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MACT Happier Me Workshops

The Happier Me workshops are intended to motivate and empower children and young people of all ages. Not only as children, but as human beings!

We continue discovering throughout our entire lives how independent we can be by pushing boundaries within ourselves and others. This is called positive growth and so requires a positive growth mindset of course. 

The mind is a very powerful tool that we all have to steer our lives with, therefore understanding and using it wisely is essential to our social and emotional development. However, emotions can be tricky and can often get in the way to this when we feel that they are controlling us instead of the other way around.

As children grow, they will experience the whole spectrum of emotions and therefore need to learn to navigate them efficiently if they are to be strong adults in the future.

When they are young it is the key time to lay strong foundations for security and self-confidence so that they can continue to build on these qualities. The internal language and communication skills they develop, mental images of themselves and others, friendships and bonds that they begin to make can have a lasting imprint on their belief systems for many years to come.

If we as parents, caregivers and educators can help them on their journey through these growing years with their mental health, they can learn to be so much stronger and more resilient in all aspects of their lives.

Some common external challenges that can lead to barriers to learning and development :

  • Bullying (from adults or other children) 
  • Parental divorce and separation
  • Social media 
  • Academic stress and pressure 
  • Relationships / friendships 
  • Pandemics such as COVID
  • Child abuse / Domestic Violence / Child sexual exploitation
  • Communication skills 
  • Child Poverty
  • Child Carers
  • Bereavement
  • Moving home 
  • Poor diet / nourishment
  • Neuro diversity (Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia etc)   

Any of the above can lead to:

  • Mental and physical stress and anxiety 
  • Separation anxiety, transition anxiety
  • Insomnia and poor sleep levels 
  • Low confidence and self-esteem / self-worth
  • Withdrawal from relationships, engagements and activities 
  • Self-harm
  • Overwhelm and or overthinking 
  • Fears and phobias
  • Communication challenges / breakdowns 
  • Low academic achievement
  • Depression and loneliness
  • Negative / challenging/ OCD type behaviours 
  • Bullying others 
  • Eating disorders
  • Fatigue / exhaustion 
  • Trauma / PTSD
  • Attention seeking behaviours 
  • Lack of emotional regulation / control (emotional breakdowns/ outbursts of anger etc) 

Upcoming MACT “Happier Me” Workshops for Children

Course cost: £125

Monday 22nd July 2024
9.30am to 3.30pm

Friday 26th July 2024

9.30am to 3.30pm

Venue TBC, Leicester
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Course cost: £125

Tuesday 23rd July 2024
9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue TBC, Leicester

Course cost: £125

Thursday 25th 2024
9.30am to 4.30pm

Venue TBC, Leicester

About the Workshops

The workshops are five/ six-hours (one day) depending on the age group, and focus on providing tools, techniques and mental strategies on how to cope with ongoing challenges, and building inner resilience and confidence. For each age group, the activities and teaching is tailored appropriately to suit developmental levels. Thus, children can understand and engage with the content fully. All children are each given age-appropriate workbooks to work with which they can take away to keep for later reference. The skills learnt can be used over a long time, way after the workshop has been completed, whereby promoting a positive mindset and healthy attitude.

These are the topics that we cover in a fun filled day of learning about how to have a positive mindset:

  1. How the brain works and processes information – what is going on under the lid and why we respond the way we do to external factors
  2. How we can use that knowledge to help ourselves by being in control
  3. Emotions – understanding and accepting them and how mastering them can change everything 
  4. Understanding fear, stress and anxiety – knowledge is power
  5. Understanding our own belief systems – removing negative self-limiting beliefs
  6. How language affects our behaviours – using the best language to change our own feelings and actions  
  7. Communicating effectively so others will listen
  8. Changing the focus and direction of our own thoughts and actions for better outcomes  
  9. Using the imagination to build resilience and confidence
  10. Using better mental images to change our feelings and behaviours 
  11. Reframing challenges by changing perspectives 
  12. Goal setting and aiming higher than before – staying in control 
  13. Staying in the present moment to feel stronger
  14. Practising self-love and appreciation – being kind to the self and others

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