A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO BEING RESILIENT IN THESE CHALLENGING TIMES…
Incorporating the latest in Wellbeing science, together with the ancient Wisdom from the past.
Its ok right now to feel angry, scared, in shock. However you are feeling is ok. In fact, it is very important for your mental health to allow yourself to feel. Just vent in a way that does not hurt anybody. Are you saying “how am I going to survive this for the next 6 weeks again? What about my job, my business, my clients? I can’t even visit my family and friends”
Me too…. so, could you try not to panic, stress, worry or go into melt down too much. Have a few moments to be upset, then walk away and breathe deeply. I never make good decisions when I am stressed and neither will you.
Do you know our brain when stressed, goes from the higher functioning mode of –
- Problem solving
- Rational decision making
to – Flight or fight mode, where we:
- Can’t think clearly and make poor decisions
- Become more irrational
- Don’t consider others
- Feel grumpy or irritated
Sound familiar? But How do I cope and not worry, stress, get anxious??
For most people it will be continue to do what you know works for you to stay safe and well!
For a lot of people, it has been, constantly watching or listening to the news! The media companies know that our brain is hard wired to look out for negativity and danger as their ratings rely on doom and gloom.
Empower yourself instead and catch yourself constantly watching, or listening to it… If it is doing your head in, you are probably doing other people’s heads in. Be very aware and powerfully try saying to yourself, “I will be ok, my family will be ok. I don’t know what I am going to do right now, but I will be ok.” Catch your thoughts and reframe them.
Then practice the following powerful tools and strategies.
1 – Practice Intentional Breathing techniques!
2 – Practice MINDFULNESS with everything you do? Eating, drinking, walking, listening,
3 – Attitude is everything. practice Gratitude, not Worrying, what’s in and whats not in my Control?
4 – Practice Meditation
5 – Journal your thoughts, concerns, feelings (reflections)
6 – Get better Sleep
7 – Keep up connection
8 – Laugh more
9 – Exercise more
10 – Eat better
11 – Have a Daily Routine that sets you up to THRIVE! well most of the time…
12 – Finally Set A Goal – one that will make a difference for the quality of your life!!
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Thrive Consultant, Facilitator, Coach
The Thrive Movement Australia
‘Empowering People and Organisations to Thrive!’
Thrive Consultant, Coach, Facilitator - The Thrive Movement Australia
Derek rebranded himself and his vision and co -created ‘The Thrive Movement Australia’ in late 2019 after 10 years of developing and delivering workshops for organisations. His new vision is bigger than himself, including his wife, Mary’s skill sets and is designed to be a platform for people and organisations to connect, learn, grow and share what it takes to actually thrive. It is undergoing Not for Profit status.
Derek is truly passionate about living a healthy and purposeful life. One that has him empowering and transforming people, teams, leaders, organisations and communities to be safe, healthy, high performing and THRIVING!
He comes from a successful career in all Education settings, including TAFE in Victoria, Queensland and South Australia where he was an Industry Project Officer for 5 years, negotiating training requirements, designing and then co-delivering. In schools his roles have included PE, Health and Outdoor Education Teacher, together with several department Co-ordinator positions. Derek’s background also includes W.H&S both as a Health and Safety Officer for Government Departments and delivery of training in all aspects of Risk Management OH&S Compliance and Auditing. He is a trained Return to Work Officer.
His training is comprehensive , apart from his Teaching qualifications, a Diploma of Education Adults and a Certificate IV in Workplace Trainer and Assessor. He completed a Diploma of Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring after more than 15 years studying human potential, through formal and informal training. This included completing all the Landmark Education training, NLP training with Chris Howard and Tony Robbins. He is a qualified Meditation Teacher, with further training in Eastern philosophies and practices, Mental Health and the more in-depth Suicide Assist First Aid.
This training has included studying the latest in Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Leadership and becoming a qualified and experienced Peak Performance/Success, Health and Life Coach. He is an active contributor of 2 Men’s Circles which empower men to be the best versions of themselves, for their self, their families and their communities.
With ever increasing numbers of people suffering from poor mental health, including depression, anxiety, stress, poor sleep, disengagement, then there is the obesity epidemic. Now more than ever, there is a need for his skills and knowledge to make an enormous difference for the health, wellbeing and performance of individuals, teams and organisations.
Why Derek - his lived experience is his unique advantage. An ordinary middle-aged Aussie bloke, who has lived in rural Australia in Qld, Vic and SA. In a car club, craft beer club, golf and former cricket and footy club. Has been divorced and has kids. He was diagnosed and has suffered from depression a few years ago and has family members with several mental health conditions.
Some of the larger organisations Derek has made a difference for include-
Deakin University, Austin Hospital, ABB Australia. Vic Roads, Essential Energy, R@R Corporate Health
Derek is a Communications, Mental Health and Thrive expert.
His expertise and key interests focus on –
*Resilience and Mental Health
* Mindfulness and Meditation
*Increasing Productivity and Performance- via better health, communication and engagement
*Stress Management (Stress less - Achieve more)
*Creating Cultural change and Employee Engagement
*Health and Safety prevention specialist
*Transformational Team building in house and adventure retreat
*Transformational Leadership development
*Personal and Executive Coaching- Career, Life, Health
Derek is based in both Melbourne and the Bellarine Peninsula and travels widely. He is available in person, through Skype or Zoom, email and phone.
He loves family time, golf, the beach, rainforests, bushwalking, craft beer and racing his car.