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30th January, 2024

How to Feel Confident in Any Situation

With Helen Leathers

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If you’re in a job where you use your brain a lot, it can be easy to feel disconnected from your body and emotions. This in turn can lead to a lack of self-awareness and even difficulty in expressing yourself. That lack of awareness changes how we outwardly express ourselves, even in ways we’re not aware of.

But by becoming consciously connected with our body, we can get a bit more control over our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and over how others see us.

This week, Rachel is joined by coach and trainer Helen Leathers, who shows us how our posture, our movements, even the way we dress, can affect not only our mood, but how we’re perceived at work. She also shares a practical exercise that can help us cultivate stillness, so we appear more confident and open.

It’s natural for those of us in cerebral jobs to see the body as just a vessel for the brain. But if we disconnect for too long, we can find it harder to tap into, understand, and express difficult feelings like stress and overwhelm.

But there are simple things you can do to reconnect with your body, to literally shake off those negative feelings, and to “fake it ‘til you become it”.

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Reasons to listen

  • To learn practical steps to cultivate self-awareness and express yourself more effectively
  • To discover how becoming consciously connected with your body and emotions can lead to positive changes in your life
  • To understand the practical applications of embodiment, and separate it from the pseudoscience

Episode highlights

00:04:50

Consciously connecting body and mind

00:13:28

How posture and movement affects how we’re perceived

00:16:34

Fake it ’til you become it

00:17:41

How we dress is a signal to our body

00:19:52

Embodiment and overwhelm

00:28:08

Acknowledging where feelings sit in our body

00:32:37

Shake it off

00:38:58

Does it matter where in your body you feel something?

00:43:35

Helen’s embodiment tips

Episode transcript

[00:00:00] When was the last time you went into a meeting and didn’t feel confident? Did the meeting go well? Or did you feel ignored and sidelined? It tends out a surprising amount of how we show up in these situations is down to our body language. [00:00:13] If you’re anything like me, you probably think about your work as being mostly cerebral, but even in jobs where our brains do, most of the heavy lifting, being fully connected with our body can help us get a handle on our emotions, cope with negative feelings like stress and overwhelm and…

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