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30 May 2020 07:55 - 30 May 2020 07:59 #55 by Sally Ann
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Day 30 Activity: We're almost there! Can't quite believe there's only one more post to this month-long thread after today :ohmy: So time today to put your complete PB Strategy Toolbox into practice.
As a reminder, here are the strategies described again:

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And here's a blank template for you to record how a person could use each strategy in a particular event:

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In my blog towards the end of March 2020, at the start of what I described as 'surreal times', I decided to use this template to help me decide how I was going to keep myself feeling safe during Covid 19 - here's what I was thinking .
And here's my mat:

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I hope you find the Strategy Place Mat helpful - Ann designed this initially for our training and the plan was to leave them on people's tables so they could jot down their ideas as they came to them. By sharing them with you now, we can continue to encourage and support people to use the PB process for themselves and the people they share their lives with.
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31 May 2020 08:17 #56 by Sally Ann
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Wow, we're almost there! 31 different Protective Behaviours themed activities shared in the hope we can help each other live life to the full within a framework of safety. Here's some feedback from Lucy offering some practical things people who experience anxiety could try to feel safer:

'Here are the links for some simple body based self-soothing activities I have come across which can help with self-regulation and helping ourselves to feel safe again.
First one is from trauma specialist Peter Levine and is entitled Treating Trauma: 2 Ways to Help Clients Feel Safe, with Peter Levine
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Please be aware that this video was done primarily for a therapist audience but as Peter Levine says the aim is to teach them so someone can self-soothe with them.
The second one is from collective of psychological (trauma focused) therapists working in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) in primary and secondary care who are passionate about research, educating and working with trauma. They have produced a range of short videos one of which is called the Butterfly Hug – here’s the link: 1stcontact.net/traumatic-stress-relief-e...o-the-butterfly-hug/
There is also one for helping people who experience nightmares. I’ve not tried this one myself, but it looks like a potentially useful technique 1stcontact.net/further-help/dream-completion-technique/

And of course there is 3:5 breathing technique – breathe in for count of 3 and out for count of 5. This will work with any numbers that are comfortable for the individual so long as you breathe out for longer than you breathe in. This activates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps us to calm and feel relaxed.'

Thanks Lucy :P Below is one of my favourite gifs to help me regulate my breathing - why don't you try it and feel the difference?
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31 May 2020 09:02 - 31 May 2020 09:10 #57 by Sally Ann
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Day 31 Activity: The Power of Love
So we're here, day 31 and what a 'labour of love' it's been! On reflection it's whizzed by :woohoo:
A massive 'Thank You' to all my co-contributors: Ann Seal, Judith Staff, Donna Clay, Beth Wooldrige, Di Margetts, and Lucy Holbrook. (Apologies if I've missed anyone).
It's felt an absolute joy reading your suggestions and feedback - just realised there are more than 31 activities if we include all the follow-up suggestions! And just spotted another one of Ann's so maybe we'll offer a bonus activity tomorrow?

So, to round off the month of May, it's time to stick everything together. Today's activity therefore focuses again on the Language of Safety as it's the 'glue' that holds the PB process together and enables Protective Behaviours to stick to other approaches, programmes and resources. This means you can PB anything by running it through a Language of Safety filter!
So what's that got to do with the Power of Love? Well, take a quick look at this post from Valentine's Day 2016.
www.protectivebehaviours.org/protective-...y-a-day-for-love#845



The Protective Behaviours 'mission statement', 'Working towards creating non-violent individuals, families and communities' has love at its 'heart'. And using a 'Language of Safety' reinforces non-violent interactions in words and actions. However, using this language consistently isn't always easy. The more we play with it and rehearse alternative scripts, the more empowering and loving our communication becomes.
So, can you invent some more PB consistent Love Heart messages that empower people by reinforcing their right to feel safe and enables them to talk with someone about anything, even if it feels awful or small?
What a 'sweet' ending - see what I did there? :ohmy:
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31 May 2020 11:13 #58 by Inspired
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And HUGE thanks to you Sally Ann for co-ordinating and posting all month; what a brilliant job you've done - well done:kiss: :kiss: .

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31 May 2020 23:09 #59 by Sally Ann
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So that's it, a whole month of PB consistent resources and activities for you to share with the people you live and work with. Here's the list in date order:
May 1st: Early Warning Signs Alphabet
May 2nd: Feelings Word Sentences
May 3rd: The Colour Monster
May 4th: A Multi-Sensory Safe Place
May 5th: Free-Thinking: How could someon feel safe even if .........?
May 6th: It's OK to Feel Activity
May 7th: Building a PB Personal Network
May 8th: A PB Emotion Board
May 9th: Introducing Tizz Time
May 10th: The Safety Continuum
May 11th: How might you feel if .......
May 12th: A Feelings Story
May 13th: I Am Me, You Are You activity
May 14th: Theme 1 & 2 Posters/Displays
May 15th: Sweet Affirmations :)
May 16th: Nursery Rhyme Makeover
May 17th: Alternative Scripts
May 18th: Alternative Scripts Pairs Game
May 19th: Feeling Dice Games
May 20th: Feelings Jenga
May 21st: PB Finger Flickers
May 22nd: Playdough Power
May 23rd: James Stanfield's Circle Model
May 24th: These are a few of my favourite things :P
May 25th: Safety Scavenger Hunt
May 26th: How many 'F' words
May 27th: Introducing Spike & his Safe Place
May 28th: The Invisible String
May 29th: Worry Stones
May 30th: The 7 Strategies in Action
May 31st: The Power of Love :kiss:
And as promised, here's the 'bonus track' I referred to - Thank you Ann for sharing such a timely resource.

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Once again thank you to all our contributors and readers - certainly think the PB process is needed now more than ever :)
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01 Jun 2020 07:24 #60 by Sally Ann
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And finally....... and I mean it this time, I forgot to share this page collated last month in response to being asked what can people say to help children feel calmer and safer. Hoping you find them useful.

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