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Whit’s happening April issue 2021!

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​ We hope people are enjoying the 'Whit's Happening' magazines. We are delighted again this issue to have many others who want to offer feature pieces and already interest in pieces for next month!  This is super as we want to offer space to sha...
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Being cheery matters

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The following wee tips and card follow on from that and offers some ideas on being more cheerful. As ever, what we offer on the site is for wellbeing promotion, self-management, and self-care, it doesn't replace professional advice. We have offered s...
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Menopause

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  The one thing we can be certain of, is things change 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 exe...
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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. 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 get up, get ready an...
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When life has lost its sparkle!

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Sometimes things happen and life loses its sparkle.  As ever, these posts and tips are for wellbeing promotion and do not replace professional advice. If you find life is overwhelming just now and it's affecting your wellbeing, please speak to y...
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Love matters

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There have been so many songs written about love, usually of the romantic kind of love and sometimes those songs are quite sad as the person has lost their love.  However, romantic love is one of the many ways we can express this amazing emotion...
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What are we giving attention to? Visualise the world you want….

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  What are we giving attention to? Visualise the world you want…. This wee piece is around visualisation as a tool for helping us achieve what matters to us, however, its worth also thinking about what in general do we give our attention to? For...
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Decisions, decisions, decisions ARGGHHH!

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Is it only the author of this post who at times feels life can be like a roundabout with umpteen exits which you keep going round and round in trying to figure which one is the best route out? AND when considering this, find, more exits have appeared...
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Whit’s happening issue 13!

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  Here we are folks another bumper addition of the 'whit's happening' we were thinking of putting in some word searches or puzzles, but not this edition we didn't have room!! This month our features include: The ALISS search engine page 4 New Ga...
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What is fear of being wrong holding you back from?

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How often do we say, 'if only I had the confidence to…..' or, 'I don't have any self-confidence' or, 'I can't do that' ? Now, confidence and overconfidence are two completely different things. If you have just passed your driving test, while you may ...
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The pen is mightier than the sword!

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This is a phrase we may have heard often, but what does it mean?  It suggests that thinking and writing have more influence on people and events, than the use of violence or force. Then there is the old ' sticks and stones may break my bones, bu...
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Why for many feeling close to someone matters?

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First, we need to recognise some people really enjoy their own company and for them, being close to others isn't a huge priority. We also need to recognise there can be health challenges and conditions which can impact on our relationships and how cl...
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Feeling good being me!

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  Okay, immediately some people may think there are many reasons why some people shouldn't feel good about who they are.  This piece isn't written for other people it's written to you, the person who is reading it right now. If you feel the...
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Tips for thinking more clearly.

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Our minds are pretty amazing; however, we are not machines.  While we can process a lot of information, we also have emotional responses to the information we are processing, hopes, fears, anxieties and if we don't pause to take the time to work...
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There are things which are an inconvenience, then there are problems!

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Not being able to go out to a favourite restaurant for your birthday is an inconvenience.  Not having any food to eat because the restaurant you used to work for closed down, that's a problem.  That doesn't mean not celebrating a birthday t...
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We can all make a difference in helping reduce Gambling Harms January 2021 update

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Previous pieces on the site and also in the whit's happening, we have shared work being done by many interested parties to try and help reduce the incidence of gambling harms.  This wee piece is an update on some new developments which may be of...
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Recharging your energy levels!

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We have been working through the 14 points of wellbeing as suggested in the Warwick and Edinburgh 14 point wellbeing scale http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/understanding-our-own-wellbeing and offering various self-management tips if...
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Whit’s happening issue 12!

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  In December we produced a wee winter wellness magazine http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/tips-for-winter-wellness-1 so this is the first whit's happening of 2021.  For now, we don't plan to change the format much and will...
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Establish boundaries not barricades!

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We have been working through the 14 points on the WEMWBS http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/understanding-our-own-wellbeing so far, we have covered: Optimism http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/tips-to-feel-more-optimis...
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Being interested in others

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  We have been working through the 14 points on the WEMWBS.-  http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/understanding-our-own-wellbeing so far, we have covered: Optimism http://www.cope-scotland.org/index.php/latest-blog/tips-to-fe...
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