KATE ATKIN

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Lunch, Learn and Celebrate

Thank you so much for joining me on my 20th anniversary of setting up in business.  It has been a pleasure to facilitate many workshops, speak at events and also hold one-to-one sessions with so many people over the years.  I was delighted to be able to hold this celebratory event online and a big thank you to my guest speakers, Sheila McDerment and Louise Lloyd for their expert input too.

I truly hope that you found it useful, and if you would like to support the work of Anxiety UK, please consider making a small donation.

If there are any issues or questions you didn’t get the chance to raise, please do contact me. You can reach me at kate@kateatkin.com or 07779 646976.

On this webpage you will find some extra information on the topics we discussed and some links to other resources.

We are still at an early stage in understanding the impact of the Imposter Phenomenon, my interest is in understanding the most effective ways of managing those imposter feelings and passing on this information to others. As I mentioned, I have started my PhD research on this topic. If you are interested in keeping up to date with my research findings and musings on the topic, do sign up to receive my newsletter.

Remember, not everyone experiences imposter feelings, and only you can guage how well you are coping, thriving or how resilient you are feeling or how close to burning out you may be. Reaching out for help and support is a sign of strength, so do so if you need to.

Finally, do have a browse around the rest of my website if you would like to know more and there are some videos about the imposter phenomenon on the videos page and extra information on the Imposter page.

Building Resilience and Avoiding Burnout

Stress is “the nonspecific response of the body to any demand made upon it,” that is, the rate at which we live at any one moment. All living beings are constantly under stress and anything, pleasant or unpleasant, that speeds up the intensity of life, causes a temporary increase in stress, the wear and tear exerted upon the body. A painful blow and a passionate kiss can be equally stressful. (Selye 1976)

Stress has become synonymous with negative events, but that wasn’t always the case…

HSE definition of stress: ‘The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other types of demand placed on them at work’. 

There are good types of stress and a certain amount keeps us motivated and ‘on the ball’. Each of us have different levels of negative stress that we can cope with. The key is recognising where you are before you get too close to not coping.

Defining burnout

Burnout is not a sudden one-off event, but more like a “gradual emotional depletion and a loss of motivation and commitment” (Freudenberger 1974)

Three characteristics were identified by Maslach, Jackson & Leiter (1986):

Emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, and reduced accomplishment.

How to recognise whether you are coping. (see Skills for Care questionnaire)

CIPD fact sheet:

https://www.cipd.co.uk/knowledge/culture/well-being/stress-factsheet

VUCA short Harvard Business Review article: https://hbr.org/2014/01/what-vuca-really-means-for-you

Coping and Confidence

Have the confidence & courage to speak up for yourself. Ask for what you need. Putting yourself first isn’t selfish, it is self-care (remember the flying and oxygen mask analogy).

Watch out for the tendency to need to be the one looking after everyone else, and the tendency to perhaps ‘rescue’ others – it is not helpful if you take away others’ abilities to look after themselves. Support by listening, but don’t take over.

 

 

Loving Kindness Meditations:

To others: May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy, may you live with ease

And to yourself: May I be safe, may I be happy, may I be healthy, may I live with ease

 

Shad Helmstetter’s book “What to say when you talk to yourself”, and he has a Facebook page facebook.com/drshadhelmstetter/

Kristin Neff is a researcher in self-compassion, her website is https://self-compassion.org/

And here is a link to a YouTube video of a Loving Kindness Meditation youtube.com/watch?v=tY3NnodM3Ww

Five practical ways to increase wellbeing

Here is a short explanation of the New Economic Foundation’s 5 Ways to Wellbeing:

 

Connect – social distancing, should really be physical distancing. We still need social contact. How are you connecting? If managing others, do more now. Informal, phone, text, Zoom/Skype/Teams, quizzes, virtual cuppas.  Wobble Rooms – to download/offload/ just wobble & recover. Wellbeing Hubs.

 

Be Active – government advice was to exercise once a day right from the start of lockdown. Why? Because the importance of being active was recognised. Not just for physical health, but for mental well-being too. Small activities as well as longer runs/walks, games of tennis or golf, gardening.

Do whatever works for you, but don’t stay in front of the TV to relax!

 

Be Curious – this used to be called “take notice” but has been renamed. Curiosity encourages a state of wonder, of seeking to understand rather than of knowing. What are you curious about? Where could you ask more questions? What small things can you look at and wonder, rather than know? Flowers, sunsets & sunrises, birdsong, as well as work issues, your clinical skills and people.

 

Keep Learning – at the start of the lockdown, so many people were signing up to learn a new language, complete an online course, learn how to sew etc… While it is likely that working for the NHS you had enough on your plate already!

Not everyone has kept to those, a little like new year resolutions. Nor has everyone had the time to do this.

But what have you learnt? It migth not have been on a fromal course or workshop but we have all learnt new skills and new ways of working in the past few months. We don’t often stop and reflect on the skills we’ve learnt. Take time to acknowledge the new ways of working, the online processes, the methods of coping and many other things you will have learnt over the past few weeks.  And post-pandemic, we will continue to learn. New skills at work, new skills outside of work new recipes to cook, new routes to work, new ways of being rather than just doing.

 

Give – we can give gifts to each other, and research indicates that the giver benefits from this as well as the receiver. Many have also volunteered their time in the last few months. Time is a precious resource and giving it, even in the terms of listening to a colleague, is hugely important.

 

Other things that are important to give is praise, feedback and thank yous. Give these to others, to recognise them, not just for what they do, but also for who they are. Saying a heartfelt thank you, with reasons, is hugely important.

Downloads

Strengths Questionnaires

Via Strengths Survey

Gallup’s StrengthsFinder

StrengthsProfile Assesssment

StrengthScope Assessment

 

General Interest

Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on Body Language

Brene Browns’s TED Talk on The Power of Vulnerability and her follow-on TED Talk on Listening to Shame

Viola Davis behind the scenes Oscar interview

Inga Beale on R4 Desert Island Discs

Resilience & Wellbeing

Louise Loyd is offering her “7 Days to Less Stress” programme at no cost, and you can sign up via her website: www.louiselloyd.life

 

You’ll find a diagram of some areas of resilience via this link: Emotionally Resilient Living

This link will take you to Liggy Webb’s “Little Book of Resilience” in pdf form.

TED talk by Jane McGonigal – at 12min 20 secs she covers 4 key ways to build resilience

Also see the Action for Happiness website

And the New Economic Foundation’s Five Ways for Wellbeing

 

Other Useful Links on Wellbeing and mental Health

Mental health Apps:
www.nhs.uk/apps-library/category/mental-health

 

Rethink mental health charity: www.rethink.org

 

What Works Wellbeing – Burnout and Wellbeing: whatworkswellbeing.org/blog/burnout-and-wellbeing

WHO evidence for burnout: who.int/mental_health/evidence/burn-out

Physical, psychological and occupational consequences of job burnout: A systematic review of prospective studies pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28977041

 

If you would like to keep in touch, then you can connect with me on LinkedIn, Twitter and sign up to receive my occasional newsletter on my home page .

Remember… #bekind especially to yourself.

Best wishes

Kate