Blog - Stress and Anxiety

Christmas stresses: managing the day itself

December 19th, 2023

Anxiety and Christmas Christmas Day – the culmination of weeks of anticipation and preparation. The turkey is in the oven, the presents are under the tree, and if you’re a parent of young children you’re sure to have already heard the famous question – “Has he been?!”. That morning, social media is awash with everyone…

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Christmas stresses: managing the build-up to the big day

December 15th, 2023

Christmas is a time of joy, celebration and togetherness. It’s full of happiness, seamless roast dinners, the exchange of perfect gifts, and families making memories. At least that’s how it looks in films, in the latest John Lewis advert, and in the endless amount of festive marketing that seems to arrive earlier and earlier each…

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What is Trauma?

March 27th, 2023

What is Trauma? Trauma is a term which describes the impact a negative event or experience has on a person’s wellbeing and their ability to cope and function as a result. It can be caused by a wide range of experiences including abuse, natural disasters, car crashes, serious illness, violent events, career in the military, or…

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Eco-Therapy

August 9th, 2022

Nature Therapy What is Eco-Therapy? ‘Get some fresh air’ – how often have we been prescribed this as a remedy for a bad day? Well, the truth is, it really does work. Eco-Therapy combines talking therapy with outdoor activities to stimulate both your mind and body. Some will find that having something to focus on…

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Stress & Anxiety Part 3. How can I manage stress and anxiety?

March 11th, 2015

In our modern society there is often a feeling of having to ‘deal’ with stress and anxiety. Because of this, many people suffer in silence. Often you can help to lessen your symptoms with a combination of relaxation, exercise, change in diet and breaking the habits that trigger your stress and anxiety. Little changes such…

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Stress & Anxiety Part 2. When do stress and anxiety become a problem?

February 18th, 2015

As long as you have a coping strategy for periods of stress and anxiety, and can switch off when you need to, they can have a positive influence on your life. Stress and anxiety motivate us to be the best that we can be and help us to maintain focus. But when you no longer…

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Stress & Anxiety Part 1. What are stress and anxiety?

February 7th, 2015

Stress and anxiety are your body’s natural response to frightening situations. They are both perfectly normal survival instincts, designed to protect you from danger. However, when you have a heightened or prolonged response to a stressful situation, stress and anxiety can manifest in your thoughts, feelings and in physical symptoms. While everyone experiences stress and…

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Counting down to Christmas..?

December 16th, 2014

Believe it or not, Christmas is stressful for many people. Ignore the perfect families in seasonal movies or department store TV ads. Real Christmases just aren’t like that. If you’re dreading the big day, remember you don’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to say ‘yes’ to everything either. If you don’t fancy that…

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Why we don’t always love New Year’s Eve

December 16th, 2014

For some people, New Year’s Eve is all about the party, the dancing and the kiss at midnight. But for others, it’s a challenging time that can make us feel sad and lonely.   If you’re in the second group, the first thing to know is that you’re far from alone. New year has a…

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