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Changing the script!

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What we think affects how we feel and! What we feel affects how we think!  So, in looking at where to start making changes it can be a bit chicken and an egg, do we start with how we feel?  Do we start with how we think? Affirmations, or wo...
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Gambling Harms safer Families, Communities and Cities

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  Sometime back COPEScotland with the local community explored unhelpful habits people may have and their impact not only on their own wellbeing but those who loved them. Next to issues of drugs and alcohol the other area of highest concern was ...
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Have fun achieving what matters to you

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  We may have a memory as children of playing that well-known game Snakes and Ladders? This is a variation on that theme looking at the steps we need to take to achieve our goals, the possible obstacles we may encounter, how to overcome them and...
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What’s the vision on your Jigsaw lid?

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  Imagine someone gave you a Jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces with no lid! How would we begin to put that puzzle together? Where would we even start?  Now imagine you have others who also have their puzzle pieces and no lid, how would you know ...
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Whit’s happening and resource directory Issue 7

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  For now, we continue to update the whit's happening and resource directory as there is still a lot going on. We regret we can only share it electronically the cost for publication due to the size of the magazine and frequency we produce it wou...
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Time for something new and remember, rarely anyone gets it right first time

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"I haven't failed -- I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison Inventor of the Light Bulb We may have heard the term ' Every Day is a School day ', basically meaning, every day is a chance to learn something new. However, not everyo...
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Ideas for how creativity can improve our mental health

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It seems nowadays there are more ideas around than ever about how we can care for our mental health, the challenge sometimes can be, finding one which works for you and your lifestyle. We are all different, and different things appeal to different pe...
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Wee Tips to Help Reduce Suffering caused by Chronic Pain!

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This wee piece does not replace professional advice from a health care provider relevant to your condition.  This is simply some wee tips which may help alleviate the suffering of chronic pain.  We put together these wee tips as we recognis...
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Dealing with the ‘What if’s’

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  Life at the best of times can be a bit challenging around dealing with uncertainty. COVID19 has taken uncertainty to a whole new level! Some people are okay about uncertainty a new 'mountain to climb' a 'new challenges to face' others of us, d...
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Picking up the pieces when the world feels changed

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COPEScotland recognise that COVID19 has had some impact on all of us. Maybe in different ways, but very few people haven't been affected. It can feel as if our world has been shattered into pieces and nothing seems certain and the worry and uncertain...
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Whit’s happening! Issue 6

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As promised we continue to update the Whit's happening as we know at this time more than ever things can change quickly and its good to know what is out there to offer support if needed, or, some ideas for things to do.  Thanks also to partners ...
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Self Confidence and Personal Leadership

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What do we mean by self-confidence? Confidence can mean different things to different people. In the main, self -confidence is the belief you have in yourself in terms of your ability to, do something. Your belief in making the right judgments and ch...
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Whit’s happening! Issue 5

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WOW, we are so humbled by the great feedback from the Whit's Happening! We are led by the voices of experience and we heard people thought it was great but would be better if it were more Glasgow wide. Issue 5 is our first attempt at a city-wide Whit...
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The Art of Conversation

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Some of us may find, since lockdown, we are talking more to others than we did before COVID19 created such disruption in our lives.  Perhaps making the effort to phone or email friends and family more than we did before, or facetime, zoom or use...
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Whit’s happening! Issue 4

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First, can I thank my colleague from soapbox design who worked with me till after 4 on a public holiday to make sure we got this issue ready in time, very much appreciated I think when we clap on a Thursday night its worth remembering the many people...
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COVID 19 an Emotional Roller Coaster

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People are complicated and complex; this is why sometimes it can be hard to put our finger on just what exactly it is which is causing the feelings or thoughts we may have at any one time. If we take the individual components of what is getting to us...
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Whit's happening! - issue 3

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COPE Scotland started a wee list initially of things to share with the team, about COVID 19, to share with clients. We decided maybe colleagues and the wider public would find it helpful, so we shared it more widely, people were kind and said it was ...
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Leaders in the Living room

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 And how the rowing boats saved the passengers of the luxury liner the Titanic! Okay, you may be reading this in the afternoon, or evening, whatever time of day, I hope its one which gives you a reason even for a wee minute to smile! When the CO...
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Coping with loss

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COVID19 is taking so much from us. Being able to go to the park and have a picnic when we want to.  Go a run in the car, stop somewhere for lunch.  Be able to open the doors of our wee business it took us 25 years to build. Be able to ...
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Leadership comes in many guises and hope can be contagious too - Issue 2 of the 'What's on'

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  There are many definitions of leadership, these are two the author of this piece likes: ' 'Leadership is the ability to guide others without force into a direction or decision that leaves them still feeling empowered and accomplished ." Lisa C...
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