Feeling Overwhelmed?

“I feel overwhelmed”, is a phrase we are hearing more and more in the therapy room. The state we call “Overwhelm” is not the anxiety and impatience that is experienced when our list of “To Do’s” is too long, but a very uncomfortable emotional state when there is a sense of being stuck; a lack of motivation to do anything; an inability to decide what’s important and what can be left, and a tendency to ignore what has to be done. Those who experience “Overwhelm” are likely to be short-tempered and confused, feel bodily tension and have a general fear of …

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Happy Days

On Saturday 20th March the International Day of Happiness was celebrated with various activities in many countries.  You may have missed it altogether or the media coverage possibly entered the peripheries of your awareness or  you may even have been involved in an awareness raising event yourself. In 2011 the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution which recognised “happiness as a fundamental goal” and called for “a more inclusive, equitable and balanced approach to economic growth that  promotes the happiness and well-being of all people.” The UN wants us to remember that it is family and friends and emotional …

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Turning back the clock

A few years ago we were excited to learn that Jennifer Aniston proposed to co-produce and star in a film based on the book, “Counter Clockwise Mindful Health and the Power of Possibility,” written by the Harvard psychologist Ellen Langer, whose research interest is in how attitude affects both health and the rate of ageing.  This film would have introduced Langer’s research findings to a new and wider audience but sadly, it seems that after the initial publicity the project has been discontinued. Langer’s book records a study she did in 1979.  Eight elderly men in their late 70s and …

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Insomnia

“And if tonight my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning wake like a new-opened flower then I have been dipped again in God, and new-created.” ~D.H. Lawrence Almost everyone experiences sleeplessness at some time in their lives but for those with persistent insomnia the effects on their mental and physical well-being can be extremely damaging.  And we’re not just referring to an insignificant minority.  Some estimates suggest that a quarter of us suffer and it is one of the top three health topics that men search for on the internet. …

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Three keys to improved relationships

Today, we seem to be obsessed with the significant relationship and you may wonder why given the number of failed relationships and divorce figures. Cell biologist, Bruce Lipton, explains “our biology is pushing us to bond….It is a fundamental biological imperative.” If you are in a happy and fulfilling relationship then taking time to reflect and appreciate will activate your parasympathetic nervous system, relaxing the body and reducing stress hormones so doing you a great deal of good. If your relationship is not all you feel it could be and you are willing to take a little time to improve …

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Holiday Overindulgence

The Christmas season is probably the most difficult time of the year to maintain healthy eating habits. Rather than looking forward to the holiday season many feel vulnerable and approach it with trepidation. Even if you haven’t a weight issue, keeping your eating and drinking to healthy limits can be challenging when there are many social and family events and an excess of food and drink. So if you are worried that you will give into temptation too often, here are some ways to help you get through without the discomfort of overindulgence and without the guilt trip. When you …

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Build Resilience

A priority in all therapy is to nurture and strengthen clients’ resilience. Psychological and emotional resilience is the ability to cope successfully with day to day frustrations and disappointments and the bigger challenges if they should come along – crisis and trauma. Resilient people tend to bounce back and sometimes be strengthened by their adverse experiences. They accept what’s happened and soldier on, whereas those who are less resilient can become overwhelmed by circumstances and lose their purpose and direction. Research tells us that we are all born with innate resilience but that some children and adults develop “learned helplessness” …

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Addicted to your emotions?

When we think of addictions we think of being addicted to substances or behaviours. Many are addicted to cigarettes, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, computer games, shopping etc. with the consequent personal health and social problems. Addictions wreck lives and research studies tell us that it is a growing problem and that traditional solutions are not working. We are relieved if our life experience hasn’t resulted in substance abuse but if you are not living the life of health, joy and well-being that you would like to lead, another addiction could be the cause. Are you addicted to your habitual thought …

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Panic

Panic attacks and the underlying anxiety which causes them, are common. It is estimated that 1 in 6 of us will be affected at sometime in our lives. Periods of mild to moderate anxiety are something we’ve all experienced and perhaps we have our own strategies for dealing with them. It is when anxiety becomes severe and frequent panic attacks become part of the picture, that it is time to seek professional help. Living with heightened tension affects all areas of our lives interfering with our capacity to work and sleep, having a negative impact on our relationships and confidence …

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Another wake up call to get more sleep

Yes, another blog on the importance of getting enough sleep and the consensus seems to be that we all need between 7 and 8 hours 15 minutes sleep each night. Sleep is such an important topic that we wanted to share some findings from recent research, some of which, you may find surprising. 1) We are sleeping about 20% less than we were a century ago and new data shows that there has been a steady decrease in the total number of hours adults and adolescents sleep in the past two decades. 2) Short sleepers have a 50% increased risk …

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