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Keeping Connected

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We often talk about self care in these sessions as a way of checking out what we can all do to look after ourselves, particularly during this current lockdown. This image reminds us what self-care can look like day to day and how important the small things are.

Keeping Conected

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How does the way you THINK about a situation affect how you FEEL, BEHAVE and what goes on in your BODY?

We talked about the connections between these four things. Our thoughts and interpretations can be really powerful and we also have the power in ourselves in choose, and to influence our own responses and reactions. This takes practice!

If you're interested in coming along, everyone is welcome to these Keep Connected sessions - we have different discussions each week and it's a great way to stay connected in these tough times. 

Managing Low Mood

In this workshop we explored together different ways of managing low mood. We'll be running this again in January, you can sign up to attend on the What's On Page.

In the mean time this video describes what it can be like to live with low moods.

Covid Calmdown : Visualisation Technique

Alison showed us a great visualisation technique to help us calm our mind and body. Why not take two minutes and give it a try.

Uncertain Futures

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Following on from our last workshop, we talked about ways of coping with the need for certainty. Now more than ever the future is full of uncertainty. Take a look at this short technique in the pdf file attached to help you cope in the moment. It's called the APPLE technique and we love this one! 

Sleep Solutions

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Download the pdf to find out more about your sleep cycle and learn some top tips for a better night's sleep. 

These workshops are a great place to identify your own obstacles to a good night's sleep and a chance to share advice with others too. 

Relationship Rumbles

In this workshop we had a look at different conflict styles. We all tend to have a regular pattern that we play out when we're under the pressure of an argument; maybe you give up easily, fight until you win or avoid any arguements at all costs?

Check out our video above and work out which conflict style you tend to act out. The more you understand your own patterns, and those of other people, the more you can start to manage these situations better. 

 

Uncertain Futures

In this workshop we looked at some of the facts about uncertainty and whether worrying about the future is a helpful thing to do - take a look and see what you think and what these facts might mean for you.

If you want to talk about these things more then why not come along to our Keeping Connected Group which is currently taking place every Tuesday at 5pm. Sign up via the What's On page

Coping with Loneliness

In this workshop we talked about what loneliness means to you and how it affects us all differently. We get the feeling of loneliness when our basic need for rewarding social contact and connection in our relationships isn't met.

Being alone and feeling lonely are two different things. Some people enjoy a lot of time in their own company and others prefer to be around others. You may be surrounded by family in lockdown but lacking a sense of real connection. 

You can download some ideas for coping with loneliness above and why not come along to our new weekly session - Keep Connected - to connect with other members of the community right here. Check out the Whats' On page for more info.

Covid Calmdown

Another chance to check in and take some time to relax with this week's video on Mindful Breathing. 

The Covid Calmdown workshop is a chance to connect with others and learn new skills for managing anxiety.

Anger Antidote

In this workshop we explored the feeling of anger. On the one hand, anger can be an incredible energy and force for change, for example the anger in the Black Lives Matter campaign is about saying enough is enough, time for change! It's like a warning signal, telling us that something feels wrong. 

On the other hand - anger can cause problems if we let it take over and get out of control. It can lead to arguments or aggression. 

Check out the free download above giving you ideas on how to cope when you feel angry

Sleep Solutions

Getting a good night's sleep is one of the best things you can do for your health and wellbeing. 

We used the time in this workshop to consider what can help you get a good night's sleep, for example:

  • Try and go to sleep at a similar time each evening, this helps to regulate your body clock
  • Avoiding caffeine in the hours before bed and try to do something relaxing before bed
  • Make your bedroom a relaxing environment and as dark as possible
  • Try not to check your phone for an hour before bed so your brain can get into sleep mode
  • Keep a diary or journal to release worries before bed

Covid Calmdown

In the first of this series we explored anxiety, something we're all experiencing on different levels during the lockdown.

This video explains the fight, flight or freeze response, helping you to understand what's going on in your body and your mind when you feel anxious. This knowledge can help you to make decisions about what you need to do next to help you calm down.

We'll be sharing some relaxation techniques in future summaries from this session so keep an eye on this page!

