Poems of the Month- Within these four walls

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This week’s Wednesday Wisdom is a special edition. Instead of a quote, I’ve picked one of my favourite poems from Mindfully Evie’s book Within These Four Walls, in honour of ME awareness week and month.

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Mindfulness Monday- Hub of Hope

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Todays Mindfulness Monday is all about the newly established service Hub of Hope. Hub of Hope is both a website and an app.

The Hub of Hope is the UK’s leading mental health support database. It is provided by the national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma, and brings local, national, peer, community, charity, private and NHS mental health support and services together in one place for the first time. (hubofhope.co.uk)

The services and support offered by Hub of Hope are for both every day and in times of crisis. Taking care of our mental health should be as important to us as taking care of the rest of our bodies. Checking in with ourselves and being honest about how we’re doing is essential, daily practice. As we become used to doing this, we can identify when we’re struggling. We can then get the extra help and support we need. This is where the Hub of Hope comes in.

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Wednesday wisdom-identity and chronic illness.

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Today’s Wednesday wisdom is about identity. When you become chronically ill one of the things that can become really confusing is working out your identity. All the things that you may have defined yourself with such as relationships, work, hobbies and even wardrobes are changed. You can’t do most, if any of the things you used to do in the way you used to do them. It can also make your reactions and feelings so much more complex and different to who you were previously. So if you’re not the person who you thought you were then who are you?

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Mindfulness Monday-How to Stop Doom Scrolling Now

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Today’s mindfulness Monday is about doom scrolling. Spending way too long on our phones and devices scrolling through articles and social media posts that are negative. Following accounts that do not educate or entertain us. Consuming so much negativity that it dulls our sadness, desensitizes our compassion, makes our outrage toxic and sharpens our defenses to become lightening quick.

So what do we do about it?

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Eco-Friendly Edit- How to recycle everyday items with Terracycle

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If you’re a child of the 90s (at least in the UK) then you will know the three Rs off by heart. Reduce, Reuse and Recycle was the theme of many a school assembly and poster making lesson. There’s even a song! As far as the basics such as glass/aluminium and paper go it’s easier than ever to do your bit and recycle. Reducing the amount you need to recycle is our ultimate goal. However, sometimes we need to use single-use items and some of these aren’t collected by our local council.

Terracycle

Enter TerraCycle. TerraCycle’s mission is to work with companies to help you recycle your hard to recycle items. You can do this by collecting them at work, school or home or by going to one of the company drop off sites. There’s a whole range of hard to recycle items that you can donate. I’ve picked just a few to show you how the system works.

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