STRESS: Are we coping?

That’s the question being asked by the Mental Health Foundation this week.

I’ve just come back from my last training weekend with Capacitar Scotland. Capacitar is a set of wellbeing practices developed by Dr Patricia Cane, founder of the Capacitar organisation ( and I’ve been privileged to take part in her training in self-care and wellbeing.

Capacitar practices can help us learn to live more gracefully with the stresses and traumas of everyday life. They’ve certainly helped me. Over the past year, I’ve managed my mental health with a combination of mindfulness, meditation and the wonderfully gentle Capacitar Tai Chi, bodywork and breathwork. Of course, I’ve had setbacks and periods of tearfulness, entirely normal reactions to stress, but Capacitar has taught me to be patient, to listen to the still, small voice of my inner self and to work towards helping others in the same way.

Self care is so important in what’s an increasingly fast-moving and demanding world. We’re all so busy that we forget to take time for ourselves. Historically, it’s often women who put themselves last on the list and, with more and more of us juggling stressful jobs with the needs of family, there’s never been a greater need for us to learn practices we can use at home to help us navigate those straits.

If you’d like to learn more about Capacitar, or take part in a taster session, please contact me, Caroline, at or phone me on 01828 670 239 or 07769 184 698.


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