Five steps to strengthening your immune system

One of the things we can do to help ourselves at the moment is to strengthen our immune system. In the article below Dr Mercey Livingston explores what the immune system is and how it works and suggests five ways in which we can strengthen our immune system.

  • Nutrition – avoiding junk food and eating a healthy diet
  • Supplements especially Vitamin C, Zinc and Vitamin D
  • Sleep – with an average of eight hours recommended and more for children and teenagers
  • Moderate regular exercise – which also is a great stress reliever and mood booster
  • Reducing stress – may be easier said than done but finding some activity which calms you, whether it is meditation, music, walking etc

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Fifty Key Messages – Three tips to help your child in times of stress

Things you can do to promote your child’s wellbeing in times of stress:

1. Your own emotions:

Be aware of your own emotional state and share your feelings with your child where appropriate:

“I am feeling sad now because it’s raining and we can’t go for a walk”.

How we cope with stress as parents will have an impact on our child’s wellbeing. How they see us coping with problem solving will affect their ability to deal with both positive and negative life events themselves.

2. Be patient:

Have patience and give children time to share their feelings when they are ready. Sometimes children aren’t ready to ‘tell their story’ when you want them to.

3. Doing is Soothing:

Children are sometimes more likely to share something that is bothering them when they are doing something else like:

  • Playing with their toys
  • When you are out for a walk together
  • When you are driving in the car together

If you want to explore more of the Key Messages to support your parenting check out

Jigsaw Donegal offers 5 simple ways to support your mental health

Are you looking for simple ways to support your mental health? Have a look at the Jigsaw Donegal video on this link – MyWee5 – five simple ways to support your mental health every day. Just click the link:-

If you want to find out more about Jigsaw just click this link:-

Stress Control Class


‘Stress Control’ is a free six session class which is run all over Ireland.

‘Stress Control’ was devised to help anyone (over 15 yrs) who experiences stress and who is keen to learn how to tackle their problems themselves. As this is a class and not therapy no one will be asked to discuss their personal experience.

Each session deals with a separate aspect of stress but as they all link together, it is highly recommended that you attend all six sessions.
We provide free handouts for each session and a relaxation cd.

  • Session 1: Learning about stress
  • Session 2: Controlling your body
  • Session 3: Controlling your thoughts
  • Session 4: Controlling your actions
  • Session 5: Controlling panic
  • Session 6: Controlling sleep problems and Wellbeing

Each course runs for 6 weeks starting:

Thursday 7th September 6:15 – 7:45pm downstairs in Letterkenny Library

Thursday 28th September11:00 – 12:30 Downstrands FRC Narn/Portnoo

Monday 2nd October 8:00 – 9:30pm Maghery Community Ctr Maghery/Dungloe

Wednesday 8th November 7:30 – 9:00pm Donegal FRC Donegal Town

For more information call Bill on        086 7723287

These sessions are run by Donegal Mind Wellness

From Stress to Success – free seminar

From Stress to Success – Taking the Controls

How to turn negative stress into positive energy

This informative and entertaining seminar will cover the main points of the highly regarded Stress Control programme and much more. Given by

Dr Mark Harrold

Clinical Psychologist, Author and Broadcaster

On Saturday, May 27th 10-1

Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

All welcome


(donation if desired)

Copies of Dr Harrold’s book ‘Coping with Stress’ will be available for purchase and there will be a small wellness market at the event.

For further information call 086 0333630