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Well-being Works

March 2018

Is your well-being effected by nature?

As I write this newsletter, I am reminded of the wonder of nature and how it can lift our spirits.
This spider’s web after rain droplets creates a beautiful and magical effect.
Today, walking around a local lake, amongst different types of birds such as geese, swans, moorhens and a few seagulls; it was wonderful that despite the cold wind that spring is in the air for numbers of ducks. The drakes were busily following the females around hoping for romance.
“All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.” - Abraham Lincoln
M is for March. M is also for Mothering Sunday.
In the UK, Mothering Sunday or Mother’s Day as it is now known, usually falls in the second half of March or early April.
On Mother’s Day, we not only take the opportunity to show our love, gratitude and respect to our birth mothers; it is also an opportunity to do the same for other women who have had a positive and inspiring impact on our lives. They may be foster mothers, mother in laws, good friends or, anyone who we feel fits the bill. 
“Let us fill our hearts with our own compassion towards ourselves and towards all living beings.” - Thich Nhat Hanh
Even though Spring Equinox in 2018 is on March 20, the “Beast from the East” and “Storm Emma” descended upon the UK at the end of February starting March off with widespread snow - much more than we have seen for a while.
Sadly, much of our infrastructure could not cope. Commuters were subject to long delays on trains and road. Some people have been stuck in their homes without heat. Many of us had boilers which broke down.
Although the snow began to melt in many places, there have been areas without power or water and some parts still do have snow.
Yet, despite these difficulties, how heartening to hear the many stories of acts of kindness from compassionate people who have helped others. Here are just a few…
Stories such as the various communities who opened their doors to homeless folk offering food, warmth and a bed.
Then people who went around to neighbours' houses, offering to bring in supplies, or, digging paths through the snow.
Some areas have received deliveries of bottled water.
In rural Devon a community nurse battled through snow drifts and blizzards on a quad bike to ensure that her patients were cared for.
In North Yorkshire, a district nurse battled the elements to reach patients, with the help of a tractor clearing the route ahead.
After medical trusts sent out an appeal for people with 4×4 vehicles who might be able to ferry workers back and forth to hospital; drivers all over the country responded and have been lending a hand. Some hospital staff slept at the hospital to ensure they were on hand to nurse patients and we heard of staff walking miles to work.
M is also for motorway.
The media showed hundreds of drivers who found themselves stranded overnight on one of Scotland’s motorways some without food or water.
Kind-hearted volunteers with a wonderful sense of community spirit formed a human chain to pass food and water to total strangers trapped in cars.
A newspaper reported that when gale force winds made it too dangerous for volunteers to be outside, a local Community Hall was opened as a shelter, businesses were opened - and people even gave up their own beds. When the community hall was full, the church next door was opened for people to sleep in. It’s thought around 200 people were helped by volunteers.
Social and Emotional Intelligence
Have you or someone you know, reacted to a situation or conversation without thought of the consequence?
Maybe afterwards you may have realised “That could have gone better!”
Did you know studies indicate that our success in life and in our relationships with others can be highly attributable to our Social and Emotional Intelligence?
So, what is Social and Emotional Intelligence?
In a nutshell, it begins by being aware of our emotions and what may be going on within ourselves and others in the moment.
Once we have this awareness we can manage our behaviour, our responses to stressful or challenging situations and respond to others more effectively with care and consideration, creating positive results.  
The good news is Social and Emotional Intelligence (SEI) can be improved and strengthened and it’s never too late to add these essential skills to our career/life strategy. 
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If you are interested in learning more, you could start with a social and emotional intelligence assessment. It only takes about 20 minutes for you to complete.
Afterwards we will have a meeting and I will go through the assessment results with you.
Contact me below to find out more
Here are some tips to enhance our well-being
Practice Gratitude - Gratitude really shifts our perspective
Rather than focusing on what we feel is lacking, if we practise gratitude for what we do have, then our whole world changes for the better.
Movement - Dancing, walking or even gentle exercise can enhance our mood.
Don’t take life too seriously - Have fun, remember the George Bernard Shaw quote - “We don’t stop playing because we get old – we get old because we stop playing.”
“There’s only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” - Aldous Huxley
Practise the philosophy of continuous improvement.
  • Learn something new.
  • Practise awareness.
  • Tune in. Notice your feelings and reactions.
  • Make wise choices - ask yourself - what do I really want?
  • Give yourself a moment to reflect on your response.
Remember, "Laughter is an instant vacation" - Milton Berle
Have a great month everyone.

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