Using your values to live the life you want and boost your mood

The usefulness of values Values refers to the things that are important to you. They determine how you spend your time, what you commit to, and how you want to live your life. Our values can therefore guide our activities. Looking at your values is useful for anyone, as they can really benefit from takingContinue reading “Using your values to live the life you want and boost your mood”

What is rumination and why is it unhelpful?

We all think about the past from time-to-time. It can aid us as we reflect on past situations, learn from them and grow. For many, rumination only occurs over a short period of time, and ceases once a conclusion is met. In this way, it is closely linked with problem-solving, as any associated discomforts resolveContinue reading “What is rumination and why is it unhelpful?”

What is procrastination and how do we stop?

We all procrastinate from time to time, especially to avoid difficult or uninteresting tasks. Procrastination can affect any aspect of our life: our work, our social life, relationship or academia. It is important to note that it is in fact normal and very common. However, procrastinating can be more problematic when considering the severity ofContinue reading “What is procrastination and how do we stop?”

How do you get the most out of therapy sessions?

Therapy is certainly the most common treatment for various mental health issues, and there are copious to choose from. For example, there are psychodynamic approaches, whereby the unconscious mind and psyche are the main focus. Alternatively there are more contemporary approaches such as art therapy, which utilities creativity as a form of expression and reflection.Continue reading “How do you get the most out of therapy sessions?”

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?”

Lapses in motivation and how to boost it

By Eleanor Holmes Motivation is the internal mechanism that pushes us forward with our goal-orientated behaviours. However, from time time, we all experience lapses in motivation. During these lapses, it can seem difficult to carry out our usual tasks, especially when confronted with a long list of things to complete. Whether related to work, ourContinue reading “Lapses in motivation and how to boost it”

Assistant Psychologist roles – How do you land one?

Assistant Psychologist (AP) positions are known as gold dust in the psychology field, particularly for recent graduates. Why? Because they allow budding psychologists to work directly with clients, and similar experience to fully qualified psychologists and therapists. This is great experience, which helps you to progress on to further training, whilst giving you great insightContinue reading “Assistant Psychologist roles – How do you land one?”

Psychology Careers: First Jobs After University

Guest blog by Eleanor Holmes There are many good roles to apply for when just starting out and considering careers in psychology! A degree, as with many careers, is the starting point, but where do you go from there? Here are three examples of potential roles you could go for. Mental Health Support Worker Description: MentalContinue reading “Psychology Careers: First Jobs After University”

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?”

Three tips for managing anxiety

Last year, 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”