RCVS Pre-Congress Day

Do you ever find yourself having doubts about your path in life? Do you find yourself questioning things more and more? If so, don't worry - you're far from alone. Nobody is ever going to be happy all the time, but the Mind Matters Initiative will show you methods of holding onto the passion that made you want to be a veterinary professional in the first place.

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Register for the Mind Matters Initiative today to get the following webinars:

How thinking positively makes life easier

By Lucy Whitehall

Positive Psychology is the science of wellbeing and what it means to have a good life. Most people report that they are functioning well in life, but comparatively few are thriving. But what would life and work be like if we were thriving and flourishing rather than merely surviving?  Positive Psychology is a compelling  evidence based framework which offers practical tools we can use every day to boost our experience of flourishing. One fundamental driver in our life experience is the mindset we choose to adopt. We know through the concept of neuroplasticity that the brain can change throughout all stages of life. With repeated and directed attention, we can change a mindset that may be pessimistic or negatively biased to one which supports a more realistic and positive perspective.  People who generate more positive emotions and constructive perspectives in life have higher levels of psychological wellbeing, are more resilient, perform better and have stronger relationships.

Understanding the concept of ‘mindset’ – a key to finding a more positive outlook

By Anne-Marie Svendsen Aylott

‘Have you ever wondered why it can be so difficult to persuade yourself to stay positive? Why sometimes even the thought of changing how you think can seem challenging and impossible? The concept of ‘mindset’ comes from over 35 years of solid research and provides a deceptively simple solution to helping you find a way to keep refocusing on the positives. This talk introduces you to ‘mindset’ and gives you vital information that can help you utilise tools and techniques to a much higher degree’

Live the life you want

By Sara Tai

The pathways to positive mental health and wellbeing can often be prescriptive; we are given advice and recommendations for how we can make life feel more the way we want it to. Standardised regimes of exercise, good diet and positive thinking, for example, can instill a feeling of failure for those for whom the prescription doesn’t work. We are all different and the routes to mental health and wellbeing are idiosyncratic and will vary depending on our own specific situations. This talk highlights the importance of understanding our own unique personal goals, in which positive wellbeing and mental health is achieved through being able to balance a range of competing demands and priorities. To do that, we need to develop greater awareness of ourselves and what is important to us. This talk will focus on how, in difficult situations, we can mobilise our awareness of what we want in order to better generate novel solutions to the challenges we meet in our lives. The things that help us achieve greater wellbeing tend to be the things that grant us more control over our lives.  This talk also provides an overview of some of the available tools, including smart phone apps, aimed at helping to increase our awareness of what we want in order to regain control and make life feel more the way we want it to be.

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