Why Jumping To Conclusions Is Bad For Your Mental Health (and how to stop doing it)

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


What To Do When Everything Feels Really Hard

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

How To Talk To Your Doctor About Depression

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

What are the symptoms of depression?

What Are The Symptoms Of Depression?

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

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Is it worth buying a SAD lamp?

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

The REAL reason you wake up feeling exhausted.

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

What To Do If You’re Feeling ‘Political Depression’

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

Is it our fault that we are addicted to smart phones?

Yesterday evening as I was reading in bed, my husband Ben was downstairs watching TV. A thought crossed my mind of something I needed to ask him, and rather than leave the warmth and comfort of my bed, I reached for my phone instead to text him.

Now, for anyone who owns an iphone, you may have received the usual notification this week with a reminder that a new software update is ready to be installed. Read more