“Workplace stress and poor working mental health is costing British companies a fortune. Stuttering productivity, extended absence and falling staff retention rates are all symptoms of a spreading problem.” Spectator Health 2017
What better reason could there be to invest in a programme of staff mental wellness? Rainbows End provide a half day intensive Workshop to staff teams away from the workplace to explore self-care strategies aimed at making your company a more supportive and successful place to work.
Our highly experienced facilitators and coaches Jenny Evans and Elizabeth Scott will guide participants to a fuller understanding of what constitutes good mental health and how best to achieve and maintain it. The three main self-care strategies covered in the session are mindfulness, personal resilience and emotional and social connection.
The programme is designed to leave participants with:
• Improved emotional literacy and a good understanding of mental wellness
• An evidence-based toolbox of techniques for coping with stress
• A greater ability to self-regulate emotionally with a particular emphasis on stress and mild anxiety
• The ability to challenge internal negative thoughts
• An understanding of ‘locus of control’ and how it affects an individual’s ability to deal with stressful situations
The workshop programme is intended to impact positively on the emotional wellbeing and resilience of staff taking part. In the longer term a positive impact on sickness and retention rates coupled with a greater sense of “mental wellness” will be the true measure of its success in meeting that objective.
An Evidence Based Framework
Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. It has also been defined as the study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organisations to thrive (Gable & Haidt, 2005, Sheldon & King, 2001).
This programme is based on the principles of positive psychology and encompasses three main themes within the field:
• Mindfulness – in a high pressure and fast-moving environment it is easy to lose connection with the present. Paying more attention to the present moment, to thoughts and feelings, and to the surrounding world can help relieve stress, lower blood pressure, reduce chronic pain, improve sleep, and alleviate gastrointestinal difficulties. This programme teaches some basic mindfulness techniques and explores a variety of options for using mindfulness as a tool for wellbeing.
• Personal resilience – How quickly we can bounce back from life’s stressors is a mark of how mentally well we are. Personal resilience is the ability to cope with a crisis and to return to pre-crisis status quickly. This programme teaches some basic tools and techniques to help protect from the potential negative effects of stress in our environment.
• Emotional and social connection – feeling connected and valued are cornerstones of mental wellness. We often view our emotional state much as we view the weather i.e. beyond our control. This programme examines how we can gain more control over emotional and social factors and so experience a greater sense of connection in our lives.
Please call Jenny on 07762 932 164 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to have a chat about how we can help you to support your staff.