Do Friends/Family and Money Mix?

Friendships can be strong and secure, you trust each other with secrets, you joke around with each other and you even rely on them for emotional support but could your friendship stand its strength if money was involved. There are many psychological studies and articles from financial institutes that suggest that giving money to friends and family is a big no no and they go as far as to say that involving money in a relationship can put those very relationships at risk. Emotions? When lending money to friends and family, it is easy for emotions to get in the way which can then lead you into being taken advantage of. For example, you have a friend who is struggling…

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Ways for Parents to Help Children Cope with Bereavement

Losing a loved one is hard for anyone, but for a child/young person the feelings are even more intense. Children/ Young people experience and express their grief differently from grownups. They tend to move in and out of grief and symptoms can come and go especially through life’s milestones such as starting school, graduating, getting married or buying a house. Having less experience in dealing with crisis, their coping skills are a lot simpler. Therefore the child/young person will need accurate, factual information with the freedom to ask question and to express their feelings. They should be included in the decision making process and will need time to explore and come to terms with the meaning of their loss. Here…

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Reduce your risk of Dementia

Having done the Dementia Awareness talk at Poole Library last month, I thought it was only right to focus this month’s blog on Dementia. Dementia is a set of symptoms that accompany a number of diseases that affects the brain. It is a progressive disorder affecting how your brain works and in particular your ability to remember, think and reason. There are many types of Dementia which can impact on your mood and behavioural changes. The different types of Dementia are; Alzheimer’s Disease This is where an abnormal protein surrounds the brain cells causing a loss of concentration between nerve cells and eventually the death of the nerve cells. The people suffering from Alzheimer’s normally have a shortage of the…

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The Benefits of Counselling

Counselling is a form of talking therapy which is conducted in a safe, confidential environment where the counsellor will encourage the individual to talk about their problems and will work with them to uncover the root of their issues. The counsellor will also help the individual to identify how they may view and think about themselves and the world. Although counselling is widely used, most people I speak to think counselling is a waste of time in dealing with issues and would often write counselling off thinking it isn’t going to help solve the problem. This is due to our fast paced modern society where we constantly search for a quick fix and where we hate putting in the work.…

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Manage Your Depression

Nearly everyone in this world goes through times when they feel low but when these feelings become long lasting and start to interfere with everyday life, it becomes important for people to seek help. A person suffering from depression can feel sad, anxious, hopeless, guilty and even ashamed. Depression can hit anyone at any age, whether your from a poor background to whether your from a rich background. The good news is that there are multiple humanistic ways in which one can treat depression. Self Help Groups – This is a place where people going through similar experiences can come together and support each other. It can make the person feel apart of a group rather than feeling alone and is a valuable…

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Could water help with Mental Health

What do you think about when Health Professionals bang on about the benefits of water? We know its good to quench our thirst and we also know that our bodies require water, but how important is water to our mental health? Although your brain is only 1/50th of your body weight, it consumes appropriately 70% of the water you drink and your blood contains nearly 85% of water, so what can not drinking enough water actually result in? Very early signs of not drinking enough water can result in fatigue, muscle weakness, headaches and even dry mouth. So when we get thirsty, we drink right?, but did you know that as we get older our perceptions of thirst changes and…

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