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Tips for living mindfully.

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How many of us take the time to stop, and be aware of just how busy our minds are? When it is safe to do so, take a few moments and do nothing. 2 minutes is enough if you have some way of timing this you may find that helpful. The key thing is for th...
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Walking on the sunny side of the street

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An optimistic attitude finds ways around challenges Being optimistic doesn't mean you don't recognise there can be threats, but your belief in a positive outcome is stronger and this belief makes you more likely to find out more about the threat and ...
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We can all make a difference in helping reduce Gambling Harms

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COPEScotland is really grateful to everyone who gave their time to attend the chat with me zoom session and the follow up event with The Alliance from Alliance 2020 and Scotland Reducing Gambling Harms programme. What's really clear is there are many...
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Whit’s happening and resource directory Issue 8!

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We are delighted to share the latest Whit's Happening with loads of new resources and contacts including a really valuable Toolkit by Epione Training and Consultancy on managing anxiety during COVID19 . Pages 29-45. We are grateful to them for sharin...
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Changing the script!

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What we think affects how we feel and! What we feel affects how we think!  So, in looking at where to start making changes it can be a bit chicken and an egg, do we start with how we feel?  Do we start with how we think? Affirmations, or wo...
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Gambling Harms safer Families, Communities and Cities

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  Sometime back COPEScotland with the local community explored unhelpful habits people may have and their impact not only on their own wellbeing but those who loved them. Next to issues of drugs and alcohol the other area of highest concern was ...
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Have fun achieving what matters to you

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  We may have a memory as children of playing that well-known game Snakes and Ladders? This is a variation on that theme looking at the steps we need to take to achieve our goals, the possible obstacles we may encounter, how to overcome them and...
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What’s the vision on your Jigsaw lid?

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  Imagine someone gave you a Jigsaw puzzle of 1000 pieces with no lid! How would we begin to put that puzzle together? Where would we even start?  Now imagine you have others who also have their puzzle pieces and no lid, how would you know ...
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Whit’s happening and resource directory Issue 7

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  For now, we continue to update the whit's happening and resource directory as there is still a lot going on. We regret we can only share it electronically the cost for publication due to the size of the magazine and frequency we produce it wou...
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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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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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