Episode Eight: Managing your mental health at work

Episode Eight: Managing your mental health at work

WORK180Apr 13, 2020

Kate Harrison is a counsellor who helps people navigate challenges and vulnerable periods of their lives. She started her career in learning and development, where she was exposed to behavioural science and became fascinated with the inner workings of peoples’ behaviour. A period of personal challenge led her to reflect on what she wanted to do with the rest of her life. She took a huge leap, left her established career and became a mature aged student in Bachelor of Counselling. Kate takes us through an exercise for identifying your values and how to live life in alignment with them.

Kate found her priorities changed after having children, and she became an Acceptance and Commitment Therapist. In this episode she takes us through how to identify your core values, the five steps to catch and change thought and behaviour patterns that don’t serve you, and the importance of self-compassion and gratitude.

In this conversation we discuss:

  • Your priorities can change after you have children.
  • Hardship and challenges can create growth and empathy.
  • Making value-led choices to create the life you want.
  • The increased awareness of mental healt and wellbeing, and you no longer have to suffer in silence.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and how it works.
  • Cognative Behavioural Therapy, which explores the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and actions.
  • ACT acknowledges and embraces all emotions (because there are no bad emotions) and then take a values-led action from there.
  • Figuring out how to identify your values through a series of reflective questions.
  • The more you try to push uncomfortable feelings away the bigger it gets.
  • Acknowledge and accept emotion while continuing to life in accordance with the life you want to life.
  • Common values of relationships and achievement.
  • The five steps to knowing how to catch your thought and behaviour patterns that aren't helping you.
  1. Noticing your response to a situation or circumstance.
  2. Acknowledge your thoughts and feelings.
  3. Naming your inner voice rather than taking it as 'truth'
  4. Choose a value-led action
  5. Have an anchor or mantra
  • Our negative inner critic and how to overcome it.
  • What a value-led action looks like in relation to your personal values.
  • How to overcome our own self-sabotaging behaviours like procrastination.
  • Taking a pause instead of pushing through negative emotions.
  • The importance of practicing self-compassion and gratitude.
  • Taking one good step at a time to create change.
  • Not letting imposter syndrome stop you doing what you want to do.

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