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Dealing with the Virus

Using the brands’ three core principles of Understanding, Acceptance and Compassion the session will look at how we are all being affected by the crisis and suggest useful and practical changes.We will look at how your relationships with others, your thoughts, your emotions and your body have all been impacted but can be changed. Rather than being enfeebled by the virus we will help you find ways to take charge of these key relationships and feel stronger.  Rather than being used by the virus we will get you to a place where you can see a way to deepen your… Read More »Dealing with the Virus

Ten things we can all rely on.

In these turbulent times the air is thick with pronouncements of plague, the end of days, epochal shifts etc. It would be unusual not to be unsettled by this relentless torment and tumult. However the boffins at men should talk have come up with a list of items that they are utterly certain will not change during the course of the crisis and way, way beyond. Their aim is to anchor you in such fundamentals and find calm. We hope you find this helpful. 1. The media will continue to make confident pronouncements about the future (remember – these are… Read More »Ten things we can all rely on.

Ten tips for getting through the virus – from menshouldtalk.com

These tips offer the most useful ways of making the virus work for you. We are not ignorant of the massive economic and social changes the world is going through. But we also know that feelings of powerlessness in the face of these changes are going to make it much, much worse. Our aim here is the simple but important one of putting you in charge of your responses. Rather than offering you ways to react to the crisis we are promoting ways to make you proactive and connected. Yes – it is possible to emerge from this crisis stronger… Read More »Ten tips for getting through the virus – from menshouldtalk.com

Mind Your Head

We are pleased to support MIND YOUR HEAD – a national campaign designed to promote mental wellbeing to men working in the construction industry in a straight-talking, no-nonsense and accessible way. MIND YOUR HEAD will launch with the “MATERIAL SUPPORT” exhibition at UK Construction Week 2019. Designed to champion the importance of mental health in construction, the exhibition will transform traditional building materials and manufacturer products into powerful works of art. Each featured artwork will be designed to carry a meaningful message related to mental wellbeing and raise awareness of the Mind Your Head campaign and its partners. Please find more information at http://mindhead.co.uk/

Gauze

What if you woke up one day and got a text telling you that your whole life you’d been seeing people through a fixed gauze? This is not a great text to wake up to but maybe you manage to text back something like ‘WTF?’ But by then your messenger might have spread his charmless message onto someone else. So what if he’s right? Human beings are animals first. We are built to survive. In order to survive our system operates with a certain economy. For most of its (150,000-200,000 year) life homo sapiens has had to scan the environment… Read More »Gauze

Attachments

It’s said in many different religious traditions that giving up ones attachments can be deeply liberating. While it’s certainly possible to understand this the process of giving up ones attachments is complex. Where to start? We might begin with attachments to Queen, State or country. This might sound simple but think a little about what the head of state might have meant to your parents or grandparents or your siblings. Have you inherited any of these views? Realising that you might have some residual attachments is only the first step in actually giving them up. Have you attachments to your… Read More »Attachments

Tight Jacket

The tight jacket is a tricky choice for men. If the body is trim and well proportioned the tight jacket shows it to good effect but if if its not then the man can end up looking like he’s in the process of exploding out of his body – right now. Step back! But this jacket is also indicative of the pressures that modern men are willing to put themselves under. The tight jacket is the male equivalent of the push up bra and just like that old advert it says “Hello Girls (or Boys)’ in flaunting the well defined… Read More »Tight Jacket

Nothing to hide

Commentators have suggested that when phone users share all aspects of their life in public spaces they are taking part in the gradual erosion of British reserve. This is perhaps more complex than it appears: for example was this tradition of reserve a quality that was expressed by all classes or was it perhaps exercised by a few who recommended it as a model others should follow? Was it the unconscious expression of one class to maintain the order of another who perhaps felt threatened by the loud public speech of the underclasses? But to really bring this debate up… Read More »Nothing to hide

The waiting game

Everybody waits. It seems hardly worth elaborating but the business of waiting in one way or another is a standard feature of modern life. But how do you deal with that time?  The vast majority of people see waiting as a waste of their time. In public they will crane their necks to see what the hold up is. Others will stare intently at their watch as if it were a magical device which could end the queue. Real sufferers will complain out loud generating either scorn or vocal support. Queueing is seen as fundamentally wrong and proof that ‘the… Read More »The waiting game

Copy

A recent article in Huff post illustrated how people were willing to learn from their devices. By this I don’t mean the usual business of getting information but more in terms of how the technology seems to look after itself. The particular focus on was the low power function that phones go into when the battery supply has dipped to 20% in order to to preserve essential functions. It is suggested we follow a similar strategy and go into low power mode when we are feeling overwhelmed. I suspect that people have been doing this for a long time without… Read More »Copy