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Wellbeing Project | News July 2021
Welcome to July's Wellbeing Newsletter.......

I thought I would start by looking at overcoming self doubt, how we can just be so hard on ourselves, why this is and what we can do to change this.

How much easier does self doubt come to a lot of us rather than our qualities do, questioning whether we are enough, those negative thoughts or comments we have about ourselves or that someone has said to us seem to stick in our minds not enabling us to recognise our strengths.  How many times have you stopped what you were going to say through fear of looking stupid then someone else has said the same and it's then been said to be a good point or before asking a question starting it with 'this is probably a really silly question but.....'

This following paragraph is taken from a book called Moranifesto written by Caitin Moran which is a letter she wrote to the teenage girls she meets at her book signings and although aimed at young girls it is so relevant to us all:

"And the most important thing? To know that you were not born like this. You were not born scared and self-loathing and overwhelmed. Things have been done – which means things can be undone. It is hard work. But you are not scared of hard work, compared with everything else you have dealt with. Because what you must do right now, and for the rest of your life, is learn how to build a girl. You.'"

It really makes you think doesn't it? What would you have said to your teenage self, knowing what you know now?

In this article in Counselling Directory called  'When you don't feel enough' they go into more detail about questioning our self worth, the negative strategies that are sometimes used to help manage this and the positive ones that can change the way we feel.  Further information and advice on how to change negative thinking can also be found on the Very Well Mind website.

"Have you been criticizing yourself for years and it hasn't worked. Try approving of yourself and see what happens."
Louise Hay



 
July's Action for Happiness Calendar is 'Jump Back Up in July'  which focuses on resilience and the skills that can help build on this. 

But what is resilience and why and when do we need it?  What makes someone more resilient that someone else?

Resilience is the emotional strength to cope with trauma, difficulties and challenges and the ability to be able to move forward and ultimately be happy again.  It is what we call upon and at times of hardship and sometimes have to dig really deep to find it during our toughest times.  Those with resilience are able to use their strengths and skills to adapt to situations as oppose to using unhealthy coping strategies or not feeling we are able to cope at all.
Everyone is different and there is not a set way to improve resilience, different people respond very differently to life events and resilience isn't something that just happens over night, but we can take steps to develop and improve it.  The Red Cross developed a wellbeing and resilience toolkit which looks at increasing wellbeing and strengthening resilience.  Mind also have information and tips on their website about how to manage stress and how to become more resilient.

Sometimes we just need to reach out for some support and talk to someone so if you are struggling and would benefit from some support around your mental health, Broxtowe Borough Council have information on their website.  On the 24th July it is the Samaritans Big Listen Campaign to raise awareness that they are there to listen to anyone struggling to cope Talk to us #welisten.  It is so important that we talk about how we feel but equally important that we are all available and willing to listen when others want to talk.

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."
Maya Angelou

 
What's been happening at BWP and what's coming up:

We have continued to run the Wellbeing Warrior and Reading Friends sessions via zoom.  For more information about our zoom sessions and how to get involved please contact enquiries@broxtowewp.org.

On 3rd June we had our first 'in person' event in over a year which we called Nature in the Park which was held at one of the local parks in Broxtowe.  This was an event for families to come along, meet others and do some of the nature activities.  The event was really successful and we will be running some more family events during the summer holidays.

On 11th June we held our second 'in person' event in over a year!  This event was a wellbeing taster session which again enabled women along with children to meet others and try different craft and wellbeing activities, such as making a friendship or breaded bracelet, colouring, pom pom making, rock painting, affirmation postcards, wellbeing wheels.

On 18th June was our first of 6 sessions with Boseda Olawoye who is a local Creative Engagement Manager working on an exhibition called Power: Freedom to create at the National Justice Museum. 
The group are working together to create their own art work and design a printed magazine.  Creativity can really help us get through difficult times.  The next session is Friday 2nd July at 10:30 to 12:30 and will be consecutive Fridays for the next 5 weeks so there is still plenty of time to get involved.  If you are interested in being part of this project please contact enquiries@broxtowewp.org for venue and further details.  

On 25th June there had been plans for a BWP  Afternoon Tea Fundraiser to take place, however due to the covid restrictions not having been lifted as was hoped and the poor weather forecast this was adapted and people were able to come and collect their afternoon teas for take outs.  The theme was roses to represent the the future which will continue throughout the summer as part of the Art Culture and Tourism Year of the Roses project.  For more information on how you can get involved with our collective approach to the project please contact enquiries@broxtowewp.org.

Also in June 6 women completed and passed their food hygiene certificates which enabled them to prepare all the cream teas, so a big well done and thank you to them.

What's coming up in July:

As mentioned the creative sessions with Bo Olawoye will continue every Friday throughout the month.

On 23rd July we have an exciting opportunity to meet up at one of the local heritage centres.  If you would like to find out more about this please contact enquiries@broxtowewp.org.

We have lots of sessions coming up for the following months on different topics, self care, creative  ones, family events, mindfulness, so please keep an eye out on our website

If you have any ideas for sessions or events, anything you would like to read about in the wellbeing newsletter or if you would like to write a blog on what you do to improve your own or your families wellbeing please contact enquiries@broxtowewp.org.

 

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