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”

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”

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?”

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?”

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”

How are young people’s mental health in the summer holidays?

a guide for parents For many young people and students, the summer holidays are a blessing, especially during the first couple of weeks. After months of coursework and exams, having those lie-ins and a chance to relax is always very welcome. Some may be excited for new trips and holidays, as well as socialising andContinue reading “How are young people’s mental health in the summer holidays?”

How do you do self-care?

What is self-care? Self-care refers to the things we do to look after ourselves. Self-care is incredibly important to ensure that we are living our best, more fulfilling lives. It takes account of our physical and mental health, as without one, we cannot fully have the other. What self-care activities can I do? There areContinue reading “How do you do self-care?”