The Journey Begins

This site is a caring and self-care space. A space to help you to look after yourself, for your well-being and happiness. Dip into any of the pages on this site and you will find resources to support your mental health and well-being.


For tips and activities to help manage any sleep issues, which can happen as a response to the stresses of the home confinement period, please visit the sleeping tips page.


The resources on this site are a set of skills to learn, like any other skills you have acquired or sports activities you have taken part in. So, as with any exercise, take it gently. Be kind to yourself, notice what you are experiencing, reflect on what you are feeling. Practise regularly to get the best health benefits for you.

So take a gentle dip into well-being. The explore well-being  page gives you information on all the sections of the site, for you to explore at your leisure. The coping skills page gives you some immediate resources to try out, that can be very helpful in times of stress.


Taking our journey step by step

gold1Like any new exercise, it takes time to familiarise ourselves and use new resources. This might be especially challenging in this current stressful time. For the best results we can try to dip into a page, find something that catches our interest,  familiarise ourselves with the steps in the activity, and then practise it regularly.

Reflecting and responding on our journey. We can keep a journal to reflect on our experiences, as the activities will provide us with rich inner experiences where we learn more about ourselves. We can develop this further, enriching our meaning of these experiences through creative arts activities, or music, or dance, or whatever way we want to. We can look at the activities like a water source, that generates flow. We can respond in any way we want to that flow, bringing it into our lives for replenishment and well-being.

Dip in and explore any of the links on this site that interest you.


MARCH 2020 SITE UPDATE: This site has been updated in March 2020 to help provide support in the current period of uncertainty and rapid changes, to provide psychosocial resilience. For example, for everyone who is in home confinement (WHO 2016). Please look at the understanding stress page to gain more information about this update, and the additional dimensions of stress that may negatively impact us at this  challenging time.

 


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.

World Health Organization. 2016. Guidance for managing ethical issues in infectious disease outbreaks. Geneva. World Health Organization.


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