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Health Anxiety – What Is it and How can you combat it.

1 July 2019

Health Anxiety is a term we don’t hear much about – However, it is more common than we think.

If you find yourself worrying about every ache or pain in your body, or becoming more anxious about every change you see on an obsessive level, then you may be suffering from health anxiety.

 

Continue reading to understand more:

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Self care rules if you work from home:

1 June 2019

With more and more people working from home it is important to put boundaries in place and to look after yourself to maintain the work/life balance.

It is important to make the distinction between your work and personal life, ensuring you take time for yourself.  Not only to take the lunch break you need but to start and finish work at reasonable times.  It is always so easy to work much longer hours for free!

Keep reading for practical ways you can easily adopt in your own daily routine.

10 ways to practice self care when working from home

1. Set boundaries between your work and home

When you’re not in the office, it’s easy to slip into habits such as working late into the evening. In order to maintain a healthy balance between work and play, put clear boundaries in place so that there is a distinction between the hours you need to work and the time you have to yourself.

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How to Boost Resilience

1 May 2019

Being resilient plays an important part in maintaining good mental and emotional wellbeing.  Recognising that we all have been resilient at some point in our lives and then remembering and using this key skill, can help us manage difficult times.

Confidence and resilience often go together. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from the challenges and pressures that life throws at us and maintain a positive outlook. People who are resilient generally have confidence in themselves and their ability to overcome setbacks. So, what can you do to build your confidence and boost your resilience?

Building your confidence

Believe in yourself

Remind yourself of what you can do, rather than what you can’t. Don’t put yourself down – if you hear yourself saying negative things about yourself, you will believe them. For example, ‘I’m no good at…’ or, ‘I’m always doing it wrong…’ or, ‘It doesn’t matter what I think…’.

Instead, remind yourself of what you are good at and do some positive self-talk. Try positive reinforcement; ‘I’ve got skills in XYZ…’ or, ‘Other people can do this, so I can too…’ and, ‘My opinions matter as much as anyone else’s…’

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What is Therapy Like?

11 February 2019

Some people find it difficult to make the first contact, others fear meeting the counsellor in person.  Your counsellor understands this and will make the process as easy as possible for you. Perhaps it’s time to really think about yourself and the troubling issues you may have and how they are affecting you.  This is the time to make change and getting in touch with a counsellor is the first step in the process to becoming stronger.

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

16 May 2018

This years Mental Health Awareness week is around the topic of Stress and How are you Coping?

Click on the link below to help identify symptoms of stress and useful tips on how to deal with it in your daily life.

https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/mental-health-awareness-week-2018/

 

 

 

 

 

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Stress Busters!

29 March 2017

Stress Management:

More than 11 million UK workdays are lost due to stress depression or anxiety each year. Stress is a normal part of life but our body’s reaction causes changes to our physical, mental and emotional responses. For example: it can cause headaches, stomach pain, sleep issues, illness, low mood and depression.

Stress can creep up on us and can be as a result of your environment, for example; work related issues, family, relationships, bereavement, your thoughts and many other issues that happen around you.

Listen to your body. When you’re happy you laugh and feel good, try to recognize when this changes – are your muscles tense, is your heart racing. This is the time to take action and to do something different. (Eg; Get up from your desk for example and move about).

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How to help children through a divorce.

22 March 2017

Are you going through a separation or divorce? Are you finding it hard to support your children?  This article may help you understand what its like for them and how to support them.

 

http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/blog/2017/02/13/young-people-dealing-with-divorce/

 

If you feel that you or your children are struggling then seek support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 Steps to a Cooler, Calmer You.

3 August 2016

Many of us struggle to deal with anger and it’s not uncommon to over react when something riles you or indeed to under react for fear of causing friction.  Anger is one of the emotions that causes the most physical of responses, whether its an increased heart rate,a flash of rage, tension in the jaw or other parts of the body.  Anger also often leads to individuals lashing out verbally, perhaps with feelings of regret afterwards for the words that have been said.

Despite the strong physical effects of anger, it remains one of the most poorly handled emotions with individuals prone to bury it or to lash out. Dealing with anger well can improve your overall health and wellbeing.

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How Can I sleep Better if I have Depression?

3 June 2016

An interesting article recently suggested that depression may be helped if individuals can get a better quality of sleep

 

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5 Ways to Banish the Belief that You’re Not Good Enough

3 May 2016

Do you have feelings of inadequacy and self doubt, despite having evidence to the contrary?  

 

Some individuals, no matter how successful they are, feel like a fraud.  Their beliefs rob them of being happy with their success, always thinking that they are still not good enough, could do better and often causing anxiety.   If you’ve ever felt this way then you are not alone.  If you’re not careful however, those feelings can prevent you from reaching your potential but by changing your outlook  you can overcome your self-limiting beliefs.

Here are a few tips to help:

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