New’s Year’s Resolutions for Mental Health

New Year has arrived upon us and we are so good at making New Year resolutions particularly when it comes to our physical health but have you ever considered making resolutions for your mental health? When thinking about making a New Year’s resolution, it is important to pick something manageable. Making small positive changes can benefit your confidence as they are easier to keep up with and enable you to stay focus on making the changes you want rather than giving up. Here are a few resolutions that you might want to consider for the New Year. Try Meditating Meditation can give your mind some time out and help bring calm into your busy life. Try to schedule in at…

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Remain Productive Over The Festive Period

Christmas music has been playing since the beginning of November and schools are preparing for nativity plays and shops have started selling Christmas items already. The holiday season is well on its way, and your mind gets filled with mince pies, presents and Christmas parties, so how do you stay productive during this holiday season? There are a few strategies that you could put into place that could help you stay productive during this festive time. 1. A to-do list Try and keep a list of all the things you need to do. This can help you to cut down a task rather than making it seem overwhelming and unbearable and as you complete each task, there will come a…

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Coping With Loneliness and How To Beat It

Human Beings are social creatures and there is more and more evidence out there that suggests that loneliness not only affects your mental health but also your physical health. Although loneliness is experienced by many of us, it is often overlooked because as a society we pride ourselves on self-reliance and being lonely carries a stigma so people do not like to admit that they are feeling lonely. However coping with loneliness in itself can cause mental health problems, leaving a negative impact on your mental state. As previously mentioned human beings are social creatures and there is more and more evidence out there that suggests a correlation between loneliness and bad mental and physical health. Mentally, without interaction, we…

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Long Distance Relationships – How To Make Them Work

There was a time when long distant relationships always carried a stigma for not working. However, now in a modern society where technology has brought us closer together, long distant relationships have the same if not a better chance of survival as any other relationship form. Being a counsellor/psychotherapist and having been in a long distant relationship, I have first-hand experience of the emotional roller coaster a long distance relationship can put on you. However unbeknown to many people it can also have many benefits. For example, when finally seeing your lover, the anticipation can be so intense that the passion can be extremely fiery. Would I prefer a long distance relationship now? In my mid-thirties with kids, my answer…

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People Are Hooking Up With Strangers At Speed Awareness Courses by Metro

I had a call from the Metro newspaper asking me to comment on why I thought people were attending these speed awareness courses and ending up in relationships. I was more than happy to contribute to the article Adam was writing and am now sharing the link with you for you to read. http://metro.co.uk/2017/08/21/people-are-hooking-up-with-strangers-at-speed-awareness-courses-6868572/  

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Ways for Parents to Help Children Cope with Bereavement

Have you recently lost a loved one? 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 grown-ups. 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 a crisis, their coping skills are a lot simpler. Therefore the child/young person will need accurate, factual information with the freedom to ask a question and to express their feelings. They should be included in the decision making process and will need time to explore and come…

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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 on this month’s blog on Dementia. Dementia is a set of symptoms that accompany a number of diseases that affect 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…

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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. However,…

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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 you’re from a poor background to whether you’re 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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