Evidence That WorkGuru Reduces Levels of Depression, Anxiety and Stress: Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial

Most of you who read this blog will know that WorkGuru is an eight-week stress management program that is delivered via the Internet. It uses elements of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), positive psychology and mindfulness to help reduce feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. People access the self-help program alongside support from an e-coach.

It is really important to us at WorkGuru that we can provide evidence that what we do is effective. In the same way as you would expect the medication that you receive from your doctor to be thoroughly tested and found effective for your health condition, we expect the same rigorous standard to be applied to digital mental health. There has been growing concern amongst researchers that many of the apps available for people experiencing mental health problems do not publish any evidence for their claims which is one reason why we conducted a randomised controlled trial and published the results in a peer review academic journal. Our founder Stephany Carolan led the trial; as well as developing WorkGuru Stephany is also a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex. Her research interest is how we increase take-up and engagement with digital mental health in the workplace. Continue reading Evidence That WorkGuru Reduces Levels of Depression, Anxiety and Stress: Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial

Embracing Non-Conformity: How To Make Effective Decisions

Whilst we all like to think that we are free thinking individuals, the truth is that social influence is a powerful force in nature and society. There are many advantages to us being social beings – learning from others, pooling our resources, increasing our defences – but research has shown that there are also disadvantages. We have evolved to become overly influenced by our neighbours rather than relying on our own instinct.

It has been shown that imitating the actions and opinions of others rather than trusting our own thoughts can lead to increased danger. In a study analysing the behaviour of 365 people at a busy crossing in Leeds, Faria et al (2010) revealed that people are twice as likely to cross a busy road if the person next to them sets off first – and that men are more likely to follow other pedestrians than women. Continue reading Embracing Non-Conformity: How To Make Effective Decisions

Ten Top Tips For Managing Workplace Stress

Workplace stress

No self-respecting blog is complete without a Ten Top Tips list – and this is ours. Ten Top Tips for managing workplace stress.

1. Focus on the things you can change or influence
The only thing in life that you can directly control is yourself and your decisions. Focus your valuable energy on the things you can change. You might not be able to change the situation you are in, but you can change the way that you respond to it.

2. Learn to let go
We all hold onto things, whether it is possessions, bad habits, relationships or past mistakes. We revisit these things in our head again and again; we don’t need to. We can let go, allowing our feelings of frustration and regret to float away and acceptance and peace to take their place.

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10 Foods To Make You Happy

Food can affect our mood in different ways. It can increase our levels of feel-good brain chemicals, it can cause fluctuations in our blood sugar levels and it can create adverse reactions to the artificial additives used in processed food.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet is an essential component to maintaining good mental health, below we have listed 10 foods that have been proven to help boost your levels of happiness:

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Breaking The Ruminating Habit

The way that we think can impact on our mood and result in depression. In particular, there is a strong link between the thinking style of rumination and depression.

Rumination describes a tendency to compulsively focus on the symptoms and causes of your unhappiness and distress. It is the need to constantly ponder on the things that are causing you distress without taking any positive action to identify and make changes. It is that point at which you are wallowing in unhappiness with the mistaken belief that by focusing on your distress and your past failures you will find a way out to resolution and happiness.

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