Tag: Mental Illness

The Science Of Sleep

Sleep is something many of us find hard. In fact, around a third of adults in western countries struggle with sleep at least once a week. Learning about the science of sleep can give us some ideas to try and make sleep come a little easier. Why Do We Need Sleep? There are lots of…

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Skin-Picking And Hair-Pulling: Some Lesser-Known Symptoms Of Anxiety

Skin-Picking And Hair Pulling- Some Lesser-Known Symptoms Of Anxiety

Skin-picking, hair-pulling and other body-focused, repetitive behaviours can all be anxiety-related. They’re far more common than many of us realise, but we often feel shame associated with these behaviours, so we don’t talk about them. Because we all find it so difficult to talk about, it can feel like we’re the only person in the…

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8 Ways to Emotionally Support Someone With Depression

When a loved one has depression, it’s sometimes hard to know what we can do to help them. Alongside practical support, emotional support can be vital. The problem is, we might be worried or scared of saying the wrong thing or have no idea what to do. Perhaps we think we’re not qualified to offer…

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The Emotional Skills It’s Important To Teach Our Children

If we mention the word ‘education’, many people will think of the 3r’s – Reading, wRiting, and aRithmatic. But these aren’t the only things that our children need to learn. Teaching emotional skills might not be something we consider, but learning them is just as important learning as hard facts (if not more so!). What…

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Coping With Foggy Brain Days

Coping With Foggy Brain Days

Brain fog is something that many of us deal with day in, day out. It’s not a diagnosable condition but is a common symptom for many different illnesses. Brain fog can range from being an occasional annoyance to a persistent condition which impacts many areas of our lives. What Causes Brain Fog? There are lots…

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The Mental Health Jargon Buster

The Mental Health Jargon Buster

Accessing mental health services can be overwhelming. On top of the muddle of feelings we’ve got going on, we also find ourselves grappling with jargon. Someone might refer us to an SPA, who contact IAPT, who refer us to CMHT where we end up with a CPN as our CCo. It sounds like gobbledygook and…

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The Very Thoughtful Gift Guide

As the festive frazzle kicks in, most of us are used to battling crowds, and weaving in and out of sweaty shops, on the hunt for the ideal gift. When shopping online, we swap hunting for an elusive car-parking space, for scrolling around website after website, trying to tick off our gift list. It’s time…

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To The Person Who Feels Alone In This

To The Person Who Feels Alone In This

There are times when no matter how many people we have around us, we feel alone – even in a room of our most favourite people. Depression weighs us down and anxiety clutches our chest. We Could Tell You That You’re Not Alone The standard response to ‘I’m alone’ is ‘no you’re not’. We know…

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Coping With Anxiety: Breathing And Grounding

Coping With Anxiety: Breathing And Grounding

Our anxiety levels will come and go in waves (whether we’re diagnosed with an anxiety disorder or not). At times when our anxiety levels are high, grounding and breathing techniques can help to bring them back down to a manageable level. This can be particularly useful if we start to feel panicked, detached, or breathless….

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How Hormones Affect Our Mental Health

How Hormones Affect Our Mental Health

Hormones are smaller than the eye can see, but despite their size, they play a big part in both our mental and physical health. What Are Hormones? Hormones are chemicals which live in our body as part of our endocrine system. They act as chemical messengers, communicating between cells in different parts of our body….

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