Relaxing with birdsong

Relaxation is always popular in the Choose Life Group and over the years we have tried different sorts; breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, mindfulness and guided scripts.  This time we imagined a walk in the forest to the accompaniment of birdsong from the YouTube video above.  Some people followed the script and enjoyed the forest,Continue reading “Relaxing with birdsong”

What Can help?

At today’s group we looked at what can help someone who has hit rock bottom and needs support.  Some things we may deem as basic such as getting out of bed or having a shower may feel too much for someone in this situation.  What things can help someone like this? Some things group membersContinue reading “What Can help?”

Practising how to deal with challenges

Today we looked at techniques that can help keep us safe and also become more self-aware of how we respond to situations.  A big challenge for people in recovery is when situations happen in life which are outwith their control.  If previously someone’s coping mechanism in dealing with stress or upset had been to drink forContinue reading “Practising how to deal with challenges”

Taking medication

Today at the group we used some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy tools to look at issues group members were going through.  One of the issues that came up is quite a common one for people sadly; taking medication for mental health.  It’s such a good point the actress Jennifer Lawrence (above) makes about how it seemsContinue reading “Taking medication”

Big Boys Can Cry!

Due to having to make a late change to the group programme for today the group decided to have a discussion on emotions and the way people are able to show them or not as may be the case.  A big part of the choose life group is encouraging others to be able to say how they feel within aContinue reading “Big Boys Can Cry!”

Fun Childhood Memories

Today at the group we looked at fun things that made us happy in childhood.  These discussions became very reflective off people’s lives.  While some group members had not had the happiest of childhoods they were still able to recount things that made them feel happy or good about themselves.  Having these positive things inContinue reading “Fun Childhood Memories”

Gratitude gives me something to live for

Today at the group we looked at things we were grateful for.  Group members commented on how being able to log things that they are thankful for can increase their sense of wellbeing.  We acknowledge that this is not the easiest thing to do when we feel at our lowest point and as if  livingContinue reading “Gratitude gives me something to live for”