World Mental Health Day – 10th October

The theme for 2017 is ‘Mental Health in the Workplace’. Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today causing over 70 million working days to be lost each year. • 9 out of 10 people with mental health problems experience stigma and discrimination.• One in 5 people take a day off work due to stress. • A quarter of people considering resigning due to stress.• 56% of UK adults said they […]

Exercise & Dementia

The benefit of exercise is not a new topic. We are constantly being encouraged to think about our health; what we eat, how much we sleep, what exercise we take, keeping our minds active and avoiding isolation. This isn’t the first article we’ve put on our website either. Exercise not only improves your physical health, but also cognition. It has global effects on the brain, enriching function in areas that traditionally have not been thought […]

The Power of Positive Thinking

Self-affirmation Does it really work? Can we think ourselves better than we feel? American Psychologist, Claude Steele, popularised self-affirmation in the 1980’s which examines how being forced outside our comfort zones affect our self-esteem. Studies have found that self-affirmation leads to “better mental and physical well-being, including greater happiness, hopefulness, optimism and health with less sadness and anger.” How? Well it appears that self-affirmation allows us to accept the unpleasantness of a situation and still feel […]

Dealing with symptoms of Depression

Breaking the Lethargy Spiral The Problem Feeling depressed is a vicious spiral. Your negative thoughts make you feel miserable, inadequate and discouraged, which means you feel slowed down and tired     and less inclined to be active. Your activity level goes down, you start to avoid situations, which means that you don’t have positive thoughts and experiences; your confidence is further reduced, which increases the negative thoughts and low mood & so on. So What is the Way […]

Mental Health Awareness Week

#MHAW2017 This week marks the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Week – an annual campaign to raise mental health awareness and reduce the stigma of mental illness. This year’s theme is “Thriving or Surviving” as it seems too few of us are thriving with good mental health.Over recent years the awareness and understanding of mental health issues has grown. Talking about our difficulties really helps, especially if those sharing are in the public domain, as in the […]

Giving & Receiving

Saying Thank You Our culture tries to tell us that its better to give than to receive, however this isn’t quite the case. Showing gratitude allows us to give something back to a person, and at the same time encourages more giving, by us all. Here are 3 tips on how to give and receive with ease; Be aware of what people do for you and thank them for it. This helps us appreciate that […]