How To Get Motivated To Exercise (when you really can’t be…bothered)

Do you feel like you really should go and do some exercise, but have zero motivation to go and do it? You’ve probably heard it many times that regular exercise helps with improving your mental health and wellbeing (and of course you know that already) yet still, it feels like such a mission to get started? Maybe you’ve joined a gym in the hope of getting yourself to some classes or doing a workout, but so far your average of twice a month is costing you double figures per visit! Read more

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

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

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