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About Angus Lyon

I am a therapist who also writes. I currently work as a single-session therapist. By training I am a psychodynamic and solution-focused counsellor and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy... Read more

PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID – BREAKING THE ICE  

In the event of decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask

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PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID – BREAKING THE ICE  2021-01-07T12:21:26+00:00

KANBANNING  

The idea of kanban was developed in the late 1940s by car manufacturers Toyota. Line workers displayed coloured cards to notify their colleagues down the production line that they needed parts for assembly work. ‘Kanban’ is a Japanese word for a ‘card’ or a ‘visual signal’. A kanban system is visual and underlies communication within teams so that departments can quickly identify the work that needs to be done and

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KANBANNING  2021-01-07T12:18:00+00:00

TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE …  

The recent Bar Council report revealed that over half of barristers don't sleep well. They are certainly not alone. Sometimes the difficulty is in falling asleep after a busy day and working long into the evening. Sometimes we wake in the middle of the night to find thoughts racing and find we've been unconsciously planning tomorrow's work and worrying about things that didn't get done yesterday. Sometimes we'll wake too

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TO SLEEP, PERCHANCE …  2021-01-07T12:16:33+00:00

PRESS PAUSE: JUST A MINUTE 

And a really, really simple focusing exercise:   Focus on your breathing for only a minute. When you become aware of thoughts intruding, just return to focusing on the breathing. (It's not as easy as it seems!)     (Next)   (This is an edited excerpt from my book A Lawyer’s Guide to Wellbeing and Managing Stress published by ARK Group in 2015.) (Back to index)

PRESS PAUSE: JUST A MINUTE 2021-01-07T12:14:34+00:00

PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE ‘TIME’ FOCUS  

This focus takes about five minutes. Count the steps off with your fingers if this helps. It can help to regain a sense of perspective on days which are particularly chaotic.    1 Concentrate on your breathing.    2 Past: Think back about what has happened so far today.    3 Present: What's happening now, in this moment? What feelings and thoughts are around? What's happening around me?    4

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PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE ‘TIME’ FOCUS  2021-01-07T12:08:33+00:00

PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE FOCUS

Like Andrew, you may be sceptical about some of the ideas about mindfulness. You may (rightly in my view) be sceptical about what is being termed ‘McMindfulness’, the global commoditisation of an ancient Buddhist practice that seems to offer an escapist panacea to all pressure. But alongside its widespread commercialisation, many have found the practice of mindfulness helpful. And as we've seen, the practice of mindfulness has been associated with

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PRESS PAUSE: 5 MINUTE FOCUS2021-01-07T12:07:25+00:00
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