The latest episode in our Resilience Unravelled series has now been released, Resilience Unravelled – Christmas 2020. Time to be kind to Yourself.229x300.jpeg" alt="" width="229" height="300">
In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks about the rather strange circumstances we find ourselves in this year and, how we might launch ourselves into the new world of 2021.
The one thing we can bring out of the whole situation is the importance of resilience. We have seen that people can weather the storm, they can keep going and even thrive but its important to realise that they can t keep going forever. At this time of year we all really need to stop and rejuvenate.
Once we stop we can begin to invest in ourselves. We can begin by being more mindful about the way we engage with ourselves, our partners, friends and family and the time we dedicate to them. We can look at our immune system and the nutrients and vitamins needed to improve our sleep and help us generally feel better.
Above all else, we need to be kind to ourselves. 2020 has been a year like no other and we all deserve some time and some self-care.
In conclusion, we wish you a happy and safe Christmas and look forward to catching up with you again in 2021!
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Jen Sugermeyer lives in Dallas, Texas where she is a coach and speaker. Her aim is to help people reconnect with themselves and live the life they truly desire.
Jen led a double-life for many years. Afraid of the repercussions of admitting she had a problem she was unable to break the cycle of addiction in her life and the physical and mental abuse she endured in an abusive relationship.
After spending decades trying to deal with her addiction and related problems, when someone told her she didn t love herself , she realised she was trying to deal with the symptoms rather than the cause. Jen then needed to face her fears, feelings and emotions and address her anger and negativity so she could reconnect with herself and let go of the past.
You can find out more about Jen here.
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J. Scott Christianson is an Assistant Teaching professor at the University of Columbia in Missouri. He is part of the Business School where he focuses on the impact of technology on society and human well-being. This involves AI and machine learning and the role it plays now and in the future.
Prior to joining the University, Scott had a varied career. He gained a degree in Biology and worked as a lab technician before becoming involved in video conferencing and interaction. He then started his own videoconferencing, project management and information technology business. Additionally, he became a part-time Adjunct Instructor at the University. In 2013 he was offered a full-time teaching position focusing on technical innovation. He has worked at the University since then.
Scott has been involved with hundreds of information technology projects. He remains actively involved in information technology initiatives and startups and also serves on the leadership team for the MU Center for the Digital Globe.
You can get in touch with Scott at https://www.christiansonjs.com/
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Joree is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who uses mindfulness as a framework for guiding others to get off autopilot and create lasting change.
Joree is the owner and founder of the Bay Area Mindfulness and Therapy Center, in Danville, CA. Here, she shares her passion and expertise to help people to lose unskillful, habitual patterns and create and live their optimal life. Using tangible and practical tools, Joree helps her clients to get off autopilot, journey forward and break free of what s not working. They can then consciously step towards new habits and patterns that are in alignment with their values.
As well as her private practice, Joree offers online coaching programs, meditations and mindfulness courses. She also leads retreats around the world for women and couples. She has published two books on mindfulness, one specifically for children. and works onsite in corporations bringing mindfulness into the workplace.
You can get in touch with Joree at https://joreerose.com/
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In this episode, Dr. Russell Thackeray talks to two guests, John Marx from Denver Colorado and Sean Adams from Dover, New Hampshire. Both have contributed their stories to a new book called Guts, Grit and the Grind from Frank King, Dr Sally Spencer Thomas and Sarah Gaer. In it they have edited a number of men’s personal stories to produce some significant ideas about resilience and how it works.
John is a retired law enforcement officer who served for twenty-three years in both a municipal police department and a county sheriff s office. When he left the service he felt very burnt out and actually considered suicide. John loved his career but feels that people don’t understand the toll it can take. Officers have to respond to horrific situations, crimes and hatred. In John s case, his career took its toll but he was resilient and able to seek support.
Sean Adam graduated with an Associate s degree in Business Management in 2009. After that he worked in a variety of roles before finally following his heart and becoming an inspirational speaker. He had, a pretty normal childhood but within his family there were some mental health issues. When he was 21 he had his first depression and didn’t understand what it was and why it had happened. After four rounds of deep, dark depression he started having suicidal thoughts. Finally, he sought help through a more spiritual path. Through his experiences he came into contact with the authors and the Menswork Project that supports men who find themselves in similar situations.
