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”

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”

Perfectionism and low self-esteem

How does perfectionism and low self-esteem work together? Perfectionism is observed when a person sets themselves very high standards, which are often difficult to meet. When the standards are inevitably not met, this can lead to feelings of failure. In turn, this can result in low self-esteem and feeling anxious and depressed.  Alternatively, the veryContinue reading “Perfectionism and low self-esteem”

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”

What are grounding techniques?

What are grounding techniques, and do they help? Grounding is a name given to exercises that can help to bring relief from high states of panic and anxiety or flashbacks of traumatic experiences. They can help orientate us back to the ‘here and now’, so that our minds are not stuck ruminating on past experiencesContinue reading “What are grounding techniques?”

Three tips for managing anxiety

In 2020, I teamed up with Families Online to deliver a workshop about managing anxiety aimed at families of all ages. The workshop covered a few different ideas about how to cope with anxiety. As you will see in the video, there are three great ways to manage anxiety. Managing anxiety: You can manage practicalContinue reading “Three tips for managing anxiety”

What is burnout and how do you cope with it?

What is burnout? Burnout is when we are emotionally and mentally exhausted due to prolonged stress. It can lead us to feeling a loss of motivation and interest and reduces our productivity. This can affect our mood, leaving us feeling anxious and low. Burnout can affect many areas of our life, such as at work,Continue reading “What is burnout and how do you cope with it?”

Looking after your mental health over Christmas

For many, Christmas is a very joyous time of year. It is synonymous with food, warm drinks, presents, time with family and friends, as well as a small break from work! However, for some, it can be a rather difficult period, as it is common for numerous people to have mental health struggles exacerbated overContinue reading “Looking after your mental health over Christmas”

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?”