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What is fear of being wrong holding you back from?

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!

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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Tips for living mindfully.

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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Why for many feeling close to someone matters?

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!

  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.

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!

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

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!

We have been working through the 14 points of wellbeing as suggested in the Warwick and Edinburgh 14 point wellbeing scale and offering various self-management tips if...
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Whit’s happening issue 12!

  In December we produced a wee winter wellness magazine 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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