Exploring TikTok's 'Shadow Work' Trend: A Guide to Shadow Work Prompts Social media opens many doors for conversation and has an amazing power to bust taboos. TikTok, in particular, accelerates this, especially among those under 25 – where trends drive creators to explore topics. And lately, a trend called Shadow Work and Shadow Work Prompts has [...]
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My Continued Journey Back from Injury For those who read my last blog, you will know I suffered a sports injury and was unable to continue playing the sport I love, and this had an impact on me both physically and mentally. For those who may not have read it, I would appreciate your time if [...]
How to feel less lonely or isolated If you’ve arrived at this page because you typed in ‘lonely’, ‘loneliness’, or ‘isolation’, we’d like to say a big, warm hello from all of us at the Arts of Change Trust in Dudley. You are not on your own anymore – we’re here for you. We all feel [...]
Neurodiversity and autism-friendly days out in the West Midlands At the AoC Trust in Dudley, we understand that the summer is often a chance to relax, spend time with family and friends, and explore. But for some, the busy summer period can be triggering, with lots of people, noise, and heat - a bit of [...]
How the weather affects your mood (and what to do about it) The curtains were shut in winter to keep the heat in – now the curtains are shut to keep the sun out. And our mental health is taking a big hit with the extremes that life throws at us. Similar to Goldilocks and [...]
Holiday bodies and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) As the weather hots up in England, thoughts can turn to our wardrobes and bodies. The sun can bring much-needed vitamin D and boost our mental well-being, but it can also see us reflecting in the mirror. It’s not solely sun damage we need to protect ourselves from [...]
Hi, I’m Janet! I’m 34 years old and have a daughter named Esmè. I am a part-time student graduating for the 3rd time with Wolverhampton University with my Master’s degree. I'm a counsellor for The AoC, and I'm also subcontracted to an organisation named Murray Hall. We work alongside schools, GPs and build resilience in [...]
Do I have to see a GP to get therapy? One day it hits you, whether it’s your relationship, work, friendship, money or everything – you don’t want to get out of bed. You don’t want to work. You want to hide. There’s a point in everyone’s life when you feel sad – you’re not [...]
How bullying at school has changed At the AoC, we’ve recently seen a steep increase in mental health referrals for children experiencing bullying. And bullying can have a detrimental impact on the child as they grow up. How has bullying at school changed? Bullying has existed since schools came into existence, but how students are [...]