A unique approach to be free from stress!
Creating powerful health and wellbeing programmes to reduce stress in the workplace
By Timothy Marris DO FSCCO
Registered Osteopath and founder of the Creative Dynamics methodologies
1. Introduction – the issues and problems at work from stress.
2. Finding a unique and powerful solution.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” - Albert Einstein
The solution has to come from a more profound level of knowledge
3. The (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE) – alarming statistics from the HSE, absenteeism and the cost to the UK.
4. How stress affects our health: Although the stress at work is usually of a mental nature the effects are felt on the body at a very physical level affecting our heart, lungs, digestion, metabolism, spine and joints
i) Mental issues – “Not tonight, I’ve got a headache?”
ii) Heart, Lungs and Circulation – “Why am I so tired?”
iii) The Skin – “You make me feel itchy and scratchy!”
iv) Metabolism and Digestion – “You make me feel sick!”
v) Muscles and Joints – “You are a pain in the butt!”
vi) Reproductive System – “We want a baby!”
vii) Immune System - “Who gave me that cold?”
5. Traditional methods of managing stress: traditional methods of managing stress in organisations and work are significantly lacking in true long term benefit.
6. Creative Dynamics 4DC solutions to workplace stress:
All workplace problems fall into three basic categories -
i) Health and wellbeing of the individual
ii) The interactions between people (within and or outside of the company) or between us and events
iii) Our relationship to time being out of balance creating time based pressure
7. The Creative Dynamics4DC (CD4DC) approach – how the programme works: assessment, modules 1 -3 and coaching
8. Creative Dynamics 4DC Module 1- discovering and experiencing more of your true potential, creating personal wellbeing
9. Creative Dynamics 4DC Module 2 - radically improving how we relate to other people at work (and at home), changing how events make us stressed, understanding why we act the way we do -a powerful leadership skill! A powerful way to change stress at work to a wellbeing culture.
10. Creative Dynamics Module 3 - This is the most powerful of the three modules, which can only be taken after completion of modules 1 and 2. It has a profound benefit on our psychology – that of how we relate to time!
11. Are you a future or a past thinker? It will be negatively affecting the way you think and act at work!
12. What is the financial cost of stress in the workplace? Can your company afford it? How much is it costing you right now?
13. Appendix – reflections and testimonial from a recent participant
A lack of wellbeing and the resultant increase of stress in the workplace, creates tension and problems amongst individuals. This results in poor team efficiency and effectiveness within departments or boardrooms.
Across a department, a team or within an entire organization, when personnel wellbeing is poor, many key organisational performance factors can be affected, such as:
• reduced productivity
• increased mistakes and errors
• conflict (with colleagues and up-line/downline management/subordinates)
• grievance and disciplinary incidents
• sickness and absenteeism
• low morale and negative atmosphere
• poor customer services and quality
• resignations and job terminations (causing increased staff turnover)
• poor employer reputation among staff, customers, and potential new recruits
Aside from all this, wellbeing at work is synergistically linked to general wellbeing and health in life. When wellbeing is deteriorating, people can develop health issues – both mentally and physically.
Within the workplace, a variety of pressures exist:
• task complexity
• work relationships
All these aspects seriously reduce our wellbeing, especially when we fail to recognise and deal effectively with the risks at an underlying level.
To quote Sean Young in his ‘Business balls’ website article:
“Where workplace culture encourages a lot of competition and challenge among managers and staff, there can be a tolerance and acceptance of stress. Sometimes there is even a sense of bravado and pride in handling stress, where pressure is regarded to be motivational and thrilling. There is a fine line however between healthy motivation and unhealthy stress.
Understanding the risks to workers in relation to stress and wellbeing and knowing the best remedial action, is an increasingly important responsibility for the effective employer.”
2. Finding a unique and powerful solution
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” - Albert Einstein
In my many years as an osteopathic practitioner I saw the clinical consequences of increasing stress levels within individuals from workplace stress. I noted how stress at work (or home life) gradually manifests in health issues both physically and mentally over the years if not attended to in a true manner – attending to the deep underlying issues, not just the surface symptoms. Medications can ease the problems of anxiety but the underlying situation if left to prevail only erupts within the individual later, causing more profound health issues or the need for stronger medications (with potentially stronger side effects).
Seeing these forces at work, led me to develop the Creative Dynamics 4DC methods, to make a profound difference in the approach to developing wellbeing in the workplace. Creative Dynamics 4DC modules powerfully address all these issues – see below sections on Modules 1-3.
