Lockdown survival kit

It is fair to say this is the first time that any of us have lived through a pandemic. As we have kept in touch as a group over the last few months, first by telephone and now online together we have shared with each other how we have managed time apart, time alone, waysContinue reading “Lockdown survival kit”

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…”

Strengths

“I don’t see what others see in me”.  This is a saying that we can hear a lot of in society throughout all walks of life. Is this a default position we go to or are there cultural reasons for it? Certainly here in Scotland and the rest of the U.K. there does seem toContinue reading “Strengths”

Fear Of Failure

At today’s group we looked at the fear of failure.  Although our fears come from a protective place they can ultimately leave us feeling stuck and unfulfilled in parts of our life. If you’ve suffered disappointments in life it feel such a risk to try something new and it not working out. To avoid theseContinue reading “Fear Of Failure”

Nostalgia and Sentimentality

Today we looked at things that are sentimental to us. It dis not have to just be a physical object it could a time or a place. Some things people chose were; Letters from loved ones Jewellery from loved ones Music 90’s ‘curtains’ hair style and flares 80’s hot pants 70’s Bell-bottoms and ‘New wave’Continue reading “Nostalgia and Sentimentality”

Having fun increases our well-being

While preparing for our group programme in advance we are always mindful of the need to make sure it is finely balanced between light topics and others that are a bit heavier. After having a few deeper sessions it felt nice to mix it up today having a session on fun!  It’s something that isContinue reading “Having fun increases our well-being”

Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses

We posed the question to people in the group as to whether receiving a mental health diagnosis had been a helpful experience. For those who had experienced a correct diagnosis and accessed the right treatment, this was extremely helpful as they could now understand what was happening and what to do to best look afterContinue reading “Exploring Mental Health Diagnoses”

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”

Words Of Encouragement

We did an exercise in the group last week which we have not done for a while whereby each group member will write down positive qualities and skills that they see in each of the others. This is an exercise that from the outset requires trust amongst the group that the relationships are connected enoughContinue reading “Words Of Encouragement”

Planting for Spring

  From March back through November landscapes draped in black and white As knife-like shadows in the forests pierced the dimming light And even mighty rivers disappeared under the strain Of crushing flows of ice after a night of freezing rain For now the only sounds that crackle out through winter’s hush Are frozen podsContinue reading “Planting for Spring”