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“How an encounter with a friendly person made me see myself differently” – Sinéad Stubbins

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In this thought-provoking piece for the Guardian Opinion column, Sinéad Stubbins reflects upon the manner in which we label ourselves over the course of our life, perhaps never again re-examining the appropriateness or truth behind such labels:

“Maybe these stories that we carry, like heavy trunks full of memories, can become outdated – or maybe they were never really true in the first place.”

Read the full piece here: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/apr/28/how-an-encounter-with-a-friendly-person-made-me-see-myself-differently

Living with Chronic Illness

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This article from aeon magazine, suggests that learning to live with a chronic illness requires “psychological flexibility”.

“Psychological flexibility is the idea that we need to be present with what is happening right now, free of judgment, and to respond in a way that moves us forward rather than getting stuck in the emotions or feelings of the moment – anger, frustration, sadness, pain and so forth.”

Specific concepts suggested include:

  • Be the thinker, not the thought.
  • Be open to acceptance.
  • Stay present.
  • Be here now, not there then.
  • Know what matters.

Read the full article here: https://aeon.co/essays/it-takes-psychological-flexibility-to-thrive-with-chronic-illness

Parenting During ‘Lock Down’

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As South Africa entered a national ‘lock down’ and families were confined to their homes, a new and unknown set of challenges rose on the horizon. One of the many challenges involves how to help children make sense of current circumstances and manage the confusion, disappointment, excitement(!) and very understandable fears and anxieties about Coronavirus and ‘lock down’.

Luckily, World Health Organisation (WHO) has produced a series of posters to aid parents and ensure a meaningful time together, considering:

  • One-of-One Time
  • Keeping it Positive
  • Structure Up
  • Bad Behaviour
  • Keep Calm and Manage Stress
  • Talking about COVID-19

These posters are available here: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Healthy Parenting.

Coronavirus Anxiety

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How do we cope with the threat of a global epidemic such as Coronavirus?

In this podcast, local Capetonian psychologist Carly Abramovitz addresses some of the matters related to the current set of circumstances facing the human race in South Africa and beyond.

The full podcast can be found on your regular podcast software under ‘On the couch with Carly’ or this latest episode can be streamed from her website here: https://onthecouchwithcarly.com/coronavirus-anxiety/

The Living Link – Creating abilities from disabilities

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I recently visited The Living Link, a life- and work skills training centre for young adults (18 years to 35 years) who have a mild intellectual disability or mild learning challenges, to find out more about what they offer. I was thoroughly impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and by the programmes on offer, such as the Adult Integration and Work Readiness programmes.

Their programmes provide the following for their trainees:

  • Promotes self-empowerment and guides each individual towards their potential;
  • Provides them with the tools to continuously develop themselves and become included within society;
  • Provides them with the knowledge, skills and support to be meaningfully employed in the open labour market and become contributing citizens.

The programmes at The Living Link act as a link/bridge for the young adults who are able and wanting to enter the open labour market, as it gives them the experience and understanding of what the workplace environment expects of its members. Through their Supportive Employment Model, The Living Link assists graduated trainees in obtaining and retaining employment in the open labour market.

For more information about their programmes, and the application process, take a look at their website: http://www.thelivinglink.co.za or contact Claire, on 0215321812.

Overcoming the fear of failiure

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In a post on Quora, Evan Asano, CEO of Mediakix.com offered a response to the question: “How can I overcome the fear of failiure?” 

His response included an anecdote from his time as a high school hockey player, and a particularly meaningful life lesson extracted from a coaching session. That day, the coach taught his students about pushing the limits of their comfort zone, about taking risks in pursuit of ‘failure’, for the sake of developing a ‘new normal’ and reframing their fear.

He summarises the lesson with the following steps towards overcoming fear:

  • Reframe failure
  • Understand your fear
  • Counter fear with confidence
  • Take action
  • Ignore the fear
  • Challenge the fear
  • Debunk fearlessness

For the full explanation of these points and Evan’s full response, click through to the original post:

https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-overcome-the-fear-of-failure-1/answer/Evan-Asano