Well-being and countering stress at work are part of the responsibility and ‘duty of care' that every good employer owes to its personnel. However, this topic extends way beyond our work-life, as well-being has broad implications for all aspects of our life – from home and family to friendships and overall levels of our contentment. The level of workplace stress can then affect our health both physically and mentally on many levels – even potentially how long we live, our level of health and happiness, whether we suffer anxiety and illness, or possible worse conditions.
Everyone in the workplace needs to encourage and enhance the culture of maintaining personal wellbeing at work. When personnel wellbeing is increased, or maintained at a high level, significant benefits will occur right throughout the whole organisation. If we look at the problem from an organisational management perspective, wellbeing is a major factor in quality, performance, productivity and therefore business effectiveness and profit.
Where a person's wellbeing reduces, so typically does his or her performance and effectiveness. Well-being is inversely related to levels of work-related stress as work stress increases so the health and wellbeing of personnel reduces.
3. The (UK) Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
According to the HSE:
“Work related stress develops because a person is unable to cope with the demands being placed on them. Stress, including work related stress, can be a significant cause of illness and is known to be linked with high levels of sickness absence, staff turnover and other issues such as more errors.”
In 2004 the Management Standards were launched by the HSE, specifically to address issues of poor health, lowered productivity and increased sickness absence in the workplace. The standards offered guidelines on stress for employers, and highlighted six aspects which creates stress in the workplace. The standards were introduced to encourage good practice and raise awareness of how organisational/working methods and activities influence stress.
• Demands - such as workload and work environment.
• Control - a person's individual influence over how their job is carried out.
• Support - from the organization; management and colleagues.
• Relationships - to reduce conflict and deal with unacceptable behaviour.
• Role - understanding of what the job entails; what is expected and needed.
• Change - how change is managed within the organisation.
4. How stress affects our health?
Although the stress at work is usually of a mental nature (unless you have a purely very physically demanding job with no mental demands), the effects are felt on the body at a very physical level. Even conditions of the mind such as anxiety and depression are clinically palpable at a physical tissue level by an appropriately trained osteopathic practitioner.
Depending on our genetic tendencies we all have an area or areas of our physiology which negatively react to stresses. We are not all the same! Some people will get anxiety and stress migraines, whilst others may get high blood pressure, some develop stomach ulcers others irritable bowel syndrome, some people get arthritis whilst others get back pains. Stress can lead to these and many other illnesses and conditions. It is considered by many people in the medical fraternity that stress causes or heavily aggravates some 90% of all chronic medical conditions! This makes it very clear why stress is the major cause of absenteeism in the workplace, and consequently a highly expensive mark on the balance sheet!
Having members of the company personnel off work with chronic illnesses creates significant costs to the organisation. Absenteeism creates a knowledge base lack, when the individual is missing from the team, in addition to the lack of man/woman-power when moving a decision into effective concrete action.
Let’s look at just a few conditions that commonly arise:
The following diagrams from the HSE website highlight just some of the physical issues caused by stress. The site can be visited at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/furtheradvice/signsandsymptoms.htm
Anxiety states in the workplace states are almost at epidemic levels. Changes in how people work, the increased workload expectations, emails and social media coming at us 24/7 etc. etc. mean that we have difficulty from stopping thinking about work even when at home with family (resulting in increasing family stresses in the home). We are, in my opinion all under far more pressure in our work life than at any other time in history. The pace of life is far greater than even 30 years ago, when the internet and emails had not penetrated our work and home life. Anxiety when long term, leads to either burn out and chronic fatigue, or types of depression – we then can’t cope!
In Creative Dynamics modules 1 and 3 (see below), we will be teaching you powerful ways to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Heart Lungs and Circulation
Under stress our heart must work harder. This puts increased pressure on our blood vessels. Without corrective measures this continuing pressure on the lungs and circulation will lead to high blood pressure, cholesterol levels can rise, furthering the effect of high blood pressure finally leading to consequent heart disease. Taking anti -hypertensive medication does treat the symptoms but does not attend to the real underlying causes – stress at work or home life! Having powerful methods to combat stress in the workplace and at home is a powerful preventive treatment for circulation and heart problems.
On module 1 you will be learning methods to reduce the pressures on the heart and improve your circulatory health.
Our skin is a cousin of the nervous system!
As a baby develops in the womb in the first few weeks of life, the nervous system and skin arise from the same underlying tissue (called the ectoderm). Only the skin and nervous system arise from this tissue type. Therefore, the skin may respond negatively to increasing stress levels as shown in the diagram.
