Be friendly in February

Posted February 5th, 2019
Friendly February 2019 - Action Calendar image Did you know that being friendly can make a profound difference to the well-being of others and ourselves? One of the most fundamental human needs is connection. Being friendly supports this and more, making people feel appreciated and respected. Acts of kindness actually have a positive physiological effect on the body. As the late poet and civil rights activist, Maya Angelou, once said, "People forget what you said and what you did. But they never forget how you made them feel."

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Five helpful tips to make 2019 a happy New Year

Posted January 4th, 2019
New year 2019 written in sand. The New Year has begun! Whether you’ve planned your resolutions for 2019, or don’t have anything in mind, the start of the year is a great time to start thinking about the year ahead. Finding something new to try in the New Year can not only help you relax, but can also help to improve your mental health. Learn a new skill, or find a new way to relax – focusing on something new can help make positive changes that can help make 2019 a happy ...

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Counting down to Christmas

Posted December 14th, 2018
Fir tree with Christmas decorations With Christmas in the air, December can be the most magical time. But rather than getting caught up in wish lists and the annual Christmas shopping frenzy, how about making this year a truly meaningful Christmas? Gifts don’t have to come wrapped and lying under the tree – it’s not about the money, it’s the thought that counts. We posted a heartfelt blog about this last year here. And who says you have to wait until Christmas Day to give a present? Advent Calendars are a ...

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Using CBT to help with thinking errors and cognitive distortions

Posted December 7th, 2018
Do you have trouble controlling your negative thoughts? Are you feeling anxious or depressed and wish you could switch off those thoughts? Sometimes, it’s those thoughts rather than a particular situation or incident that can be causing anxiety or depression. Thinking errors happen when your thoughts and reality don’t match up, often without you even realising. Also called ‘cognitive distortions’ by professionals, they’re faulty patterns of thinking that are self-defeating, meaning it’s possible to get caught in a loop of negative thinking that can end up becoming a self-fulfilling prophecy. Here’s an example of someone who thinks he ...

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5 tips to overcome your fear of flying

Posted November 12th, 2018
Fear of flying woman in plane airsick Do you suffer from flight anxiety? Or are you generally nervous when travelling? Fear of travelling can be a type of phobia, which may stop you exploring new places or having fun with friends and family on holiday. Catchily termed by psychologists as pteromerhanophobia, aviophobia or aerophobia, fear of flying is thought to affect 10% of the population though some studies suggest that the figures may be much higher. If your fears trigger excessive levels of panic or anxiety, it might be worth seeking counselling ...

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3 CBT activities to help you ease your anxieties

Posted November 5th, 2018
CBT Diagram Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on the idea that thoughts, feelings and behaviours are interconnected and that by changing one you can change the others. It’s an effective ‘talking therapy’ technique that’s been known to help people deal with a variety of mental health issues, from anxiety and depression to self-esteem and substance misuse. Put simply, the goal is to learn skills that you can take home and use to address real-life problems as they arise. The more you become comfortable using these techniques, the more of a habit ...

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5 clues to decoding body language

Posted October 24th, 2018
businessmen quarreling Research has shown that a mere 7% of human communication is based on what we actually say. The remaining 93% is non-verbal, of which 38% comes from tone of voice and 55% from body language. Learning how to read other people’s body language can yield an astonishing amount of information about them, as many counsellors and psychotherapists know only too well. However, interpreting body language is a lot more complex than just looking up someone’s body shape on a definitive list such as this one. How ...

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5 myths about counselling – debunked!

Posted October 10th, 2018
Young woman portraits on grey background, covering her eyes When it comes to your physical health, you wouldn’t think twice to see a doctor. But what about your mental health and emotional wellbeing? Many people feel nervous, embarrassed or even ashamed about seeing a counsellor. Why? Well, not only is there a stigma attached to admitting that you may need help taking care of your mental health, there’s also a lot of misinformation out there about the kinds of people who seeking counselling, and what a counsellor does and doesn’t do. Here ...

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3 soothing hot drinks to make you quit the caffeine

Posted September 12th, 2018
Woman drinking coffee Like it or not, stress seems to be part of our daily lives. Whether it’s worrying about money, job, family or relationships, too much anxiety can have a detrimental effect on your health and wellbeing. But when your body and mind is running on adrenaline, it makes it difficult to slow down at the end of the day – and harder to get started in the morning. To help them cope with their daily lives, many people self-medicate, consuming coffee or energy drinks as a repeated energy ...

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