How many times have you heard the words ‘stop worrying’ by those well intentioned loved ones? And how many times have you wanted to answer, “tell me how, and I will.”? It’s a frustrating experience to be repetitively told that all you need to do to ease your anxiety is to stop this seemingly incessant [...]
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We find ourselves in strange times, in which we are experiencing something that very few of us have ever experienced. It struck me recently the unusualness of our current situation when our neighbour in their mid seventies stated that she has never seen anything like this before. It has been a very difficult time for [...]
Anxiety, worrying or overthinking is like most things — on a scale. Some people will avoid ‘scary’ things like the plague, others will simply play an event in their head a thousand times, or ruminate and stay up all night worrying about ‘what if’. Some people will be known as ‘nervous’ whilst others will be [...]
Many people struggle with psychological hunger, also known as non-hungry eating, or emotional eating at the best of times. We can eat for so many reasons other than being physically hungry. Usually these reasons are based around an emotion such as boredom, stress, anxiety, or sadness. Sometimes we eat to celebrate or treat or reward [...]
Did you know there’s a term for your bedtime rituals and nightly habits? Collectively, these behaviors are known as sleep hygiene. You already know sleep is important; and if you want to get a better night’s sleep, the answer often begins with improving your sleep hygiene. Improvements in sleep hygiene offer an “easy win” in [...]
You already know the drill. In an effort to keep you alive, your brain is constantly scanning its environment looking for things to worry about that are a 'danger' to you. It is a pattern recognition machine, and oh boy does it go to town when something is worrying you. Let' face it, your brain [...]
It can be tricky as a parent to know how much to tell your kids about what’s going on in the world. It’s also normal to want to keep them away from bad news and let them get on with being kids. But it’s important they understand what’s happening and know how to protect themselves [...]
During self isolation you may find you have more time on your hands than normal. Although studies suggest people actually work more when they are at home, some of us may be unable to work as usual, and that leaves us more time to kick back and maybe watch that TV show or read that [...]
When the ocean is calm and you can see land, it is easy to navigate true north; you can see the way forward with your own eyes, all you have to do is stay the course. However, when the tides of emotion are high, and the sky’s are cast over with fear, isolation and confusion, [...]
Social distancing and home isolation can be really hard to deal with. It’s normal to feel anxious, frustrated or bored, and if you’re worried about the effect it will have on your mental health, you are not alone. Here are 10 ways in which you can take care of your mental health while self-isolating during [...]
We all are scared, and that's OK. We face uncertain times ahead and for many of us, the fear of the unknown - an uncertain future, terrifies us the most. We want you to know these feelings are perfectly normal and valid, but they need not dominate your every waking moment. Strong thoughts about 'what [...]