After 2 months of unemployment, Christmas was a cheap, cheerful, and sometimes homemade festival. Knowing a few people who suffer from overthinking and anxieties, I decided to have a look online for gifts that could help keep them calm in the upcoming year. One friend had said she suffered a lot from reoccurring nightmares, and her therapist had suggested she ‘rewrites’ them when she wakes … Continue reading DIY Christmas: Nightmare Snatchers for Insomniacs
There’s a huge stigma towards Mental Health issues and being medicated for such. Antidepressants, anti-anxiety and sleeping tablets are never something someone openly admits to taking, and there’s a sense of shame covering up the whole idea that the medication is there to help. There’s people who will refuse medications and sit through endless therapy sessions hoping to get better, and there’s people who can’t … Continue reading When you’re prescribed medication
I’ve found that mood and food go hand in hand. One of the biggest fluctuations when it comes to mood changes is appetite. Sometimes, you might overeat, and others you may not feel like eating at all. Food and eating is something I tend to struggle with, and when I begin to acknowledge overeating or just having zero interest in food, it tends to be … Continue reading Happy Mind Foods
It’s my birthday week! And what better way to spend it than saying goodbye to CBT and working on the next challenge of my 22 year old life. I have my last CBT session on Friday, and I always have so much to say to the poor guy, he’s probably going to have a party when I leave. But, at the end of an era, … Continue reading CBT | 5 Things I’ve Learnt
As I come to the end of my therapy sessions, the inevitable fear of relapsing is kicking in a little. I – like most people – have good weeks and bad weeks. Sometimes I have great days and bad months. But once you’ve suffered with something like a mental health problem, those bad times can go from bad to horrific in 0-3 seconds. Rather than … Continue reading Bad Moods aren’t always Depression.
Last week, as many of you will have figured out, I learnt the hard way that we all have set backs and minor slips. Continue reading “CBT | Glass Half Full? It’s Time to do Something”
Anxiety is often a feeling of being overwhelmed, and finding a source for the feeling can be tricky.
It might not be easy to notice the problem, and so finding a reason for your tight chest, nerves or low mood tends to lead us to blaming a number of things, but doing nothing about them.
I find after work I set out a million and one things to do with my evening; whether it’s cooking a really nice meal, exercising, blogging or anything else, it’s on a neat list and I’m feeling ready. But more often than not, I come home and do nothing. I suppose, with so many things to do, we become overwhelmed and effectively stop our productivity.
Which is why we need to break things down: Identify the real reasons behind our moods and nerves. This can be done in 7 steps. Continue reading “CBT | The 7 Step Problem Solve”
People can be placed into three categories; Assertive, Passive or Aggressive. With each trait, there’s pros and cons, but to be assertive is the ideal.
Our anxious minds have bad habit of thinking the worst case scenario for everything we do.
In any situation, it’s easier to see the terrible consequences, rather than the good. We tend not to focus on good things that happen, and worry more about bad things that have happened, might happen or will happen.
Anxiety for many is a big question of ‘What if’ and with this never ending fear of things going wrong, upsetting someone or messing up, our adrenaline is constantly high and our fight or flight system is ignited unnecessarily. Continue reading “CBT | What if?”
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most successful therapies to date for anyone suffering with Anxiety or similar illnesses like Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Continue reading “CBT | What’s it all about?”