Understanding the Mind-Body Connection for Increased Confidence, Memory & Happiness

The mind and the body used to be treated separately but now modern science shows that the two are inextricably inter-connected.

In this talk, psychologist Therese Sheedy will outline the mind-body connection and how we can use it to our advantage – to boost our physical heath AND our mental health.

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About Therese Sheedy, Psychologist

Therese Sheedy – Psychologist, Clinical Director at Positive Mind Body Australia; Director Exploring Mindful Moments

Therese Sheedy – Psychologist, Director Exploring Mindful Moments

Therese is a nationally registered psychologist and mindfulness practitioner. Working from a positive and optimistic psychological framework, Therese’s work focuses on building resilience, connectedness and wellbeing. Therese uses mindfulness as a philosophy for living which she brings to all her work. She specialises in mindfulness-based therapies including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction.

Part of the first cohort in Australia to complete the Masters in Applied Positive Psychology, Therese has continued to maintain her knowledge of best practice and scientific knowledge in psychology to her previous work and training in this field.

Also a meditation trainer with a Certificate in Positive Psychology Coaching, Positive Education and Emotional Intelligence Therese is well placed to support any workplace in focusing on achieving high levels of personal satisfaction enhancing team cohesion and success.

Therese is also one of the first cohort trained in Australia in the .b Program (stop and breathe), focusing on mindfulness and adolescents.

With a special interest in conflict resolution Therese supports schools and workplaces as a trainer in Restorative Justice. This work is highly satisfying bringing all parties in a conflict together to get true resolution, allowing people to ‘move on’ and work cooperatively together.

Acquiring accreditation in Team Management Systems Profiling enables Therese to support individuals and teams in becoming aware of their preferred team role and how they can contribute to developing a high performing team within their workplace.

You can connect with Therese via: mindfulmoments.net.au

Getting Angry Often? How to Manage Anger in Healthy Ways

Anger experts tell us that anger is an emotion that arises due to a perceived injustice. Everyone gets angry. It’s a part of our human make-up so it’s important to accept anger as a normal emotion and not deny it when we’re feeling it.

However, as we all know, anger is a tricky emotion to handle at work. If you express it, it can easily come out in ways you don’t intend or that you regret later. And it can be hard to keep control of it, especially if you’ve been quietly seething over something for a while.

So what do you do if you’re feeling angry at work? According to the Centre for Non-Violent Communication (cnvc.org), there are four options; only two of which are recommended…

1.    Aggress emotionally or physically against someone/something else
2.    Aggress emotionally or physically against yourself
3.    Connect internally with your own feelings and needs; provide self-commpassion and self-support
4.    Connect authentically to someone else – especially, in an anger situation, explore the underlying needs of all parties, which often makes it much easier to come to a mutually satisfying solution

Obviously the second two of these approaches are the ones that’ll serve your better and get better outcomes.

Action Steps

Here are 7 practical things you can do to manage your anger and release it in healthy ways…

1.    Take 5 really deep breaths
At the first sign of rising anger, allow yourself time for five really deep breaths instead of reacting immediately. This act will bring extra oxygen to the brain to give you greater clarity as well as time to sort out your thoughts. Walk away from the situation for a short while and take time out to calm down if you need to.

2.    Take an Assertive, Not Aggressive Approach
There’s a fine line between the two. The difference is in whether you impose upon the other person’s rights or wellbeing when you stand up for your own. Try to model Nelson Mandela’s style – calm, strong, humble and constructive.

3.    Work through the issue
Don’t just get cranky and have a go at someone but leave the problem unaddressed. Adopt a problem-solving approach. Sit down with the relevant person(s), look for things you agree on first, and then calmly try to find ways through to a workable resolution.

4.    Release it from your body
Physical activity will process the stress hormones that pump through your body when you’re angry while also releasing feel-good hormones such as endorphins so you can feel better. After a good bout of exercise, I guarantee that you will feel calmer. Take a walk around the block. Go to the gym after work. Walk the dog in the evening – anything that’ll get it out of your system.

5.    Release it from your mind
If you’re looking for an outlet to release your thoughts and emotions, try journalling. It’s a great way to feel like you’re talking to someone while keeping your own counsel. Expressing your feelings in this way can be very freeing and can sort things out in your mind. If you’re at work, you could simply use a word document and not save it.

6.    Let it go
Do what you can to address the issue and then mentally unhook from the situation. Especially if it’s something you don’t have control over or the ability to influence the outcome.

7.    Ask for help
Seek support from a trusted colleague, friend or family member. And don’t be afraid to use the Employee Assistance Program if you have one. It’s there for that very purpose.

Which will you do first, next time you’re feeling angry?

In a funk? Ten ways to shake it off.

Ever woken up in just a funky mood? Or gotten two hours into your day and already wishing you had your make up off and were hiding under the covers? Or just want to go to a deserted beach someplace so no one can find you again….ever?

Sure you have. Me too. And let’s be real – funky funk is not the place you want to be energy wise.

When you need to shift your energy but you can’t go hide watching funny movies all day, here are ten ways to quickly shift it. Trust me, they work.

1. Get upside down – anyway you can. Headstand, legs up the wall pose, downward dog, or just bend down to touch your toes and stay there for 30 seconds to 2 minutes (bend your knees if you have to). Change your perspective and let the blood rush to your head and flow out that bad mood.

2. Sniff something – well, not just anything. Get some uplifting oils to have on hand when you need a burst of goodness. For this purpose I like Orange, Lemon, Peppermint or some Frankincense to bring on happy vibes.

3. Laugh – watch a quick YouTube video that makes you laugh – you might need headphones if you’re in the office! Shit Yogis Say is one of my favs – this one in particular.

4. Phone a friend – ring that girlfriend who you can laugh at the silliest things with, sure to get your blood moving.

5. Do what you love – spend ten minutes doing something you just love. For me this morning, it’s writing this post for you (and sniffing my oils as I go).

6. Dance – nothing like a quick impromptu dance party in the kitchen or anywhere (I’ve been known to do them in the supermarket) to shift your stuff fast! Loud music, five minutes, go for it.

7. Sing it sista – top of your lungs, don’t care about who’s listening, and yes you can make it Taylor Swift if you want too……shake it off – literally (yes I love that song).

8. Hug something – a tree, a person, your boss, a pet. A two minute hug gets that Serotonin and all your happy hormones racing, so grab someone and hold on (my son hates it when I do this….but gotta get my two minutes!).

9. Dream – spend five minutes in your happy day dream place. Lying on a beach, trekking in the Himalayas, exploring New York, attending an amazing conference filled with creative people, publishing that book you are secretly working on. Get your day dream on and feel your happy coming back.

10. If all else fails – there’s always coffee!

There you go – ten things to try so your funk doesn’t stand a chance. You’re welcome.