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Recently, we put a call out to our The Psychology of It Village to contribute to our very own list of pleasant activities. This is what you made Village!
101 fabulous ideas to fill your cup on days when you need some self-care, self-compassion or some plain old inspiration.
Share this one with your family and friends, print it out, stick it on the fridge, but most of all, let us know if you've found it useful.
Taking ideas for the second edition now!
Published in The Coping Toolkit
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Listen Loudly by Tasha Broomhall

Have you ever told someone about a problem you are having, or shared about a difficult experience, and they jump in and tell you exactly what you should do to fix it?
Published in The Coping Toolkit
Fraser Smith is a counselling psychology doctoral trainee in Glasgow, Scotland. He's passionate about psychology and for helping others in therapeutic contexts. This passion has developed into his career and hobbies, so much so that he started a YouTube channel called GetPsyched where Fraser looks into all different concepts and theories in psychology and illustrates how you can apply them to your own life. 
In June of 2016, I learned that an enemy ship had fired torpedoes into my side. One torpedo took the form of chest pains that send me to the emergency room. The tests showed a strong heart, but the cardiologist wanted me to have my gallbladder checked.
Published in Up Close & Personal
Our most recent Conversation on the Couch is with psychology student, Karyn Battersby, who has grand aspirations of slowly slowly working towards being a registered psychologist. She’s hoping to qualify before her 60th birthday and we're sure she will! 

Karyn recently asked her friends on social media to describe themselves without using their name, family status or work/career identity and when it was her turn, described herself thus:

"I am growth, I am learning. I love wholeheartedly and deeply, I am authentic. I am courageous. I embrace change (sometimes reluctantly), I am a seeker of truth, new experiences, and knowledge. I am a reader of books. I am a food lover, I am a deep thinker, I am a doer. I am enthusiastic, I am passionate. I am a motivator. I am a people lover. I am a sensual woman. And I am enough."
Matt Reeves is a father, a realist, a community minded optimist and lover of humour and music. Fourteen-year-old Matt loved Guns & Roses. Thirtyeight-year-old Matt still does but he now also collects vintage wine carafes and gives me a run for my money when it comes to being curious about other humans.
It was a couple of years ago at the neighborhood school bus stop when I first met Jane and her only child, Michael. He and my older son, Adam, were both starting second grade, and it was the typical morning routine of sleepy kids lined up, traces of breakfast on some of their faces, others with backpacks half zipped, waiting for the big yellow diesel bus to come chugging up to the stop. Moms or grandmothers stood nearby, steam curling from their mugs of coffee as a light rain fell.
Published in Up Close & Personal
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The One About Resilience & Technology

Why is resilience training so important all of a sudden? Well, it turns out a lot has changed in the last 30 years!
Published in Analyse This
Formal relaxation practice is not only an effective way to manage life's stressors, but it has a magnitude of well-researched benefits. In this piece, you'll find a 25 minute relaxation tool to add to your own Coping Toolkit, to use for your own personal practice in both audio and audio-visual formats, for your convenience. 
Published in The Coping Toolkit
In our latest Conversation on the Couch we chat to the beautiful Cathy Crawford, a doting daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, mother-in-law, friend...the list goes on. I first met Cathy when I joined her workplace in Newcastle in 2002. My first job was to order a bunch of flowers to be delivered to her in hospital after her breast cancer surgery that day. Little did I know, I was about to adopt a surrogate mother/big sister/role model/mentor. Cathy has been there for some of the hardest times life can dish out and that's why I knew she'd give us an amazing, inspiring Conversation on the Couch. Thank you Cath! x
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