Wellbeing

LifeSkills TruSport (2) – The Plan – It’s got to be worth a shot

The plan for LifeSkills TruSport is ambitious. And inspired by a desire to contribute to the mental health of young people. It aims to apply positive psychology in sport to develop wellbeing and life skills in children and young people The life skills I refer to are not the traditional ones of communication and leadership (although these are laudable)  – but ones of a mental and emotional nature, such as resilience, confidence, positivity, growth mindset and healthy habits, and I’m…

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Happy Stress

Stress – a Blog Series – Part 5 – The Definitions

You may think definitions would be easy; but that’s not the case with stress. In fact, scientists can’t agree a single definition. It’s a conundrum that probably dates back to the 1930’s, and its founder Hans seyle, who borrowed the term stress from the world of physics. In addition, many of the definitions and terms associated with stress have negative connotations, and while some of these can’t be ignored, they don’t paint the full picture of stress. But thankfully new…

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books on stress and workplace stress

Stress – A Blog Series –  Part 3 –  The Books – (International)

From historical roots to new science – the following are some of the books I used when researching stress. Similar to those in part 2, some of these books are not specific to stress, although two of them are. The other ones mentioned helped enhance my knowledge of the many factors which can influence the production and manifestation of stress, including: biological, physiological, psychological, environmental, social and experiential.

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Stress – A Blog Series – Part 2 – The Books (Irish)

Books formed a large part of my research on stress, in particular those from experts, as this is where most of the evidence base lay. I also chose to focus on Irish context for a lot of my readings. Having said that, it was impossible to ignore those on the international stage (part 3). Although I have used the word ‘experts’, all of the books mentioned are designed for anyone with an interest in stress, mental health, emotional resilience and…

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Stress – A Blog Series. Part 1 – The Background

Eight months ago I started researching the phenomenon that is stress. It started when I began looking at solutions for exam stress as a continuance of my mental wellbeing exploits and social initiatives. What followed was something I never anticipated: a fascinating journey which included completion of a neuroscience course. The research included:, phone calls, visits, meetups, books, academic readings, desktop research, emails, attendance at conferences, interaction on social media, talks in schools, and workshops and focus groups in the…

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