Lockdown Lowdown

In this session we looked at different conflict styles and what we tend to do when we're in conflict with others. The different styles are:

  • Competing - trying to be right, getting your needs met at the expense of others
  • Avoiding - you retreat or go quiet, you don't make any effort  to resolve things
  • Accommodating - trying to meet the other person's needs at the expense of your own
  • Compromising - agreeing to let some things go but getting some of your needs addressed
  • Collaborating - problem solving with the other person and trying to find a solution together 

Whatever style you are, the STOPP Technique can help you to slow down and work out your next move - download a summary of the technique above.

Finding your rhythm during lockdown

With your old routines out the window, it's natural to be feeling a bit lost and many of you have been struggling without your usual structure.

We used this workshop to think about how you can kickstart your motivation and use this time in lockdown to create your own routine. 

Think Good, Feel Good

It's not always easy to think positively, especially when we're stressed, overwhelmed or feeling down. In this SkyCast we shared a video called the Gratitude Experiment - it's all about how we can focus on the positives in our daily lives.

We also shared a few ideas on some of the small things that can help us to have a good day:

1. Asking other people for help or a hug when you need it.

2. Making a playlist of songs that lift your mood.

3. Starting a gratitude journal (check out the video for more info).

 

What is Depression?

In this session we tried to get a good feel for depression and asked ourselves...

"If our depression was a friend, what would it be tryinng to communicate to us?"

Here are some of the groups' answers:
   "Look after yourself"
   "Push through, you'll get through this" 
   "Take a break"
   "You're strong and you'll be so much stronger at the end of this"

Check out this YouTube video which captures some of the physical and psychological symptoms of depression.

Tackling Your Stress and Worries

In this session the group came up with some great ideas to cope with stress. You might want to try some of these:

  1. Taking a walk with your headphones in and some music
  2. Writing poetry or a journal to get your worries out of your head and down on paper
  3. Talking to a friend you trust and remember, you're not a burden, if they're a good friend they'll be happy you said something!
  4. Taking a few minutes to sit and breathe to help your body and mind calm down and relax.

Check out this YouTube video for a simple breathing technique...

Managing Anxiety - Coping with Exam Stress *Stress Awareness Month*

In the midst of exam season, this session aimed to help anyone struggling with stress and anxiety. We discussed some coping strategies for managing stress on a short term basis, before looking more in depth at anxiety: what is it, what happens to our bodies when we feel panic, and are there any warning signs that can help us to recognise when we are stressed and anxious?

It also included tips to help us cope with anxiety, with a  particular focus on stress management to help you cope during the exam period.

Understanding Depression

Often people may say they are feeling depressed, but if you have depression you are not 'just' sad or upset. This session introduced some of the myths about depression as well as exploring the signs and symptoms of depression. The workshop allowed people space to share tips for coping with depression as well as discuss their experiences of struggling with depression.

Managing Anger

It can be hard to have a "healthy relationship" with anger! We all feel angry from time to time, but how we express it (or don't!) can have a huge impact on our lives.

Whilst anger is a normal, human emotion, it can get out of control and begin to feel like you have no control over these feelings. It can be hard, and scary, to acknowledge how angry we can get and also how quickly our anger can surface. At it's worst, anger can begin to effect your day to day life - your school, job, relationships and sense of self-control and self-esteem.

This session explored the 'warning signs' for anger, helping you to identify some triggers and ways to respond differently in the 'heat of the moment'. We invited you to think about underlying causes behind anger, which can be an important first step to overcoming the rage we feel within.

Coping with Loss

The pain of losing someone can feel unbearable, and yet it is something that we all experience at some point in our lives. Despite this, often when we experience the intensity of grief, we can feel isolated and alone.

This session explored what it is like to lose someone, looking at the different stages of grief and how it can affect us. In particular, at major times in the year like Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas or the New Year, it can be particularly hard to cope with loss, so we looked at some coping strategies to use as we approach the holiday season.

Lets Talk: Gender

Man, Woman, Boy, Girl. When we talk about gender, we are often faced with small, fixed boxes for us to tick. The reality is that gender is a lot more complicated than that.

Whether you are struggling with your gender identity or not, gender is something that plays a huge part in your everyday life. For example, ever been told to 'man up' or been called a 'princess'?

This session was more of a discussion. A chance to explore where our concepts of gender come from and the impact they have on our lives. It was a new session, so was a chance to learn and share ideas, although there was no pressure to talk or to share if you didn't want to!

