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But if we take this too far, we become so marked by their influence that we have no internal space to incubate and develop our own voice, and we spend our lives tied to ideas that are not our own. The solution, as Gould discovered, is subtle: Even as we listen and incorporate the ideas of our mentors, we must slowly cultivate some distance from them. We begin by gently adapting their ideas to our circumstances, altering them to fit our style and inclinations. As we progress we can become bolder, even focusing on faults or weaknesses in some of their ideas. We slowly mold their knowledge into our own shape. As we grow in confidence and contemplate our independence, we can even grow competitive with the mentor we once worshipped. As Leonardo da Vinci said, Poor is the apprentice who does not surpass his Master. Create a back-and-forth dynamic In 1978, a promising lightweight boxer named Freddie Roach traveled to Las Vegas with his father in search of a trainer that could elevate him to the next level. Even Dr Jenkins jumped in: You go, girl! Patty nodded her thanks and slowly flipped to the next article. Okay, y'all, now I've gotta do the hard part: the worst thing that happened to me this year was television. There's so much crap in that medium, and watching it is such an easy cop-out. I used it like a narcotic to numb the pain, and--she lowered the outline to her lap, blushed, and went off-script--I made myself feel better by yelling at stupid commercials. If I never again see the one with the cowboy selling catheters, I'll be so happy, and that one with the group of people walking around in adult diapers is just--I mean, seriously, can you imagine actually doing that-- Dr Matt cleared his throat and twirled his finger, making the wrap it up sign. Patty gasped, Oh--sorry--okay, where was I? She retrieved her outline and took a moment to get re-centered. She read over it, and her face fell. Search for Guide for Employees. <br /><br /><a href=''>Wellness</a> Action Plans'. <a href=''>Risk</a> Management and Crisis Planning <a href=''>When</a> you've had a mental health crisis it's important to consider what will help your recovery. <a href=''>As</a> with physical illness, mental ill-health can be exhausting and can take time to recuperate from. <a href=''>While</a> you are off work, you can specify who - which colleagues - you would like told about your absence, what and how much you want them to know, and whether you would like them to contact you. <a href=''>Think,</a> too, how you want to be contacted whilst off work sick - by phone, letter, email, text, or face to face and how regularly. <a href=''>You</a> may be keen to return to work; <a href=''>Perhaps,</a> though, your workplace has stringent sickness/absence policies and although you're not ready to return, you worry that you may be subject to disciplinary action and your job may be under threat if you don't return sooner rather than later. <a href=''>If</a> that is the case, do make sure you're clear about your company's sickness and absence policies. <a href=''>And</a> as previously narrated in article 1 (see here), Freddie and his father quickly settled on Eddie Futch, one of the most legendary boxing coaches in the field. <a href=''>Futch</a> had a magnificent resume. <a href=''>As</a> a young man he had sparred with Joe Louis. <a href=''>Barred</a> from turning professional because of a heart murmur, he became a trainer, working later with some of the most illustrious heavyweights, including Joe Frazier. <a href=''>He</a> was a quiet, patient man who knew how to give precise instructions; <a href=''>Under</a> his guidance, Roach advanced quickly, winning his first ten bouts. <a href=''>Soon,</a> however, Roach began to notice a problem: in training he listened intently to what Futch had to say, and put it into practice with relative ease. <a href=''>But</a> in actual bouts, the moment he exchanged blows with his opponent, he would suddenly throw out all the technique he had learned and fight on pure emotion. <a href=''>Sometimes</a> this worked, but he took a lot of blows, and his career started to sputter. <a href=''>What</a> surprised him several years into the process was that Futch did not really seem to notice this problem of his. <a href=''>She</a> whispered, This is the part that made me cry when I wrote it, but. <br /><br /><a href=''>okay,</a> I can do this. <a href=''>Coming</a> here on Thursday nights was probably the only reason I didn't end my life, and. <a href=''>for</a> the longest time, I--Patty's chin quivered, and her face crumpled--I--I'm almost embarrassed to tell you because it's--it's so childlike--but the moment our session was over and I got into my car to go home, I--I'd put my head on the steering wheel and tell myself that--that I only had to hang on for 7 more days. <a href=''>and</a> when Thursday arrived, all that day at school, I'd count down the hours until I could be here again, where, for just a couple of hours, I didn't hurt as badly. <a href=''>Even</a> when the sessions were hard, I was still glad I ca-- The last word was lost in a