Fear of Death – When Pandemic Makes Us Face Mortality

by Andrea Blundell Why are we all terrified about Covid-19? Yes, we are losing our lifestyles, and we don’t know what lies ahead. But for many, beneath this lies a fear of death. Either our own death, or of the death of those we love. Why are we all so afraid of dying? As humans … [Read Entire Story]

Keep Making the Same Mistake Again and Again?

From small things like continuing to overspend when you know you are in debt, to bigger issues like picking unhealthy relationships every time, what is it that drives you to keep making the same mistake?  Blame it on Your Brain? Our brains might be designed to repeat mistakes, creating what are called ‘mistake pathways’. Although … [Read Entire Story]

Feeling Stuck in Life? How to Actually Move Forward

Feeling stuck in life? Set resolutions that never work each year? Or just can’t get ahead no matter how hard you try? Editor and writer Andrea Blundell explores how to get unstuck. 9 Ways to stop feeling stuck and make progress at last 1. Accept that you might be behind the problem. The one thing [Read Entire Story]

7 Ways to Manage the Stress Of Terrorism Hitting Close to Home

If you were in the same city or country as a terrorist attack, or even just a neighbouring country which has raised its national threat levels, you might experience overwhelming emotions and anxiety for several days or weeks post the event. How can you best handle the stress of terrorism when it strikes too close … [Read Entire Story]

Prone to Depression? Why Stress Might Be Harder For You

Depression – more common than you think? The World Health Organisation estimates that 350 million people are affected by depression worldwide, and sadly, many who suffer don’t seek help. Over 800,000 people commit suicide each year. Suicide is in fact the second leading global cause of death for the age range of 15-29. So what … [Read Entire Story]

Is it Really a Panic Attack?

You are asked to do a presentation at work and suddenly the room starts to spin, you are sweating and your heart is pounding with fear. Is it a panic attack? Or are you just anxious and stressed and experiencing an ‘anxiety attack’? And what is the difference, really?  Anxiety – what is it? It’s … [Read Entire Story]

What is Social Anxiety Disorder, and Do You Have It?

We can all be nervous about social situations from time to time, and many adults are shy around new people. But social anxiety disorder is actually a type of complex phobia – a condition that has an overwhelming impact on your life. If you have social anxiety disorder, also known as ‘social phobia’, everyday things, from … [Read Entire Story]

What is Childhood Trauma and Did You Experience It?

Childhood trauma is an event, situation, or environment you experienced as a child that left you feeling vulnerable and like you couldn’t count on the world or other people to keep you safe. For many, childhood trauma has the unfortunate consequence of affecting your ways of thinking and of relating to the world and others as … [Read Entire Story]

Resilience – A Key to Better Mental Health?

It’s an easy trap in life to put all of our focus on what we struggle with.  We worry that we aren’t doing well enough at our new jobs, aren’t being good enough parents or partners, or we incessantly think of all the things we should change about ourselves so we [Read Entire Story]

Cognitive Distortions – Is Your Mind Playing Tricks On You?

The things we consistently tell ourselves serve to shape our self-image and the way we interact with the world. Unfortunately, our thoughts can become so automatic that we begin to take them as reality, even if that’s not actually the case. Cognitive distortions is a term used in psychology to refer to the thoughts that … [Read Entire Story]

Stress, the Fight or Flight Response, and You

What is the fight or flight response? The ‘fight or flight’ response, also called an ‘acute stress response’, is something you’ll hear referenced frequently in psychology. But it’s not actually a psychological response, but a physiological one. The fight or flight response is an ‘all systems go’ reaction your body triggers [Read Entire Story]

Summertime Blues – 10 Seasonal Stressors To Watch Out For

Despite the excitement that hot days finally arriving can originally bring, not everyone glides through the summer months feeling great. Summer can bring an underestimated amount of stress that can trigger  cycles of low moods and anxiety. Left unchecked, this can roll right into a case of summer depression. What summertime stressors should you watch out … [Read Entire Story]

