Expert Presentations for Professional People

These presentations are delivered by our post-doctoral level health and wellbeing psychologists with vast experience of applying their knowledge to real-world situations.

This workshop will explore the World Health Organisation definition of health and encourage the audience to personalise it to themselves. Health can mean so many things to so many people depending on their personal demands, therefore, the aim of this workshop is to encourage the audience to understand their own definition of health so that it becomes more relatable and achievable. By the end of this workshop, each member of the audience will also be more aware of how small changes can help them get closer to their perceived definition of health.

Psychological wellbeing is reflected in our perceptions of; how life is going, our daily feelings, and whether we are living a life well lived. If we have it, we flourish, i.e., we can make the most of our abilities, cope with normal life stresses, work productively and effectively, and contribute to our communities. This introductory workshop outlines the main components of psychological wellbeing and will start to build attendees’ awareness of how they can take better control of their psychological wellbeing and attain positive influence for their health, performance and lives.

Perfect for the New Year…
Research has shown that healthier habits not only improve health, fitness, mood and body satisfaction, but also improved performance in the workplace and life satisfaction. Despite all these benefits, 80% of New Year’s Resolutions aimed at getting fit, losing weight, or quitting smoking fail within four weeks of starting. In this interactive presentation, we discuss the science behind successful behaviour change and explore practical ways to apply this science to real life. In doing so, the audience learns how to initiate change AND maintain motivation as they strive to manage their health for the long term. This session can also provide an introduction to further presentations in the Health and Wellbeing Series.

This interactive presentation encourages attendees to explore how they spend their time and to reflect on how much time is spent investing in themselves and their mental and physical health. We explore lifestyle activities that have been proven to have a significant effect on positive mental health such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga and creative activities like art, singing and photography.

In the UK, 1 in 3 suffers from poor sleep. This not only has a negative effect on work performance but increases the risk of serious medical conditions, including obesity, heart disease and diabetes and shortens life expectancy.

This interactive presentation gives an overview of the physiology of sleep and discusses research that links sleep quality and quantity with ill-health. We explore how the audience currently combats tiredness and reflect on their current sleep/bed time routine. Finally, we discuss practical strategies for improving sleep which will have many positive benefits for other areas of their health such as; stress management, weight loss, exercise, mood, memory, concentration, and performance in cognitive tasks.

Many of us feel that our busy work and personal lives reduce the opportunity to take the rest and breaks that we need to recharge and refocus. This workshop encourages the audience to consider the importance of taking frequent, daily breaks for improved physical and psychological health, and practical steps of how to best introduce effective breaks into daily lives.

Exercise is often used to counteract a stressful day, however there is some evidence to suggest that certain forms of exercise are more beneficial than others when it comes to reducing stress. This interactive presentation provides an overview of the physiology of stress and discusses how exercise programmes should be developed in order to improve mental health and to avoid the burnout or injury that can arise when we add exercise to a busy work and family life.

Research often shows social support as the most important factor for enabling individuals to buffer against and cope with many of life’s difficult situations. Now the latest research also shows that, in both difficult and normal times, social support is important in helping us pursue opportunities to develop and grow, and therefore to thrive.

But few use social support well. This interactive presentation will help the audience become more confident and strategic in their use of social support by considering the types of support required for difficult times/to thrive and how to build an effective support network.

This interactive presentation outlines the physiology of stress and discusses the link between nutrition and gut health with mental health. It will encourage the audience to reflect on their own diet and how it may be having a detrimental effect on mood and stress levels. Finally it will provide practical solutions for making small but significant changes to nutrient intake in order to improve stress responsiveness, mood, and cognitive performance.

Many of us feel that we are stuck on a work rollercoaster with little or no control over what we do or how we do it. This can have a negative effect on our engagement, job satisfaction, performance and wellbeing. This workshop introduces the latest wellbeing concept from organizational psychology, ‘job crafting’. Job crafting encourages individuals to redesign their work by planning to seek challenges and resources, and to reduce demands. It also encourages individuals to consider how their work can better build in their strengths, passions and interests.

How many cups have you had today? How many cups have been drunk across your organisation? Coffee is seen as much more than a drink. It wakes us up, keeps us going. It is a social force: it creates conversation, it units us. But what is the impact of drinking coffee on your health, your daily performance? This interactive workshop will help attendees consider how coffee affects them and how to ‘use’ it for best benefit.