Self-Compassion

Self-compassion is an area we will continue to visit often in this group as it is something helpful for us all to practice and something we generally struggle to do, so encouragement and reminders to be self-compassionate are helpful. Compassion literally means to ‘suffer with’ and is an active word, implying movement, a rising upContinue reading “Self-Compassion”

Mindfulness after the storm

A couple of nights before the group met last week, residents of Edinburgh and neighbouring parts of Scotland encountered the most dramatic storms we have seen in quite some time. We met online for a session on mindfulness, firstly defining mindfulness as: “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment,Continue reading “Mindfulness after the storm”

Enjoying Nature During Lockdown

In last week’s meeting online we discussed where we had been for walks during lockdown and what we had discovered or rediscovered and enjoyed during this time. Some had stayed quite close to home and in doing so discovered a great deal more about their locality than they had previously noticed. People had found newContinue reading “Enjoying Nature During Lockdown”

The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)

A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop. She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold asContinue reading “The cookie thief (by Valerie Cox)”

Dealing with shame

It had been requested by the group to look at dealing with shame as a group topic. We began by watching the video clip of Brene Brown talking to Oprah about her research about shame. Group members responded to this idea that talking about shame is helpful as some of them had experienced that thisContinue reading “Dealing with shame”

Strengths

“I don’t see what others see in me”.  This is a saying that we can hear a lot of in society throughout all walks of life. Is this a default position we go to or are there cultural reasons for it? Certainly here in Scotland and the rest of the U.K. there does seem toContinue reading “Strengths”

New group programme/referral process

If you are interested in attending the group please contact us and we will put you on the waiting list with the hope being that you will not have to wait too long.

Having fun increases our well-being

While preparing for our group programme in advance we are always mindful of the need to make sure it is finely balanced between light topics and others that are a bit heavier. After having a few deeper sessions it felt nice to mix it up today having a session on fun!  It’s something that isContinue reading “Having fun increases our well-being”

Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses

We posed the question to people in the group as to whether receiving a mental health diagnosis had been a helpful experience. For those who had experienced a correct diagnosis and accessed the right treatment, this was extremely helpful as they could now understand what was happening and what to do to best look afterContinue reading “Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses”

Coping With Anxiety

Anxiety is part of our make-up as people, it’s built deeply into our brains to protect us.  At appropriate times and in the right measure it is necessary and helpful to us.  But it can get stuck, leaving us feeling uncomfortable and overwhelmed with life.  In recent groups we have looked at some practical waysContinue reading “Coping With Anxiety”