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”

What Musical Pieces Mean For Me

  Today at the group we returned to a popular group topic ‘music’.  We have mentioned many times in the past how music can provide an outlet for our emotions.  We wanted to do something a wee bit different this time by focussing on four different emotions and the music pieces people felt appropriate toContinue reading “What Musical Pieces Mean For Me”

A letter to my younger-self

Today we asked group members to write a letter to their younger-self.   We were very aware of the emotions that this could bring up for people. The benefit in doing this is that it can help us to develop more self-compassion. This can be really useful for people who attach self-criticism to themselves for things happenedContinue reading “A letter to my younger-self”

Intrusive Thoughts

Today’s group looked at how people deal with receiving thoughts they do not want to have. This is more commonly known as O.C.D.  We cannot stop with thoughts come in to our minds but can choose how to deal with them. The obsessive part comes in when people perform compulsions or rituals to try toContinue reading “Intrusive Thoughts”

Equality in Society

So! We just put it out there today; Equality in society…what does that mean for people?  What were their experiences of being treated equally or unequally? Interestingly the group went straight to gender inequality, especially sexual assult on women, a topic that is currently headlining most days as society is rocked by the prevalence ofContinue reading “Equality in Society”

Healthy Eating

We are hearing more and more about the connection between what we eat and how we feel, and a new emerging science on gut microbes being almost a second brain would explain that sometimes the food chemistry that we ingest does indeed influence brain chemistry far more than we had previously realised. Our eating patternsContinue reading “Healthy Eating”

Fun and Smiles

At today’s group we played some fun games and had some cake and goodies as a thank you to one of the group facilitators who’s last day facilitating was today. At the request of a group member we revisited a game that the group first played last year. It is a bit like ‘pass theContinue reading “Fun and Smiles”

Bowled Over By Creativity

Today we were originally scheduled to visit Queen Street Gardens to spend some time in nature but sadly we had to postpone this due to the Scottish summer weather! Fortunately we had a contingency plan in place if this were to happen! We did another session on art and crafts making balloon bowls. The materialsContinue reading “Bowled Over By Creativity”

Feeling comfortable in the present

Today we focused on the benefits of using mindfulness. With ever-increasing advances in technology we now have everything at our fingertips and are equipped to get what we want much quicker than we ever have in the past. Life at times can feel like it is moving at 100 M.P.H, that we find it hardContinue reading “Feeling comfortable in the present”