London Press Club in association with Corinthia Hotel hosted Mental Resilience Event in London on the 20th July 2016. Dr Tara Swart presented the talk on the subject.
Journalists from all disciplines are generally under intense pressure because of tight deadlines; accountability and exposure; instant online feedback, etc.
Coupled with these demands is the expectation to be creative, grow audience and readership, and attract advertisers in an uncertain industry with increasing public scrutiny. This requires huge mental resilience; the ability to resist the effects of stress.
Doug Wills, Chairman of the London Press Club and Managing Editor of the London Evening Standard said: “Journalism is a stressful job in an industry undergoing major change. Journalists play a hugely important role in society – keeping business and government accountable, at the same time as providing up-to-date, accurate news.
It is important to understand how and what makes those journalists who thrive on pressure best able to cope with the strains and stresses of the job. This will undoubtedly help all journalists as well as the industry itself, which needs to look after their health and interests.”
The Corinthia Hotel London turns out to be the ideal partner on this project since the hotel’s award-winning ESPA Life is the first UK spa to launch a six unique mindfulness therapies (ESPA Mindful Massage, ESPA Mindful Facial, Mindful Breathing & Meditation, Mindful Sleep, and two Mindful Fitness sessions).
The study by Dr. Tara Swart will collate personalized information from journalists, including heart rate variability; cortisol and testosterone levels; brain profiles; and food and drinking habits. To apply to take part in the study please visit: the-unlimited-mind.com/journalist-study
Conditions for applicants
It is important that the study is rigorous and scientifically credible. Applicants will, therefore, need to fulfill certain criteria in order to take part in the study.
* No use of regular medication for depression or anxiety such as Prozac, Citalopram or Beta blockers
* No pre-existing medical conditions related to the brain
* No pre-existing heart condition, irregular heartbeats or cardiac medication such as blood pressure tablets and diabetes
* Not pregnant
* Consent for their data to be used anonymously as part of the results
* Consent to be interviewed as a case study example for any media coverage (opt-out possible under some circumstances)
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