Validation is a natural human need and stems from our evolutionary origins as social beings in groups - we needed acceptance from others in order to survive. Even though this is not so much the case today, our need for validation remains. We need to feel worthy and that our feelings, thoughts and needs are … Continue reading Validation: balancing the internal and external
This time of year is associated with having a big overhaul of our homes, decluttering and leaving everything organised and sparkling for another year. We traditionally have used this time to reset our surroundings, but what about our minds? Here are some ideas for you. Decluttering Our minds can feel full and overloaded and using … Continue reading Spring Clean your mind
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
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?
In general, people know how to keep physically healthy, by exercising, taking vitamins, eating well, etc. However, it seems there is less understanding of how to keep mentally healthy and how to prioritise your psychological wellbeing. We face these psychological wounds more often than physical ones - we experience rejection, failure and loneliness - and … Continue reading The emotional toolkit
Taking time to look after yourself and your mental health is time well-invested. Here I am going to give you some ideas of what self-care really is and how you can make it work for you. What is self-care? The term “self-care” is used a lot at the moment, but what does it really mean? … Continue reading The importance of self-care
Counselling is a type of talking therapy where a trained counsellor will listen to you and help you to overcome any emotional issues you are facing. It could take the form of face-to-face counselling or online counselling (through software like Zoom) or even group counselling. Common issues that cause people to come to counselling include: … Continue reading How does counselling work?