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If you’re struggling to cope with the never-ending pandemic and the stress that comes with it, Rany Moran's workshops could teach you how to deal with this new normal efficiently, effectively and compassionately

We are almost approaching the two-year mark since the pandemic began in December 2019 and many of us have felt the exhausting effects of the changing restrictions and the constant updates on case numbers and clusters. It can get overwhelming for a sizeable lot.

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For many of us, working from home has caused our productivity to drop, and we have seen our stress levels increase as we battle emotional burnout. If you are a parent, you also have the added stress of watching as your Tatlings struggle with comprehending and coping with all the changes that the pandemic has brought about. 

No matter if you are a boss, employee, parent or caregiver, the pandemic has certainly taken its toll but the good thing is that you don’t have to struggle alone. 

This month, International Coach Federation (ICF) accredited life coach and trained counsellor Rany Moran, will be holding two workshops targeted at helping individuals and parents manage stress brought about by the pandemic. 

In her resilience workshop which will be taking place on October 28, participants will learn important strategies and techniques as to how to overcome pandemic stress, navigate emotional burnout and lockdown fatigue all while optimising productivity at work.

If you are a parent and would like to learn how to take care of your child's emotional well-being, you can opt for Moran’s parenting workshop on October 30 which will teach parents strategies to nurture resilience and discipline in their kids through smart boundaries and positive reinforcement as well as how to be a conscious parent and to manage your child’s new normal fears.

These workshops are part of her mission to support mental health awareness and emotional wellness this October and are set to impart some important life lessons while being informative and compassionate.

In fact, Tatler spoke to the busy mother-of-two ahead of her workshops to find out more about what workshop participants can expect during her sessions so keep reading to find out why you should be attending these sessions. 

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1. How to be more productive while working from home

Working from home is currently the default option for workplaces in Singapore and will continue to be for a while after the authorities announced that it will be extending its Stabilisation Phase to November 21. While many of us may enjoy this, there are just as many who are struggling with blending work with home life and find it difficult to manage their time and be productive. 

If that sounds like you, Moran has a solution that she will be delving into during her resilience workshop. In fact, she will be guiding participants and teaching them how they can start off their day with a to-do list so that they have their priorities and mindset straight.

She will also be delving into the science of why ticking things off a to-do list can provide a source of instant gratification, can boost your sense of achievement, organisation and even self-motivation.

She will also be talking about burnout and reminding participants that a heavy workload is not the only reason why one might be burnt out so you certainly want to tune in for this.

2. How to acknowledge your feelings

Acknowledging and accepting your feelings is extremely important and no one knows that better than Moran who will be guiding participants to her resilience workshop through the reasons why it is important to accept and allow yourself to feel your feelings before you can start healing by giving yourself the space to reset, re-prioritise and re-focus on how to move forward.

She will also be talking about the science behind fear and how it links up with false expectations and how we can build mental resilience as well as our windows of tolerance which is a term used to describe the optimal zone of emotion and state of mind where you can function at your best calm, composed and most confident self.

“Use the ‘stop’ strategy to control your negative internal dialogue: Stop what you’re doing, take a deep breath, observe your thoughts and ask yourself if they’re true if you have evidence to prove your worries? Then proceed with what you’re doing knowing that you are simply overthinking and worrying without a valid reason,” Moran shared.

3. How to identify anxiety triggers and energy drainers

If there’s one thing we have all learnt in this pandemic, it is to cherish and make time for the people closest to us because we are truly living in a bizarre day and age where it is no longer easy to simply hop on a plane and see a loved one in a different country or even to sit down for a meal with someone with all the restrictions in place. 

This is why it is so important to identify the people and things in your life that give you the most joy so you can build on them and to also eliminate the things that cause anxiety and your energy to drain because unfortunately, there will always be people, places, things or events that drain your energy. 

In fact, negativity can cause trauma, outstanding emails or procrastination can cause anxiety and poor sleep can contribute to making everything worse.  

A tip by Moran is to make the time to identify your core problems by writing them down first. Simply write down what makes you scared, angry, frustrated or worried and take it from there.

You can find out more about this as well as Moran’s ‘pest control’ method at her resilience workshop. 

4. How prevent your children from getting addicted to the online world

With home-based learning on the rise and parents who are working from home trying to keep their kids occupied so they can focus, it’s no secret that our kids are growing more dependent on their technology. However, how do we prevent our children from becoming addicted?

In her parenting workshop on October 30, Moran will be talking about the difference between digital dependence and addiction.

“Digital dependence is the key difference between how we grew up and how our kids are growing up. Today, our kids live most of their lives online. Through gaming and social media, they get instant hits of dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin which are brain chemicals that give us pleasure, but this constant overstimulation can result in much deeper psychological issues and high emotional unpredictability in the future,” Moran shared.

She will also be taking parents deeper into the psychology of why kids are bonding as much as they are with technology and how to rectify it. 

5. How to help your child through negative emotions caused by the pandemic

Considering their age, we do know that the pandemic has likely been difficult for most kids who might not understand what's going on around the world or why they are being pulled in and out of school and away from their friends. 

If you need help creating a routine and managing the heightened anxiety and stress that is likely pervading your child's life, Moran has you covered with an in-depth discussion on how to help young children understand and process their emotions so that it no longer manifests in tantrums, high emotional unpredictability, feelings of helplessness, frustration, lack of good judgement and intolerance, disengagement and rebelliousness.

Learn more about Rany Moran’s workshops here:

Resilience Workshop: Overcome Pandemic Stress and Optimise Your Productivity In The New Normal with Rany Moran

October 28, 1 pm - 2.30 pm

Book your tickets here.

Parenting Workshop: Navigate Kids Pandemic Fears and Nurture Resilience to Succeed in the New Normal with Rany Moran

October 30, 3 pm - 4.30 pm

Book your tickets here.

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