Alcohol & Anxiety

The effects of alcohol on anxiety. In this following post, I explore the way that alcohol and anxiety interact when combined. Limited alcohol use is often considered acceptable in many situations. The occasional night cap to unwind, or the couple of celebratory drinks during a social gathering, are usually not problematic and may even be … Continue reading Alcohol & Anxiety

Cannabis and Anxiety

    Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person: you may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy some people get the giggles or become more talkative hunger pangs ("the munchies") are common colours may look more intense … Continue reading Cannabis and Anxiety

Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. It is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter. The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter. They're typically most severe during December, … Continue reading Seasonal Affective Disorder – SAD

Morning Depression

Morning depression is also known as ‘diurnal variation of depressive symptoms’ or ‘diurnal mood variation’. Symptoms of morning depression People with morning depression often have severe symptoms in the morning, such as feelings of deep sadness and gloom, and trouble waking up, getting out of bed and a profound lack of energy.  However, they feel better as the … Continue reading Morning Depression

Students and Mental Health!

It’s often described as the best time of one's life, but for many students the reality is very different.   Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling.  A lot of the difficulties that … Continue reading Students and Mental Health!

Self Esteem

In today’s world we may feel pressurised to achieve our best; to look a certain way; to own certain material things; to be in a relationship; to have a high-powered job; to have a great social life; to have lots of friends etc etc. When we don’t achieve these then our self-esteem can plummet. Our … Continue reading Self Esteem

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year = A New You? We are now a week into 2017 and how many of us made New Year Resolutions that we are struggling to keep? A New Year’s resolution is a promise we make for the New Year and the goal is to improve our lives in the year ahead. Resolutions … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions

Retreats – a break from life!

Last year I went on a Mindfulness Retreat at Sharpham House in Devon. That was the first time I had even been on anything like that but I felt that I needed some time away from Bristol and the pressures of modern life. I have to say that it was one of the most amazing … Continue reading Retreats – a break from life!

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