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
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
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
We all feel sad at times and sadness is a natural reaction and emotion for us to have. Individuals with clinical depression experience long-term low mood accompanied by somatic and cognitive changes. These changes can significantly affect the individual’s capacity to function and complete even basic tasks. The severity is based on the amount of … Continue reading What is Depression?
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