December’s 2023 Resources

December’s 2023 Resources


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The December Resource pack contains the following resources:

Neuro-insight Module: Alcohol and Executive Function: Brains Under the Influence

Drinking alcohol is normalised for a huge proportion of our society, and in the festive season the amount we drink on a regular basis tends to increase. Alcohol can make us feel good, can help us relax our thoughts, and release some of our anxieties and fears. And that can be a real draw for someone with a brain that never stops and a litany of executive function challenges to face. 

Before you have another glass of wine, do you know how alcohol impacts the brain? And, in particular, the neurodiverse brains? Often neurodiverse people self-medicate with alcohol without even realising it. And it’s pretty easy to understand that, right? 

But did you know that the same part of the brain is affected by ADHD and alcohol. Your neurodiverse symptoms (things like controlling inhibitions, impulsivity, poor memory) can all be amplified when you drink. Because it’s a depressant it can feel like having a drink or three is helping you relax, but neurodiverse people are also much more prone to developing a dependence on it, and further exacerbating their symptoms in the long run.

As we head into the holiday season, with all the celebrating that comes with it.

Join Dr Soracha Cashman, cognitive neuropsychologist, in this brief Neuro-Insights module to learn a little more about the connection between alcohol and our executive functioning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • How does alcohol effect the brain?
  • The Neurodiverse brain on alcohol
  • Why Neurodiverse people are more prone to addiction
  • How can we help ourselves in time of social pressure

Brain Boost Module: Self-care during the winter months

If you’re wondering why you feel more tired, more irritable, and with lower mood in the winter, you’re not alone. Winter’s longer days and inclement weather can play havoc with our body’s internal clock as well as our emotions. The tendency may be to hibernate and reach for the TV remote and comforting snacks, but we’ve got 5 go-to tips to help you to thrive this winter. Bonus points if you follow along this bite-size vid (under 6 minutes) with your handout in hand to construct a bespoke plan just for you!

Learning Outcomes:

In this pre-recorded, self-paced, bite-size video (less than 7 minutes):

  • Understanding about how  the winter months influence our moods
  • Getting to grips with the effect on our bodies when we don’t experience enough sunlight
  • Learn about seasonal depression, how this can affect us, and how you can gain support 
  • Pick up strategies to address the our body’s lack of Vitamin D
  • Create a menu of self-care go-tos BEFORE you really need them
  • Learn how to change your perspective with a simple morning routine
  • Pick up strategies to keep connected with others

Toolkit: Winter Self-Care Toolkit

We’ve got all kinds of printables in this month’s toolkit – All designed by psychologists & EF coaches to help you with strategies to draw up a workable plan to tackle the long winter months. This is one you will keep coming back – winter and beyond!

Your downloadable toolkit includes:

  • Seasonal Affective Disorder symptom checklist – what this is, and how to get support. 
  • Weekly self-care schedule – a bingo board of ideas
  • Self-care menu – plot out your plan for self-care
  • Gratitude chart – log and reflect on what makes you feel grateful
  • CiM favourite resource guide – our personal go-to resources
  • Reframing self-talk – examine your inner critic and plot out your new script
  • ANTs worksheet – dig into and challenge that inner dialogue

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