April Newsletter

by Apr 14, 2022News

APRIL NEWSLETTER

We are living in one of the most significant periods of change in human history. We are also at a point where we have the perfect storm of viral, environmental and social threats, which we are confronted with daily through our phones and computer screens.

As a result, it can all start to feel incredibly distressing and even significantly impact how you feel throughout your everyday life.

To help combat our reactions to this seemingly endless stream of bad news, we would like to introduce you to this very helpful model called the Circles of Influence. This consists of three areas of focus:

Control & Influence

Circles of Concern: Things that concern us can be very frightening if we allow ourselves to think about them constantly. In actuality, we cannot change these things in any way, and it’s this worry that reinforces our sense of powerlessness.

Circle of Influence: This model has us consider who and what around us that we can have an impact on but can’t directly control. This gives us a little more sense of safety because we are making some change, but the risk is we can demand that change happens. When it doesn’t, we can get disappointed, and this is where ‘shoulding’ sits – they should, he should – we would like them to, but we can’t make them.

Circle of Control: The one area that is the best bang for our emotional buck is to focus on what we can control directly, and that is how we think, how we feel and how we behave.

So, if you’re feeling like the events happening in Ukraine or the new wave of Covid cases is weighing on you emotionally, remember that those are things you cannot change, no matter how hard you wish you could. The best thing you can do is learn strategies to manage your own emotions and behaviour so that you can still be your best self and be able to still help and support those around you who you value.

Kind regards,
The DivergenThinking Team

 


 

Getting SELF ONLINE LEARNING

Everybody’s brain is different. We are all neurodiverse. Learning how our brain works is the best mental health and wellbeing programme we can embark on.Getting SELF

Getting SELF is the foundation programme for the Getting GOT Series, our specialised offering of programmes that lead to individuals understanding their own strengths and challenges, leaders learning to create a ‘True’ psychologically safe environment and employees’ empowered to do their best work and cooperate with others.

This leads to increased productivity, innovation, and overall wellbeing for employees and the company.

Watch this space for more information coming soon!


AUTISM ACCEPTANCE MONTH

April is Autism Acceptance Month, with Autism Awareness Day on 2nd April.

We want to take this time not just to bring awareness to Autistic people but to also shine the light on the diversity that makes up Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In the workplace, autistic people have been reported to be significantly more loyal and reliable than their non-neurodiverse counterparts and often learning more quickly and performing at a higher level.


 

NEURODIVERSITY PRIDE DAY
JUNE 18th 2022

Book your employee ‘Intro to Neurodiversity Awareness Webinar’, which will help introduce as many employees as you wish to the concept and power of Neurodiversity.

In this session, employees will begin their journey towards building empathy and respect for the different brain strengths in their organisation.

Session objectives are:

  • Insight into how our brains are wired and the impact this has on how we process and experience the world around us
  • Learn how different thinking drives particular types of behaviours bringing a strengths-based lens to Neurodiverse labels
  • How similar external triggers can be processed in very different ways due to different brain wiring
  • A few tips on how to manage different brains

 

Details:
When: To be negotiated
Who: Natasya Tucker
How: 0276459304 or natasya@divergenthinking.co.nz

 

 


 

NEURODIVERSE PERSON OF THE MONTH:
GRETA THUNBERG

Greta Thunberg has been the voice for the younger generation and climate change action.

In addition to her already impressive CV, she has also recently become a figure in the neurodiverse community after announcing her Autism diagnosis.

In a 2019 Instagram post, Greta writes, “I have Asperger’s syndrome, and that means I’m sometimes a bit different from the norm. And — given the right circumstances — being different is a superpower.”

Greta is a Climate Change activist, a role that has taken her around the world and has given her opportunities to speak directly to world leaders and instigate change in climate change policies.