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Are you over-stressed?

Posted April 10th, 2019
worried businesswoman sitting on bench in park According to the Mental Health Foundation a UK-wide stress survey found that 74 per cent of UK citizens have felt stressed, overwhelmed or unable to cope at some point in the past year. Stress is significant factor in anxiety and depression and other mental health problems. Stress is also linked to physical health conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, insomnia, diabetes, obesity and other digestive problems. While a certain amount of stress in everyday life is normal, frequently feeling ...

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5 top tips for dealing with rejection

Posted March 22nd, 2019
man with thumb down Have you ever experienced rejection? Whether it’s in love, with friends or at work, it sure feels bad. Didn’t get that promotion you thought was as good as in the bag? Had the ‘it’s just not working’ conversation with your other half? Not getting what you want can leave you feeling hurt and hollowed out and wondering if there’s something wrong with you. But isn’t rejection part of normal life? Everyone gets turned down at some point for something or other. While you may feel disheartened at the ...

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4 key questions about life coaching

Posted March 2nd, 2019
You’ve no doubt heard the term ‘Life Coaching’ being bandied about, but do you really understand what it is, and how it can help you? Let’s take a closer look at Life Coaching and the 4 key questions you should be asking.

1 - What is a Life Coach?

In a nutshell, a Life Coach is someone who can help you build confidence, overcome blocks to success and help you achieve your personal and/or professional goals and improve the quality of your life. This can include being more successful at ...

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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."

What is Be friendly ...

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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. ...

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