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ENTREVESTOR

Read our article in the Chronicle Herald Here: https://www.thechronicleherald.ca/business/entrevestor-atlantic-institute-for-resilience-going-digital-259852/

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Mental Fitness Minute: Control

  Being in control matters. Believing you are capable of having an impact contributes to positive feelings and increases life satisfaction. Knowing what you have control over matters. You have the ability to influence your health, well being and surroundings....

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Mental Fitness Minute: Burnout

Sometimes it’s hard to remember to slow down. Demands from your personal and work life can be consuming. Rarely do we think to take time for ourselves and reflect. Burnout is emotional and mental exhaustion. But… how do I avoid burnouts? Take some time to reflect on...

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Mental Fitness Minute: Self-Compassion

Being successful requires having your own back. Practicing self-compassion on a regular basis helps you persevere through difficult times. Be there to stand up for yourself when you need it! You need to love yourself unconditionally. That means despite mistakes and...

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Mental Fitness Minute: Assertiveness

There will be times when you have to speak up for yourself and others. Avoiding conflict is unrealistic; it leads to resentment, bitterness and passive aggressive behaviour. This can cause a tremendous amount of undue stress, anxiety and interpersonal discomfort....

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Mental Fitness Minute: Emotion is Fuel

Sometimes it’s easier to think that the glass is half empty than half full. Harnessing positive energy is a quick and easy way to feel optimistic and energized! Positive emotions include love, joy and gratitude. Having gratitude involves being thankful for people,...

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Mental Fitness Minute: Managing Conflict

Conflict is natural. Knowing how to communicate your thoughts and feelings with people who have different points of view is important! Every opinion adds value and offers different perspectives. When dealing with conflict, ask yourself the following questions: What is...

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Join the Mental Fitness Revolution!

Mental Fitness changes the way we think about mental health. Your brain is like a muscle. Doing things like making decisions, setting boundaries, and even standing up for yourself in an argument all require you to take action. But when you haven't done it for a while,...

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A Scientific Way to Measure Resilience

The Functional Resilience question-AIR offers a new way to assess current levels of mental fitness. This measure has been scientifically proven! It offers an evidence based approach to training and development needs. Read more in this latest white paper by...

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Leading with the Brain in Mind

“Leading with the Brain in Mind”: AIR faculty presented at Medavie Blue Cross’s Benefits3 Conference, 2016 Air® faculty participate in many conferences to increase awareness and mental fitness. At the Medavie Blue Cross’ Benefits3 Conference, AIR faculty...

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Dr. Jackie Kinley Talks Neuroplasticity with CTV

Dr. Jackie Kinley sat down with CTV to discuss her ongoing research, regarding the ability to create neuroplastic change as a way to build resilience. This change can be cultivated individually or through a group-based process; the latter has even been...

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Promoting Resilience in the Judiciary

Order in the court: Helping the Judiciary understand and manage litigants and their own reactions is essential to maintaining a safe, healthy, and respectful judicial process. Dr. Kinley highlighted the importance of increasing the awareness of and...

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Building resilience within first responders

AIR offered resilience training and education to first responders and their peer support team. Stress disorders are common on the front line and building mental fitness can help to mitigate the risk of illness and distress.

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Have we got the course for your team!

The ResilienceInsideOut™ curriculum is the basis of all of AIR’s programs. Interpersonal neurobiology is the science of relationships, assisting individuals to examine, explore and ultimately expand their emotional and social capacity with the goal of...

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Personal Resilience POP QUIZ

How resilient are you? Resilient individuals develop mental flexibility, agility and keep their cool under pressure. They welcome difference, don’t shy away from conflict and thrive and grow in the face of adversity. Ask yourself the following questions...

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ORGANIZATION Resilience POP QUIZ

How resilient is your organization? Rate yourself (1 not at all – 3 somewhat – 5 absolutely!) Do your co-workers handle conflict honestly? Is there is little to no gossip in the workplace? Are people engaged and enthusiastic? As individuals, do you share...

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Team Resilience Pop Quiz

How resilient is your team? In sports, either team-based or individual, participants need to be self aware, able to harness emotion, flexible, respectful and able to maintain a positive outlook. Rate your team (1 not at all – 3 somewhat – 5 absolutely!)...

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Community Resilience Pop Quiz

Resilient communities are vibrant, dynamic and thrive. How does your community measure up? Rate yourself (1 not at all – 3 somewhat – 5 absolutely!) In your city or town, do you… Know your neighbours? Acknowledge strangers with a smile or hello when on the...

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Resiliency training meets growing demand

Recent concerns about access to, and the cost of, publically funded psychotherapy highlight the need for ways to empower individuals to work through challenges and locate inner strengths and resources so they might both learn from and grow through them....

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Technology bullies Nature

Organizations struggle with an overload of information and a rapid pace of change. With the emergence of disorders such as Attention Deficit (ADD), various forms of Internet Addiction, and a range of disorders related to increased anxiety and a lack of control, we are...

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Discovering Self-Compassion

A few months ago, I wrote a piece on compassion and reflected that we as a society are not compassionate 100% of the time, nor should we be, however we should be more often than we are. In the further discovery of compassion it is important to realize that...

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Active Listening

Listening matters. It is a topic that has sparked many debates, and has influenced decades of research, as it is one of the most important tools that we have at our disposal. To hear someone speak is entirely different than to actively listen to them. This...

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Exercise and Stress Management

Stress is prevalent. Unhealthy amounts of stress may lead to many negative side effects including aches and pains, insomnia, illness, burnout, decreased motivation, and many other symptoms that get in the way of enjoying life. Cortisol is the stress...

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Making Time

With only 24 hours in a day, it can appear difficult to get everything done. An overwhelming list of “to do’s” raise our stress levels, often to an extent that surpasses healthy amounts, leading to illness, fatigue, and burnout. Often times we look back...

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Resilience: The Missing Link

Resilience is a capacity. Now we know we can build that capacity in individuals, organizations and communities! The construct of resilience is multifaceted, and it has the ability to provide a link between stress and mental illness. By better understanding...

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Resilience: Building People to Last

A lot of people talk about resilience, but not a lot of people know how to build it. Resilience is the capacity to bounce back in the face of stress. The abilities inherent in resilience are skills that can be learned. Managing stress and harnessing...

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Bringing the Workplace Back to Life

Emotion is often frowned upon at work. When individuals are “emotional” at work they are frequently seen as irrational and out of place. We propose a new way to think about, and leverage, emotion at work. Emotion is energy. Emotion is tightly tied to...

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Emotional Literacy: Learning a New Language at Work

There has been a tremendous focus on mental health literacy. Unfortunately, when we speak about mental health, we are most often really speaking about mental illness. This conversation results in confusion, and inadvertently further extends and promotes a...

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Emotion: It’s Written on Your Face

Emotion has its own language. Emotions are physiological responses to stimuli, and each emotion has its own physiological signature. Shame is recognized and experienced universally as a flushing, shrinking sensation associated with an increase in the heart...

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What Drives Kids To Bully

The CBC's Amy Smith asks psychiatrist Dr. Jackie Kinley what drives kids to bully. Jackie Kinley’s expertise in psychiatry and research in resilience was the inspiration behind Air® Institutes. Her research has uncovered a new way of using groups to...

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AIR Head Office

The Atlantic Institute for Resilience

5943 Spring Garden Rd.

Halifax, NS, B3H 1Y4

Phone: 902.404.3768

Email: office@air-institutes.com