Reading together is richly rewarding

We recently invited a father and his young son to our studio to help us create an advert to support the Hungry Little Minds Campaign

At the studio, Andrew’s son Oscar sat glued to his dad’s phone. You could hear Oscar making noises as he was so engrossed in his video game. This was just a distraction which allowed us to record in peace.

Sometimes as parents, we give our children devices to occupy them whilst we attend to our list of things to do. This may not be the correct way to parent but it certainly helps us to distract them and allows us some freedom, even if it’s 5 minutes. Let’s be honest, we’ve all done this at some point. I personally think once in a while is ok, but let’s ask ourselves, our children on their devices daily and how much is too much?

I trade device time for reading or bike riding. That way my daughter gets to keep fit, soak up some vitamin D and gain knowledge. This is a deal we’ve had in place for many years and it’s worked superbly. Don’t get me wrong, it is totally normal to hear my daughter complaining that she wants to watch her favourite programmes and that as I mother, she feels I’m being mean. Often through exhaustion or hearing my name ‘Mummy’ for the 100th time, I give in. The majority of the time I put my foot down and distract her with a board game or two. 

Where was I? Let’s get back to the story….. Andrew was reading a book for our Hungry Little Minds campaign. The book is called ‘I Need A Wee’ by Sue Hendra. The moment Andrew introduced the book, Oscar (his son) looked up and giggled. I kept having to exclaim a directors “Cut” as his laughter kept interrupting our recording. Andrew continued to read the book but Oscar could not hold in his laughter. 

So…. my light bulb moment was to ask Oscar to be in the video. That way he could giggle to his heart’s content and it would be perfect for the message we were try to get across. Now this was a natural process and it was beautiful to witness. You can even hear me giggling with them.

How wonderful is it when a book can make a beautiful moment between a father and son? You could clearly see they already had a wonderful bond but this book made 7 year old Oscar put down his device and pay attention to the magical words falling off the page. He was glued….. and that my friends is the magic of reading.

The Hungry Little Minds campaign is here to encourage parents and guardians to interact with their children. The YouTube video you are about to click is proof that it actually works. This shows us it’s time to put away the devices, sit with your creation and start to ‘Chat, Play and Read’. There is nothing better than the sound of your child’s laughter.

Please know from my heart to yours that I too have questioned whether I’m doing the right thing as a parent. Am I raising them or spoiling them? All I can say is this, I try my best to make my children happy. Their mental wellbeing is as important as their physical. I endeavour to always keep their well being at the forefront of my mind and I pray I am doing a good job. Time will tell.

Elle Cato
Wellbeing Champion and Ambassador
The Institute of Wellbeing

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Wellbeing power of sound frequencies

Are some sounds making us ill?

Sound and music operates at a frequency and a frequency can adjust the structure of water, the mood of a person and literally perform healing. We will be exploring with Joseph the solfeggio frequencies and how some music is potentially making us ill.

We will also be looking at how sound and water can have a positive effect on you during periods of lockdown or isolation.

About our guest Joseph Farodoye has dedicated his life to business and philanthropic causes and has worked to bring people together to create a disruptive impact and positive change on a global scale.

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Surviving Covid – How it changed my life

During this pandemic we have heard many statistics – the number of infections, deaths, ICU admissions. With so much news and information on the subject it is very easy to forget that behind each statistic lies a human life and a life changing story. Whilst those stories are crucial to understanding the true impact of coronavirus there are some that inspire hope.

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Joining us in the wellbeing cafe is Lereko Ntshona is a musican, business man and the owner/founder of Edikeni Restaurant in Sandton – South Africa. In 2020 Lereko contracted coronavirus and survived. He joins us live from South Africa to share more about that experience and how it has changed his life.

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The real lock down story – life after jail

We all have to face setbacks in our life from time to time, whether in our personal relationships or in our careers. But some people tend to deal with setbacks and challenges better than others.  It is interesting to look at the ways in which people cope.

Psychologists have identified three broad ways of coping that they have labelled: problem-focused coping, emotion-focused coping and avoidant coping.

About Our Guest

Joining us in the Wellbeing Cafe is Dr Johnson – a sought-after Preacher, Teacher, Life & Spiritual Advisor/Coach, Evangelist and Leadership Speaker in the UK and worldwide. His transparency has led to him being admired and revered internationally.

He is an ex professional actor, an international motivational speaker, televangelist as seen on Sky Faith & Revelation TV and international Minister of the Gospel, impacting millions of people’s lives all over the world.

He is also known for being a Marketplace & Socialite Pastor working with high-profile individuals, celebrities, actors, musicians, ex-offenders, addicts and everyday people. An excellence leadership mentor, motivational speaker, and philanthropist.

Dr Johnson is the author of numerous books and a dynamic and passionate speaker.

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Should we take the vaccine?

Concerns have been growing in recent weeks about the hesitancy from some people in black, Asian, and minority ethnic communities to have the Covid-19 vaccine.

And even though the virus has had such a devastating impact on many families, some relatives have been unsure about having the vaccine. This growing concern has meant higher refusal rates in the very same communities adversely affected by the Covid-19 virus.

Vaccines Minister, Nadhim Zahawi recently said he is ‘very concerned’ at the levels of vaccine uptake in some of those communities and has urged social media firms to do more to tackle anti-vaccination content.

