Bitesize Wellbeing Workshops

Please note that these sessions are now fully booked, if you would like to be informed on any future session, please complete the expression of interest form by  clicking here

A series of leadership learning and development sessions for all leadership roles

Delivered virtually via Zoom 

It’s become clichéd to say that these are challenging times. Everyone knows that many people are more stressed, anxious, worried, and exhausted than usual. It is entirely reasonable to feel these things, given what’s going on. While some degree of worry is understandably widespread, more severe mental ill health is being experienced by some groups.  Experiences will of course vary from person to person – It’s important to acknowledge that staff and teams may be going through a wide range of responses, just as they have been since the start of the pandemic.

In the current situation, the triggers for people feeling psychologically unwell are amplified and compounded by the domino effect of fear, uncertainty, poor economic outlook, soaring infection rates, frustration, boredom, unemployment, relationship breakdowns and other events that have happened since the first round of lockdown. It is even more important now for leaders to take care of themselves and those around them.

Recent studies have found that, even under these strenuous circumstances, some people are managing to thrive. The research has found that resilient people—people who handle life’s challenges especially well, and who quickly bounce back from setbacks—are better able to hold on to the good, even in the presence of the bad. That is, when faced with challenges, resilient people don’t avoid negative states, thinking everything is fine. Rather, even while feeling stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression, the resilient among us continue feeling love, gratitude, joy, and hope. Accepting (not suppressing) negative emotion is part of what it means to be resilient.

It is clear that there is no one response to the pandemic – its effects are different for each of us at different times. These sessions are designed to enable individual reflection and exploration of the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology and resilience to help leaders enhance their own well-being, feel less pressured and facilitate resilience and well-being in their teams.

Target audience:

All Healthcare professionals


Reflect, Revive & Refresh

3rd December 2021 – 14:00-15:30 – This session is now fully booked.

2nd February 2022 – 10:30-12:00 – This session is now fully booked.

It’s over 18 months since the start of the pandemic in the UK. More than two-thirds of adults in the UK (69%) report feeling somewhat or very worried about the effect COVID-19 is having on their life. The most common issues affecting wellbeing are worry about the future (63%), feeling stressed or anxious (56%) and feeling isolated (49%). As the pandemic continues many leaders and staff are increasingly fatigued and demoralised. A lot of people are struggling to remain motivated and engaged with all the current pressures. A typical crisis plays out in 3 phases respond dealing with the present situation and managing continuity, recover during which the organisation learns and emerges stronger and thrive where the organisation prepares for and shapes the new normal. The recovery from the global pandemic, given the human dimension of work and continuing uncertainties, requires workforce strategies that focus on short term priority recovery actions and reaching for the future and new normal with renewed vigour.

In this uplifting and engaging session Rene will help you to explore and to learn the scientifically proven tools and techniques which will have long term benefits for your own wellbeing and in your teams. We will learn about the concept of psychoneuroimmunology, explore our emotional regulation systems and how to interrupt toxic looping in addition to considering Post Traumatic Growth and Growth Mindsets. We will explore the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology and resilience to help you enhance your own well-being, feel less pressured and facilitate resilience and well-being in yourself, team and the wider organisation for the next phase of recovery.

Emotions Matter – “Riding the Coronacoaster”

15th December 2021 – 12:00 – 13:30 – This session is now fully booked.

16th February 2022 – 12:00-13:30 – This session is now fully booked.

We are living through a pandemic that most of us could never have imagined. Many of us are not in the best emotional shape.  Emotions matter for health and wellbeing – how we feel influences our bodies, including physical and mental health. Stress and pressure are associated with increased levels of cortisol linked to depression, cardio vascular issues and weight gain.  Learning to regulate unpleasant emotions and experience more positive emotions have been shown to have health benefits including greater resilience.

During the session you will:

  • Gain knowledge about Barbara Fredrickson’s research in this area
  • Explore the links between psychological wellbeing and physical wellbeing, productivity, engagement and resilience
  • Undertake an emotional audit
  • Learn how to maximise your positive emotions
  • Apply tools and techniques to boost your emotional wellbeing

“Boost Your Bounce!” (Resilience – what it is and what it isn’t!)

19th January 2022 – 10:00 -11:30 – This session is now fully booked.

11th March 2022 – 10:30-12:00 – This session is now fully booked.

To cope and thrive, leaders need to be agile and resilient. Resilience is more relevant than ever as we juggle work lives which are disruptive and ever changing with often increasing demands.

We will explore the latest developments in neuroscience, positive psychology and resilience to help you enhance your own well-being, feel less pressured and facilitate resilience and well-being in your teams.

During the session you will:

  • Surface and reflect on your current resilience level
  • Understand the components of resilience
  • Understand and be able to apply a gauge for measuring your resilience level so you know when to take action to protect yourself
  • Better understand how to build and boost your resilience level
  • Craft an effective strategy to create a better, more integrated work-life balance/blend

“You Matter” – Self Care and Self Compassion

17th February 2022 – 12:00 – 13:30 – This session is now fully booked.

23rd March 2022 – 12:00-13:30 – This session is now fully booked.

As is often the case in difficult times we are seeing the best and worst in humanity. There is plenty of blame and anger around.  There are also acts of kindness and compassion. None of us has infinite energy and our ability to remain compassionate, effective and productive in both our home and work lives (increasingly blurred) will rely on our ability to look after ourselves. Investing in our own wellbeing and developing greater self-compassion needs to be a priority. Each of us is different and there is no one right way to do this – the methods we choose to invest in our wellbeing is not so important but doing it is vital.

During the session you will:

  • Understand the notion of “intrinsic motivation” and why this makes self-compassion more difficult for key workers
  • Learn about the 3 core components of self-compassion
  • Explore how developing greater self-compassion boosts the immune system and reduces anxiety
  • Understand how practising self-compassion can change your responses to negative experiences and setbacks
  • Identify the tools and tips to incorporate self-compassion into your life

Facilitator – Rene Barrett

An independent development consultant for 18 years, a fellow of the CIPD, with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Previous experience includes – Director of Development at North West Employers, Assistant Director of HR with Salford MBC and Director of Learning for the GMB trade union. Rene is working with clients, both individually and organisationally on building resilience, performance, wellbeing and happiness and now specialise in the area of equipping leaders to focus on building high performing and thriving organisation. She regularly commissions to deliver masterclasses and workshops across the public sector, in health, education, emergency services and local authorities.

Register your place:

To obtain a place you will need to register via the links above. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Once registered, your place is confirmed. There is no fee to attend.

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