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This is a small monthly dose of well-being for you.

It’s a caring and self-care blog space.

We want to help you to look after yourself 🙂 for your well-being and happiness.


This site is dedicated to supporting adults who now want to focus on their own well-being needs, who are experiencing stress or emotional distress and want to learn new coping strategies. Within this context, the resources on this site can help to improve well-being and quality of life, both in the short term and longer.

This site is part of the Well-being West Wales Support Service.


On this page you will be introduced to:

  • The health practise of mindfulness
  • Life skills for resilience and recovery
  • Therapies for recovering from the negative impacts of adverse life experiences (including Adverse Childhood Experiences)
  • The Well-being West Wales Support Service

Introducing you to the health practise of mindfulness

At the starting point, the first well-being tips centre on mindfulness. The first tip is to practise mindfulness regularly and the second tip is to live your life mindfully. Mindfulness is scientifically proven to have many health benefits. Mindfulness has been defined as “paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgementally” (Kabat-Zinn 1994 p.4).

One way of exploring the concept of Mindfulness is to understand it as an active state of being. Mindfulness is being aware, being non judgemental, being accepting of what one is experiencing, and being present, all within the current moment (Keng, Smoski and Robins 2011).

However, mindfulness is not an easy skill to learn. This is why there are some initial resources on this site for you to look at on the Learn Mindfulness page, which includes the health benefits and evidence. Learning mindfulness requires having good support, knowing the specific techniques to use, and doing regular practice. The mindfulness links in this blog are here to support you, another example being the well-being tips and ideas page.


Life skills for resilience and recovery

In the context of stress and/or emotional distress, mindfulness is just one strand to learn. Other strands to learn about include: resilience, relationships, emotions, interpersonal communication, assertiveness, personal boundaries, acceptance, flexible thinking and our life goals. These are just a few of the skills we need to learn on our well-being journey. There are links on this blog to help support you on your own  journey.

The Finding Resilience and Recovery page gives some examples of the specific barriers to resilience in the context of stress and emotional distress stemming from adverse life events (including Adverse Childhood Experiences).


Therapies for resilience and recovery

This site you are reading here is part of the Well-being West Wales Support Service and is designed to help you on your well-being journey. It focuses on the impact of adverse life events (including Adverse Childhood Experiences) and their potential for long term negative consequences on our emotions, feelings and behaviours.

Mindfulness is just one strand within a number of scientific evidence-based psychological therapies (drawn from the third wave of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) that are designed to address these types of barriers to our well-being. These therapies include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy and Meta-cognitive Therapy (Hayes and Hofmann 2017).  The links at the bottom of this page give brief information about the Well-being West Wales Support Service.

To let you know that this is evidence-based well-being practice, we will be giving you the scientific research behind the well-being tips on this site, to support your own journey of well-being 🙂   For an example, see the Foundations in Mindfulness page.

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Well-being West Wales Support Service

This is a specialist community-based therapeutic support service. It is designed to help empower adults to recover from the negative impact of stress and emotional distress due to adverse life experiences.  This includes the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Individual therapeutic support is provided, in a safe and supportive partnership with a trained therapist, to address the current barriers to each person’s well-being and quality of life.

Please go to the page link here for the Well-being West Wales Support Service for more information and details. The resources in this blog are part of this support service. The Well-being West Wales Support Service page also gives more detail about stress, emotional distress and Adverse Childhood Experiences.

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Enjoy your journey! 🙂


Please explore the well-being links by clicking on them below for further support and ideas:

Foundations in Mindfulness

The Neuroscience of Well-being

The Positive Psychology of Well-being

Resilience

Introducing Well-being

Coping Skills

Finding Calm

Being Kind To Yourself

Positive Relationships

Discover Balance

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References

Crane, R.2017. Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.

Fisher, P. 2009. Metacognitive Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.

Flaxman, P.E., Blackledge, J.T. and Bond, F.W. 2011. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.

Hayes, S.C. and Hofmann, S.G .2017. The third wave of cognitive behaviour therapy and the rise of processed-based care. World Psychiatry, 16 (3), pp.245-246.

Kabat-Zinn, J. 1994. Wherever you go there you are: Mindfulness meditation in everyday life. New York, NY: Hyperion.

Keng, S., Smoski, M.J and Robins, C.J. 2011. Effects of Mindfulness on psychological health: a review of empirical studies. Clin Psychol Rev, 31 (6), pp. 1041-1056.

Swales, M.A. and Heard, H.L. 2017. Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. London and New York. Routledge.