choked sob. <a href=''>Patty</a> looked at the faces of the cherished members of her group, all with tears running down their faces. <a href=''>Felicia</a> put her hand on Patty's forearm. <a href=''>Wait--I</a> need to tell you this now, so you know you're not alone: I used to do the same thing--the countdown thing. <a href=''>She</a> leaned into Patty and whispered, You're okay now, and you were okay then. <a href=''>You</a> can find information and guidance about your rights from Mind, Citizens Advice, and ACAS. <a href=''>If</a> you belong to a union, they will have information too. <a href=''>Mental</a> Health Recovery Plan <a href=''>A</a> Mental Health Recovery Plan is a way to actively take control of your mental health so you can work towards achieving treatment and recovery goals. <a href=''>When,</a> with your treatment team, you're involved in putting together your recovery plan, you can make sure it reflects what's important to you on your road to recovery. <a href=''>A</a> Mental Health Recovery Plan can include: <a href=''>Your</a> goals: life goals, health goals, treatment and medication goals, and your overall recovery goals <a href=''>Regular</a> activities and routines you need to do to stay well <a href=''>Words</a> that describe you when you are feeling well and not feeling well <a href=''>Relapse</a> triggers: events or experiences that contributed to a past setback and could do so again <a href=''>With</a> so many fighters in his stable, he tended to keep his distance; <br /><br /><a href=''>Finally,</a> in 1986, Roach retired. <a href=''>Living</a> in Vegas and moving from one bad job to another, in his off-hours he began to frequent the gym where he had trained. <a href=''>Soon</a> he was giving advice to fighters and helping out. <a href=''>Without</a> getting paid, he became a de facto assistant to Futch, even directly training a few of the fighters himself. <a href=''>He</a> knew Futch's system well and had internalized many of the techniques he taught. <a href=''>He</a> added his own wrinkle to the training sessions. <a href=''>He</a> took the mitt work--the large padded gloves that a trainer uses in the ring to practice various punches and combinations with his fighter--to a higher level, creating a longer and more fluid practice session. <a href=''>It</a> also gave Roach a chance to be more involved in the action, something he missed. <a href=''>After</a> several years he realized he was good at this and so left Futch to begin his own career as a trainer. <a href=''>It's</a> nothing to be ashamed of, doing what you needed to do to stay alive. <a href=''>I'm</a> just so, so glad that you are here; <a href=''>that</a> you held on so you could be here with us, now. <a href=''>Patty</a> looked at Felicia but couldn't speak, or she'd lose it completely. <a href=''>Jake</a> crossed to her and stood behind her chair, where he placed his big hands on her shoulders and leaned down to whisper in her ear, I counted down, too. <a href=''>Patty</a> smiled her thanks and patted his hand. <a href=''>Thank</a> you, friends. <a href=''>I'm</a> good; <a href=''>I</a> can continue now. <a href=''>I</a> realize I wallowed in that negative state ofstuckness,' fear, and anxiety, for months. Warning signs that things are not going well

Crisis plans for difficult times (see article 167). A recovery plan can support your return to work. How your return is managed is important for it to go well. If there's been a long absence or you have an ongoing mental health condition, it will be helpful for you and your manager or someone from HR or occupational health to meet up and, as well as talking about any work updates that happened while you were off, discuss: Managing a Crisis Once back at work, you may, however, experience a crisis. Here we look at two potential issues - panic attacks and feeling suicidal. Panic Attacks Panic attacks are sudden, overwhelming intense surges of fear, panic, or anxiety. To Roach, the sport was changing. Fighters had become faster, but trainers such as Futch still promoted a rather static style of boxing that did not exploit these changes. Slowly, Roach began to experiment with the whole training dynamic. He expanded the mitt work into something larger, a simulation of a fight that could go on for several rounds. This allowed him to get closer to his fighters, to literally feel their full arsenal of punches over time, to see how they moved in the ring. He began to study tapes of opponents, looking for any kind of pattern or weakness in their style. He would devise a strategy around this weakness and go over it with his boxers in the mitt work. Interacting so closely with his fighters, he would develop a different kind of rapport than what he had with Futch--more visceral and connected. But no matter the boxer, these moments of connection would inevitably fade in and out. As they improved, the fighters would begin to tune him out, feeling like they already knew enough. You--you all, and the progress you were making, gave me hope that I could progress as well, but I didn't move past wanting progress into making it happen, until I started reading again.