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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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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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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?

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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’

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''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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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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Taking the time to think about what matters to you

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Often at the New Year, we decide to make some resolutions, sometimes that's, lose weight, get fitter, stop smoking, take up a new hobby, get a new job, stop worrying, spend more time with the family……………the list is endless At a community event once, ...
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Tips for staying well over winter

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Winter can be great fun, preparing for the holidays, maybe seeing family not seen for a while, enjoying shopping for gifts for people, bracing walks on crisp winter days. It can also be a time of stress, worrying about how you will afford Christmas, ...
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Getting ready for improved wellness in winter

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Getting ready for improved wellness in winter when: money is tight, moods can be low, and we can feel isolated. Winter can be a challenging enough time , but when money is tight it can be even more so. Worrying about heating bills, having to get suit...
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Safe Space Workshop Session FOUR ‘’ Bringing it all together agreeing the plan using a Mind Map’’

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Thank you to everyone who has accessed sessions ONE, TWO and THREE o f the online training. We are really sorry for the delay in getting session 4 out there, circumstances beyond our control and a learning curve.  We were designing the sessions ...
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