Social media break improves mental health according to a new study

Results of a study carried out by the University of Bath asked participants to take a week long break from social media find positive effects for wellbeing, depression and anxiety. Asking people to stop using social media for just one week could lead to significant improvements in their wellbeing, depression and anxiety and could, in […]

Is Watching the News making you Anxious?

Is watching the news making you anxious? First it was Brexit, then the Covid 19 pandemic and now war in Europe – many of us are finding it increasingly diffciult to watch the news each day. An interesting article on the verywellmind website, explores how the media we consume daily has an impact on our […]

Can Mental Health Apps Replace Therapy?

So what do you think – could mental health apps replace therapy? Remote Options We understand that looking for mental health treatment can be daunting. If you feel nervous about seeking face to face help with a therapist, then this type of remote option could be useful. The anonymity of using an app can provide […]

‘Freedom Day’ – Freedom or Challenge?

On Thursday 24 February 2022 the last of Covid restrictions were lifted – hence the name ‘Freedom Day’. But according to a leading mental health charity we will be seeing the mental health effects of the pandemic for years to come. Mind published an article which explores the implications for those of us with mental […]

Recent investigation provides new insight into generalized anxiety disorder

A recent study in Medical News Today identified an abnormal heart-brain connection in General Anxiety Disorder sufferers. General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the most common form of anxiety disorder, and it frequently occurs with other conditions, such as depression and substance use disorders. Affecting nearly twice as many women as men, GAD causes excessive, uncontrollable […]

Can Writing Stuff Down Really be Therapeutic?

Anyone who regularly writes a diary, or those of us who always have a notebook to hand doesn’t need research to tell them that writing stuff down is great. The Independent reported earlier this year on a study led by neuroscientist Kuniyoshi Sakai at University of Tokyo which found students who took notes by hand […]

Developer of CBT dies

Dr Aaron T Beck, the groundbreaking psychotherapist who developed cognitive therapy, died last week aged 100. The Guardian reports that Beck’s work revolutionised the diagnosis and treatment of depression and other psychological disorders. It prompts patients to focus on distortions in their day-to-day thinking, rather than on conflicts buried in childhood. He developed the treatment […]

10 Stress Busters

Feeling stressed? You may feel stressed when there’s too much to do and can’t find time to fit it all in; you may feel stressed at the end of the month when there’s not enough money left; you may feel stressed when you have issues with colleagues or bosses and you feel stressed before you […]

Travel & Anxiety after the Pandemic

Holiday bookings are now soaring after the government announced a relaxation of international travel rules. The traffic light system which has caused many travellers so much grief will be replaced by just one ‘red list’ of destinations. Travellers arriving in England will have to quarantine in a government-approved hotel. Also, if you are fully vaccinated […]

Hypnotherapy on Zoom

How does Hypnotherapy on Zoom work? Before the pandemic, not many people were familiar with  Zoom. But over the past months, many of us have used it to keep in touch with family and friends, conduct our day to day business with clients etc. So holding a hypnotherapy session with clients is pretty much the […]