Tag Archives: wellbeing

The Mindfulness experiment

Alan White_300x276px

Alan White Although I am passionate about well-being and I believe that all young people need to learn key skills to take control and care for their own well-being, I have, in the past, been resistant to mindfulness. Why? Because I am the type of person that finds it difficult to sit still for any […]

Listening to understand

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White “Loneliness doesn’t come from having no one around you, but from being unable to communicate the things that are important to you.” – Carl Jung How many times have you had a conversation, and after it finished, you struggled to remember what you spoke about? More importantly, how many times have you struggled […]

Self-Evaluating & Goal setting! Why over committing to our resolutions can be damaging to our well-being!

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White It’s that time of year again when many of us have set out our new year’s resolutions and promise ourselves that this time things will be different. We are declaring aloud for all to hear, the monumental changes we intend to make in our lives. Whether it’s losing weight, quitting smoking, learning a […]

Looking Back!

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White Last March when I wrote my first piece for Creaghcastle Publishing, I was very nervous to say the least. I have learned over the past year that, when writing anything, you are putting a piece of yourself out there. The thought of this frightened me if I’m honest, and looking back over my […]

Building resilience builds well-being

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White “When you are going through hell, keep going!” – Winston Churchill. The above quote, for me, encapsulates the need we all have to build our resilience. Resilience is a mental toughness, it is the ability to bounce back from setbacks in our lives as well as the ability to cope with and overcome […]

The Pygmalion effect – how our young people live up (or down) to our expectations

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White In 1964 Harvard psychologist Robert Rosenthal was given permission to administer a new IQ test to a group of Elementary school students. After administering the test, a group of children were highlighted to the teacher as having great potential to academically flourish over the next year. Sure enough over the following academic year […]

What lies beyond your comfort zone?

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White Last Saturday I was lucky enough to be selected to showcase the work I have done over the past number of years on Mental Health at Féilte. This event is held every year in the RDS in Dublin and is organised by the Teaching Council. It is the largest celebration (Féilte means celebration, […]

A Eulogy for Stigma – Why we must get well-being on the agenda in schools

Alan White_crop_300x276

Alan White Born out of fear and lack of understanding, stigma has marginalised those with mental health difficulties for centuries. Very often anyone suffering with mental illness were seen as outcasts and were viewed with suspicion and fear, even by loved ones. Stigma develops when we don’t understand something. As human beings, when we can’t […]