Self-help

Whether you’re depressed, stressed, anxious or dealing with any one of a wide range of common psychological and emotional issues, there’s often quite a lot you can do to help yourself before going to a therapist or attending a workshop.

Depression – Improve your mood

We may all experience low mood from time to time, as we try to deal with life’s ups and downs. But if your low mood continues day after day and you feel down most of the time, you may be suffering from depression. According to the Depression Alliance, 1 in 5 people in the UK… read more

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Getting a good night’s sleep

Sleep problems are becoming increasingly common and can have a profound effect on our overall mood and wellbeing. If you’re already struggling with stress, anxiety or depression, you may find that you have difficulty sleeping: This can set up a vicious cycle where a lack of good quality sleep makes your mood even worse. Sleep… read more

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Understanding Panic Attacks

Anxiety can range from mild through to moderate and severe, and in most cases is part of the healthy spectrum of human experience. You may like to read our self-help section “Anxiety – Improve your mood” to find out more about generalised anxiety. This section will focus specifically on panic attacks. A panic attack is… read more

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Improving Self Esteem

What is Self-Esteem? Self-esteem is a term used to describe the value that we place upon ourselves as people. Our self-esteem is constantly changing and evolving in response to the situations that we find ourselves in. It can trigger thoughts and feelings about ourselves and other people that influence the way we respond to our… read more

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Anxiety – Improve your mood

Anxiety can affect any of us, at different times and in different ways. Unlike stress, which tends to come and go according to the external pressures in our lives, anxiety can appear to come out of nowhere, giving rise to unpleasant physical symptoms that can make you feel panicky and out of control. You are… read more

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Falling awake: Mindfulness and mental health

Mindfulness is described by a leading teacher, Jon Kabat-Zinn, as “paying attention in a particular way, on purpose, in the present moment and non-judgmentally”. We all have the capacity to be mindful, but we may spend a lot of time on ‘autopilot’, carrying out daily activities while our mind is elsewhere. When we are lost… read more

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Relaxation

  “Just relax”. How many times have you been told to do that? Easier said than done? For many of us with a busy lifestyle, relaxation is a skill like any other; it needs to be learned, and practised regularly. The key to relaxation lies in managing the survival mechanism that activates when we are… read more

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Maintaining mental health

Mental health refers to our emotional and psychological wellbeing. It’s about how we think, feel and behave. One way to think about mental health is by looking at how well we function day-to-day. Being able to handle normal levels of stress, leading an independent and full life and being able to bounce back from difficult… read more

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