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”

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”

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”

Baby blues and low mood in new and expectant mums

In 2020, I teamed up with Emma‘s Diary Facebook page to deliver a free session about low mood, depression and baby blues for new and expectant mums. What are baby blues? Baby blues are the name given to the low mood that women can experience the first week after childbirth. This can take many newContinue reading “Baby blues and low mood in new and expectant mums”

Which type of therapy is right for me if I have depression or low mood?

As we’ve discussed in previous blogs (which you can find here), there are different types of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and counselling. We’ve highlighted the most effective treatments out there for depression specifically, as determined by research which guides the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE). We’ll do another blogContinue reading “Which type of therapy is right for me if I have depression or low mood?”

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”

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”