Anxiety, Wellbeing

Health Anxiety: ‘The Worried Well’

What is Health Anxiety? Health Anxiety is a specific form of anxiety related to worries about your own health. It is a preoccupation that we either are seriously ill, or will become seriously ill at some point in the future. It is worth noting, as with my previous post on Anxiety, that some level or… Continue reading Health Anxiety: ‘The Worried Well’

Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Wellbeing

Self Esteem: Challenging Your Inner Critic

Having self-esteem is having confidence in our own abilities and values. It means being confident in ourselves, even though we are not perfect, and having faith in who we are and what we are able to do and achieve in life. Having a good sense of self-esteem has been linked to happier relationships, achievement, and… Continue reading Self Esteem: Challenging Your Inner Critic

Wellbeing

Check Your Privilege: Peddling Positivity and the Illusion of Control

If you’re on any form of social media, you would have very likely seen ‘positive’ and ‘motivational’ quote-pictures and memes shared and re-shared, informing you that if you want to make a change in your life positive thinking (to attract ‘positive energy’ and therefore positive outcomes) and ‘just doing it’ is the way to go… Continue reading Check Your Privilege: Peddling Positivity and the Illusion of Control

Wellbeing

Error 404: Sleep Not Found

Sleep is essential to our wellbeing, and our survival.  We spend approximately one third of our lives asleep, and on average around 7 hours per night. For the purposes of comparison, cats spend approximately two thirds of their lives asleep (which is quite easy to believe!); we need approximately 3 hours a night less than… Continue reading Error 404: Sleep Not Found

Depression, Perinatal Mental Health, Wellbeing

Please Stop Telling Mums to “Be Kind to Yourself”: Supporting Mums with PND

This post is a little different to my previous ones, and I'm somewhat taking my 'counsellor hat' off and talking to those who are supporting others rather than those looking for help for PND themselves. Following on from my previous post on Postnatal Depression (PND), I am primarily aiming at this post at those who… Continue reading Please Stop Telling Mums to “Be Kind to Yourself”: Supporting Mums with PND

Anxiety, Wellbeing

Anxiety: When Worries Take Over

Anxiety is normal. We all feel anxiety from time to time, and it is essential in our everyday lives to be able to plan for unexpected eventualities by worrying a little bit about the possibilities and how we can overcome them, or reacting to stressful situations and threats with a 'fight or flight' response. However,… Continue reading Anxiety: When Worries Take Over

Wellbeing

The Importance of Being ‘Present’: No Purchase Necessary

I'm afraid, despite the similarity in the title, this post isn't related to the Oscar Wilde play 'The Importance of Being Earnest! This particular blog post regards the importance of being in the present moment, in the 'here and now'. You may have heard of the concept of being 'present', being 'mindful', or 'mindfulness'. Within… Continue reading The Importance of Being ‘Present’: No Purchase Necessary

Depression, Perinatal Mental Health

Postnatal Depression: When the Joy Doesn’t Come

Today is Mother's Day in the UK. For mothers up and down the country it is a day filled with chocolates, flowers, and cups of tea carefully made by children. For others, it is a day filled with sadness and despair. This could be for many reasons; such as those who have experienced pregnancy loss,… Continue reading Postnatal Depression: When the Joy Doesn’t Come

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Wellbeing

Suicide is Not a Dirty Word

Suicide. There. I said it. Yet, despite the fact that more than 6000 people across the UK and ROI die by suicide every year, so many of us don’t. This morning, as I sat with a cup of tea reading the local news, I came across sadly familiar phrases in a news article: “fallen from… Continue reading Suicide is Not a Dirty Word