work-life balance and holidays

Working while on holiday

Are you looking for your place of work to become the environment where you have the most value? Are you attempting to get your emotional needs met at work? Is work taking up so much time and energy that you have no time for a life outside of the office?  If this rings true for you, that it might be time to stand back and address your work-life balance. It might be time to explore how to make sure your life away from the office has as much meaning and value as possible.

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counselling for stress anxiety depression growth mindset

Are you stuck? Is your thinking style leading to anxiety, stress and depression?

Do you feel stuck?  Are you doubting yourself?  Why this is happening? The answer could be really simple:  you might be stuck in certain, limiting ways of perceiving yourself and the world around you.    Inflexible thinking is exhausting.  It causes stress and anxiety.  It results in black and white thinking where options are either very limited or simply not available. When we are stuck in in this mode of thinking, we are blocking ourselves from our real potential.  Inflexible thinking can lead to anxiety, stress and depression.

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exercise and mental health

Using exercise to boost our mental health

A healthy mind goes alongside a healthy body.  It may be an age old little saying, but the evidence that exercise can boost our mental health is growing all the time.

There is a brilliant article in The Guardian that explores the link between exercise and mental health problems like anxiety and depression.  One of the first questions I ask a client (along with “how is your sleep?) is:  “Do you exercise?”

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Do I need a psychotherapist, counsellor or coach?

Do I need a psychotherapist, a counsellor or a coach?

My official title is Psychotherapist.  But I also call myself a counsellor and a coach.  And a question I hear regularly is: “Do I need a psychotherapist, a counsellor or a coach?” For some the idea of “psychotherapy” is frightening.  It suggests mental illness.  Or that there are mental health issues that need to be resolved and that it will be a lengthy, emotionally painful process.  In my opinion, it does not need to be either.  I see many clients who are living with depression or the impact of terrible traumas.  But the style of psychotherapy I use aims to resolve these as quickly and as with as little emotional pain as possible.

But there are many others who give me a ring and come along to see me who are living healthy and, mostly, fulfilling lives.  Why have they asked to see me?

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It it time to listen to the teenagers

I was recently asked by Brighter Spaces in Islington to write a blog for them.  Having a strong background in education, I decided to follow a regular theme of mine:  stress and wellbeing difficulties in teenagers

Something is happening to our teenagers and we, the adults, need to start listening. I have a background in secondary schools as I have only recently left the classroom in order to follow my psychotherapy and counselling career on a full-time basis. Over my teaching career, I have seen a massive shift in what is troubling young people.  It is far too easy to lay the blame on social media.  Frankly, I am bored of hearing that as THE reason behind the difficulties our young people are having.  We need to look beyond that and ask ourselves:  what is really going on?

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self care mental health stress sleep

20 Habits of Self Care

If you are someone who is wondering what “self care” is or what you can do to take better care of yourself, I would suggest giving this book a read.  In this book, Karin explains and guides you through what it means to take care of yourself.  Our modern world can be tricky and yet she explains simple and practical strategies that you can start your new self care regime immediately.

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Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD understanding and recovery and treatment

Towards a better understanding of PTSD

If you are a loved one is struggling to understand or recover from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, I can highly recommend you read this book.

Rosalind Townsend is a psychotherapist with a wealth of experience in helping those who have had to deal with trauma.  We used to think that Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was something that only those in the military would have to deal with and it was first called “Shell Shock”.  Now, the definition is much more realistic and anyone who has experienced a major traumatic event such as rape, a terrorist attack, being mugged or living in an abusive relationship can fit the criteria

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childhood emotional difficulties

The biology of our emotional life

Most children will go through a phase where they might find the world around them and the ensuing emotions a little tough to handle.  This can lead to anger or temper tantrums; poor sleep and a raft of other childhood emotional difficulties. For parents these phases can be equally tough.  Parent and child often do not have the coping skills to manage these difficult phases.  Parents often ask me if there is anything they can give their child to read that might make understanding what they are going through a little easier.

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survive results day

Surviving A level and GCSE Results Day

That day that everyone dreads is fast approaching:  A level and GSCE results day.  Sadly, the anticipation ruins the holiday for many young people and their families.  The stress of needing certain grades can play on their minds all summer.  Luckily for many, they will open the envelope and wonder why they allowed themselves to get so wound up. They will survive results day with a smile and a celebration.

 

But there will be those who sadly will not get the grades they were so desperately hoping for. 

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stress busting techniques

Workplace Stress Part 3

In Part 2, I looked at factors that can cause stress in the workplace.  Now, I am going to focus on some stress busting techniques in the workplace.  I have written about stress and work life balance before.  But here are some reminders and some new tips that are aimed at keeping the stress levels as low as possible.

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