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LOOK-UK mentors win national award

July 26th, 2017 / View in own page?

On Wednesday 5th July, we attended the Brightside Trust Mentoring awards and thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Some of LOOK’s mentors and mentees were shortlisted for two awards; mentee of the year and mentoring pair of the year.

We are delighted to inform you that Danielle and Jack won mentoring pair of the year! They were presented with a certificate and engraved trophy. This is a big achievement for LOOK and our mentors and mentees as our mentoring project is still in its pilot year.

A huge thank you to the Brightside Trust for the nomination and for such a wonderful evening.

Have a listen to the audio below which is of Danielle and Jack winning their award.

 

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Tips on Coping With Stress

May 15th, 2017 / View in own page?

We want to create a resource of tips on coping with stress.

We know that a lot of you will currently be going through a stressful time with exams, deadlines, transitions, and other things life may throw at you.

The LOOK team, bloggers, mentors and mentees, have put together our best tips for dealing with stress in these situations and hope they’re of use.

  • Try your best to recognise when you are in the middle of an angry outburst or thoughts.
  • Allow emotions to be present. Cry, scream, shout, but not at anyone. Be present in acknowledging the feelings, but don’t let them take over.
  • Don’t use expletives or negativity when expressing these thoughts.
  • Breathe deeply and think only of what your breathing is doing.
  • Read up on mindfulness or meditation, and try putting it into practice.
  • If you feel a head-ache or migraine coming on then STOP and relax.
  • Learn to recognise the signs of a head-ache or migraine and stop before one comes on.
  • Distract yourself by yourself focussing on something small.
  • Exercise, it releases endorphins.
  • Eat well and drink lots of water.
  • Listen to music. Blast out one of your happy songs or cry to a sad song! Check out our LOOK relaxed playlist.
  • Text/call someone such as a close friend or family member. Just talking things through can make you feel better.
  • Find a task that needs a lot of focus and thoughtfulness, maybe such as writing.
  • Write down or record your thoughts and feelings, this can be a release and help process mixed up emotions. Look back over it and you may notice any patterns or triggers you may have been unaware of.
  • Make lists – a to-do list of things that you feel stressed or anxious about. In terms of to-do lists, prioritise what’s most important and what needs doing first. It’s also good to focus on positivity – make a list of the things that make you feel good, and your favourite things. It’s a good way of balancing and prioritizing everything that you need to do.
  • Do one of your favourite hobbies.
  • Watch your favourite TV programme.
  • Have a nice cup of tea, hot chocolate or your favourite drink, and enjoy the 10 minutes to sit and drink it.
  • Think of something positive. What are you proud of? What have you achieved so far?
  • What are your passions? Find them and immerse yourself within them.
  • Have a long bath or shower.
  • Lose yourself within a good book.
  • Take some time out for yourself – self-care is so important.
  • Take time away from the things that are making you stressed.
  • Smile! Yes, forcing yourself to actively smile makes you feel better!
  • Dog meditating
  • These are our tips for coping with stress. If you have any to add then let us know. Email youth@look-uk.org or contact us on Facebook or Twitter we’d love to hear from you.

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