What to do when you've got social anxiety disorder & offered group therapy... [#TherapyThursday Episode 8]
Group therapy, in theory, can be effective, i.e., if everyone has anxiety then they need the same techniques to overcome their anxiety.
The thing is, this completely misses the point.
Trust me, I get it.
Having either depression or anxiety is bad and when you’ve got both life can suck a lot.
I mean, if the sheer inability to get out of bed doesn’t make you feel useless, the fear of getting out of bed and setting off an incomprehensible chain of negative events is sure to do it.
& the reason I said I get it, is I’ve been there.
If you are struggling with mental illness most often the words which follow 'I am' tend to be very unhelpful...
But, if you’ve delved into the self-help world & tried out things like affirmations you’ll also know the most powerful ones of these also start with the words I am...
So who’s right?
Most of us have a crazy amount of apps on our bits of tech, but did you know that heading over to social media sites such as Facebook when you're feeling mentally wobbly can do a lot more harm than good?
Don't panic though, because there are some apps which are going to help you effortlessly move towards a mentally healthy life.
Click play on this weeks #TherapyThursday podcast to find out my top 3.
I know, it's crazy right.
There are a million different methods, hundreds of different 'schools' of thought and countless opinions on what you need to do in order to be mentally healthy.
Yet, so many people are still struggling.
& many, losing...
Read on to find out why tackling these 3 things are the difference between staying stuck in mental illness and leading a mentally healthy life:
Did you know, that when you have those very unhelpful thoughts they will use the same sort of language you use in the real world?
Tune in to find out why this one fact can help you significantly reduce the amount of negative or worrying thoughts you have.
Tune in to find out why I compare EFT to Ronseal and why this technique is definitely one I recommend everyone learns to lead a mentally healthy life
If you've ever tried writing out all the things you want to get yourself motivated to move forward you probably noticed that it can sometimes make you feel even more deflated than when you started.
That's because you're doing it wrong...
Tune in to today's #TuesdayTip episode to find out the sneaky way to help your subconscious feel good about all the things you want to do with your life so that you can get motivated about making it happen!
Why have a daily ritual?
We are the only ones in control of how our day will turn out.
How we choose to perceive a situation and how we choose to act, dictates how we feel and in turn how our day turns out.
Having a dedicated morning ritual which helps you feel good and overcome any obstacles will help you reduce any anxieties and stress you have about your exams.
Our brains love routine and the more routines we have, the less freaked out it gets!
Why a little dose of hypnotherapy might just be what the Dr ordered for your mental health [#TherapyThursday Episode 5]
Did you know that hypnotherapy is quite a prestigious little technique when it comes to combat physical and mental health difficulties?
In fact, the Royal Society Of Medicine (in the UK) has a dedicated hypnotherapy branch!
Ready to find out just how phenomenal it is & how to make sure any hypnotherapist you employ, or hypnosis you buy is going to be helpful
OK, OK, OK, I know this is one heck of a controversial title.
But, I think it really is time to address the big old elephant in the room.
Before you start taking to Twitter and trolling me or going all old-fashioned, cutting up some newspapers and sending me some well-designed hate mail, I need you to know I don’t believe it is an easy choice & I will absolutely get to that.
Why you need to scrub the phrase 'I want doesn't get' from your memory [#TuesdayTip Podcast Episode 5]
Did you grow up having it drummed into you that 'I want doesn't get'?
What if I told you this is not only complete codswallop but also fundamentally contradictory to our genetic make up?
I've taken a slight detour from my wed's blog post as I wanted to share something from the 21 Day Happiness Challenge private group.
There's only one reason you're not happy & it's because you're scared.
Even if you think you're 100% ready to be happy but are not happy right now then your subconscious is afraid of something....
Card making and crafting can be a great way to boost your serotonin and feel good because not only are they fun to do, you also gain a sense of achievement with the finished piece.
& iIf you've ever wanted to have a go at making your own cards, here's how I got started (& where I find my best bits!)
It's official - drinking coffee is good for your brain & other psychology news [#ResearchRoundUp Podcast Episode 4]
Whooo!!! So we all know that coffee has some great little perks, but often gets a bad rep.
Well, no more coffee lovers - hit play to hear this weeks #ResearchRoundUp and find out why you really can feel good while drinking your mug of good stuff this morning.
But that's not all...
In this weeks #TherapyThursday podcast episode, we’re going to be looking at the 3 things you need to ask your potential therapist before you say yes and let them into your head!
Remember, if you embark on the right #therapy but hire the wrong therapist it's likely to end up in #mentalhealth disaster rather than recovery!
So, you probably know that I decided to branch out on my own because of a particularly bad week working for an NHS service.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved the service, loved the people and did love my time there but telling people their kids weren’t ill enough to receive treatment- well that really does not give me the warm and fuzzies!
In this weeks, #TuesdayTip we’re going beyond grounding yourself in the present and instead moving into feeling good about ‘what might happen next’ so that you can go one step further in switching off your negative or worrying thoughts for good.
I'm back after a mini Easter break and what a delightful sight beholds in my little propagators - shoots, seedlings and plant life of all different colours, shapes and sizes. But now what... It's time to expand my little mentally healthy garden, find out what I did here so that you too can grow your own for mental health.
Why learning styles really are dead & other key pieces of psychology research [#ResearchRoundUp Podcast Episode 3]
This week we’ll be exploring:
Mental health therapy is a fundamental tool to help you overcome your illness, but often we head into therapy when we're not ready and in my opinion, this is the main reason why things end up going horrifically wrong or most often, you end up feeling like you wasted your time...
The only thing every mental health professional needs to do so that you can overcome stress, depression & anxiety
Well, I’m back and after a little rant on Facebook live last week, I thought I should probably write a short but sweet little post about the one thing any mental health professional needs to do so that you can overcome stress, depression & anxiety.
When things get super overwhelming it can be extremely difficult to move forward. Our negative or worrying thoughts seem to have full control of how well we're able to function.
Being able to simply tune them out enables you to take that first next step to living a life full of fun, laughter and happiness.
Why your 11 year old best friend ruined your life & other key pieces of research [#ResearchRoundUp Pocast Episode 2]
So you're stuck in your dead-end job because your best friend at age 11 was more interested in hanging out around the shops than in the library...
Why counselling makes stress, depression & anxiety a lot worse... [#TherapyThursday Podcast Episode 2]
Counselling is supposed to be good for overcoming stress, depression & anxiety...??
I'm right there with you, it can be an excellent tool, but it can also be extremely harmful...