Experts have often stated that this time of the year is the most depressing due to a combination of factors - darker, colder weather, failed New Years resolutions and the cost of bills in the winter months after an expensive Christmas can be a real strain. “Blue Monday”, thought to be the most depressing day … Continue reading Is “Blue Monday” Real?
My first Christmas card of the year arrived a few days ago and for a moment I was filled with dread. When am I going to have the time to buy, write out and send my Christmas cards?! Although this time of year is associated with joy, there is a lot of added pressure too … Continue reading Seasonal burn out: getting though the Christmas season
Have you ever felt like you’re having the same argument over and over again with no resolution? Or do you feel a pressure to act in ways that aren’t authentic and you resent later? Do you find that you take on responsibility for other people’s happiness? First developed in the 1960’s by Stephen Karpman, the … Continue reading Avoid getting caught up in the Drama Triangle
As the days are getting shorter and we are starting to see darker evenings creeping in, we can sometimes feel our mood darkening at the same time. In the UK “Blue Monday” is named as the saddest day of the year which falls on the third Monday of the year. It’s thought to be due … Continue reading Fending off the “Winter Blues”
Menopause is a natural biological process which defined as a time where a woman’s ovaries stop producing sex hormones (oestrogen and progesterone) and menstruation stops. Typically, menopause occurs around 50 years of age but it could be much younger or older than this. We hear a lot about the physical symptoms like hot flushes, thinning … Continue reading Menopause and mental health
What is anxiety? Your body’s natural response to danger or threat is to ensure our survival. When a car drives towards us there is no time to think and ponder the situation, your body will be flooded with stress hormones - cortisol and adrenaline - to give you the energy to move quickly out of … Continue reading Anxiety: what is it and when does it become a problem?
What is attachment? Attachment is our emotional bond with other human beings. We can an innate drive to bond with others but we now know that the way we bond with others often follows a blueprint from our very first connection with another - with our primary caregivers. Attachment in babies and young children In … Continue reading Attachment styles and relationships
We will all lose people close to us and experience loss - it is a natural part of life. But when should you seek help with a bereavement from a counsellor or other mental health professional? What is grief Grief is a natural response to losing something or someone important to you. We often think … Continue reading Good grief: what is grief and when to seek help
What are affirmations? Affirmations are mantras or sayings that are repeated regularly to ourselves that can improve negative thought patterns. They are normally a couple of words or short phrase that contains particular meaning for us, something we want to feel and remember. For example, someone who is struggling with self-esteem in relationships might have … Continue reading Can I use affirmations to improve my mental health?
This global pandemic has put a strain on everyone’s mental health - whether it was the fear of becoming ill or losing loved ones, anxiety around keeping your job or managing finances during furlough or redundancy or coping without your normal routine and social networks. To a stronger or lesser degree, the COVID-19 pandemic has … Continue reading Post-COVID mental health