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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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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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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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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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