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Microsoft screams: when information overloads

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This week, Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, helps us recognise information overload, and shares ways to deal with it.

Your inbox is full of emails. All the emails contain links. You are supposed to follow the links, which will take you to webpages. You have to read, and sometimes watch, the webpages. There is stuff in them that you are meant to know. There is even some stuff that you could be quite interested in, were it not Week 1 of semester, in the brave new world of education in a pandemic. Then there are more links, and you have to go to your third meeting or class of the day with some disembodied faces. They are pixels, with little capital letters that spell out their names. In real life, they might actually be people. But for several months, ‘people’ have been moving blobs of light on this flat surface in front of your face. You don’t feel much when you look at them apart from boredom, although sometimes, you want to cry. Now your phone screen lights up. Someone has sent you a news article. Another news article. You are supposed to read it and think about it and Whatsapp your thoughts back. You don’t want to do this, yet you also very much want to swipe and look at the news article, and maybe check Twitter. You pick up your phone. No-one will notice. They’re probably looking at their phones too. You swipe to open, and it’s a coronavirus update. Suddenly, overwhelmingly, you want to scream.

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The escape artist: avoidance and other disappearing acts

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Have you noticed that sometimes you can be moving along, getting things done, looking after yourself, meeting deadlines when suddenly, you’re not anymore? The balance tips and things you didn’t have to think about now take much more effort. Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, talks us through how to recognise the impact of stress on our day-to-day lives, and how to deal with it.

A path in the woods

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Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

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How are you sitting as you read this? Are you hunched forward? Is your neck sore, your jaw clenched? Are your eyes squinting at the screen?

Take a deep breath.

We’ve been through a lot this year, and the strain of working through an international pandemic has been challenging in so many ways. Month after month of living like this can really start to take its toll.

Asian woman student or businesswoman is working late at night.

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A Wild Remedy 

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Many of us have found the outdoors a soothing balm to the stresses and strains of the past months. Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, explores the importance of nature in regards to our mental health.

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Protect Scotland app

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NHS Scotland has launched a free, mobile phone app called Protect Scotland which is to designed identify people who may be at risk from Covid-19 because they were in close contact with someone who has the virus.

The app alerts users if they have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive. And if a user tests positive, it can help determine contacts that they may have otherwise missed while keeping personal information private and anonymous.

For more information on the app please visit the Protect Scotland website or download it through the App Store and Google Play.

Going to ground

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 Have you noticed yourself pulled to the ground recently? Do you find it easier to work from the floor? Do you even feel yourself wishing you were horizontal? Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, talks us through the importance of the ground beneath us.

A few weeks ago, on a morning walk, I came across a spectacular carpet of morning glories. Otherwise known as bindweed, these marshmallow pink flowers grow rapaciously on scrubby ground in the summer months. True to their name, they are open and most glorious first thing, when the sun is up; by the afternoon they have folded in a tight pink whorl, waiting for the next beams of morning light. In gardens they are often uprooted, but if left undisturbed in farmland and hedgerows, they will roam over the ground without limit, like a green and pink web of delights for visiting bees and butterflies.

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Sport and Exercise facilities set to reopen

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Just as the rain and wind arrive to put a stop to our outdoor exercising, we were pleased to see our Pleasance and Easter Bush gyms reopen on Monday.

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Trouble Sleeping

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Do you find yourself struggling to stay awake at your desk but the moment your head hits the pillow you’re wide awake? Many of us have experienced huge disruptions to our sleeping schedules recently. Here Kitty Wheater, Mindfulness Chaplain, explores how we can soothe our sleeping patterns into something more regular.

“It’s late and I’m feeling so tired,” sings Corinne Bailey Rae. “Having trouble sleeping…”

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New boot camps from Sport & Exercise

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From 24 August, Sport & Exercise are starting outdoor boot camps at Peffermill and Easter Bush.

Get yourself moving in a one-of-a-kind workout, set in a unique outdoor setting.

The new sessions are a fun mixture of HIIT, sport-style drills and bodyweight exercises. Sport & Exercise experts will make sure that you’re doing the most effective exercises to maximise your training time no matter what your goal is: weight loss, fat loss, body toning or improving your strength and stamina. The sessions are booked in four-week blocks and are suitable for all ability levels.

For more details visit the Sport & Exercise website.

What is Compassion in the time of COVID-19?

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Compassion is attentiveness to the suffering of ourselves and others, with the wisdom and steps taken to relieve it. Compassion calls forth action, but with the wisdom to know when, how and what is required.

Harriet Harris and Marti Balaam

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Instantly boost your mood

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We have been in lockdown for a long time. Even though things are starting to ease up here in the UK, that doesn’t mean we’ll instantly be going back to our old routines. In fact, you might find it a bit tricker to navigate this new normal.

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What is Compassion in the time of COVID-19?

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Compassion is attentiveness to the suffering of ourselves and others, with the wisdom and steps taken to relieve it. Compassion calls forth action, but with the wisdom to know when, how and what is required.

Harriet Harris and Marti Balaam

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What is Compassion in the time of COVID-19?

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