Why is it so important we take breaks?

It is a common mentality that continuously working until exhaustion without breaks demonstrates a good work ethic. In certain situations, we are tempted (and sometimes encouraged) to push ourselves as much as possible. For example, during exam season, or when starting at a new job and trying to make a good first impression. Culturally, weContinue reading “Why is it so important we take breaks?”

How is sleep related to our mental health?

In previous blogs, we have touched on the importance that sleep has on our mental and physical wellbeing, but not in a lot of detail. And it is true, sleep is absolutely vital as it serves several purposes. Firstly, it filters through the information our brains have collated and disposes of the unnecessary ‘junk’. ThisContinue reading “How is sleep related to our mental health?”

How is our gut related to our mental health?

Many people with mental health issues, particularly anxiety and panic disorders, experience gut problems. For example, loss of appetite, stomach pains and Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) are the most commonly discussed. This is because there is a link between our mind and gut. The Enteric Nervous System (also known as our second brain located inContinue reading “How is our gut related to our mental health?”

What is the intolerance of uncertainty?

What does an intolerance of uncertainty look like? Intolerance of uncertainty is a concept that affects many people with anxiety. Uncertainty is a common thing in life, as we cannot see into the future. For example, we can be uncertain of where we will be living in five years’ time, or even what we haveContinue reading “What is the intolerance of uncertainty?”

What is people-pleasing and is it a bad habit?

As humans, we are social animals. The majority of us feel the importance of connecting with others, and building strong rapports. One way in which we do this is to demonstrate helping-behaviours and emotional availability. For instance, we may assist a peer with studying, help them move house, or giving them a lift. Moreover, weContinue reading “What is people-pleasing and is it a bad habit?”

Going back to work and our mental health

During the summer many of us have enjoyed some time off. Be it a trip abroad, a festival weekend or a week relaxing at home, taking a break is vital. Now, it is coming to that time again where we are preparing to return to work. Undoubtedly, this can be a tricky time, reestablishing aContinue reading “Going back to work and our mental health”

Back to school and young people’s mental health

a guide for parents It is slowly coming to that time again! As the six week holiday comes to a close, everyone is readying themselves for ‘back to school’ mode. Preparing for the year ahead is important experience and a good habit to get into, as for anyone going into a new job role orContinue reading “Back to school and young people’s mental health”

Intrusive Thoughts & Mental Health

What are intrusive thoughts? We can all, from time to time, experience intrusive thoughts. These are unwanted, and sometimes distressing, ideas, memories, and images that enter our mind randomly and cause disruption. The content of such thoughts can vary, and therefore, so does the level of distress caused. There are different types of intrusive thoughts.Continue reading “Intrusive Thoughts & Mental Health”

Mindfulness and mental health

What is mindfulness? Mindfulness is simply the ability to stay within the present. When feeling overwhelmed, stressed or anxious (and especially if these feelings are reoccurring) it can help to reestablish where, who and how you are in the present moment.  By improving your awareness of thoughts and feelings, you are less likely to becomeContinue reading “Mindfulness and mental health”

Imposter Syndrome and self-esteem

By guest blogger Eleanor Holmes What is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter Syndrome (IS) is the experience of lacking confidence in your own abilities and feeling like a fraud. This is coupled with the internalised fear that others will realise you’re not as skilled or competent as they thought. Although IS is not a mental disorder listedContinue reading “Imposter Syndrome and self-esteem”