Tag: mental health

Why Do We Still Get that Back to School Feeling As Adults?

Why Do We Still Get that Back to School Feeling As Adults?

As summer draws to a close, we might – even as adults – get that creeping back-to-school feeling. September can often signal a time of change and new beginnings. Counsellor Miriam Christie agrees: “This back-to-school kind of feeling is not a positive energy for everyone. […]

What is Integrative Therapy?

What is Integrative Therapy?

There are numerous types of therapy – integrative therapists use a range of techniques – but is the therapy type important? Counsellor Miriam Christie explores the most vital ingredient in successful therapy: the relationship between therapist and client. Do a quick Google search of ‘what […]

How social media can affect our body image

How social media can affect our body image

Impressionable minds: we take a closer look at the rise of mental health issues as a result of using social media.

Research by wellbeing brand Soul Analyse looked at the impact social media is having on people’s mental health. Over 2000 adults were asked about their social media behaviour and their feelings surrounding it.

The study found that fifth of people who had used social media in the previous 12 months experienced mental health issues directly as a result of using social media. Twenty per cent of adults feel depressed or anxious when using social media platforms.

The results indicate that younger people are more at risk of being negatively affected. More than three in ten 18-24-year-olds said they felt anxious or depressed when using social platforms, and 58 per cent said that social media makes them more likely to notice their flaws.

Read the full article at EtreVous.com

Three in four of us have skin conditions that affect body confidence

Three in four of us have skin conditions that affect body confidence

76 per cent of people say that they feel their skin condition has affected overall body confidence. Each of the 842 respondents to a body confidence study said that their skin conditions had affected one or more elements in their life, including body confidence, finances, […]

Sleep solutions: four easy to action tips

Sleep solutions: four easy to action tips

Getting quality slumber is key to our wellbeing – look forward to a sound night’s sleep with our advice. If you are struggling to get a good night’s sleep, especially in these unsettling times, you are not alone. A survey by the National Sleep Foundation […]

The rise in facial dysmorphia and appearance anxiety

The rise in facial dysmorphia and appearance anxiety

Experts are concerned that ‘Love Island-style’ beauty standards added to anxiety caused by the pandemic are causing an increase in the number of people developing Facial Dysmorphia, a distorted view of their facial appearance.

The first survey on Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) in young people to be carried out in England reports the condition to be on the rise. The research, by NatCen on behalf of the NHS, found cases of BDD were highest in girls aged 17-19 years old, with one in 18 young women experiencing BDD, with particular emphasis on facial features.

Cosmetic Doctor and Etre Vous Expert Dr Nestor Demosthenous has seen a steep rise in patients exhibiting appearance anxiety and a distorted impression of their looks.

“Since we reopened post-pandemic, we have been inundated with demand for appointments from existing and new patients,” says Dr Demosthenous. “It is a reflection of our anxious society that patients are even more critical of themselves than previously.

“Red flags are raised for me when I hear a strong disconnect in the way a person describes their issue and reality. A patient may use words like ‘hate’ to talk about ‘deep forehead wrinkles’, when in fact I am looking at a very mild line.”

Read the article in full at EtreVous.com

The rise of age anxiety – are you a sufferer?

The rise of age anxiety – are you a sufferer?

Aesthetic experts and mental health practitioners alike are raising concerns about increasing requests to be completely wrinkle-free. Is the rhetoric around ‘anti-ageing’ starting to make us feel that ageing itself is a bad thing? Read the full article at EtreVous.com

De-stress with the Japanese art of forest bathing

De-stress with the Japanese art of forest bathing

The Japanese pastime of forest bathing may have something to offer the stressed out west, according to wellbeing experts. The ancient Japanese art of shinrin-yoku, (forest bathing) combines mindfulness techniques with the therapeutic powers of the natural environment to reduce stress and is now one […]

Hurt people heal people too: My journey to becoming a therapist

Hurt people heal people too: My journey to becoming a therapist

Hurt people hurt people is a saying I often hear and sometimes see pop up on Instagram memes.

That may sometimes be the case but I also believe that hurt people can heal people too. With the right training, those of us who have had setbacks and mental health issues can use the insight and empathy that comes with experience to help people facing their own demons. If we were going into battle, I for one would feel more reassured knowing a battle worn veteran had my back.

I get asked quite a lot about why I decided to become a counsellor and I completely understand the curiosity. Knowing about a therapist’s journey into their work, can help people to build trust with them. I have come to realise that making myself vulnerable, whether in session or by sharing my story in blogs and articles, can embolden people to seek help – and it can help those who need to find me to do so.

Read the whole article at Welldoing.org

When IVF Doesn’t Work: Processing Feelings of Grief

When IVF Doesn’t Work: Processing Feelings of Grief

Couples struggling to conceive may experience a range of complicated emotions and grief, especially when interventions like IVF don’t succeed. Counsellor Miriam Christie shares her own experience and tips to help others. Read the full article at Welldoing.org