You can find out more about the book at Guts, Grit & The Grind: A MENtal Mechanics MANual- Advanced Mechanics in Preventative Maintenance,
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300x300.jpg" alt="" width="131" height="131">Kurt Nelson is based in Minneapolis in Minnesota. He is president and founder of The Lantern Group, a consultancy that focuses on the application of behavioral science in corporate settings. Kurt helps companies use behavioral science to improve their employee’s engagement and motivation. He also helps them design their employee communications, incentives and rewards programs and HR initiatives to drive the employee behavior that delivers bottom-line results. He has an MBA from the University of Iowa and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organisational Psychology from Capella University.
Kurt also has a podcast with Tim Houlihan called Behavioral Grooves where they explore the applications of behavioral science with insights from academics, practioners and accidental behavioral scientists. They then spin stories and talk about musical playlists that somehow tie it all together.
You can find more information about Kurt at www.lanterngroup.com
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Amanda Webster is a fitness, nutrition and lifestyle coach based in Arizona. After years of therapy, prescriptions, journaling, yoga and self-help books she was still struggling with unmanageable depression that she masked with drugs, alcohol and self-harm. She was ready to end it all but a song playing at the right place at the right time stopped her. She realised that it was time to make a choice and change her life by getting back to basics and reconstructing her lifestyle and way of thinking as a whole.
Using a careful combination of nutrition, fitness and lifestyle changes, she overcame her depression on her own terms. Since then she has helped others make sustainable changes that have drastically improved their mental and physical health and, thus, their lives.
In this podcast Amanda talks about the traumas she went through, how she reached rock bottom but then came to realise that she needed to make a choice to change her life
You can find out more about Amanda here.
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Bill McPhee is a mental health campaigner who was diagnosed with schizophrenia over 30 years ago. He was hospitalised six times, lived in three group homes and also attempted suicide. After five years going through a deep depression, the right medication and support of family and friends helped him in overcoming schizophrenia.
A mental health diagnosis can be confusing, scary, and frustrating. Although Bill’s mother had a mental illness, it didn t make his own diagnosis any easier. That s why he started travelling across North America to share his story and try to improve the lives of those affected by mental illness.
In this episode Bill talks about what being diagnosed with Schizophrenia means. He also discusses the difference between positive and negative symptoms and the three components of the illness. Another aspect in overcoming schizophrenia is the importance of developing a social circle and interests to support the correct medication.
As a young adult, Bill had no idea how to come to terms with having a mental illness. Three decades later he has come to realise that his mental illness is a blessing, not a curse.
You can find out more at https://billmacphee.ca/
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Holt-300x239.png" alt="" width="226" height="180">Geoff Holt describes himself as a seafaring adventurer, but that’s not the full story. Geoff faced enormous adversity early on in his life, and had to build huge resilience to get back to living his life.
By the time Geoff was eighteen, he had sailed across the Atlantic Ocean three times, completed several solo voyages and sailed over 30,000 nautical miles. Then, his life changed completely when he broke his neck after diving into the Caribbean Sea.
Geoff was paralysed from the chest down but after a year in hospital he retrained in database management. He went on to work for Deloitte, becoming Head of Marketing and Business Development for the South West. He had always wanted to get back to sailing though and achieved this in 1991. In 1992 he sailed the 60 miles around the Isle of Wight. He followed this by sailing solo around Great Britain in 2007, taking 110 days to complete the journey. He published his autobiography Walking on Water in 2008 and in January 2010, became the first quadriplegic to sail the Atlantic unassisted.
Sailing was Geoff s life before his accident but he had the resilience to rebuild his life. Sailing became a huge part of it again. Now, his aim is to get as many disabled people as possible out on the water. He set up the Wetwheels Foundation in 2011 which gives disabled people the opportunity to access the sea as a shared experience with their family in a safe but rewarding way.
You can find out more at Wetwheelsfoundation.org
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DonnaLynn Riley is a Licensed Spiritual Health Coach who helps online entrepreneurs use spiritual and emotional tools to solve business problems. In addition to 12 years as a Licensed Coach, she was previously the CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation. This means she has hands-on experience of navigating the nuts and bolts of business systems, operations, management, and marketing.
With this strong background in both the business world and in spiritual health, Donnalynn understands the relationship entrepreneurs have with their businesses and their minds. She helps find out exactly what it is they want from a situation, how to look past the things that impact on their decision-making and then to step back and make better decisions that are good for the business
You can find out more about DonnaLynn at donnalynnriley.com
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