Coping with Peer Pressure

Peer pressure affects us all – most people want to feel like they ‘fit in’ and find it hard if they’re in a situation when they feel awkward, different or like an outsider. Because of this, we can feel influenced, or pressured, into something because other people around us are doing it .

This session explored the issue of peer pressure: how do you know if you’re being pressured and what can you do about it? We’ll also talked about respect and your rights, as well as tips on how to be assertive and deal with peer pressure from others.

Coping with Loss

The pain of losing someone can feel unbearable, and yet it is something that we all experience at some point in our lives. Despite this, often when we experience the intensity of grief, we can feel isolated and alone.

This session explored what it is like to lose someone, looking at the different stages of grief and how it can affect us. In particular, at major times in the year like Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas or the New Year, it can be particularly hard to cope with loss, so we looked at some coping strategies to use as we approach the holiday season.

Anti-Bullying Week - Cyberbullying

As part of anti-bullying week, this SkyCast asked 'what's up with cyberbullying'?

Cyberbullying is slighlty different to other types of bullying, because it's not physical bullying, it's not workplace bullying, and in fact everything happens online.

When we are online, people can say or act in a way that they wouldn't if they were standing face to face. Because of this, cyberbullying can really hit you where it hurts, whilst also leaving you wounded but also having to deal with it at your desk, on your own.

Understanding Drugs and Alcohol

Want to find out more about drugs and alcohol? This session was for anyone interested in understanding a bit more about drugs and alcohol - importantly though, you didn't have to have a drug or alcohol problem to attend.

This SkyCast explored why we might the different types of drugs, the effects they have and how they can be taken. It also looked at how different people use drugs, whether experimenting, using casually as well as when this can become more of a problem. 

Understanding Depression

Often people may say they are feeling depressed, but if you have depression you are not 'just' sad or upset. This session introduced some of the myths about depression as well as exploring the signs and symptoms of depression. The workshop allowed people space to share tips for coping with depression as well as discuss their experiences of struggling with depression.

Filming Our Future

With September just around the corner, you might be thinking about your next steps and the future.

Whether you've just got results, waiting to hear or thinking about what's to come in the future, having a plan can sometimes make things feel better.

This session invited skycasters to think about what they want for the future and the steps they need to take to get there. It was a relaxed, uplifting session, where we looked at identifying some goals for the future, whilst watching some motivational movie clips to get us inspired!

Think Good, Feel Good

Sometimes you might feel like your mind has a mind all of it's own. You might find your thoughts are going round and round in circles. You might feel trapped in a series of thoughts that are making you feel like you're going 'crazy'.

This session was about taking a break from all that and trying to relax (it is the summer, after all!) - there was a chance to think about things we can do to improve our mood, as well as relaxation exercises and sharing top tips together about things that make us feel good. 

Tackling Taboos: Self-Harm

Self-harm is a complicated issue, made worse by the fact that there are lots of myths and misunderstandings about self-harm which make talking about it really hard. This session introduced the topic of self-harm, talking about what it is and reasons why someone might self-harm.  We talked about the stigma and stereotypes that make it hard to talk about self-harm and how that might affect someone asking for help.  The session finished with some discussion about how you could help someone if they are self-harming, or indeed how you might be able to help yourself. 

Managing Anxiety

In the midst of exam season, this session aimed to help anyone struggling with stress and anxiety. We discussed some coping strategies for managing stress on a short term basis, before looking more in depth at anxiety: what is it, what happens to our bodies when we feel panic, and are there any warning signs that can help us to recognise when we are stressed and anxious?

Understanding Depression

Often people may say they are feeling depressed, but if you have depression you are not 'just' sad or upset. This session introduced some of the myths about depression as well as exploring the signs and symptoms of depression.  The workshop allowed people space to share tips for coping with depression as well as discuss their experiences of struggling with depression.

Coping with Peer Pressure

Peer pressure affects us all – most people want to feel like they ‘fit in’ and find it hard if they’re in a situation when they feel awkward, different or like an outsider. This session explored the issue of peer pressure: how do you know if you’re being pressured and what can you do about it? We also talked about confidence and self-esteem, as well as the need to accept ourselves and find our inner voice.  The session ended with a discussion about respect and human rights, concluding with some tips on how to be assertive and deal with peer pressure from others.