Be kind to yourself during Covid-19 Lockdown

The current social distancing guidelines and living in self isolation means that many of us will have had to meet with ourselves in these times.  Where ordinarily we would be with others we may now be alone, where we would find distraction and comfort in going to other places we are now at home.  WhereContinue reading “Be kind to yourself during Covid-19 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)”

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”

2020 So far…

In our first group in January we looked at how people had got on over the Christmas and New Year period. It was fair to say it was pretty much a mixed bag in terms of this answer. Some people were pleasantly surprised with how well they coped while for others it felt like aContinue reading “2020 So far…”

Expressions through poetry

In this group we talked about poetry. What is a poem? Maybe it rhymes, maybe not but it probably has a rhythmic quality, and perhaps it will use symbolic language; speak to us in metaphors and veiled imagery, maybe it will be able to talk about difficult and taboo subjects in aesthetic and acceptable ways.Continue reading “Expressions through poetry”

Overcoming Fear of Failure

The word failure in of itself can create quite a negative feeling for people by conjuring up feelings of humiliation, disappointment, smashed expectations and things that went wrong. We explored the difference between what failure actually is, and what it means for us and our identity. Failure is something which did not work, or somethingContinue reading “Overcoming Fear of Failure”

Songs that make me laugh!

This group regularly cite music and the arts as an important therapeutic tool for their well-being.  Today we wanted to continue this musical theme in a more light-hearted way and look at music and performances which made us chuckle. As musical tastes are totally subjective this can lead to some finding certain songs to beContinue reading “Songs that make me laugh!”

Decision making and responsibility

Do you feel that you struggle to make decisions?  Do you feel defeated trying to choose a cereal in the supermarket, or tormented about whether to attend your niece’s wedding?  We make so many decisions daily, and life is scattered with huge life changing decisions with a myriad of implications.  Popping into Starbucks for aContinue reading “Decision making and responsibility”

Food – friend or foe?

  Today we looked at what food meant to us. To assist us in this we used the questions below as a guide; What is your favourite food and how does it make you feel?. Do you cope with your emotions by using foods? If yes, what kind of foods do you consume at suchContinue reading “Food – friend or foe?”