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Joining us in the Institue of Wellbeing – Wellbeing Cafe is award winning Police Actions, Healthcare & Injury Lawyer – Writer – Terence Channer.

Terence Channer is a consultant solicitor at Scott-Moncrieff & Associates LLP who specialises in police misconduct, injury and healthcare law. He has a passion for holding state bodies such as the police and other detaining bodies to account and addressing racial inequalities in healthcare.

Visit the institute of wellbeing online and try our new online course – Emotional Hygiene – the hand sanitiser for your mind…
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Why black communities need to engage with the police service

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Dr Mike Kelly (CEO Institute of Wellbeing) is joined by Superintendant Jeff Boothe in the Wellbeing Cafe.

Superintendant Jeff Booth is  Metropolitan Police Service Lead for Community Engagement.

In todays Wellbeing Cafe our topic is “Black & Blue: Why Black Communities Need To Connect With The Police”. Some of the topics that we explore In our conversation include:

-How do people join an advisory group?
– What might be the rationale behind the disproportionate response from police in terms of numbers when dealing with black youths or black-based incidents as opposed to other groups.
– Do the police give training to officers dealing with individuals with special needs?
– How is training going to be done under austerity? Other groups within the same community do not get the same response.
– Why Jeff joined the police serice
– Where did it all go wrong and where did respect for the police go?
– What are the biggest challenges for public services joining up?

We hope that you will be able to join us and our special guest online where we share practical tools, strategy and psychology to help you on your journey of personal and professional transformation.

We hope that you will be able to join us and our special guest online where we share practical tools, strategy and psychology to help you on your journey of personal and professional transformation.

Get the FREE ebook by Dr. Mike Kelly containing practical tips and strategies to help you take care of your mind.  

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Boost your self esteem

Is there such a thing as absolute confidence? 

How can we ever be secure and confident in a world is constantly changing? Confidence in one’s value as a human being is a precious psychological resource and generally a highly positive factor in life; it is correlated with achievement, good relationships, and satisfaction. 

Possessing little self-regard can lead people to become depressed, to fall short of their potential, or to tolerate abusive relationships and situations. 

Joining us the Institute of Wellbeing – Wellbeing Cafe is NHS Professional – Iroro Agba. Iroro returns to the cafe as our guest- having spoken previously on the subject of how to “live a life of meaning”. 

About Our Guest 

Iroro is a Biomedical Scientist, with a specialty is haematology & blood transfusion. He currently works as a Pathology Quality & Governance Manager at Barts Health NHS Trust. He particularly loves the subject matter of leadership and development, whether it be self, in the home or an organisation.

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Loss, Grief and Self Esteem – The Hidden Loss

Doubt. Self-esteem. Insecurity. Just the mention of these words can take us back to a particular moment in our lives. Perhaps the teenage years or young adulthood – when how you feel about yourself and your place in the world can be so uncertain.

But as time goes on and you settle into your adult life, self-esteem may not seem so important, and it’s not something you may have paid much attention to. In other words, if it’s not great, it’s at least good enough.

It’s also not something you hear spoken about in grief. And yet significant loss can completely drain and deplete any self-esteem you may have, making it feel impossible to move forward in a healthy or purposeful way. So why does confidence take such a hit after loss, and how do we begin to improve this invisible symptom of grief?

Before we talk about why it’s so common to loose self-esteem in grief, perhaps it’s a good idea to explore why it’s important, and how it serves us in life.

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Joining us in the Institute of Wellbeing’s – Wellbeing Cafe is expert Loss and Bereavement Counsellor Fiona Reynolds.

Fiona has previously shared in the Wellbeing Cafe her expertise and insights into how we deal with loss and grief and how we can better support those who have or are going through loss.

Fiona believes that It is greatly important that people understand what grief is and how beneficial it is for them to grieve freely. Fiona works in her local community conducting seminars and workshops about loss and grief, as well as end of life preparations and death, hoping to educate people and normalise these matters as part of everyday living.

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How to build your community

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Dr Mike Kelly (CEO Institute of Wellbeing) is joined by Donna Murray-Turner in the Wellbeing Cafe

Donna Murray-Turner – Founder Another Night of Sisterhood (ANOS), Chair, Croydon Safer Neighbourhoods & Community Champion

In todays Wellbeing Cafe our topic is “Taking responsibility to build your community”. Some of the topics that we explore In our conversation include:

– How community goes back to a personal level – ethics, values and perspective, and using that to start building relationships.
– How we see ourselves is intrinsic to building a community. How do we genuinely feel about seeing ourselves and others?
– We in a time of where we are repurposing ourselves
– How do we build our community?

We hope that you will be able to join us and our special guest online where we share practical tools, strategy and psychology to help you on your journey of personal and professional transformation.

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How to improve your self-esteem and confidence

Dr Mike Kelly (CEO Institute of Wellbeing) shares how to build confidence.

In todays Wellbeing Cafe we explore:

– Do we believe if confidence is an important element in moving forward and attaining our goals?
– If confidence being linked to our self esteem?
– Is confidence a skill that can be practiced?
– How do we achieve the level of self confidence that is needed to perform a task and keep motivated?

We hope that you will be able to join us and our special guest online where we share practical tools, strategy and psychology to help you on your journey of personal and professional transformation.

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