Metabolic and digestive systems
Our metabolism is what keeps the body ‘ticking over’ 24/7, digesting our food, supplying nutriment to the cells, metabolising energy resources within the body and coordination of the hormonal system.
When the metabolism reduces in efficiency under stress our liver function drops, our digestion becomes impeded and our cells can suffer toxicity as the metabolites from our cells are not excreted as efficiently. Toxic states within the tissues leads to increased levels of irritation and inflammation and poorer function.
Conditions such as type two diabetes, stomach and duodenal ulcers, have stress as a known causative factor. However overweight individuals often have stress as an underlying cause of their condition.
When under long term stress, the brain knows that a sense of heaviness in the digestion is settling to the mind. Therefore, unconscious of this underlying reason, many people immediately go for the ‘carbs’ when under stress – they go for cakes, biscuits, sweets, sweet tea or coffee (even cigarettes are sweet due to the nicotine) etc. to provide the sugar hit and sense of heaviness that ultimately develops (especially around the waist)!
On module 1 you will learn how to improve your digestive and metabolic health.
Muscles and Joints
Our musculoskeletal system is very prone to the effects of mental stress.
When we get stressed our shoulders end up ‘around our ears’ as we hunch them up unknowingly. We get stiffness in our spine as the stress levels increase. A common area is the top of the neck which is frequently sore, tight and stiff. This often leads to stress headaches developing. Our spinal posture reflects our stress levels. (Module 3 of the Creative Dynamics programme attends specifically to this issue as this is a ‘time stress’ factor). Our large joints such as shoulder joints, hips, knees etc. end up having to work with greater muscle tension pushing the joint surfaces towards each other. This over the long term can lead to chronic pain and arthritis.
In my clinical experience, many arthritic patients also exhibit less mental flexibility – the mental stressed state expressing itself in the joints from chronic tight muscles, fascias and ligaments. Yoga teachers for thousands of years have acknowledged the intimate relationship between the mind and the musculoskeletal system, developing a system to help the mind by doing stretching postures for the body. Increased tensions in the musculoskeletal system can then subsequently negatively affect the other organ systems of the body. Further creating a detrimental level on our health.
Every action we do in life:
• go to work
• walk/ run
• sit/ type at a keyboard
• drive cars
• take part in sport or hobbies etc. etc.
- requires action by our muscles and joints of the spine and limbs. We cannot escape the need for physical action. Stress developing in the musculoskeletal system has a profound effect on the quality of life. We don’t live to digest, we don’t live to circulate our blood, we don’t live to carry out chemical reactions in the liver. All these necessary activities of the body are there to support our musculoskeletal system to do the actions we choose to do in our own personal life. Things that give us or will bring us, fulfillment and happiness.
We explore the underlying reasons behind all our actions on Module 2.
Due to the negative circulatory and hormonal changes that can result from stress, the reproductive system is not without its consequences as shown in the diagram.
The Immune System
Any time you get a cold or the flu, before blaming others for having ‘given it to you’ think about your own life before the condition developed! Very frequently you will find that you had too many late nights, were not conscientious about your nutrition intake, were under a lot of stress at work, or home, not getting enough exercise etc. etc.
In other words, don’t ask yourself the question:
“Who gave me this cold/flu/ infection?”
When you should be asking yourself:
“What did I do to reduce my own natural immunity, such that I became susceptible to the infection?”
This is very often a very telling question and one which if you are honest to yourself will reveal the need to look after yourself better. Remember there have been many researches into the common cold, where a group of people were put into a room into which had been placed many ‘common cold’ – cachexia viruses. Not everyone in the room went down with the cold and there were varying levels of symptoms that resulted in different people. Some no symptoms, some just a mild sniffle, others the full blown cold symptoms! The less stress in your system, the more you look after yourself in your work life balance, the better your nutrition (a poor diet is a form of stress), then your immune system is stronger and you get infections less frequently than before.
5. Traditional methods of managing stress
According to Sean Young, traditional methods of managing stress in organisations and work are significantly lacking in true long term benefit. Costs to industry and employers in terms of mental ill-health at work (notably in absenteeism, staff turnover, and rehabilitation of staff off work long term) have continued to rise. There is now a definite need for a more powerful and very different approach to reduce stress in the workplace, not just tinker with easing symptoms, but a profound way to attend to the root causes within ourselves and those we work with.
