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Go for a winter walk – stress-free Christmas tip 11

Go for a winter walk – stress-free Christmas tip 11

We are up to tip 11 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. Despite the cold weather, a great way to de-stress during December is to get outside and go for a winter walk. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website. Stress-free...

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Enjoy simple things – stress free Christmas tip 10

Enjoy simple things – stress free Christmas tip 10

We are up to tip 10 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas: enjoy simple things this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress free Christmas on our...

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Write your own Christmas list – stress free Christmas tip 9

Write your own Christmas list – stress free Christmas tip 9

Stress-free Christmas tip 9 - write your own Christmas list Sometimes it can be tricky to know what to get a loved one or friend as a Christmas gift. Who needs that extra pressure at an already busy and stressful time of year? Be your own helpful Christmas elf by...

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Enjoy the build up – stress free Christmas tip 8

Enjoy the build up – stress free Christmas tip 8

We are already up to tip 8 in our guide to a stress-free Christmas: enjoy the build-up to Christmas Day. You can catch up on all 19 tips for your stress-free Christmas on our website. Stress-free Christmas tip 8 - enjoy the build-up to Christmas Day After the final...

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Switch off Christmas TV ads – stress free Christmas tip 6

Switch off Christmas TV ads – stress free Christmas tip 6

Day 6 on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is upon us. Our latest tip for a happy and peaceful festive season: switch off those Christmas TV ads! Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on all...

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Give gifts because you want to – stress free Christmas tip 5

Give gifts because you want to – stress free Christmas tip 5

We are up to tip 5 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas. Give gifts because you want to, not because you feel you have to. Throughout December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on...

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The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

Tip 4 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: get organised with a Christmas to-do list. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can catch up on all 19 tips...

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Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Tip 3 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: stick to a Christmas budget to avoid a debt hangover in the New Year. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas! You can...

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Do a bit at a time – stress-free Christmas tip 2

Do a bit at a time – stress-free Christmas tip 2

Tip 2 in our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is here: do a bit at a time to avoid that last minute, Christmas Eve panic. All through November and December, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas this year!...

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Get a plan – stress-free Christmas tip 1

Get a plan – stress-free Christmas tip 1

As we begin the countdown to Christmas check out our first tip to help you on your way to a stress-free Christmas: get a plan. In the run-up to Christmas, we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress-free Christmas this year! You...

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Tips for a stress-free Christmas

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

Trying to achieve a stress-free Christmas can feel like an impossible task. Everything will be busy, last minute and crammed into the time we simply do not have. At The Spark, however, we disagree and believe that a stress-free Christmas is possible! 19 tips for a...

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Meet the CYP Team – Shirley Meade

Meet the CYP Team – Shirley Meade

Shirley Meade is a School Services Manager with The Spark. A qualified counsellor, she oversees the delivery of counselling and mental health support services for children and young people in schools across Scotland. We sat down with her to find out a bit more about...

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Re-learning how to cope with loss and bereavement

Re-learning how to cope with loss and bereavement

We constantly live in a state of change and loss is sadly an inevitable part of that process. While we most often associate loss with bereavement, our lives are full of losses; jobs, relationships, or as we have all experienced recently, the loss of freedom and...

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Can anger be positive and useful?

Can anger be positive and useful?

Anger gets bad press. It is linked with aggression and violence. Anger can get us into embarrassing scrapes or trouble. We feel very uncomfortable when we get angry and sometimes find it hard to manage. Often people will describe anger as a negative emotion, but...

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Self-harm: the truths and the myths

Self-harm: the truths and the myths

Self-harm, or to give it it’s up to date classification ‘non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI), is defined in the NHS dictionary as ‘deliberate injury to oneself, typically as a manifestation of a psychological or psychiatric disorder.’ Self-harm is basically behaviour...

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Adolescence: 4 truths adults need to know

Adolescence: 4 truths adults need to know

Adolescence can be one of the most emotionally turbulent times in a person's life; hormones, changing responsibilities, the rewiring of the prefrontal cortex of the brain and difficult social and emotional situations can all take a toll on the emotional wellbeing of...

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Meet the Counsellor – Dorothy Jappy

Meet the Counsellor – Dorothy Jappy

Continuing our new series 'Meet the Counsellor' we are talking to Dorothy Jappy – one of our Edinburgh counsellors - to find out more about her passion for therapy and why The Spark is such a respected counselling provider.   Each month we will be interviewing one of...

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Meet the Counsellor – Paula Miller

Meet the Counsellor – Paula Miller

Each month we will be interviewing one of The Spark's team of counsellors based around Scotland. We hope the "Meet the Counsellor" series will offer an insight into the therapeutic services provided by The Spark, what happens in a counselling session and why we are a...

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6 ways to keep a New Year resolution

6 ways to keep a New Year resolution

January is probably most famous for New Year resolutions. It is also famous for something else: the complete failure of New Year resolutions before the end of the month. No matter whether your New Year resolution is to lose weight, keep date night with your spouse...

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Anxiety: 6 self-care tips from a psychotherapist

Anxiety: 6 self-care tips from a psychotherapist

Anxiety can be described as “distress or uneasiness of the mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.” In some situations, it can be very helpful and even life-saving. As John-Roger and Peter McWilliams explained in their seminal book 'You Can’t Afford the Luxury of...

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