Forward Leeds have had to temporarily suspend all group work, mutual aid sessions and face-to-face appointments.
It is also possible that you may have to exercise social distancing measures or even isolate yourselves.
We understand that such circumstances may bring about varying levels of psychological distress, so we’ve compiled some handouts and links to videos to give you some ideas of how to look after yourselves, manage your wellbeing and hopefully make the experience more tolerable.
The following is a list of downloadable PDFs. Click the title to download the handout.
Anger Management Toolbox
Guidance on how to effectively deal with anger issues
Changing your Internal Dialogue or “self-talk”
How to learn to be kinder in the way that we talk to ourselves in our own heads
Cravings Survival Guide
Tactics for coping effectively with cravings
Dealing with Cravings
Guidance on understanding and breaking the cycle of addiction
A set of guidelines on how to improve your ability to sleep
Instincts, thinking and coping
Gain a clearer picture of the biology and psychology of cravings and stress
Living a Balanced Lifestyle (Three p’s)
A worksheet to help you address three vital areas of your life to achieve a more balanced lifestyle and improve wellbeing
Exercises to help you step out of “automatic pilot”, becoming less reactive, and more aware and mindful in your responses
Relaxation Techniques for Stress Relief
Learn to effectively combat stress by activating the body’s natural relaxation response
SOBER breathing technique
A mindfulness intervention to help manage panic attacks, reduce anxiety and stress, break addictive processes and behaviours, and manage pain
The ABC technique
This technique can be used to help you cope with almost any upsetting situation
A mindfulness technique that can be used to help with any addictive behaviour
In addition, the Forward Leeds Family Plus team has put together an Activity Booklet for children. They have tried to make the activities no or low cost and a mixture of indoor and outdoor.
Download the Family Plus Activity Pack
Insight Healthcare is a not-for-profit organisation providing free NHS talking therapy services across the UK. They have put together a booklet Managing Stress and Worry during the COVID19 Outbreak.
Below are links to several videos with advice for dealing with mental health and wellbeing etc. but also other learning topics that you may wish to pursue.
School of life
The School of Life is dedicated to exploring the great questions of emotional and psychological life. We believe in developing emotional well-being through ideas and discussion.
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