6. Creative Dynamics 4DC solutions to workplace stress.
As already mentioned I developed the Creative Dynamics methods and techniques having spent almost 40 years in clinical practice seeing and having to treat patients suffering from the effects of workplace stress – some of which are discussed above. In seeking a more powerful way to tackle workplace stress I developed methods based on the true underlying principles (not the osteopathic techniques), behind my osteopathic treatments. I developed new methods that could be taught to the individual so that any person could help the true underlying causes of stress in the workplace.
I initially analysed what were the three most common aspects to stress in the workplace, based on discussions with people at all levels within differing sized companies and large organisations.
Fundamentally they are:
1)Health and wellbeing of the individual
• If you are ill you cannot get into work or if you turn up, you cannot work well as you are having to cope with the illness at the same time.
• Long term illness can lead to long periods of time away from work.
• Mental stress and tensions of one person affect their colleagues in a considerable manner.
• With senior management and executives, when your consciousness / your awareness is bigger than your job, it is easy, you are on top of your job!
• When the job grows, pressure demands increase and it then becomes bigger than your consciousness and awareness, the job is now bigger than you, it then becomes increasingly stressful and it is on ‘top of you’! (How many times have you experienced this or seen it in others?)
2)The interactions between personnel or between us and events
• Many personnel interactions in the workplace are less than they should be – animosity, bullying, lack of cooperation, reduced participation, avoidance etc. etc. are commonplace.
• This results in blockage, stagnation, increased stress, anger and frustration.
• Workload becomes fragmented and ineffective.
• Many events in our diary cause us stress just from thinking about them without even doing them!
3) Our relationship to time
• Most people especially those in higher levels of authority feel increasing levels of time pressure.
• We simple feel that we don’t have enough time!
• We continually are clock watching, feeling rushed
• This leads to us making ‘expensive mistakes’ and errors!
7. The Creative Dynamics4DC (CD4DC) approach
After an initial assessment of your organisations needs and requirements, you will be taking the modular programme of learning. There are currently three separate modules which need to be taken sequentially, as each will build on the previous module. Each module includes elements of self-learning and application. We also recommend CD4DC coaching sessions at regular intervals to ensure maximum benefit from the programme is gained. At these coaching sessions participants get help on using the methods they learned, about specific events/ issues in their current work /home life (issues at home do influence the way we are at work and vice versa). The CD4DC approach, being holistic in its underlying principles, will benefit all aspects of your life, even though taken as a workplace wellbeing programme.
8. Creative Dynamics 4DC Module 1
On module one, you will be creating a ‘time capsule’ – a snapshot of where you are now and how stress is currently affecting your work /home life. This is a time for honest self-assessment. This time capsule procedure will then be repeated at a designated time in the future, so that a direct comparison can be made – highlighting your benefits and progress from attending the modules.
This Module address starts addressing all the issues outlined in this article, in a unique and profound manner.
On this module, you will learn:
a. How to tap into your true hidden potential – the source of your health and vitality
b. How to enhance the self-healing ability of your physiology
c. How to expand your awareness
o These aspects will result in better health to both your mind and body
o Give you greater clarity at work
o Increase your consciousness and awareness levels – giving you more access to your full brain power. (Most psychologist estimate that we only use about 10% -15% of our true mental potential, the rest is your untapped ability).
o Increase your creative thinking and more easily able to find new solutions to issues
9. Creative Dynamics 4DC Module 2
This module builds on the knowledge gained in Module 1 and develops it further, dealing with our interaction with other people and events in our work-life. We all know that our interactions with other people can be stressful at times. It may be that we are feeling stressed ourselves and this may be further amplified by the stress levels of another person(s). We all have events or tasks that we must prepare for: giving presentations, board or department meetings, sales meeting with clients etc. etc. can all be causes of significant stress.
This module powerfully reduces the stress effect of an event that is upcoming or reduces the stresses caused by past events that we are still carrying within us, both in mind and body. If stress is in the mind, it is also our body, negatively affecting our body health – see above.
It is the negative emotions associated with an event that makes the event stressful. The event itself, whether upcoming or in the past is just an event in our diary. It is our emotional response to that event that makes us have the sentences:
“Oh no! … a) I’ve got to do this”
b) the meeting will be awful”
c) I don’t want to encounter that person”
d) I hate that event”
e) why did that happen and go so badly”
All these scenarios are very familiar to us and our thinking, at times at work or in our personal life. You can probably make up many other examples too.
