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Jessica’s Anxiety

Take a moment to read Jessica’s story and notice how anxiety closed down her life.

Jessica, Jess to her friends, had started to feel bad some time back now. It was a darkness that seemed to haunt her. She would find herself agreeing to things she didn’t want to do. She was scared that if she didn’t then her friends would walk away. She suddenly lacked the confidence that she had as a teenager and now always seems to be saying sorry when she spoke. Continue reading

Returning to work

I know from my treatment room that one of the biggest challenges that some clients face having been off of work with depression, stress or anxiety is that of returning to work.  However complete their cure, however, positive they feel about themselves there still always seems that little twinge when you think of the first day back.

Thoughts can run riot, Continue reading

Stress management – anxiety under control?

Overwhelming, overpowering, uncontrollable, never-ending, helpless, there seems no end to the list of superlatives that we can use to describe how powerless we feel in face of our anxiety. It can see that there is nothing we can do. After all how do you stop your boss pressuring you, or your children fighting, or your mother in law judging you, there will never be enough hours in the day to get through the mental to do list that you set yourself.

Managing stress and managing anxiety starts with a simple step knowing Continue reading

Mental illness – to say or not to say

At any time in the UK 1 in 4 will experience mental health problems in a year.  8 to 12% of the population experience depression, the UK has one of the highest rates of self-harm in Europe. Around 40% of people report stress related illness as a result of their work.

Given all of these problems that we face in the UK why do we still find it so difficult to talk about mental illness and why are we so afraid to admit to having mental health problems. Certainly the statistics are not on your side Continue reading

Stress in the workplace – what to do

Stress can be a good thing it can keep us going, motivated and able to perform. Yet in an economy that is struggling where words like redundancy and budget cuts are mentioned, the results fear, anxiety and uncertainty can lead to unreasonable amounts of stress that can make us ill. The focus must be, therefore, in finding ways to help cope with and where possible reduce that stress.

HSE describes stress as “The adverse reaction people have to excessive pressures or other demands placed on them” There Continue reading

A new approach to motivation

failsuccessMotivation is the human condition which drives us towards our desires and goals. Of course motivation can be seen at many levels it might be the desire to go out and get food if we are hungry or it might be to give up smoking because of the health benefits.  It is the latter type of motivation that concerns us here, the motivation to change ourselves for the better, for it is this type of motivation that so many say they lack. Continue reading

Do not get stressed to breaking point

stress2There has been much in the news recently about stress at work and the problems that people have. They worry that admitting to stress will have consequences for their career and potentially continued employment. So what are the things that can help with stress, what can you do so that you do not get stressed to breaking point..

Stress is a natural reaction to a degree of stimulation.  When we were all hunting woolly Mammoths this was useful, it provided a safety system for the preservation of life.  If you spotted the sabre toothed tiger sneaking up on you, the stress response would kick in.  Known as the fight or flight response your body triggers a reaction.  Continue reading

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