will help you to improve your effectiveness and sustain your efforts.  Resilience is about rationality and calmness, dealing effectively with – and making the most of – what you experience in everyday life.  Resilience is about finding meaning in your work environment and using your core values to interpret and shape events.


8 action strategies to develop your resilience


1. Feel in control

– Be realistic about what you can and can’t do

– Learn how to say ‘No’ so that you don’t commit to too much

– Tell yourself you can do it and prove yourself to be right

– Communicate your intentions clearly to others, delegate and encourage their support


2. Create a personal vision

– Set yourself clear goals and objectives focusing on what you want to achieve

– Establish a plan of small, achievable steps that will accomplish your goals

– Remain committed, even if events take you away from your plan for a short while

– Remind yourself of what you want to achieve and why


3. Be flexible and adaptable

– Accept and anticipate that situations are going to change so that you can be prepared

– Positively move forward rather than dwelling on how unreasonable or unfair the changes may seem

– Remain focused on your goals and adapt to accommodate the change


4. Get organised

-Create systems and processes that make you efficient

-Be realistic about managing your time

-Tackle big projects by breaking them down into smaller chunks and start to work on them one chunk at a time

-Be aware of, and avoid, anything distracting


5. Develop a mindset for problem-solving

– Gather as much information about the issue as possible

– Define the problem precisely and accurately, evaluating it objectively and from different perspectives

– Generate a number of options, critically review and decide what will work

– Be decisive and take action


6. Get connected

– Look for new opportunities to engage with different people and build your network

– Communicate with empathy

– Listen

– Look at ways you can get involved and help others with their problems


7. Be socially competent

-Evaluate your existing network to ensure that you can draw upon a variety of backgrounds, skills and experience

– Keep an open mind to broaden your horizons

– Be willing to get support but be selective about the support you need

– Ask people for help on both a practical and an emotional level


8. Be proactive

– Plan ahead and prioritise tasks to be completed

– Act decisively

– Keep on top of less urgent tasks, especially anything that eventually needs to be done

– Identify and develop the skills you will need in the future

– Don’t waste time on truly unnecessary tasks

– Take the lead and become a role model for others


Developing your resilience won’t stop bad or stressful things from happening, but can reduce the level of disruption that stress can have and the time it takes you to recover.



Robin Hills is author of ‘The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business: Strategies to manage stress and weather storms in the workplace’. Published by SRA Books as part of the Authority Guides series of pocket-sized business books.



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Robin Hills

Robin Hills is the author of ‘The Authority Guide to Emotional Resilience in Business: Strategies to manage stress and weather storms in the workplace’. Published by SRA Books as part of the Authority Guides series of pocket-sized business books.

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