Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us

This week through poetry we are considering a feature of Lockdown where we are together by telephone or online but we are missing our physical spaces where we meet together. The following poems remind us that we are still emotionally connected even though we are physically separated. ‘Places We Love’ by Ivan V. Lalic (extract)Continue reading “Thinking of Places We Love to be together, while space is between us”

Be Kind

Kindness is a subject we talk about often in the group. In fact we published a blog on this two weeks ago so we are delighted that it is the focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week. We couldn’t agree more. The smallest acts of kindness can have a profound impact such as aContinue reading “Be Kind”

Light-hearted humour during lockdown

Throughout this challenging period of time in which we have all had to deal with so much fear and uncertainty, one thing that has been really helpful for some has been the use of humour. The memes and jokes people have received have provided some welcome respite, raising spirits and maintaining a connection with others.Continue reading “Light-hearted humour during lockdown”

The time we Spring Cleaned the world

The world it got so busy There were people all around, They left their germs behind them, In the air and on the ground These germs grew bigger and stronger They wanted to come and stay They didn’t want to hurt anyone They just really wanted to play Sometimes they tried to hold your handContinue reading “The time we Spring Cleaned the world”

Getting help before a crisis

This week’s topic was set a couple of months ago, but as many nations in the world readjust to lockdown it is important that we, and our policy makers attend to looking after our mental wellbeing.  We had not anticipated that the whole world would be in a crisis.  We are in this together; thereContinue reading “Getting help before a crisis”

Playlist for holding in what are uncertain times

Time and time again music has provided a form of healing for group members. With this in mind and the current situation around the world we thought we would create a short playlist which we hope can provide some healing for you. Why is music effective? Faster songs facilitate concentration and alertness while slower songsContinue reading “Playlist for holding in what are uncertain times”

Finding hope in uncertainty

A Life Worth Living group which usually meets together at Simpson House has currently suspended face to face meetings in line with the government guidance on social distancing.  However we will still be posting blogs as a way of connecting together through these unprecedented times. This weeks blog, as we follow our group programme, willContinue reading “Finding hope in uncertainty”

The lightness of arts and crafts

In this group in a season fast approaching autumn with nights growing longer and more darkness around, people are beginning to notice the difference of less light, increasing tiredness, disturbance of sleep and possible changes in mood. So we focused on light; how when light shines in the darkness it can’t be dark anymore, andContinue reading “The lightness of arts and crafts”

Can I Accept Compliments?

Today we looked at what compliments meant to people. We broke the discussion into four key points; How do you find giving compliments? How do you find receiving compliments? What are the rules/beliefs you attach to giving and receiving compliments? Is there any difference between confidence and arrogance? Group members did not seem to haveContinue reading “Can I Accept Compliments?”