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  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    What does it mean to be a man?

    - by Science Focus

    In the past few years, traditional male stereotypes have come under increasing scrutiny. These stereotypes often come under the term ‘Toxic masculinity’, which has been widely used to explain certain male actions and characteristics that conform to established gender roles, which do harm to both themselves or the society that they live in. Gary Barker has a PhD in developmental psychology and studies how we raise and socialise boys and…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    What is Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy?

    - by Welldoing

    Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) has often been described as blending the ancient wisdom of mindfulness (MB), with 21st Century psychological thinking, in the form of cognitive therapy (CT).   Western mindfulness: medical meets experiential The idea of trying to amalgamate the ancient ideas of mindfulness into Western culture, especially into a medicalised setting, are usually attributed to Jon Kabat Zinn. In 1979 he founded the Stress Reduction Clinic of…

  • Coaching

    How Attentive Are You Really?

    - by Welldoing

    Mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and help manage difficult feelings Despite the popularity of mindfulness meditation practices, many of us struggle to be mindful and attentive in everyday life Jackee Holder explores the value of mindful walking and paying attention to nature On a recent walk along my street I noticed for the first time a succulent, green, leafy tree poking out from behind the steel bars of…

  • Coaching

    Envy and FOMO on Social Media: How to Escape the Cycle

    - by Welldoing

      At this time of year, newspapers and magazines are full of articles advocating self-care, whether that be through a new fitness routine, a healthy diet or taking part in an initiative like Dry January or Veganuary. While last September was the month when we were initially encouraged to go ‘scroll free’, a New Year’s resolution to spend less time on or even to dispense entirely with social media could…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Depression: The Symptoms and When to Ask for Help

    - by Welldoing

    The symptoms of depression explained By 2020, depression will become the second leading cause of disability worldwide When should you ask for help with depression? Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, thoughts and body. It is associated with a feeling of great sadness to despair. People experience a loss of pleasure even for activities that once they enjoyed. Decision-making abilities may be impaired, or affected by sleep and…

  • General Health

    Nerve stimulation treatment for depression offers new hope

    - by Science Focus

    A new device that stimulates the vagus nerve with a tiny electric current is helping people whose depression is resistant to medication.   Up to two-thirds of people suffering from depression don’t respond to medication. Now, researchers at Washington University have found that implanting a device that sends mild electrical signals to the brain from the vagus nerve – a nerve that stretches from the brain to the chest –…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    8 Ways to Develop Emotional Resilience

    - by Welldoing

    In the UK each year 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem.  What’s more, in any given week 1 in every 6 people will be experiencing a mental health problem like anxiety or depression. Anxiety and depression are widespread, but there is a range of treatment available – including talking therapies, mindfulness, and medication.  However, just as with your physical health, there are actions you can take…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Men won’t talk about depression, and it’s literally killing them

    - by CNet

    Men are less likely than women to discuss mental health issues and far more likely to attempt suicide.  Can mobile apps help men save their own lives?   Meet John. John* is in his 40s. He’s extremely successful and runs his own business, borne from decades of experience in his field. That business provides for his family. John has a beautiful wife, four beautiful children, a beautiful home. John also…

  • Counselling and Psychotherapy

    How Do I Know if I’m An Introvert or Extrovert?

    - by Welldoing

    I do like a quick test. The boring truth is that real change and self-discovery is hard work, putting one foot in front of another. But a test gives a tantalising insight into the psyche, after just a few minutes. The following test is loosely based on the Jungian inspired Myers-Briggs test. https://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test It takes about 5-10 minutes and it gives a snapshot of various dominant dimensions of your personality.…

  • Coaching

    How to Nurture More Self-Compassion

    - by Welldoing

    The only person you have a life-long relationship with is yourself. How many times have people said this to you? Or maybe you have just read this for the first time, or maybe you know it intuitively? Whatever the case, when we really begin to think about the nature of our relationship to ourself, of what that truly means for us, it can be quite surprising, indeed a little uncomfortable.…