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”

Pain Management

It had been requested by the group to look at ways of managing pain. Chronic pain, often with an undiagnosed cause, and for which medication is not effective affects about 7.8 million people in the U.K, 25% of whom have lost their job and 16% of whom experience such bad pain that at times theyContinue reading “Pain Management”

Healing Flames and Gratitude Mandalas

For a more relaxed session today and informal conversation we held an ‘arts and crafts’ session-well loosely anyway. Having started with a mindful breathing exercise we had a couple of sheets to focus on something in particular if that is what people wished. One was ‘the healing flame’ helping individuals track a recovery process. ThisContinue reading “Healing Flames and Gratitude Mandalas”

Escapism through movie characters

Group members talked about who their favourite movie characters were and why. They agreed that fictional characters provides them a feeling of escapism from their everyday lives. Movie characters can be form part of our public consciousenss in the same way as pieces of music do. Imagining how your movie character would deal with someoneContinue reading “Escapism through movie characters”

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!”

Dealing With The Benefits System

Today’s group focussed on how people deal with the benefit system and more specifically, ‘Work Capability Assessment’ interviews. At group sessions we often hear of how the current system invokes strong feelings of anxiety and  sheer terror. With this in mind we thought it would be good to have a look at the different processesContinue reading “Dealing With The Benefits System”

Thinking about our Inner Child

Below is a small snap shot of how we used with Russian dolls to help us develop a better understand the dynamics of our ‘Inner child’ 1. Inside the grown-up deep inside is the child just like these Russian dolls.You might feel it a positive when you are playing with children. For example I feelContinue reading “Thinking about our Inner Child”

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”