Daily Patterns That Show Your Psychological Health Needs Attention

Most of us have an idea where our physical health is at. But when it comes to psychological health, it can feel harder to gauge.  One might assume this is because we can’t ‘see’ the signs of psychological struggle like we can a scrape or bruise. But many psychological struggles do have obvious and daily signs … [Read Entire Story]

What is Happiness, Really?

by Andrea Blundell In the UK’s third annual Measuring National Well-being (MNW) survey, it appears happiness is on the rise in the UK. Lower rates of anxiety were reported alongside higher levels of personal wellbeing, with over a quarter of adults rating their life satisfaction as at its highest levels. The survey looked at things … [Read Entire Story]

10 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Health Every Day

When did you last consider your emotional health? We make daily choices to improve our physical wellbeing. But our mental wellbeing also benefits from attention. Doesn’t it deserve as much commitment?  Some things undoubtedly benefit both our mind and our body, like eating well, exercising, and having good sleep habits. But [Read Entire Story]

Impostor Syndrome – Is it Sabotaging Your Career?

Do you tend to dismiss your career success as “just good luck”? Doubt your ability to do things, even when a lot of the time you end up perfectly capable? It could be you are afflicted by “impostor syndrome”, a term some psychologists use to describe an inability to recognise your own success, competence and … [Read Entire Story]

Female, Over 30, and Anxious? It Could Be “Menopause Anxiety”

For decades, anxiety in middle-aged women was dismissed as female temperament, or despair over loss of youth. It was finally conceded that women, too, could have a midlife crisis. Yet modern studies show that women become happier as they age, while men do don’t. So then why the discrepancy? It turns out the cause is often the … [Read Entire Story]

Stress vs Depression – Do You Know the Difference?

Some stress, caused by regular life challenges, is unavoidable. And while feeling nervous about a work presentation or frustrated by a parent teacher meeting gone wrong is not fun, nobody would compare it to the challenge that is depression. Severe stress, however, is a different story. As anyone who has suffered chronic stress knows, with … [Read Entire Story]

Struggle to Manage Anxiety? 5 Apps That Help

We all experience stress in life that can throw us off balance and trigger our ‘fight or flight’ response. But for a growing number of us, our modern lifestyles see us experiencing anxiety in a way that is far from normal or healthy. In the last decade and a half, studies carried out by the … [Read Entire Story]

Drained All the Time? The Psychological Causes of Exhaustion

Our modern lifestyles can mean sleep slips to the bottom of the list so often that ongoing tiredness can feel a normal part of life. But don’t assume it’s just a lack of sleep leaving you drained. Tiredness is actually a sign of several psychological health conditions. Why is fatigue related to our moods? And how can … [Read Entire Story]

Shyness in Adults – Is It a Mental Health Issue?

It’s estimated that up to fifty per cent of adults identify themselves as ‘shy’.  But when does shyness move from a manageable personality trait to a serious mental health issue? “Garden variety” shyness Many people are shy and under confident some of the time and in some situations, but not in all facets of their lives. … [Read Entire Story]

Meditation and Psychotherapy – Do They Work Together?

Meditation has come a long way in the last few decades. Now practised by business sorts and bohemians alike, it is used in schools, prisons, and major companies. Meditation was even introduced in Parliament here in the UK. But is mediation really suited to be part of psychotherapy? What sort of meditation do psychotherapists use, anyway? And … [Read Entire Story]

The Power of Body Language to Change Your Mood

A smile comes after we feel happy, and a frown comes after we are sad – or does it? What if it’s sometimes the other way around?  Research is increasingly finding that the body and mind are really a two-way street. If this is so, how can you capitalise on the power of body language on the … [Read Entire Story]

Stress vs Anxiety – When Should You Be Worried?

We tend to use the words stress and anxiety rather interchangeably in modern conversation. “I’m so stressed about this job interview” means the same to many as “I am suffering serious anxiety whenever I think about my interview”. But in psychology, stress and anxiety are not really the same thing. And one can be quite … [Read Entire Story]