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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. -Gandhi Thank you to all who volunteer for Charities and Communities. A special thank you to our own volunteers and to all at RELATE who give that little bit extra of their time and goodwill, over and above what is expected of them. We need more of you. Please contact us for more information.

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Body Image

It’s that time of year again, when we drag out last year’s beach gear and think – “I should lose weight, I should have gone to the gym, I should have done something about my body.” The articles in the media about “Am I beach body ready?” will make most of us feel bad about ourselves and self conscious about the way we look. At RELATE we often see that these negative feelings and thoughts translate into problems of self-image which, can turn into sexual issues. If I think I look awful, how can anyone else find me attractive? The fact is that few of us have perfect bodies but we are much more than that to our partners.Being comfortable and confident in ourselves and with our looks is far more attractive than being very self conscious and withdrawn. I’m not advocating an unhealthy lifestyle but an acceptance of what we can realistically do within our budgets and busy lives. One thing that is possible is to drink water – it helps the digestive system and with feelings of tiredness. So, if you want to improve your health and fitness – great. That’s a positive step but internalising dissatisfaction with…

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Thank you Okehampton Town Council

March 3rd: Our Okehampton Counsellor Karen, accepted a cheque from Mayor Paul Vachon at the Town Hall, Okehampton. We are extremely grateful to Okehampton Town Council for giving us a grant despite the current climate of cutbacks and thereby acknowledging the valuable work that we do. It helps us to maintain our service in the town and surrounding  areas. It’s easy to forget what a huge county Devon is and how difficult it can be for those in rural areas to access help that they need. Thank you Okehampton.

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