Tag: mentalhealthmatters

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

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 […]

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 of the cornerstones of Japanese healthcare.

Seen as a powerful antidote to the pressures of the modern world, it is currently little known in the UK, with more than a third of the nation unfamiliar with what it is, never mind its purported benefits.

Increasingly, however, experts are highlighting the importance of paying closer attention to mental health as well as physical fitness. Medical experts, fitness experts and alternative health practitioners agree that a closer connection to nature is the key to helping more people to balance their physical and mental wellbeing.

Read the full article at EtreVous.com

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

What are ‘happy hormones’ and how do we use them for wellbeing?

What are ‘happy hormones’ and how do we use them for wellbeing?

Our genes play a large role in our day to day levels of happiness, and lifestyle factors also greatly affect our sense of wellbeing. The good news is that even if you are predisposed to a downbeat temperament, there are simple steps you can take […]

Could beditation be the solution to your sleep problems?

Could beditation be the solution to your sleep problems?

If you spend every morning vowing to get an early night but spend every evening tossing and turning over an assault of anxieties, you are not alone.

Mindfulness experts believe that ‘beditation’ could be the solution to our bedtime woes.

Read the whole article at EtreVous.com

Why I am on media as a counsellor

Why I am on media as a counsellor

I have struggled to reconcile the public nature of social media with my work as a counsellor. The people I admire on social media are open, interactive and – above all – real. On the other hand, throughout our training it is drilled into us […]