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Chaplain’s Corner

One small crack does not mean that you were broken, it simply means that you were put to the test and you didn’t fall apart. ~Linda Poindexter

Isn’t that a beautiful way of looking at things? I don’t know about you but there are days when I feel fragile enough to have several small cracks and yet I am so grateful for the fact that I didn’t break, just learned to bend in the gale, sometimes almost to the point of snapping but held together by my faith.

Most of us are fortunate enough to have something that sustains us, like me it could be faith, it could be a supportive partner, family member or friend. It could be a support worker or a connection with a charity whether as a service user or volunteer.

What helps you most on the days when the gales of life are almost blowing you off your feet? There seem to have been so many winds of change blowing over us just lately don’t there? What helps you to settle yourself in the midst of that?

The NHS web-site has some useful information to help to deal with anxiety, depression, unhelpful thoughts, poor sleep and there are some audio versions on this link:

Sometimes it’s easier to listen to someone speaking about relaxation techniques or stress management techniques than it is to read about them isn’t it, if you prefer audio formats too hopefully you will find these useful?

Please also remember that chaplains are here to journey with you if you want someone to talk life experiences through with. We’re not counsellors but we are good listeners. Part of our role is to help you find ways of nourishing yourself, giving yourself time to explore what will help you to feel positive and hopeful in life. We are that listening ear that you can bounce thoughts, hopes or concerns onto. We can also sign-post you to organisations that provide extra support in a range of situations.

We’re here most Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes to listen whatever you would like to talk about and if you just want to break up your day with a light-hearted conversation that’s great too.

If you don’t manage to catch up with a chaplain on site, as always you can contact us via email on info@mitechaplaincy.com where you can request a call-back, or you are very welcome to call me (Debbie) directly on my mobile: 07526 378529 either to chat or to arrange a time to meet up with myself or one of the other chaplains.

We also have a range of resources on our web-site that help in dealing with stress: https://mite.org.uk If you prefer you can easily keep in touch with us on social media:
Facebook: @mitechaplaincy Twitter: @mitesthwarr