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Tiers for Fears

Tiers for Fears

So lockdown is about to come to an end and we can begin to return to experiencing a sense of freedom and autonomy once more. But that’s not how many people feel as we enter a revised tier system that sees many parts of the country facing more restrictions than before...

Lockdown 2 Now the novelty has gone

Lockdown 2 Now the novelty has gone

Here we go again So once again we find ourselves in lockdown. Logic might suggest that the second time around should be easier. But there are a number of reasons why this lockdown might be even more challenging for many of us. Firstly the novelty factor has gone....

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day Has Never Been More Important As the UK braces itself for a return to stricter lockdown measures, and the ensuing impact it’s bound to have on our emotional wellbeing, World Mental Health Day has never taken on greater significance. In June,...

A New Discovery For Treating Trauma

A New Discovery For Treating Trauma

Meditation is receiving a lot of attention in the wellbeing space – more so than ever in fact. Whether it’s online meditation programmes or apps, never before has this tool been so widely available.  Meditation’s positive impact is beyond question; research has...

Footballers In Retirement: The Mental Health Myth

Footballers In Retirement: The Mental Health Myth

Footballers In Retirement: The Mental Health Myth It is commonly perceived that when footballers retire their lives begin a downward trajectory. From childhood up until their mid to late 30s, they have had just one objective: play football. Without such a distinct...

The Truth About Exercise Motivation

The Truth About Exercise Motivation

Motivation Is Not The Only Way There are few habits that have as many physical and mental health benefits as exercise. While there are many people who have the exercise habit nailed, many of us just can’t seem to crack it, despite our best intentions. There has been...

Why a Healthy Nervous System is key to Well-Being

Why a Healthy Nervous System is key to Well-Being

When it comes to mental health, the focus has always been very much on the mind. We are regularly told that it’s our thoughts that determine how we feel, and how we respond to and cope with stress. But it turns out that that’s not the full story. Nowhere near. Recent...

Mental Fitness Is Crucial As We Return To Work

Mental Fitness Is Crucial As We Return To Work

As the business world gingerly opens its doors after an unprecedented period of lockdown that has now surpassed the 100-day mark, many of us are preparing to return to work with no real idea what to expect. Human beings are wired to seek comfort in the familiar....

Work Life On Mars –  It’s life, but not as we know it…

Work Life On Mars – It’s life, but not as we know it…

What to expect when returning to Work A quick Google search of the words ‘return to work after COVID’ unleashes hundreds, even thousands of posts and articles about how employees and employers should manage the gradual return to so-called normality after this...

It’s NOT Business As Usual

It’s NOT Business As Usual

Why we need mental health protection as we return to Work Before lockdown began, we already knew that mental health related issues are the most common cause of long-term sickness absence in UK workplaces. Stress-related absence in particular was also on the rise...

How Your Brain Responds To A Pandemic

How Your Brain Responds To A Pandemic

How Your Brain Responds To A Pandemic Expert therapist Khody Damestani gives us all some great advice on how to cope during this pandemic. In particular: How your brain responds to a pandemic Protecting your mental health Building healthy...

The Value Of Empathy: Why Giving Is Also Receiving

The Value Of Empathy: Why Giving Is Also Receiving

The science of happiness There was a time when happiness was considered a ‘fluffy’ subject not worthy of attention from those in academia. However, with more people currently suffering from mental health issues than ever before, understanding what factors contribute...

Top tips to beat social isolation blues

Top tips to beat social isolation blues

No man is an island The phrase ‘no man is an island’ is one you’ve no doubt heard before. When writing this, the English poet, John Donne was expressing the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from one another as we need to be part of a community in order to...

Free Exercises to Help you Stay Mentally Fit

Free Exercises to Help you Stay Mentally Fit

Free exercises to help you stay mentally fit During these difficult times it is vital you stay mentally fit as well as physically. Please use these simple daily exercises to help manage your stress levels and emotional wellbeing. Stress Management Tools Coronavirus...

Good Mental Health Can Help Fight Coronavirus

Good Mental Health Can Help Fight Coronavirus

The effect on mental health  The coronavirus has created a hyper alert state in huge numbers of people – understandably so, with governments across the world differing in their opinions on how best to deal with what’s now officially a global pandemic.From a mental...

Our Coronavirus Response Has Gone To The Dogs

Our Coronavirus Response Has Gone To The Dogs

Life feels very strange... Life feels very strange at the moment.The unexpected and unwelcome arrival of the Coronavirus has turned the lives of millions of people upside down. The way that we’ve reacted emotionally and behaviourally has varied hugely. The primary...

Pet Therapy – How cats and dogs can lower levels of stress

Pet Therapy – How cats and dogs can lower levels of stress

Stress is linked to the six leading causes of death  When the end of a calendar year approaches and friends and colleagues discuss what they’ll do differently once the clock chimes midnight on December 31, you very rarely hear anyone say that their new year’s...

Time To Evolve From Our Fight Or Flight Instinct

Time To Evolve From Our Fight Or Flight Instinct

The mind and the body Mental health problems are often described as the invisible struggles that happen inside an individual’s head. While this is true, it is important to recognise that these internal battles are not confined exclusively to what’s going on upstairs;...