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Healthy Routines lead to healthier habits

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Whether we realise it or not, we all have routines, some we may be so used to we don't even think about them.  Some of these may be healthy like getting washed, dressed, teeth brushed and ready for the day whether we are home or going out…………. O...
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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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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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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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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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Ever wondered about taking up Yoga? Or Laughter Yoga?

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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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Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)

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Sometimes during the winter when the clocks have changed, we can feel very low in our mood, maybe even depressed, we may find we just don't have much energy at all and that we just can't be bothered.  There is a condition called Seasonal affecti...
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Every life does matter, your life matters

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 The first and most important thing to start this blog with is if you are reading this and thinking of suicide, then please, talk to someone now. These are some numbers which may be useful Useful numbers Alcoholics anonymous T: 0800 9177 650 SOB...
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The power of affirmations on self-talk

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The power of affirmations on self-talk. We shared previously a blog on the power of poetry and affirmations, which included sharing copies of our confidence affirmation cards online. To celebrate the new poet laureate being appointed and also the the...
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What are you saying to yourself, because you are listening

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We often feel hurt or confused by how others have treated us, or things they have said to us. How often do we really pay attention to the things we say to ourselves, because, we are listening. We all have an internal voice, now, it can be kind and co...
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Session 3 creating safe spaces

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Safe Space Workshop Session THREE '' What creates the conditions for safe spaces within groups and why tensions can sometimes arise'' Thank you to everyone who has accessed sessions ONE and TWO of the online training. It's great to know so many peopl...
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The "Coorie" The Scottish Way to Wellbeing with a new video!

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So many people enjoyed this blog so we made a video of  'The Coorie' with Hilda having great fun doing the voice over! View the video Okay some of us; and we know who we are, know we need to exercise more, eat more healthily, get out in the fres...
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Useful/Emergency Contacts

  • Silverline 0800 4 70 80 90
  • Childeline 0800 1111
  • ParentLine 08000 28 22 33
  • Samaritans 116 123
  • Breathing Space 0800 83 85 87
  • NHS 111
  • Gamblers anonymous 0370 050 8881
  • Narcotics anonymous 0300 999 1212
  • Alcoholics anonymous 0800 9177 6506
  • CALM 0800 58 58 58
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