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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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Wee tips to cope when life feels strange

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Think it safe to say, most of us recognise life at the moment isn't the way it usually is, at all.  On top of whatever worries or challenges we had before, we now have the challenges COVID19 bring.  Stay at home unless for the following rea...
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Being Young in Lockdown

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COVID19 has had a huge impact on nearly everyone.  Restrictions on movement, closure of workplaces, places of leisure, worry about pre-existing health conditions, limiting options further, especially if shielded.  Worry about money, upset t...
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What’s on?

What’s on?
COPEScotland started producing a wee ' what's on' information booklet to help people feel connected to opportunities in their local community which may be of interest.  When COVID19 started to impact on events, groups, services and things being ...
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Socially isolated doesn’t need to mean ‘alone’

Socially isolated doesn’t need to mean ‘alone’
''Let Us Make a Special Effort to Stop Communicating with Each Other , So We Can Have Some Conversation ''. Mark Twain COVID19 and the restrictions we need to follow to help us get through this, putting less strain on the NHS and helping save lives a...
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Positive affirmations for wellbeing - What are affirmation jars

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An affirmation can mean many things, for the purposes of affirmation jars, this is about:  Inspiration, b oost to confidence, a  reminder for self-care,  helping develop a positive mental attitude,  and other ideas which offe...
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COPEScotland continues to care as you matter, we all do

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We know COVID19 is causing major changes in our daily lives and bringing possibly new stressors into our lives when we already felt we had more than enough to deal with.  We are not going to list them here, for anyone facing extra challenge...
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DON’T PANIC! - Solves nothing and leaves you with a house full of toilet rolls!

DON’T PANIC! - Solves nothing and leaves you with a house full of toilet rolls!
  Okay, by now, we probably nearly all know about the coronavirus and how things for a while may not be how they usually are. This can produce a range of emotions: Introvert ………. Great, don't need to make excuses about going to social gatherings...
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Coronavirus - strain covid-19 (update)

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We recognise that advice is changing very rapidly in response to measures to help mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus. It is important people stay up to date on what is currently being advised from the official NHS sites and we would advise you to...
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Guest Blog Tammy Wells

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We were delighted to help when our colleague Tammy asked to include a guest blog on our site.  Working with Tammy on the Jigsaw projec t was a pleasure and the wellbeing of the workforce was an issue which came out in our Jigsaw conversations so...
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Why we need to challenge stigma around mental health and reframe our unconscious bias

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We are moving in the right direction of raising awareness about looking after our mental health and being able to talk about how we feel if we are experiencing some mental ill health or distress.  However, often people feel there still remains a...
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What is co-production?

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This is a term we hear often, along with co-design, co-develop, co-deliver and sometimes to make it even more confusing, to different groups and people it can mean different things! One observation the author of this blog often makes, is, ' 'Why does...
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Worrying about enough to eat?

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There continue to be raising concerns about the increase in the need for foodbanks and whether people have enough food to eat. In terms of Maslow's Hierarchy of need the most basic needs we have are our physiological needs -  Air,  Water,&n...
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The one thing we can be certain of is things change

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One day it feels like your body is your own, you are pretty much in control, then, all of a sudden, things start to shift, dramatically! You are minding your own business, not even exerting yourself then like a hairdryer has been turned on full blast...
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Ever wondered about taking up Yoga? Or Laughter Yoga?

Ever wondered about taking up Yoga? Or Laughter Yoga?
We can all at times think about how active we are, the hobbies we have, whether we want to try something new, New year can be a time when we think about that more than usual; as we plan to get fitter, if this is something which matters to us, or, lea...
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