From Anxiety to Relaxation

Today we started off the group by looking at the ways in which anxiety can affect us. *When you are stressed, adrenaline gets released into your body ready to run away or fight what it thinks is dangerous or threatening.  When we were cave people, this was useful, as we were living in the wild andContinue reading “From Anxiety to Relaxation”

Art and Crafts

In today’s group we used art materials to make some interesting objects.  We had lots of crafts to use including; small canvases, paints, colouring pens, stones, twigs, glitter, sand, candles and buttons.  We enjoyed seeing all the inventive things people had made. What was fascinating about doing the arts and crafts was how relaxed itContinue reading “Art and Crafts”

The Joy Therapets Bring

Inviting a therapet to the group was something we have wanted to do for some time, so it was great to welcome Willow (Therapet) and his owner Barry along to the group.  It was lovely seeing the way Willow interacted with Group members and the smiles she brought to their faces.  If Willow did not thinkContinue reading “The Joy Therapets Bring”

How humour can help with depression

  At today’s group we looked at the ways in which humour can have a positive impact on our mental health.  Members felt that while humour can prove a really useful tool in achieving better mental health they also acknowledged the fact that this or other interests may not make much of a difference ifContinue reading “How humour can help with depression”

Doing something new!

We started the group by watching the video below of J.K. Rowling speaking of a time where she hit rock bottom but what this built for her, so we talked about how we learn some very foundational skills at the bottom because we have to be resourceful, creative, imaginative and courageous to survive.  Being rockContinue reading “Doing something new!”

Speaking up for those who can’t

At today’s group members looked at people had made a difference in their lives whether it be someone we knew or someone famous.  Group members reflected on these important people from their childhoods.  Leaders of groups like The Boys Brigade, The Scouts, The Brownies and certain teachers at school all played a part in their development,Continue reading “Speaking up for those who can’t”

From Ridicule to Greatness

There was a positive air in the group today as we considered ignoring the views of the ‘nay sayers’ and listening to those who would encourage and affirm our pursuits, goals and dreams.  If we can recognise and accept that we may fall and fail along the way, and perhaps ultimately discover that a certainContinue reading “From Ridicule to Greatness”

Can we find hope to live?

Today in the group we revisited an exercise we had previously done in the group some time ago.  The exercise looked at the pros and cons of taking my life.  It looks into someone’s beliefs around this and breaks them down into two categories, the pros and cons. Taking my own life Pros    Continue reading “Can we find hope to live?”

Getting through the darkness

Today was the first group of 2016 so it was interesting to hear how people had got on over the Christmas period.  Group members had mixed experiences over the period which can be common for a lot of people at this time of year.  However, what was encouraging was how members who had positive experiences over this time couldContinue reading “Getting through the darkness”