Identifying the pieces which support your well-being Jigsaw lid
Picking up the pieces when the world feels changed.
We become overwhelmed by sadness, challenges, guilt, worry, anxiety, and feelings of pointlessness, and something needs to change. Please note, that this piece is for well-being and does not replace professional advice. If you feel so overwhelmed, that you think of suicide please talk to someone. Remember, the Samaritans are there 24/7 365 Tel 116 123. It can sometimes take time to find support, but it is out there. We also have a piece on our site you may find of interest around hope through action.
Often, we want things to change but we just do not know where to start, or we make changes, and it feels that things remain a challenge. It does take time and small goals and to help us achieve that goal it is helpful to have a sense of what are the pieces we need to put in place for, our wellbeing, and peace of mind, which helps us helpfully get through the day.
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?
Having pieces of a Jigsaw but no vision of what that may look like is as challenging as having a vision and no pieces. For things to change, we need to find new ways to solve the puzzles of our own lives and bring the vision and the pieces needed to achieve that vision together, asking for help when we need it. We all need help sometimes.
We developed a getting back your 'Oomph' booklet, why 'Oomph'? Because sometimes it feels life has knocked the stuffing out of us and we want to get that back again, the energy and self-belief which helps us get back to where we want to be. This is on our site along with instructions for use. This is for self-management and self-care and does not replace professional advice.
'The Jigsaw Lid for my wellbeing'', is another tool in the toolkit for enabling us to focus on what matters and how to get there. Reflect on twelve changes you want to make which will help you achieve your vision of improved well-being, peace of mind, and what you have decided matters to you. Enter these into this poster of ''My Jigsaw lid'', as a reminder, these are ''my priorities, my pieces of the puzzle, I need to find and bring together''. You may feel you need more than twelve pieces that is okay, start from there and build on what you have created. The Jigsaw lid PDF is in this post. Remember, pick pieces which are within your control.
As with any puzzle, we rarely complete it in one go, we do the sky first, or the grass, or the sea. So, it is with the puzzles of life. We start where we can make some changes and then build from there. Another tool which can help you achieve each piece in the Jigsaw is the Goal setting Snakes and Ladders available on this site.
Once you have decided on the pieces for your Jigsaw lid, really think are these your priorities. Then use the Goal setting Snakes and Ladders to help you plan, ''Okay how am I going to achieve each of these pieces, how will I bring them all together to help me achieve my vision for what matters to me''. Like the Jigsaw lid, you may need to use the Goal setting Snakes and Ladders more than once, until you find something which works for you.
Like any puzzle, we do not always get it right the first time and that is okay, no one always gets it right the first time, which is how we learn. In life as in any game there are rules, remember to have fun, and learn the rules for actions you can take that support your dreams and dream big. Follow @COPEScotland on Twitter where we regularly share ideas for well-being, who knows some of the pieces we share could work with your Jigsaw too.