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Anger
Nicky Edwards

Fight – Flight – Freeze – Fawn, How do you react?

Fight – Flight – Freeze – Fawn Many people are familiar with the concept of the fight – flight response. When our central nervous system involuntary responds to a perceived threat, an acute stress response kicks in and each individual, depending on their own programming will respond accordingly. Fight or flight, in its simplest form,

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Affirmation Cards

Affirmations Affirmations are positive statements which are used to to help us challenge and overcome difficult or negative thoughts. They are simple statements which are repeated as part of a routine to help us move through challenges. Affirmations can also be displayed so that we can read them frequently and help us to make positive

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

5 ways to manage emotional exhaustion

In a world that seems to never stop what do we do when it all catches up with us? After the last 2 years of constant change, expectations and challenges to navigate, a frequent comment that I hear from children, teenagers, parents and professionals is that they feel ‘exhausted’. There has been so much to

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Design your own elf

Whilst we rush about getting the last bits ready for Christmas, why not settle the little ones down for something creative. Join us and design your own elf. What you need: Download the worksheet here (find it here) Print as many copies as you need Collect up art resources Find glasses of milk (and possibly

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

8 Ways to Protect Mental Well-being at Christmas

Whilst Christmas can be incredibly exciting. For some, it brings struggles with mental well-being, overwhelm and rising stress. Christmas can be magical, but for others, it can create sensory overload and be an overwhelming period of constant change, noises, colours and challenges to navigate. For adults, Christmas can feel like a great deal of pressure

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Feelings Wheel

Feelings  A step of emotional literacy development is being able to recognise what our emotions are. Many children can find it challenging to be able to recognise, identify and respond to their emotions, particularly emotions such as excitement and anxiety as both create adrenaline in the body. A great first step, is to encourage children

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

The importance of gaining different perspectives

Life can be busy, and often, when I work with clients, they can find that it’s a struggle to keep things in perspective. To see the good which sits alongside the bad, or the greys amongst the black and white. When we are stressed, or experience stress for a significant period of time, it can

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activities: Christmas Walk ‘I’ Spy

Christmas is coming! So, what better time to blow the cobwebs away and get out for a wintery walk and see how many of our Christmas ‘I Spy’ items you can find from the checklist! Download it here How to use it Download the worksheet (find it here) Laminate (optional) Clip to a clipboard Attach a

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

8 Ways to Support Your Own Mental Health

When our mental health declines, it can feel overwhelming, scary and quite exhausting. Our instincts can sometimes tell us to hide, act out or to seek out comfort seeking behaviours. However, sometimes, our instincts offer us solutions which increase the struggles that we are experiencing, and as such, we need to consider how else to

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Self-Care Cups Worksheet

Self-care Cups Whilst we all talk about self-care and recognise its importance, recognising when our self-care is low or the early warning signs that something is out of balance is important to supporting our well-being. Self-care is all about taking care of ourselves. If we imagine that we are a care, we would not expect

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Motivation
Nicky Edwards

Why we need to encourage perseverance in children

When I used to teach, my students often got fed up with me, I will add here that it wasn’t because I was a terrible teacher, but because I refused to listen to the words ‘I can’t’. ‘I can’t do it’ The words I wouldn’t abide by. I wasn’t being mean… The thing is, I

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Christmas Colouring Sheet

In December 2019 I wrote a book called ‘Brian and the Christmas Box‘. This story followed a winter adventure of Brian…. When Brian is out for a walk with his mummy he hears a dog crying and doesn’t know what to do. Alongside his friend, Blue Butterfly, Brian finds a way to share the magic

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

Why our brains keep re-living things

Have you ever noticed, that when you pop to Tesco you can quickly forget about it, or if someone asks you what you had for dinner last night, you can rack your brains feeling like it was forever ago? But, when something challenging happens, it can take, days, weeks, months or even years to forget

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Child Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Self-care Bingo

Self-care Bingo Self-care is all about taking care of ourselves. If we imagine that we are a care, we would not expect to drive to the coast without petrol. Self-care is the petrol that we give ourselves to give us to have the energy and mental well-being to cope. Regular self-care improves: our physical health

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Anxiety
Nicky Edwards

8 Things NOT to say to a child struggling with mental health

Mental Health and Children in the UK Current data shows that ‘One in six children aged five to 16 were identified as having a probable mental health problem in July 2020’ (NHS Digital, 2020). Further, ‘The number of A&E attendances by young people aged 18 or under with a recorded diagnosis of a psychiatric condition

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: What am I feeling?

What am I feeling? A step of emotional literacy development is being able to recognise what our emotions are. In order to do this, we first need to consider their names and what they feel like. For children, this often starts with knowing what the facial imagery is that goes with each feeling. So, this

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

The Impact of Validation on Mental Health

I was talking to a friend this week and we got onto the subject of validation. Funnily it is a conversation I have multiple times a week, all year round. Whilst not necessarily a subject topic purposely explored for it’s negativity it is a concept which impacts so many aspects of our lives, and whilst

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activities: Left Brain, Right Brain

Our brain is made up of two sides – left brain and right brain. The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. Each side also has preferred behaviours and activities: Left Brain         

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