Wellbeing and mental health

FOMO and sleep

According to behavioural scientist, Nick Hobson, FOMO, or the fear of missing out, has always been around, it's just we now have a formal nomenclature to describe it.  FOMO has us wondering if other people are having more fun than us, doing more exciting things than us, or living a more fulfilling life than us. … Continue reading FOMO and sleep

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Chickens and depression

For a number of years we have kept chickens, and generally let them free range (unless DEFRA tell us otherwise).  I love to watch them mooching around the garden, looking for interesting things to peck at, scratch up, or pass to each other.  Mostly, I'm fascinated that they can display an amazing number of emotions… Continue reading Chickens and depression

Wellbeing and mental health

Water and relationships

The summer months bring longer days, brighter colours and sunny weather - all factors which can enhance positive moods.  We may feel more able to relax, enjoy our free time, and address the work/life balance with a holiday or a trip out.  Also, the opportunity for a spot of sunbathing tops up our vitamin D… Continue reading Water and relationships

Benefits of counselling

I’m sorry, I haven’t got a clue!

When it comes to depression, most people will struggle to explain how they feel.  Utterly overwhelmed by their symptoms, they can find it very difficult to pin down what exactly is wrong.  Concerned friends and family may genuinely want to understand what is happening but phrases such as, "I don't know, I just feel awful"… Continue reading I’m sorry, I haven’t got a clue!

Wellbeing and mental health

When Sunday meets Monday

Do you ever get that sinking feeling on a Sunday evening when you realise tomorrow is Monday? It now has a name: Smonday. Monday has arrived early and is impacting negatively on your weekend.  You can feel the stress levels rise, and maybe the anxiety, too, and if you’ve had a long relaxing weekend, or… Continue reading When Sunday meets Monday

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Today’s the day!

When was the last time you tried something for the first time? In our busy lives it can be tempting to streamline everything with routine - when we do the same things day in, day out we know exactly how long things will take, the resources we will need, and the order to complete tasks… Continue reading Today’s the day!

Wellbeing and mental health

Improved mental health could be a walk in the park

If the sunshine today is tempting you outside, go with it.  Studies show how being outdoors can lift your spirits, and that a walk in the woods, stroll along a beach, or hike up a mountain can have positive effects which last for up to 7 hours.  Even the colours of the countryside can have… Continue reading Improved mental health could be a walk in the park