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How Where You Live Can Impact Your Mental Health

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Some of you might remember the classic 1960s sitcom “Green Acres.” The theme song to the show may be even more famous than the storyline, with lyrics like “farm livin’ is the life for me,” and “I just adore a penthouse view.”   Green Acres was a comedic take on two people who had completely different tastes when it came …

6 Simple Ways to Improve Your Mood

If you’ve been feeling a bit down in the dumps lately, there are a few simple things you can do to turn things around and improve your mood. The ideas below may all seem pretty basic, but often it’s the smallest changes we make can have the biggest impacts on our mood and overall well-being. Make Small Changes in Your …

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How To Stop Letting Your Emotions Control You

Emotions are very important elements of our lives. The brain has developed the ability to perceive and generate emotions because they are primarily essential for the survival of the individual and the species.   First of all, you need to become aware of your emotions, to acknowledge them &  to learn how to control them. Gaining control is not an …

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Head versus Heart

One of the most annoying comments that I often hear directed at me is “You’re a psychologist so you shouldn’t have any problems”.   There is this unspoken pressure to be perfect and to possess this all-knowing wisdom at any given time in life. I only wish it really was that easy!   Imagine if everyone on the world studied …

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Tips to manage emotional overload

Times of emotional overload aren’t pleasant. We can feel completely out of control and find it difficult not to act without thinking. When we are highly emotional, we aren’t using our rational minds. Here are tips to help you when you experience emotional overload. Opposite Action The first skill is Opposite Action, which can help you stop an intense or …

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Tips for mood management

Moods fluctuate and sometimes we may wish we could be more in control of our emotions. I have put together some great tips to help with mood management. Mood management Be more aware of your ‘mental diet’. What are you telling yourself on a regular basis? What do you believe? Learn to recognise when your thinking is creating anxiety and/or …

How physical can affect psychological immediately

Believe it or not, there are things that you can do physically that will immediately affect your mood. That’s good to know because if you do these things, you might immediately feel cheered up..yayy!! A warm drink makes you friendlier I am one of the few counsellors that offers clients a warm drink before we start a session. I do …

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Why is happiness elusive?

Apparently, we have never had it so good. We have a higher standard of living than ever before. More people have access to education and medical treatment that previously. We also have better food, better housing conditions, imporved sanitation, career opportunities etc, yet people today don’t seem very happy. Why is happiness elusive? Human unhappiness doesn’t seem to be decreasing, …

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Happiness is psychological flexibility

It’s a fact, the more black and white you are about how you see the world and the more rigidly you live your life (how life MUST be or SHOULD be), the more misery you will have in your life. Life has it’s own agenda and if you expect life to be a certain way in order for you to …

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Give yourself permission to feel

    Give yourself permission to feel I call it being “unplugged”. When life has hurt us so much, we learn to detach emotionally. This strategy or defense mechanism works for a while but the long term consequences are a life of feeling numb. No highs, no lows just plateauing. I see it as a waste of life. We are …