THE SPARK BLOG

Our top Christmas film picks

Part of the fun of the festive season is staying in when it’s cold and dark outside, and curling up in front of a Christmas film. These days we have hundreds of TV channels, online streaming services and dedicated satellite movie channels. Which sound perfect for...

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Go for a winter walk – stress free Christmas tip 11

We are up to tip 11 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas. Despite the cold weather, a great way to de stress during December is to get outside and go for a winter walk. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas!...

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Enjoy simple things – stress free Christmas tip 10

We are up to tip 10 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas: enjoy simple things this Christmas. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on our...

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Write your own Christmas list – stress free Christmas tip 9

It is time for tip 9 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas: write your own Christmas list. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on our website....

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Enjoy the build up – stress free Christmas tip 8

We are already up to tip 8 in our guide to a stress free Christmas: enjoy the build up to Christmas Day. Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for your stress free Christmas on our...

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Switch off Christmas TV ads – stress free Christmas tip 6

Day 6 on our countdown to a stress free Christmas is upon us. Our latest tip for a happy and peaceful festive season: switch off those Christmas TV ads! Throughout December we will be offering up advice on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all...

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The Christmas to do list – stress free Christmas tip 4

Tip 4 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: get organised with a Christmas to do list. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can catch up on all 21 tips for...

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Stick to a Christmas budget – stress free Christmas tip 3

Tip 3 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: stick to a Christmas budget to avoid a debt hangover in the New Year. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas! You can...

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Do a bit at a time – stress free Christmas tip 2

Tip 2 in our countdown to a stress free Christmas is here: do a bit at a time to avoid that last minute, Christmas Eve panic. All through November and December we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas this year!...

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Get a plan – stress free Christmas tip 1

As we begin the countdown to Christmas check out our first tip to help you on your way to a stress free Christmas: get a plan. From 27 November we will be offering up advice, tips and hints every day on how to enjoy a stress free Christmas this year! You can catch up...

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Tips for a stress free Christmas

Trying to achieve a stress free Christmas can feel like an impossible task. Everything will be busy, last minute and crammed into time we simply do not have. At The Spark, however, we disagree and believe that a stress free Christmas is possible! 21 tips for a stress...

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Avoiding Christmas debt this year

Christmas is an expensive time of year for all of us as we buy presents, decorate our homes and enjoy nights out. Costs can soon add up and Christmas debt is a significant problem with 1 in 4 adults in the UK feeling pressured into overspending at Christmas. Loans,...

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#Songs For Sound Minds #22

Songs for Sound Minds #22 - 'Days Like This' by Van Morrison What are your thoughts when you first hear this refrain? ‘Well my mama told me there’d be days like this’ Are you thinking about the negative side of things?  The ‘chancers’ in life that your mum warned you...

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Why we fear change in relationships

‘There is nothing permanent except change’. Heraclitus This particular Greek philosopher had life pegged some 2,500 years ago: change is inevitable. The world around us changes, as do we as life progresses. Aside from the physical aspects of ageing, over time we...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #21

Songs for Sound Minds #21 – ‘Watching the Wheels’ John Lennon It probably comes as no surprise that John Lennon features on our Songs for Sound Minds playlist. But it’s not for the song you'd think it would be… Watching the Wheels by John Lennon John Lennon - bread...

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#SongsForSoundMinds #20

Songs for Sound Minds #20 – Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson At The Spark we work hard to help people improve their relationships and build connections with each other. Sometimes though, trying to mend a broken relationship is not healthy for either...

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Male infertility and mental health

Men are in general pretty bad at talking about their feelings. They are taught from their earliest years – both explicitly and implicitly – to hold emotions in. Never cry, get on with it and barely whisper about what is upsetting you. When it comes to male...

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Social media & self image

One of the common problems presented by school pupils to our counsellors is the tricky issue of social media. Children and young people are the section of our society that first embraced social media platforms. The highs and lows of social media They have been the...

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