28 February 18

Well Being Monthly: Exercise Yes you can!

Our bodies are built to move. But many of us work in jobs that encourage us not to. Unfortunately, low levels of physical activity are associated with higher risk of disease, general ill-health, and being overweight. So, if you are sitting for a lot of the day, getting up and moving is vital for your overall levels of fitness, health and wellbeing.

Exercise can be used for strengthening specific muscle groups, improving the cardiovascular system, improving particular physical skills, for weight loss, or just for the pure fun of it! It is beneficial not only for the body, but also for the mind. Research suggests exercise may help with reducing the likelihood of suffering depression, reduce feelings of anxiety, and generally lead to improved mood.

So, unlike the author of the above quote, if you feel the need to exercise, act on it!


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05 December 17

Wellbeing for December: Ceremony - Ways of creating meaning in your life

"This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings" - Elizabeth Gilbert

We need more than facts. We also need myths, stories that resonate with our questions of what makes a meaningful life.

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13 November 17

Wellbeing for November: Building Self-Confidence

“Don't be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth" ― Rumi

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” ― E.E. Cummings

 This month we are looking at self-confidence, that often elusive sense that we are able to act effectively, despite the difficulties. We aren’t born doubting ourselves. If we feel hungry, we seek food. If we need comforting, we ask for it, sometimes quite loudly! So what happens...

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10 October 17

Wellbeing for October: Emotions - what they are and how to look after them

But feelings can't be ignored, no matter how unjust or ungrateful they seem” ― Anne Frank

 The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider's web– Pablo Picasso

This month we are looking at that part of us that is responsible for us feeling the best and the worst – our emotions.

Our emotions are the underpinning of all our thoughts and actions. We like to believe we are rational, but our emotions...

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05 September 17

Wellbeing for September: Thoughts - don't believe them!

“You cannot solve a problem with the same level of thinking that created it” - Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

 “We think too much and feel too little” - Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977)

This month we are looking at the importance of not treating your own thoughts (and feelings) as truth.

Us humans have big, highly interconnected brains. We have evolved to think very quickly, to take mental shortcuts, and we develop 

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10 August 17

Good job design starts with 8 hours sleep

This week APA hosted an evening discussing a subject at its core – Managing Mental Health in the Workplace.  Lucy Brogden, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission (NMHC), was the guest speaker. According to the NMHC, one in two Australian adults will experience mental ill health at some point, which means

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07 August 17

Community - find yours, and cultivate it. Wellbeing and Resilience for August

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main…” - John Donne (1572 – 1631; English poet)

“Communication leads to community, that is, to understanding, intimacy and mutual valuing.” - Rollo May (1909 – 1994; American psychologist and author)

Humans enjoy hanging out together. Groups get stuff done. They also give us needed variety of social interactions, and they enable care for those in the group who need it. We often don’t do so when we are 

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01 July 17

All work and no play - Work/Life balance is about how you manage your energy. Wellbeing for July

“Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life” - Dolly Parton (born 1946; American singer-songwriter)

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing” - George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950; Irish playwright and critic)

This month’s topic is all about how you manage the energy of your life. Yes, we might allocate a certain amount of time to playing with our children, or spending time with our friends, but if we don’t have the energy to actually be with them, then we are probably selling ourselves (and them) short. Ten minutes of being present to someone as they talk with you will probably be more

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01 June 17

Wellbeing for June: We are all musical - really!!

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Hans Christian Anderson (1805 – 1875; Danish author, particularly known for his fairy tales)

“Music is a safe kind of high.”
Jimmi Hendrix (1942 – 1970; American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter)

The ability to make music is a peculiarly human skill. True, other animals have music-like calls (like birds) but we are the only animal to create music – stories in sound. 

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29 May 17

APA partners with Macquarie University. Finding new solutions for new challenges.

Audrey Page & Associates (APA) has established a formal research partnership with Macquarie University to further explore Career Transition and the Changing Workplace.  As part of this alliance APA is sponsoring the Master of Organisational Psychology Scholarship.  

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01 May 17

Do you have a Growth Mindset or Fixed Mindset? Wellbeing and Resilence for May

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 “I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” - Thomas Edison

The mindset we bring to our actions matters – a lot! In the 1980s Carol Dweck and her colleagues became interested in students' attitudes to failure. While some students rebounded after doing badly, others were devastated by it. The researchers coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe two very different underlying beliefs people have about their learning and intelligence

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18 April 17

Congratulations to our 2017 CEW Scholars attending MIT Sloan

Audrey Page & Associates (APA) are delighted to share news of the winners of the 2017 CEW Scholarship to MIT Sloan School of Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The recipients of this prestigious award will have the opportunity to study Leading Change in Complex Organisations – vital knowledge for today’s HR Leaders.

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07 April 17

Lifelong Learning: Wellbeing and Resilience for April!

 “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young.” ― Henry Ford

 “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” ― Socrates

We start our life by learning. Even before we are born, we learn the rhythms and sounds of our parents’ language from inside the womb. Little children love to experiment and learn. Then we go to school. If we are very lucky, we enter an environment marked by curiosity and wonder. 

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08 March 17

International Women's Day 2017 #BeBoldForChange

It’s International Women’s Day and this year we’re encouraging women to be bold for change.  The World Economic Forum predicts that, given our current progress, the gender gap will not close entirely until 2186.  In response to this, 

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02 March 17

Wellbeing and Resilience for March: Creativity

“Creativity takes courage” ― Henri Matisse

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking” ― Albert Einstein

Creativity lies at the heart of change. If there is something in your life that you really want to change, it requires more than just moving the pieces around. It necessitates creating something new.

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06 February 17

Wellbeing and Resilience for February - The importance of looking after ourselves

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” – Jack Kornfield (contemporary author on Buddhism)

If looking after yourself feels self-centred or selfish, then this month’s topic could well be for you! Caring for yourself does not need to be about navel-gazing – 

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