A useful discussion was held in the group about people’s experiences around health services and different approaches to medication.
The group then worked hard displaying creative skill and graphic design as they began to put together a new ‘Choose Life’ leaflet to make more people aware of the group as this is what they have chosen to use the received funding for. People in the group expressed how much of a lifeline this group has been for them and they wish for that support to be spread wider via the leaflets and online media. We also realised that as a group we are a bit rusty with Twitter and aim to spend a session soon learning how to use this as our followers often post useful and interesting articles and links.
The group also realised they need extra time to design the leaflet so will organise a Task Force meeting at Simpson House to complete this.
Please remember there is no group next Thursday 1st August. The next group will be Thursday 8th August when Geoffrey will be back with us exploring strengths.
Today the group looked at the things which trigger anger or depression and other negative emotions and discussed how to be aware of these and strategies to get out, this was a difficult exercise to do. On a lighter note we looked at 10 ways to feel better; these included eating bananas and drinking smoothies, doing nice things for other people, wearing wow glasses, getting the heart rate up and eating breakfast.
We missed June today who was unable to lead the session, but the group had come prepared with a big thank-you…have a look at the photo.
Please note, after consultation with group members it was agreed that there will be no group on Thursday 1st August due to holidays and other commitments. The group will resume on Thursday 9th August with Geoffrey Baines returning to work on people’s strengths.
Today was a very productive group. The big thing from today was people learning to change the way they respond in unpleasant situations which they have no control over. Once again, the big thing for people is to learn to show more compassion for themselves and not to be so self depreciating in situations they have no control over. Group members have been using the techniques they have learned while in the group to deal better with these unpleasant situations.
It was part 7 of the Living Life To The Full Course. We looked at how we deal with anger and what our triggers may be. We discussed whether it was better to stay and fight, or to walk away. Most people agreed it depended on the situation, but that the way we responded has a bit impact on how we feel afterwards. The 3 key examples were:
1 Know your buttons 2 Know your early warning system 3 Know where the escape hatches are.
Chill, as soon as you’ve escaped, give yourself respect. You’re strong. You’re in control. You’ve steered the car round that slippery corner without losing it. You’ve been strong enough to keep your temper. Doing this exercise was quite emotional for a lot of group members as it brought up stuff from their past but are keen to put these new techniques into place to lead a more fulfilling life.
Today we had another good group. It was really good to hear members commenting on how they had used some of the new skills learned through the group and the “Living Life To The Full Programme” to make new positive changes in their lives.
We worked on Part 6 of the L.L.T.T.F course which was entitled “The things you do that mess you up.” We looked at how we use things to instantly make us feel better but not looking at the possible consequences. The group thought about things people would use when feeling low – they included retail therapy, eating chocolate, taking risks, drinking alcohol among others. We also discussed how in essence these are all forms of self harm. This was quite revealing as some people associate self harm with people cutting themselves when in fact it is actually much wider than that. We looked at learning to be more self-aware and breaking the problem into pieces so as to avoid the possible consequences of the self harm.
A group member brought in a lovely sunshine garden ornament that symbolises the group and our hope!