Learning About The Benefits Of Exercise

Today, our guest was Katie, from the Healthy Active Minds Programme.  She came to talk to us about what she does as part of Edinburgh Leisure and how exercise can help to improve our mental health.  Anyone with mild to moderate mental health problems like depression, anxiety or stress can be referred to the programme by their doctor,Continue reading “Learning About The Benefits Of Exercise”

Movement for change

Today we discussed how childhood experiences can play a massive part in the way people see themselves today.  It was really beneficial for group members to be able to reflect on their own childhood to make some sense of what made them who they are today.  As a result of this discussion, members could challenge unhelpful thoughts theyContinue reading “Movement for change”

Positive Habits

Cartoon by Geoffrey Baines It was really nice to welcome Geoffrey Baines back to the group as our guest speaker. Some of the topics we covered today included motivation and energy.  Some of the things that energized group members were; Music Dance Running Healing Swimming Films When feeling low and depressed we can tend to lose interestContinue reading “Positive Habits”

2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see theContinue reading “2014 in review”

Reflecting on the Christmas Period

Today’s meeting was a time of reflecting on how people had managed the Festive period and what their hopes were for the group in the coming year. As mentioned in previous posts, the Christmas period can be a very challenging time for people, which in turn can lead to suicidal thoughts.  Group members mentioned that while it had been aContinue reading “Reflecting on the Christmas Period”

Trying to find light in the darkness

Today people felt free to share about being in a “dark place”.  A lot of people struggle at this time of year.  At the end of the year people may reflect on their life and think about loved ones who are no longer here making it a really emotionally challenging time for them. At thisContinue reading “Trying to find light in the darkness”

Good Sleep and On line Social Networking (though maybe not at the same time!)

In the midst of overwhelming struggles we identified that a disrupted sleep pattern and isolation can make things feel far worse, so we looked at ways to address these.  People found that getting up at the same time everyday was very helpful to maintaining a routine, as was eating regularly each day.  We looked atContinue reading “Good Sleep and On line Social Networking (though maybe not at the same time!)”