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An inspirational resident from Sunderland who became a domestic abuse champion in her local community after she was helped to escape an abusive marriage herself at the age of 74, has won a national award for her efforts as an involved tenant with her social landlord. Brenda Naisby, from Washington in Sunderland, was crowned ‘Tenant of the Year’ at the Tpas National Awards, for the influential role she has played in helping...
We’ve put together a list of five new books that aim to inspire and improve wellbeing in these uncertain times. Whether you want to reduce stress, become more productive or unleash your full potential, we hope these books help you feel more inspired and positive. Think Like a Monk: The Secret of How to Harness the Power of Positivity and be Happy Now by Jay Shetty (HarperCollins, Hardback/Ebook/Audiobook, September 2020) Jay...
We launched Housing Technology Wellbeing earlier this year to give our community the opportunity to share and learn how other organisations are approaching the creation of healthier work cultures. A recent report found that job quality has deteriorated over the last two years and the pandemic has had an even worse impact on people’s mental and physical health. It’s clear now more than ever that employers need to identify...
A healthy workplace is one with a culture of dignity and respect. To coincide with  World Mental Health Day (10th October), Rachel Ward Lilley discusses the importance of dignity when it comes to mental health in the workplace.   We all have our dignity; it’s a visceral human requirement that we feel instinctively. Andrew Sayer’s academic definition describes it as 'a social phenomenon and a mix of independence...
To mark World Mental Health Day on 10th October, we've put together a five-point action plan to improve mental health at work. 1. Don’t skip lunch Try making healthy choices for lunch into a new habit to ensure that you have enough time away from the screen to avoid fatigue. For many of us, our home is now our office so adopting a healthy lifestyle is key to improving balance and being organised. Planning healthy...
To coincide with our Resilient Innovation 2020 virtual event  last week, we’ve carried the resilience theme over to our wellbeing channel. It has been a challenging year for all of us and it has become increasingly evident that developing resilience is essential so that we can learn to cope and adapt during these tough times. Here are four easy actions you can take on board to boost your resilience. Take time out Taking...
The term ‘growth mindset’ was first introduced by Dr Carol S. Dweck who considered the difference in performance between those who thought potential was innate and fixed and those who saw it as something that could be developed. The basic premise of a growth mindset is the belief that you can actively and significantly alter what you are capable of through continued learning and cultivating your abilities.  As with so...
When I first contemplated 40,000-year-old cave paintings, it really struck me just how fundamental art is to the human condition. Even though our prehistoric ancestors lived without the comforts of civilisation, they still took the trouble to make art. Sure, questions may still hang over the value or the purpose of art but, evidently, it has always been a crucial part of our lives, our loves, our labours and, by extension, our wellbeing too....
The psychological buzzword for 2020 must surely be 'resilience'. The conditions of living in a global pandemic are forcing us to adapt to challenging, complex and long-term circumstances, changing how we live, work and play.  Nature vs nurture Psychology Today  defines resilience as ‘The psychological quality that allows some people to be knocked down by the adversities of life and come back at least as strong as...
Paul McGregor, founder of Everymind at Work, lists seven ways in which employers and businesses can begin to normalise mental health in the workplace and support their staff. There’s no doubt that the mental health of employees and individuals has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and the impact has filtered through to many aspects of our lives, both at work and in our personal lives. Stress, financial worries, job...
A housing provider has been named one of the top performing companies in the country for investing in its workforce. Home Group, one of the largest providers of housing and integrated care in the UK, has claimed the 'We Invest in People' platinum accreditation, for supporting colleagues across the organisation – especially since the coronavirus outbreak.   The award by Investors in People, a leading independent body championing...
More people than ever are turning to meditation apps to help alleviate the stress and anxiety brought on by the pandemic. A recent report found that four in ten workers’ mental and physical health has worsened since Covid-19 hit. Practicing meditation on a regular basis has many benefits including reducing stress and anxiety, as well as improving focus and concentration. Here are five of the best meditation apps that you can use on a...