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Scheduled worry time

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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 …

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Bibliotherapy: Can reading heal you?

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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 …

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Clean eating, dirty eating…

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Today’s most popular diets aren’t just about achieving the current body trend of zero fat and chiseled abs. The most highly-marketed eating plans encourage us to show the world (through Instagram obviously) who we are. We are quite literally eating our identities. On one side of the ring are the folks who munch on nothing but the few products left without a …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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