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FLIP-it Thinking is flippin’ everywhere

Flip it stress and resilience

One of Laughology’s most popular sessions is FLIP-it Thinking. Its effectiveness at boos

ting resilience and managing stress is second to none. It’s particularly effective in the workplace, and given the current circumstances, you can understand why it’s in such demand…and it really is!

In fact, Laura Drury has been FLIP-ing everywhere! She delivered one session specifically for parents of students at Wroxham School. Another earlier this year for Essex Emergency Services on International Women’s Day, and more recently for Cardiff University as part of a programme of events supporting wellbeing and mental health.

Bringing the tool to life by applying some fun activities helps the learning stick better - and just because these sessions were virtual, didn’t make it less fun. Try playing a game of Simon Says with 30 people, with their cameras on, and you’ll see what we mean!

So what is FLIP-it thinking and how does it work?

FLIP-it Thinking is based on the tenets of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT works by identifying negative thinking patterns, and challenging them, in order to change your behaviour and outcomes in future situations. FLIP-it is a really useful tool to help you do this.

FLIP stands for:

F – Focus – are you putting your focus on the facts of the situation? Or your feelings? By shifting our attention to the facts, we can better consider what’s within our control to do next.

L – Language – Language is powerful as it can influence our feelings. Therefore, consider what type of language you’re using and what effect it’s having on you and those around you. What could you use instead?

I – Imagination – We use our imaginations to create all sorts of different futures. This again affects how we feel and then behave. Try instead to imagine something more positive/realistic. You’re likely to feel better about the situation and thus make better decisions.

P – Pattern breaking – All our actions (be they physical, mental or emotional) are habits. Our brains are malleable, they can change. In order to break the pattern, we need to create awareness and understand what we are thinking. Then, by using FLIP, we can learn how to think and behave differently.

So if you’re ready for some FLIPping positivity in your life, why not book a FLIP-it Thinking workshop for your organisation? You’ll be FLIPping glad you did!

Introducing our new Head of People, Programmes and Playfulness - Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown is our new Head of People, Programmes and Playfulness. A title that sums up her passions beautifully - and also speaks to our love of alliteration.

Sarah’s passionate about learning, and has several years of experience working with diverse groups of people and organisations including, retail, financial services, public sector and charities.

Her role at Laughology is varied and involves supporting our people internally to be the best they can be, to maintain our values and to grow our team of experts.

Sarah has proven experience supporting organisations in achieving both tactical and strategic goals. She has a genuine interest, passion and experience in delivering and designing numerous learning initiatives, including leadership, management and talent programmes that have helped support both financial and cultural successes.

Her role is to work with our customers to support them in their learning journeys, ensuring the learning is relevant to their organisations.

Sarah is also an NLP practitioner and coach, and an advocate of positive psychology. She has extensive experience of using this mix to adapt to everyone’s needs either on an individual or group basis.

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