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Unilever Mood Expert

Inside Out is a new service (brand) aiming to improve wellbeing through an e health interface. 4 pillars support wellbeing identified as: Mood, Sleep, Activity and Nutrition. Trust Art Project, in association with Agency for Life is developing the Mood Pillar. The Mood pillar is developing pathways for users who identify mood goals they wish to achieve such as: improving happiness, reducing Stress, improving control, thriving better, increasing optimism, social contacts, satisfaction with Life, positive affect, motivation etc....

The work is underpinned by robust evidence based research, and uses many Positive, occupational Psychology theories, models and interventions. We have worked  with individual e and personal coaching with different cohorts such as: Unilever Staff, Aviva, Fitbugs, Cupcakes

Example: 

PILLAR GOAL: BUILD on YOUR POSITIVE EMOTIONS

TARGET: BOOST YOUR POSITIVE MEMORIES
Evidence shows that experiencing and building on the positive emotions you have when you are ahppy can support your wellbeing and help buffer against the negative things that might happen. Here are a few tips that could help support sustained happiness and wellbeing and that you could use when you do have difficult experiences.
Evidence demonstrates that finding new experiences that ‘fit’ with your values and interests to become engaged in can improve happiness. It is important to vary these experiences. Try to avoid basing your happiness on acquisition of ‘ things’, as that happiness you get from their purchase or use will be very short term- however should you learn to savour them, appreciate or activiroy engage with them, you may also benefit.

ADVICE (INTERVENTION): REPLAY A HAPPY EVENT
Reliving great memories, make us want to have them even more in our present life
Take five minutes each day to sit in a quiet room, by yourself and close your eyes. On the first day, think back to a really enjoyable event. It can be anything, big or small. Try to relive that event through your senses and really enjoy it. On day two, do the same except relive a happy memory and on day three, think of a really successful time you felt totally in control.
Replay it as though it were a film, rewind the best bits and see them again and again.
If you find it difficult to relax and take yourself back to your enjoyable memories or get interrupted, don’t worry, just try again when you can later. and it all gets easier with practice.
 

GOAL: STAY REALISTIC
Pessimism certainly sometimes has it’s uses. As we evolved, it was adaptive behaviour to think negatively and worry about dangers and worst-case scenarios. However, now that we are no longer pursued by tigers, our health may suffer if we constantly look for the dangers. People who are optimistic tend to be happier, healthier and cope better when times are tough. So there are a lot of advantages to looking at the world through a positive lens and focusing on the things that are good.

For overly optimistic people!

TARGET: APPRECIATE &  STAY GROUNDED 

Just because you are very optimistic, you must stay grounded! Don’t ignore negative thoughts or worries, which might be important to you and your family’s lives. For example: paying bills can be a worry, but a necessity. You don’t want the worry to pervade your life, but you must deal with them!

ADVICE: APPRECIATE THE PAST
Although we don’t want you to dwell on the past, we think it’s important for you to savour that past as well as being so optimistic about the future. Prepare yourself by trying the 'Calm and focus' advice below. When you feel relaxed, think about the events of a happy day in the past; remember what happened in detail, what exactly did you (or other people involved) say or do? What were the thoughts and emotions running through your head? Don’t analyze the day, just replay and revel in it. Do this 8 minutes per day for 3 consecutive days. If you enjoy this, you can try focusing on another past happy day/ event for 3 days. Write down some of these memories.
 

TARGET: DON’T LEAVE THINGS FOR TOMORROW 

You might be a person whose cup is practically brimming over that you don’t leave enough time to worry a little bit about events and situations that need more attention!

ADVICE: SET ASIDE WORRY TIME
Set aside 5 minutes per day to go through any worries, doubts or problematic situations you have been leaving ‘for tomorrow’. Try and prioritise these and think about how to resolve them today.
 

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