Category: Lifestyle and Wellbeing

Depression and exercise: tips on how (and if) to get started

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It’s one thing knowing that exercise is good for us, physically and mentally, but actually doing it when we’re exhausted and fighting depression… Well, that’s a whole different ball game. The benefits of exercise, for those with mild to moderate depression, have been well documented. But when your energy tank is on empty, exercise feels impossible….

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Depression: On Feeling Like an Imposter

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Feeling like an imposter is something that those with depression are familiar with. We feel like we stand out like a sore thumb; for all the wrong reasons. It’s as though we just don’t fit it with other people; their ideals, their expectations, their perspectives, their abilities. Everyone seems cleverer, stronger, more beautiful, more deserving,…

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6 Apps Which Aid A Good Night’s Sleep

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According to Aviva’s recent sleep survey, we’re all struggling more than ever to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is imperative for maintaining emotional wellbeing and good physical health. Whilst we’re asleep our body and brain works hard to regulate hormones which regulate mood, energy and growth, renew cells, process the events of the previous…

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Starting the Day in a Mindful Way

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How we start the day can have a big effect on how the rest of it plays out. We all know the phrase ‘Getting up on the wrong side of the bed’ and it seems to feel that way often for many of us. If we wake up feeling rubbish then everything that happens later…

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Recognising and Managing a Depression Relapse

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Recovering from depression is rarely a smooth ride. We might have days, weeks or even months when we feel like we’re back on top, but at some point, we’re likely to face dips. It’s normal, and part of the game depression plays with us, but it can feel like a disaster – like we’re back…

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10 YouTubers Who Talk Openly About Their Mental Health

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Talking openly about mental health isn’t easy. It can be a polarising topic. There are still some pretty awful out-dated views on mental health which instil fear in people. Fear of those with mental ill health. For those who are unwell, the stigma instils a fear of rejection and discrimination. When we talk openly about…

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Getting Through the Winter with SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

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Many of us can notice a change in our mood and behaviour patterns as the seasons change and the long, bright, warm summer days give way to the grey, cold, shorter days of winter. If you think about it, it makes perfect sense – most animals act differently during autumn, whether that is storing food…

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Depression: Getting Social Media To Work For You

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Whether you feel social media is a modern day friend or foe, there’s no denying the incredible influence it has on our lives. It’s completely altered the way we digest information, communicate with others and exchange thoughts, feelings and ideas. The link between mental health and social media is one which has been the focus…

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Blurt’s Spotify: The Third Edit

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It’s been a while, but we’re back with a new Spotify playlist and you’re in for a mighty treat. Music, sweet music. A form of escape, expression and understanding for many. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” Victor Hugo Click To Tweet This is our…

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Mental Illness: Coping With Bad Reactions From Others

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Having a mental illness can be tough enough, but when we’re brave enough to tell people and they have a bad reaction to it, that only serves to validate those horrible thoughts of being a burden, worthless and helpless. In addition to the shame we might already feel, we now feel silly for reaching out…

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