Social media addiction

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The immediate gratification of social media is both a blessing and a curse in the pursuit of mindfulness. Today, the message that practising meditation is good for you is as mainstream as the message that smoking is bad for you – and equally as true. So why is it so hard to make time for meditation? Most reasons can be easily … Read More

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Scheduled worry time

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Ivory Magazine scheduled worry time, mental health, CBT and psychology

Scheduled worry time is a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) technique that helps reduce anxiety. Used alongside mindfulness it can help us to learn how to ‘worry more effectively’. Everyone worries from time to time and we generally don’t have immediate control over this. Whether it’s undesirable future events or things that happened in the past, some of us have a tendency to worry about … Read More

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Bibliotherapy: Can reading heal you?

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bibliotherapy: can reading heal you

I read an article on bibliotherapy that got me thinking this week.  “Take two chapters daily – how to prescribe fiction.” The article discussed the idea that GPs are going to give books to help teenagers with mental health issues. Within the article two ‘seasoned bibliotherapists’ discussed the power of novels as therapy. Now, before we go any further, can I … Read More

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Yoga and meditation for children

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Yoga and mindfulness are important to our children. Yoga is the art of bringing the breath, mind, and body together. While children may use these areas independently, the union of the three increases their ability to be patient, identify and manage emotions, and see the unique light in others. Aside from the physical benefits – increased strength, flexibility, and coordination … Read More

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10 tips for using art as therapy

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The benefits of art for our mental health is often overlooked. I was reminded just how powerful it can be when my mood took a nosedive after nearly eighteen months of relative stability, having avoided the manic highs and desperate lows associated with my bipolar diagnosis. My wife Jules had bought me some paints and I painted a picture called ‘Icarus … Read More

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How to help loved ones with mental health problems

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Mental health patients can resist treatment for a variety of reasons. Although close family and friends are in the best position to urge a troubled person to seek help, this task can often be the hardest. We can feel it’s impolite or insulting to approach this awkward topic. We are too easily put off or intimidated by the resistance and rejection we … Read More

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