The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives. 

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.


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Calm - Available Virtually or In-person

No one is calm all the time. Nor should we be; a touch of fear and adrenaline can be useful and helps us to perform in tight situations. However, many of us struggle in our jobs with excessive stress, anxiety and burnout. Indeed, figures from the Centre for Mental Health indicate stress and mental health difficulties cost the UK economy upwards of £30 billion a year.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Consider why experiencing change can be so difficult

• Learn to cope with challenges and setbacks without anxiety, panic or despair

• Create a toolbox of resources to use when times get tough and learn how to develop new, more useful coping strategies

• Explore how we might take a new perspective on difficult events

What characterises mastery of this skill?

Employees with a high level of calm are able to regulate and channel feelings of anger or frustration and – if necessary – express them in a constructive manner. When challenges or problems arise, they are usually committed to alternative solutions rather than problem-oriented thinking.


What characterises a lack of this skill?

An employee who has difficulties with calm is characterised by impulsive, angry reactions when things do not go as expected. They often unintentionally create a tense team atmosphere and often find it hard to move toward more solution-oriented thinking.

"I love the storm and fear the calm." — Christina, Queen of Sweden


"A totally new way of dealing with situations and people to manage my emotions"

"Very reflective and thought provoking, helping me to understand one’s fears and where they are coming from"

"I learned the difference between anger and anxiety, balancing pessimism and optimism, and managing unrealistic assumptions"