Workshops & Relaxation Sessions

I organize and run online via zoom and face to face seminars and workshops teaching Positive Thinking theories and techniques. These include:

Workshops

Self love Workshop

Today’s modern world wants us to believe that self-love comes with conditions. ‘If I buy a nice car/outfit/pair of shoes, I will feel better and therefore love myself more’. Unfortunately, these are superficial manifestations of ‘pretending’ to love ourselves and they are driven by our ego. In this workshop, we will aim to go deeper and show you how to cultivate a love for yourself that is unconditional. We all have this ability and it’s down to us (not society or friends or partners or children) to nurture it and use it to go forward in life.  This is a practical workshop which will include visualization/relaxation exercises which you can take home and put into practice.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 5 August 22

Self Esteem Workshop

In these challenging and uncertain times, it’s easy to fall into the trap of not feeling good about ourselves. COVID restrictions meant that we minimize the interaction with other people and therefore easier to sit at home and criticise ourselves. In this short workshop, we will talk about worthiness and how to develop a healthy self-esteem. To do this, we need to work backwards. We need to establish what stops us from feeling good. It is an opportunity to negotiate with the subconscious mind. Once we do that, we can work towards building a healthy self-esteem that will accompany us in our life journey.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 31 Jan 22 (Wellbeing Forthnight)

Principles of Positive Thinking

As Gala Darling says in her book ‘Radical Self Love’, ‘people think that manifestation is say woo woo words and waving around a bit of sage’. Positive Thinking, is a bit like manifestation and – being as such– its uses and how it works are a bit misunderstood. In this workshop, we will explain what Positive Thinking really is and how you can use it to create better work and personal outcomes. While Positive Thinking takes advantage of the susceptibility of the subconscious mind, it is best applied once we are relaxed. And so, in addition to explaining the theories behind Positive Thinking, we will show you relaxation techniques you can apply anywhere, in your own time to improve your life.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 28 Jan 22 (Early career researchers’ week)

Mindfulness and stress management for research managers and administrators

Stress is something that is affecting us all and living through a pandemic meant that research managers and administrators (RMA’s) needed to adapt quickly to new expectations. While it’s recognized that we all tried to fit in more (after all, we were saving time from commuting), working without regular pauses at faster pace is not sustainable. This is because our bodies have a natural rhythm which is disrupted when we are stressed or when we try to keep up with lots of expectations.

Stress causes tension in our minds and bodies, creating an imbalance. To reduce stress, we first need to develop awareness, because stress can become a habit and like all habits, it could be hard to kick. Through a series of breathing and relaxation techniques, we will show you how to recognize tension in the body and mind and how to deal with it. By implementing these techniques, RMA’s will feel more grounded, focused and as a result more productive, creating positive changes to their working lives.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 6 Dec 2021, the European Association for Research Managers and Administrators (EARMA) – 18 January 2022, BESTPRAC Thematic Meeting, University of Belgrade, Serbia – 7 Sep 2022, ARMA Netherlands – 17 Sep 22

Dream Workshop

In these difficult times we go through, it’s important to give ourselves permission to dream. Dreaming could be thinking of a better and more positive future or it  could just be filling our mind with wonderful images and pictures that make us feel good. In this interactive workshop, following a relaxation exercise, you will learn to dream/visualize images with your ‘mind’s eye’. Those positive images can accompany you in your journey through life and result in creating a positive life experience. The session will end with a short visualization exercise.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 12 August 2021

Creating Powerful Affirmations Workshop

How do you speak to yourself in your mind? If your inner dialogue is dominated by unhelpful or negative thoughts, you will not create the reality you desire. To create the future you want to have, you need to change your inner thinking. One way to do this, is by using powerful affirmations. Affirming positive thoughts can have an extraordinary effect in our lives. By monitoring our thought patterns and changing our thoughts to positive, we can help ourselves attract better circumstances and live better and more positive lives.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 26 January / 2 February / 11 February 2021 (Wellbeing Fortnight 2021)

Relaxed Breathing Workshop

So you think you know how to relax? Relaxation starts with correct breathing and in this short workshop, I will teach you the difference of relaxed versus tense breathing. Learning to breath in a relaxed way helps relieve anxiety and tension and improves concentration. It clears the mind and allows the energy to flow through our bodies in a balanced way, making you feeling more centered.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 25 February / 8 April 2021 (Wellbeing Fortnight 2021)

Relaxation Sessions

3 min meadow meditation

A live 3 min guided meadow meditation to unwind and relax, leaving you feeling positive and optimistic.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 19 Oct 22

Progressive muscle relaxation

A live 12 minute relaxation with a focus on relaxing the body followed by a short visualisation. This will leave you feeling peaceful and relaxed.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 26 January 2022 (Wellbeing Fortnight)

Creating Inner Peace Meditation

A live 10 minute group meditation creating feelings of ease and inner peace. It’s an opportunity for the mind to slow down, leaving you peaceful and relaxed.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 19 October 2021

Group Meditation/Visualisation

A 10 minute group meditation/visualization to unwind and relax. It is a chance to pause and visualise, leaving you calm and relaxed.

Held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine – 15 April 2021

Presentations

How mindfulness and positive thinking techniques help research managers and administrators- Lessons from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Presented at the European Association for Research Managers and Administrators Conference, 19 April 2021 and at the Emerging Horizons – Research Services Days, University of Turku, Finland 17 August 2021

Posters from workshops

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