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Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

by Bill Sheate

Imperial College Union - ‘Under Pressure’ campaign  - Wednesday 20 March 2019

As part of ICU’s regular ‘Under Pressure’ campaign, I’m offering this free taster session ‘Anxiety, Stress, Worry?……’ for Imperial College London students that introduces some simple, practical techniques for understanding and dealing with stressful situations, anxiety and worry.  Common for many students studying at Imperial (as elsewhere) are problems that arise in dealing with issues like perfectionism, and academic deadlines, workload and exams (at all levels - UG, PGT & PGR), as well as many other personal issues. …….

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we seek the unattainable?

The search for perfection can be found throughout everyday life: the desire to be a perfect student, parent, child, lover, athlete, cook; to have the perfect life, body, relationship, and so on. Advertisers use perfection to sell cosmetics, fashion, body image, affecting women's and men's sense of self-worth as they compare themselves to unattainable perfection. 'Comparisonitis' invariably co-exists with perfectionism as the perfectionist constantly compares themselves to others who seem to have it all………

Self-awareness or awareness of 'self'?

Self-awareness or awareness of 'self'?

by Bill Sheate

What do we mean by self-awareness?

Increasingly educational psychology recognises the importance of students developing self-awareness competency - the ability to reflect on one’s own role in society, to be able to evaluate one’s actions and to deal with one’s emotions and desires.

Typically, this involves five key aspects: ……..

Mindfulness workshop now booking

Mindfulness workshop now booking

by Bill Sheate

Practical Mindfulness for Everyday Living workshop now booking for 15 October 2018 6.00-8.30pm

An evening (2.5 hours) practical workshop that introduces you to simple mindfulness techniques and practices that you can integrate into daily living, and that doesn't require you to meditate every day! The workshop complements the self-hypnosis half-day workshop that was run earlier in September, but is also standalone……..

Sometimes ‘failing’ is the best way to learn

Sometimes ‘failing’ is the best way to learn

by Bill Sheate

Mindful learning is fun......

As Holly Bradshaw prepared to compete in the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia she revealed why what might seem to be failure can be the catalyst for a whole different way of looking at life.  In an article in the London Evening Standard yesterday (12 April 2018) she revealed how important crashing out of the World Championships in London in 2017 had been in rediscovering a love of her sport and the process of competing...........

Mental health crisis at UK Universities

Mental health crisis at UK Universities

by Bill Sheate

A cry for help.....

A recent IPPR study reported in The Guardian has found suicides among UK university students at record levels (The Guardian, 2 September 2017 - Suicide is at record level among students at UK universities, study finds).

We have known for a long time about rising demand for university counselling services and a common assumption is that it is a response to rising student debt due to tuition fees and that universities need to invest more in those services.  Well, yes, they do, but the issue is far more fundamental than that on at least two different levels.......... 

Self-hypnosis half-day workshop

Self-hypnosis half-day workshop

A half-day practical Self-Hypnosis Workshop 

Saturday, 23 September 2017 from 13:30 to 17:30 (BST) - London

A half-day (4 hours) practical Self-Hypnosis Workshop that takes you a step beyond mindfulness and relaxation. No previous experience necessary, however, as this is a standalone workshop equally suitable for complete beginners and those experienced in other forms of relaxation/mindfulness. The workshop uses a cognitive behavioural, fully evidence-based (non-state) model of hypnosis........... 

Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

by Bill Sheate

Mental Health Awareness Week 8-14 May 2017 – Resilience Skills are Transferable Skills

This week - in Mental Health Awareness Week - I’ve concluded the last of six core sessions of what is now an annual programme of resilience skills training for our one-year MSc course in Environmental Technology at Imperial College London.  I see the programme as an integral part of transferable skills training – those skills and attributes now seen as at least as important by employers as the qualifications our students leave with.  Indeed, by seeing mental health resilience skills as part of transferable skills we can begin to break down the reluctance of some to even consider going to a mindfulness or relaxation class..........

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

by Bill Sheate

Mastering mindfulness is key to reducing anxiety

Mastering mindfulness is a key technique in helping to reduce anxiety, but is surprisingly simple to do, if you understand some basic principles. It should never be a chore. Here are 12 simple steps to mindfulness: .........

Exams - it's all about technique!

Exams - it's all about technique!

by Bill Sheate

Changing your approach

At advanced levels - especially postgraduate - exams are less about what you know and more about how you apply your knowledge and understanding to problem-based situations.  They’re not there so much to test your knowledge, as to be part of making learning possible, for example as opportunities to apply higher order learning skills like analysissynthesis and evaluation (and creativity).  There are some very simple hints and tips that can make all the difference to your exam technique, especially for essay-type questions – the whole way in which you perceive an exam, approach it, prepare for it and sit it..........

Learning, assessment and exams – a mindful approach

Learning, assessment and exams – a mindful approach

by Bill Sheate

Oh no..... exams!

For many at university, exams and deadlines become the primary focus for their approach to learning, fueled in part by an education system prior to university that benchmarks individuals throughout their school career....... Turning the whole approach around can be a much more helpful way of looking at assessments and exams.........