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Episode 121

July 14, 2021

121: How to improve our and our groups' mental fitness with Jodie Rogers

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    We are experiencing a long-overdue explosion of information and awareness about mental health. Just as we’ve steadily developed great interventions for our physical ills, we are now developing similar solutions for our mental ills.

    But prevention is always preferable to cures.

    Developing our mental fitness can have a hugely positive effect on us as individuals, collectives, and professionals, but it’s not yet a prominent part of the public discussion around mental well-being.

    Jodie Rogers, founder of Symbia, mental fitness expert, and published author, is on a mission to make mental fitness a key part of how we live and work. She joins me in this episode to share how we can start practicing better mental fitness individually and collectively.

    Find out about

    • What the difference is between mental health and mental fitness
    • The evidence behind mental fitness and Jodie’s work in the field
    • How Jodie coaches mental fitness in corporate settings
    • How we can all work on our mental fitness independently
    • The common cognitive traps we set ourselves and what we can do to increase our awareness of them
    • How and why to prime a group before a workshop
    • Why Jodie thinks it’s important to call out signals of discontentment, boredom, or disagreement in a group

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    Questions and Answers

    01:00When did you start calling yourself a facilitator, if you do at all? 04:20Can you explain what mental fitness is? 09:07Would you call mental fitness a growth mindset? 14:21How do you go about teaching groups mental fitness? 18:08Does raising this group- and self-awareness improve our understanding of perceptual differences? 19:50Do you use any specific tools or ideas to help people understand how their attention works? 25:56Do you have a favourite tool or exercise for applying mental fitness? 29:16How do you recognise whether a group is mentally available or if there is tension in it? 31:46How would you advise someone about calling out visible tension in a group? 36:04What sort of scene-setting do you do to make ‘calling out’ possible in a group setting? 41:03What makes a workshop fail? 43:26What would be your advice for showing up even when we don’t feel very mentally fit? 45:20What is the one thing you would like listeners to take away from this episode?

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