You’re sitting at your desk. You’ve got so much to do, you don’t even know where to start. You feel so behind. Your eyes are tired from staring at the screen, and your shoulders are aching and full of tension. You try really hard to focus, but the harder you try, the harder it gets. Read more
Disappointment. We’ve all felt it at some point: the job you didn’t get, the relationship that didn’t work out, the missed appointment, the house sale that fell through. Big ones and little ones, disappointment is part of human life, but it most certainly doesn’t feel like that at the time! Read more
We are now into the second full week of January and apparently it is this week that a third of people who have set new year’s resolutions are likely to give up.
If that’s you, it’s not too late to resurrect those resolutions, and be more successful this time around with a few tweaks. Here’s some ideas you might not have thought about as to why you might have given up on your goals already. Read more
How many times have you sent an important email or text to someone, expecting a quick reply and when it doesn’t come, think to yourself: why haven’t they replied? Have I said the wrong thing? Are they ignoring me? What’s going on! I’m obviously not that important to them!
And of course, because we start thinking like that, we might feel some anxiety coming on, or even get cross or irritable when we think about that person. Before we know it, we’ve had an entire conversation with them in our head. Read more
Do you ever feel like everything is just too hard?
Even the most everyday tasks feel like too much to deal with? There’s no food in the house but the idea of walking around that supermarket (kids or no kids) feels exhausting. You haven’t exercised for weeks but the thought of going for a run in this weather feels impossible. The inbox of emails is piling up, but it feels too overwhelming to deal with them. Read more
When you’re in the midst of depression and constant low mood, it’s really difficult to actually verbalise how you’re feeling, or flag that you need help, even to family and close friends – let alone a doctor. All sorts of thoughts can go through your mind. What if they don’t believe me? What if I can’t remember what to say? It feels embarrassing having to admit it. What if they give me medication that makes me feel worse? Read more
Google is a great resource.
It can show you the words people are typing in, around any given topic. As I specialise in helping people who are struggling with depression, I thought it worth checking out. Did you know, the words typed into Google more than anything else, when it comes to depression, is: “depression test”? Read more
If you suspect you get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then maybe the thought has crossed your mind of investing in a SAD lamp, but wondered whether it’s worth it?
SAD, or winter depression, is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, and those who are affected, tend to feel it coming on around the clocks going back, and the days getting shorter. It’s thought around one in three people notice the winter blues – where they feel more tired in the mornings, notice a drop in mood, and have less energy to get things done. Read more
Do you wake up in the morning feeling exhausted, even though you went to bed at a reasonable time? Then you find yourself mentally calculating how many hours you’ve had, telling yourself tonight will be an earlier night.
Waking up feeling tired before the day’s even started has to be one of the most frustrating things. Motivation isn’t there to get things done, the urge for sugar and carbs is high, and you feel like you’re in go-slow mode. Read more
I want to make this really clear.
Despite the title, this article is not about politics. Nor is it about telling you to “get over it, and move on”. Goodness, if someone had said that to me shortly after Brexit, I think I would have metaphorically punched them!
Rather, this article is about how to keep your mental health in check in the aftermath of the election result and beyond. Read more