Category Archives: Mental Health

MYP Breakfast Seminar with The Mind PT

There is no doubt more so than today, that we are living in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world. Swamped by technology, social media, fake news, political and economic upheaval, whilst having to cope with the frantic pace of modern life, is very overwhelming. Along with the surrounding negativity and fear, this not only takes a heavy physical toil, but it can also have a detrimental effect on our mental health, sometimes with serious consequences.

Earlier this month, I attended MYP’s (Merseyside Young Professionals) breakfast seminar, held at the offices of Tilney in the Royal Liver Building. This seminar featured a talk from Phil Steele from The Mind PT, on developing resilience and learning how to manage stress. In recent years, I have become more aware of the need to look after myself, by developing a keen interest in learning and developing techniques to manage stress. Therefore, I was looking forward to learning some useful tips from this seminar.

I found Phil to be very knowledgeable, and I was able to interpret and understand him clearly. Phil not only introduced his background, but he also explained and delivered plenty of good practical advice, to apply to my personal and professional life.

From this seminar, there were three key points that I learned, which clearly stood out for me. The first and most important point, is that resilience is the most important trait required for any successful individual. Crucial point number two, is that body language is one of the greatest ways to influence people, meaning it is vital to understand it.  Point number three, is that you need to be comfortable with saying the word “No”.

In addition to the above, there were other useful tips that I learned from the seminar, of which I have included below:

  1. Anyone can develop resilience.
  2. You can deal with a situation, by reframing and looking at it from a different angle.
  3. Even if you fail fast, see them as opportunities to learn and grow from.
  4. Self-limiting beliefs hold you back, but these can be overcome by changing your personal mindset.
  5. Open body language is crucial.

On reflection, I was delighted to have attended this seminar, as I certainly learned some useful advice from Phil. In these turbulent and stormy times, resilience is a necessary quality to succeed and survive, both in business and in life. Therefore, I am delighted and grateful to Phil, and I would like to thank him very much for sharing his knowledge and experience. Finally, I would like to thank everyone at MYP and Tilney, for organising an important seminar. Thanks for reading!

Weightmans Wednesday – Your Time 2 Change

Mental health is a very important and necessary topic today. How we feel in our personal lives, affects how we feel and perform professionally. If somebody is struggling, it not only has an impact on their professional performance, but also personal relationships inside and outside the office.

Recently I listened to a fascinating talk at this month’s Weightmans Wednesday bi-monthly event in Liverpool. Hosted by Judi Hastings from Your Time 2 Change, the purpose of this talk was to discuss aspects of the mind that affect how we feel, think and act habitually. It was a brief and insightful glimpse into the workings of the human mind, and how it can either help or hold people back.

With a blend of humour, knowledge and heartfelt storytelling, I was impressed with how Judi talked about her background. From being bullied in secondary school, to telling about how a residential course changed her life, leading to learning and coaching people and businesses, Judi showed how you can change your life by altering your mind-set, to overcome challenges and be successful. Listening to her every word, I could not help but admire and learn plenty from Judi’s talk.

What did I learn from the event? The answer is several useful points about how the mind works, and how it affects our reactions to the environment around us. To give you an indication, I have listed some of the key takeaways below:

  1. Your beliefs can lie to you.
  2. Conditioning can be personally empowering or debilitating.
  3. Some of your personal habits are destroying you.
  4. As human beings, humans love what is familiar and comfortable.
  5. Confidence is a skill that you can learn.
  6. The unfamiliar is not something that we as human being like.
  7. When you change what you believe, you can change your life.
  8. Changing your beliefs and habits take hard work and plenty of practice.
  9. Body image starts in the mind and not in the mirror.
  10. How you feel personally affects how you feel professionally.
  11. Know what values your habits provide to you and others.
  12. Everyone is different and unique to each other.

From the above, I have come away enlightened about how conditioning, beliefs and habits affect how we interact with our surrounding environment. In addition, I now understand more how self-limiting beliefs and remaining in your comfort zone restrict your growth as a person, and as a professional. Finally I have learned that habits can be beneficial, if they bring positive value to your life, or they can be negatively destructive. Therefore to summarise, it is important to continue learning and pushing yourself, and that changing beliefs take plenty of hard work and rigorous practice.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Judi for giving an interesting talk and sharing her story. My thanks also go to everyone at Weightmans, for organising a good evening of networking.