National Stress Awareness Day

5 tips to help manage stress   1) It can be easy to feel overwhelmed if we have a lot of things happening in our lives. We naturally focus on the negative things in life such as the things we can't do. Try to focus on the things that you can do something about. This will help you feel more in control. 2) It can be easy to only do

2017-11-01T12:14:05+00:001st November 2017|Blog, Stress|

World Mental Health Day 10th October: Workplace Wellbeing

10th October 2017 is World Mental Health Day. Mental health problems can affect anyone, any day of the year, but 10th October is a great day to show your support for better mental health and start looking after your own wellbeing. The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing. Mental health problems at work are common. At least one in six workers is experiencing common mental health

2020-04-16T18:02:29+01:0010th October 2017|Blog, Depression, Mental Health Awareness Week, Stress|

World Mental Health Week events from the Touchstone Community Development team

Next week the Community Development Service and new Migrant Access Project  Plus Teams are going to venues across Leeds to talk to people about workplace mental health. This is to mark World Mental Health Day on Tuesday 10 October and we’ll be doing activities throughout the week. As well as running sessions for staff working for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust at three hospitals and NHS England and Department for

2020-04-17T10:45:34+01:004th October 2017|Events, News, Stress|

How to be Mindful on World Mindfulness Day!

Would you like to do something to mark World Mindfulness Day or are you are curious what mindfulness is all about? Mindfulness is a fairly simple idea about how we direct our focus of attention, but like many things that may sound simple, it can be a little tricky to actually do! The basic principles of mindfulness are about: Paying attention to the present moment On purpose Without judgement For

2020-04-16T18:02:28+01:0012th September 2017|Blog, CBT, Stress|

How do you beat stress? #MensHealthWeek

We asked some of the men who come to the Men’s Gym and Swimming Group organised by Touchstone Community Development service the question "How do you beat stress?". Here's what they had to say. “I love swimming, I feel relieved whenever I have the chance to swim. I also find that exercise, eating healthy and watching television helps me beat stress. Volunteering and helping other people gives me a sense

2020-04-17T10:16:39+01:0017th June 2016|Blog, Fitness, Stress|

International Day of Kindness

On Friday 13th November 2015 it was International Day of Kindness. One of our IAPT colleagues Sally P has written the following piece to highlight the widespread benefits of random acts of kindness: Although on those bad days it can feel like we live in a society where people are uncaring, there has been a recent increase of individuals using social media to share examples of kindness in our society.

2015-11-16T09:16:09+00:0016th November 2015|Blog, Diversity, Friendship, Stress, Volunteering|

Friends for Life: International Friendship Day

Vanysha Sahota from Touchstone's Community Development Service wrote this article to mark International Friendship Day - and to talk about the role of friendship in personal and family life.   When I think about the word ‘friend’, images of certain people take over my mind along with memories of good and bad times. Many people who have passed through my life, I have called my friends, from nursery and primary

2020-04-17T10:05:04+01:0031st July 2015|Blog, Friendship, Stress|

School's out – getting through the Summer holidays intact

This piece was originally published as a guest blog on the Bayford Foundation's website in July 2014. However the tips from our Positive Care Programme staff are just as relevant this year. The schools are breaking up and children’s excitement is mounting at having 6 whole weeks without school. But what about the parents? For some the summer holidays can be stressful, exhausting – and expensive. Have a plan of

2020-04-17T10:05:05+01:0017th July 2015|Blog, Families, Stress|