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Wild Ways Well 2018

Have you broken any New Year’s resolutions yet? We’re barely into the first week of 2018 and I’ve broken most of mine, which generally focus around eating less chocolate and bacon rolls. Why do I set myself such impossible goals? Time markers can be stressful events for many people. For those of us with depression they can be used as convenient sticks to beat ourselves with – blaming ourselves for not having achieved enough over the previous year being a common theme. Resolutions can be dangerous things, setting impossible goals that we cannot accomplish is not good for our mental wellbeing. But there is one resolution we could all make, and that most of us could achieve. Get outside more! Spending time outdoors, among nature, is proven to make people feel better about their lives. Cumbernauld Living Landscape can help with this. We’ll be running our Wild Ways Well sessions every Thursday afternoon throughout 2018. We’ll go for a leisurely walk through one of Cumbernauld’s wildlife reserves, learning about nature and conservation as we go. We’ll stop to brew a

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Christmas comes just once a year

Christmas comes just once a year – but for those of us with anxiety or stress problems, that can be quite often enough! Decorating trees, buying gifts, preparing meals, visiting family and friends, bad weather, crowded streets… with all the pressure on our purses, family relations and waistbands, it’s no wonder that the festive period is regarded as one of the most stressful times of the year. For some the problem over Christmas might be too much time spent in the company of rarely seen family members, for others the issue will be loneliness. When social media feeds are crammed with updates from family get-togethers it can be very difficult for those who are alone, either physically or emotionally. Someone with depression can feel very alone even in a crowded room. But there are things we can all do to help beat the stress and you won’t be surprised to hear me say that number one of these is getting outside! It’s all too easy to shut ourselves away indoors over Christmas and let the pressure build. A walk outside doesn’t