Life skill development
In life, we never stop learning even when we don’t think we are we are finding out new things sometimes passively, sometimes actively. All this can develop help us understand ourselves better to improve critical thinking and problem solving skills that builds their sense of personal worth and enables interaction with others constructively and effectively.
Whether as individuals, groups, teams or even nations our success as human beings and as democratic societies depends on how well we are able to manage challenges and risks, maximize opportunities, and solve problems in our everyday lives. In this, development of Life skills play a fundamental role.
“Life skills” are defined as psychosocial abilities for adaptive and positive behaviour that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. They are loosely grouped into three broad categories of skills: cognitive skills for analysing and using information, personal skills for developing personal agency and managing oneself, and inter-personal skills for communicating and interacting effectively with others. These facets are equally as important in our everyday as well as business lives
We can all develop our life skills and as you have perhaps read many of us have been using techniques to alter our thinking in positive ways, including exercise, playing sport in general, walking, meditation, contact with nature, music, dance and philosophy or religion.
One way of developing our cognitive skills is through the practice of Mindfulness, This is a way of paying attention to the present moment by using meditation, yoga and breathing techniques. It involves consciously bringing awareness to our thoughts and feelings, without making judgments about them. It is a method for observing what is happening right now, in our bodies, minds, and the world around us. By paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in this way, we can become more aware of them, less wrapped up in them, and more able to manage them.
Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do, however learning to do this in a way that suspends judgement and self criticism can have surprising results. Many people report finding inner strengths and resources that help them make wiser decisions about their health and life in general.
Most of us find ourselves frequently ‘swept away’ by the current of thoughts and feelings, worries, pressures, responsibilities; wanting things to be different from how they are right now. This can be particularly powerful when we are faced with pain, difficulties and illness that confound our attempts to find a solution or to feel better. Feeling stuck in this way can be draining. Mindfulness can help us to work directly with the struggle we sometimes have in relating to life’s experience and in doing so can really improve the quality of our life.
Being mindful helps us relate to others. Mindfulness is positively associated with better ability to express oneself in social situations, greater empathy, better identification and description of feelings, lower social anxiety and less distress contagion. More mindful people enjoy more satisfying relationships, are better at communicating, and are less troubled by relationship conflict, as well as less likely to think negatively of their partners as a result of conflict.
We offer a holistic approach that listens to and assesses your needs and considers the right way forward given your unique situation. We first meet with an organisation, business or sports team, individual or family to explain the use of Mindfulness in real terms and what its benefits are.
This ‘evaluation phase’ is understanding the customer’s needs then simply designing an appropriate programme whether fully mindfulness based or elemental.
The design of our Mindfulness courses or adaptive coaching can drive a variety of positive outcomes, including improved performance, enjoyment, agility, increased acceptance of outcomes and commitment.
We’ve learned that to succeed and remain positive and enjoying life or sport to the full, stepping off the treadmill of life is an absolute must.
A typical programme begins by building a 360 degree view of the perceived need to improve or just change our perspective on life. The output is used to:
- Create a personal or team development plan outlining process driven or Mindfulness strategies that will deliver lasting improvements.
- Identify the areas to consider changing whether mentally, physically e.g. biomechanically or both
- Gaining an overview of self analysis approaches for continuous performance improvement
The result, a composite change picture, is then used as either a take away self implemented plan or more beneficially, an actively coached plan that enables ‘present moment’ performance correction.
Changera™ are therefore offering training in this potentially life changing approach and has developed a wealth of practical experience in applying Mindfulness techniques to many facets of people’s lives from workplace to sport.
At Changera™, we have seen from coaching sport and general life skills that the way people think about themselves and others will ultimately define the true realisation of enjoyment and satisfaction.