I'm the first to admit that for those of you who have families to support, families with expectations of lovely presents wrapped in shiny paper for the cat / dog / tortoise to try to eat off overnight, the run up to Christmas is nothing but scary stress and you can't wait for it to be over.
You may be actively cultivating skills that make you less productive, while eroding your health and happiness at the same time. It doesn't have to be that way.
I don't like confronting situations. In fact, I avoid them at all costs. But am I refusing to look fear in the face? Yesterday I knew I was going to run into someone I didn't particularly want to see. Yet, I mustered up my courage, was an adult about it, and went ahead and steeled myself to do it anyway.
Grow. Grow until you are dead. After years of combing through thousands of studies and speaking to countless individuals, I see the practice of continual growth as being much more fruitful than the pursuit of happiness.
Pain creates tension in the body, which feeds back into the brain, which responds by turning up the 'volume' on its pain amplifiers, creating even more suffering.
Anxiety serves as a cue to reconnect with the miracle of existence. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am genuinely grateful for the role anxiety now plays in my life.
Spreading yourself too thin and saying 'yes' to everything is bound to catch up with you sooner or later - right when you least expect it and when you could REALLY do with it not happening. So what can you do when it happens? And how can you stop it happening again.
The darkness is your playground. You want to tell someone... but it's just too damn difficult. So you suffer in silence... They just don't understand. It's time to strip away this ignorance and spread a few truths about what depression is, how it affects us and what you can do about it.
What can you do to ensure that your Christmas season really is a pleasurable time of year? How can you avoid creating excessive stress and anxiety and make sure that you enjoy the festive fun? The following three top tips are short insights... which shows people how to permanently change their limiting beliefs.
Admitting that you have mental health issues whilst you are a student feels like you are coming out of the closet, as it probably does in any stage of your life. Not in the traditional sense of the term 'closet', but in another sense; a sense of hiding away and fearing having these difficult conversations with people.
Although it is a well known fact, there are still some people who are totally unaware that the people with whom they have the most contact and hang around will have either a positive or negative effect on their levels of self-esteem and confidence.
By allowing ourselves to focus on the negative this can send us into a spiral of unwanted thoughts that can drain us of our energy. Switching our thoughts to positive ones and happy memories can help us to feel so much better about ourselves.
Imaging studies show that mindfulness soothes the brain patterns underlying pain and, over time, these changes take root and alter the structure of the brain itself, so that patients no longer feel pain with the same intensity. Many say that they barely notice it at all.
We had a whole series of wonderful mini-presentations from participants - and there were only two rules: no Powerpoint, and take it for granted that everyone else already knows just how dire the situation is out there. Instead of first wandering around forlornly in the bad stuff, cut straight to the good stuff - and stick with it!
Jonathon Trott's decision to leave the Ashes this week due to stress-related illness has come as a shock to many England fans, shrouded in an air of weakness as some commentators have suggested... But is it really the sign of a lesser human being to admit defeat at the hands of pressured working conditions?
My work generally involved helping run workshops and sitting in on one-to-one counselling sessions for pupils who had either been referred by a teacher or who just wanted to drop in and chat. I was really surprised at the range of issues and problems that can affect younger children.