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 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?”

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”

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”

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”

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?”

Baby blues and low mood in new and expectant mums

Last year 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”