Caring for yourself
A very warm welcome to this brand-new website section that focuses on emotional health and wellbeing! We hope you find the contents useful and interesting.
As most of you know, the support service is a unique and key part of the AT Society. Sitting at the very heart our support work is the belief that taking care of our emotional and mental health is as important as managing physical health.
We’ve long wanted to have a website section dedicated to this vital aspect of health, so we decided to make use of these extraordinary lockdown days by grabbing the bull by the horns and start designing this ‘caring for yourself’ page!
We know from our own personal experiences and research evidence, that emotional health and wellbeing affects how we think, feel and relate to both ourselves and others, plus how we interpret the world around us. Having good emotional health improves our ability to manage, communicate, form and sustain positive relationships. It also helps build resilience to cope with change and stressful major life events, such as loss or bereavement.
But good emotional health and wellbeing isn’t just about feeling happy and confident, it’s also about having skills to engage positively with the world and to develop strong self-esteem. This skill development starts early in life, so we aim to build up a resource section to help parents find ways to take care of their own wellbeing along the AT journey whilst supporting their children with AT to develop healthy coping strategies.
We hope the tips, suggestions and stories offered on this page inspire you and provide ideas on how to take better care of your own and your family’s overall health and wellbeing.
We’d love to hear from people of all ages affected by AT, including parents, siblings, friends and schools, so please send us your stories and photos. We also want to get feedback from you as we continue to develop this page. Oh and we have a new blog too, so don’t forget to follow our weekly blogging journey!
Just click on the images below and take a look at the ever growing tips, suggestions and resources.
Stay well everyone!