Module 2 gives you the powerful tools to turn an emotional event, back into ‘just an event’ without the negative emotional content. By removing the negative emotional content relating to an event (or a person) enables us to then prepare, ‘file’ in our mind, react positively to upcoming events or past events. By doing so we can then work with these events / people a clearer mind and have much more powerful and effective outcomes.
Also on this module, you will learn what drivers are underlying the actions of ourselves and others, to do what they do. Everything we all do in life is to fulfil one (or usually more) of our 6 basic needs. Here you will learn what underlies your own actions and how to improve negative tendencies or habits. If you are in a senior position this will help you to be a better leader of people as you will learn how to give tasks to people that they will enjoy more easily and hence excel at them.
10. Creative Dynamics Module 3
This is the most powerful of the three modules, which can only be taken after completion of modules 1 and 2. It has a profound benefit on our psychology – that of how we relate to time!
In business, nearly everyone is working to deadlines, working to pre-set goals to achieve, working under time pressure to deliver. All these pressures can be self-created and or imposed by other personnel. Other people in organisations have expectations of us which may or may not be realistic. The tasks may be beyond our current knowledge base, or external factors may make the expectation impossible. Either way we are put under real or implied pressure. Whether real or implied, both have the same effect on the mind and body so it does not matter if the pressure is real, imagined or only implied.
11. Most people in the work place are either ‘Future or Past Thinkers’! Which are you?
These are those who are continually thinking about events coming up in their life, completely overshadowing their view of the present.
• Thought patterning: Such people have frequent thought patterns such as:
o What if…?
o What could be?
o What might happen if…
o What should be?
(Add others you experience!)
• Their speech may be rather quick and at times ‘clipped’ as they have so many thoughts in their head they are in a rush to get them out
• Their physical posture, the way they stand (best noticed when you look at them from the side) will be exhibiting leaning forwards from the hips down to the feet, with the body weight all on the balls of the feet not the heels. Their lower spine will be over arched backwards (extended) to compensate for leaning forward so they don’t fall over in front of themselves. They may also have a head and neck that is under much tension (unconscious or it may be conscious to them) to compensate for the extended lower back posture.
• Their actions may at times feel rushed as such people have so much to do that they can’t do things quickly enough.
Future Thinkers therefore have much of their thinking ‘lost’ to the future. It is as if they have a large energetic ‘carrot’ in front of them (like the proverbial carrot in front of the donkey). This carrot is literally pulling their posture forwards (exhibited by the forward leaning legs), but the future does not yet exist! So, for these people their thinking is lost to something non-existent and so inherently unstable. Having their thinking based in a highly unstable state inevitably leads to high levels of anxiety. If this is allowed to persist over the longer term, physical health issues will develop and the person may experience ‘burn out’, get depressed, chronic fatigue syndrome or similar.
Past thinkers are people for who the present is not as good as the past and the future feels even less attractive. They have strong tendencies to look back on how things used to be and compare them favourable to the present.
• Their thought patterning will be often based often in the past tense such as:
o What was…
o What could have been ….
o What might have been…
o What should have been…
o That idea won’t work.
o That idea is no good.
o That is a waste of time.
o What’s the point in doing it (this way, another way etc.) as it won’t be as good as it used to be
These people are frequently relating the present and negatively comparing it to the past. For such people the present is not as good as how it used to be, so the future has even less chance! Consequently, these are the people who when it comes to meetings and decision making, will always ‘put a spanner in the works,’ to stop further change happening. For them any change will seem to be for the worse. They would love things to go back to how it used to be ‘in the good old days’!
These people tend to be ‘blockers’ in the workplace, doing their best (either consciously or often unconsciously) to prevent change, prevent the integration and implementation of new processes and procedures.
• Speech pattern of Past Thinkers tends to be rather slow and laboured as if they need to think for long periods before saying anything, knowing that any further change in their life is just more stress.
• The Physical Posture of the Past thinker is different to the Future thinker. Such people tend to lean backwards from the hips to the legs (pulled in that direction by the large energetic ‘carrot’ now behind the ‘proverbial donkey’) with all their body weight back on their heels. The upper spine – the area around the ribs, tends to over flex to compensate and stop them from falling over backwards and again their neck/head posture must then re-compensate for the over curved chest region of the spine.
• The actions of the past thinker like the speech pattern will tend to be slow and laboured. Having an attitude of ‘what’s the point’ they take their time and tend to have a lower work output than many of their colleagues.
Past thinkers also have their thinking based in something which no longer exists - the past, but it did happen. By trying to grab hold of the past and not let it go away, these people get depressive tendencies as the future seems bleak.
N.B. Over 90% of the population are not conscious of any of the above Future Thinker or Past Thinker mannerisms, action types nor posture. Some people are more conscious of themselves than others – the other 10% of the population. Therefore, you may see these things when the person themselves cannot. So, in the same way you may not be conscious of some or all your type expressions, when to others it may be quite clear, with the above knowledge.
On module 3 you will learn very powerful methods how to re-set your thinking and persona to bring it back into step with the present time and not be lost to the future or the past. This then has a powerfully beneficial effect on the psychology, resulting in clearer thinking, greater happiness and fulfilment as a person, better work (and home) relationships and greater success and output for themselves and the organisation. You will also learn how to ‘test’ future ideas and goals to get a better sense of whether an idea should be actioned or not. This can therefore become an invaluable business tool.
12. What is the financial cost of stress in the workplace?
According to the UK government Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website (in italics):
Working days lost
Estimated working days lost per worker due to self-reported work-related illness or injury showed a generally downward trend up to around 2009/10; since then the rate has remained broadly flat.
The latest information from the Labour Force Survey shows:
• In 2015/16, 30.4 million working days were lost due to self-reported work-related illness or injury:
o 25.9 million days due to work-related illness
o 4.5 million days due to workplace injury.
• On average, each person suffering took around 16 days off work, 20 days for ill health cases and 7.2 for injuries.
• Stress, depression or anxiety and musculoskeletal disorders accounted for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health, 11.7 and 8.8 million days respectively.
• The average days lost per case for stress, depression or anxiety (24 days) was higher than for musculoskeletal disorders (16 days).
For further information goto: http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/dayslost.htm
As you can see from the above HSE statistics, the loss of work hours from stress and stress related issues is phenomenal. It is simple to see that the financial costs to any organisation from absenteeism is substantial. It has been estimated that stress costs UK businesses £3.7 billion in lost productivity annually.
If we were to add in the additional cost of having to replace a member of staff due to illness and inability to return to work, or having to leave due to stress/ bullying issues (bullying is a form of insecurity, due to stress in that person who does it), the average cost to recruit a replacement is currently estimated at £13,700.
So, by now Creative Dynamics4DC as you can see, is a powerful programme for improving and maintaining a culture of wellbeing in the workplace. The HSE is strongly advising the implementation of a work culture which develops a high level of health and well-being, that powerfully reduces stress within individuals, teams, departments and the boardroom. Creative Dynamic 4DC will be able to deliver powerful modules and coaching to enable that to become a reality for you and your organisation.
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With acknowledgments, to
1)Sean Young and his article in the Business Balls website: http://businessballs.com
2) UK Government HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk
Timothy Marris DO FSCCO
18 March 2017
Testimonial and reflections on the Creative Dynamics modules
by Geer Zhao – London property letting consultant.
Date of course: Feb 2017
General Course Benefits:
This Creative Dynamics programme introduces and sets out practical approaches to a set of skills required to improve all aspects of an individual. It predominantly targets us as an entity and focuses on the healing of the fundamental issues that drive us to make day to day decisions, whether big or small. These decisions often may lead us to feel negativity and imbalance, thus having the feeling of “lost” or “deflated”. By recognising our true self, our subconscious barriers formed to protect us from stress, this program helps us to build awareness of our behaviour and how this relates to the world and people around us. The combination of the modules allows us to make a fundamental change, not just a temporary shift in behaviour or management. This profound recognition along with practices incorporated into our daily routine will help us step back on to the path that is fulfilling and wholesome. In turn, this benefits not just ourselves, but others around us and the tasks that we perform.
Before the programme, I had low productivity which lead me to over work to compensate. Consequently, over time, this pattern lead me to a path of mental and physical health issues as well as problematic relationships with those around me. The programme helped me realise I had set myself personal and professional goals that were not fulfilling but rather a distraction from the emptiness I had from not being aware of what I needed. The combination of the three modules helped me identify this misjudgment I had of my potential to be happy. It also reflected to me my actions and habits and how these affect my sense of fulfilment. Most of all, this course provided practical steps that can be incorporated into my daily routine to combat negativity and build and protect my wellbeing. Gradually, I have found a positive change in my subconscious thinking. This also created light around me which is noticeable for those who are in my life. My overall health has improved as I have felt a sense of calmness from continued practice, although I am still feeling anxiety but by recognising these emotions, I can move away from this with ease.