We should be much more aware of what is an unacceptable level of stress in our professional lives. We should feel much more able to admit when we are struggling. We shouldn't be seeing depression and anxiety, often exacerbated by our highly pressured lives, as a weakness that we need to hide.
Once sex becomes associated with pain, the mere anticipation of post-coital discomfort can make a woman with endometriosis avoid sex and it is hard for their partners not to interpret this as rejection.
Naturally and completely rationally (ha) I was afraid of having a panic attack on my wedding day. My main concern was that once I was in that church, I couldn't leave until I was married. It was that mental feeling of being trapped.
Last week I published a post titled: Mental Illness Doesn't Make You Any Less Human - don't be afraid to speak up - I was taken aback by the response ...
Having too much stress in your life, will make you anxious, irritable and unproductive. It will affect your relationship with yourself, your performance at work, your long term physical and emotional health and your quality of your life.
Often, everything in life seems very complicated, and anxiety can cause us to over-complicate matters in our own minds. But when it comes to the very darkest moments in our lives, it all boils down to a single choice: To keep going or not.
When we're under pressure, we imagine we are not as able as others. That is simply not true. The truth is that we all have our own unique and valuable life experience, knowledge and ability just like the next person. You are the best person you know to make decisions for yourself.
His values in the long term turned out to be incredibly important - not just for him as an individual but for society as a whole. The transgression of this value on a global scale had possibly played a significant role in triggering one of the worst financial crises of the last century.
The modern world is a manic place, juggling family life with work, keeping on top of the housework, the endless barrage of paperwork, not to mention keeping up to date with technology! There are so many things that demand our time and attention. And very often it leaves very little time for getting our own needs met.
Recovery can be a frustratingly slow process, but it is possible. Seek help, be patient, and trust that it gets brighter. If not today, then the next day.
I spend over 10 years living with depression. This included several extended periods taken anti-depressants and various different counsellors and therapies. At one point, my dependance on prescription medication was so significant that if I forgot to take my 'happy pills' on time, I would experience physical withdrawals within about 30 minutes.
The Self-Esteem Team, the group I work with who go into schools teaching students on mental health, self-esteem and exam stress, are writing to David Cameron every single day for the next year in a bid to revolutionise the education system by including mental wellbeing on the curriculum. Until that date is in the diary though, here are seven ways to build resilience...
We all know the drill when it comes to anxiety. Our body will shake uncontrollably, our heart will race, our vision will become blurry, and it is all down to that little gem known as the 'fight or flight' response.
Does depression/anxiety cause addiction, or is it the other way around? I think of Luke, Rick and Bjorn, and the many others I met and became friends with during my stay at New Life, and I wonder, did anyone think to ask them?
People tell you that things happen for a reason, often when the situation lacks any reason at all. I've been thinking a lot recently about life and it's challenges. The way I see it is that you live, you love, you often lose but then you continue to find a way to pick up the broken pieces or smooth the edges in order to live again.
I often hear clients say that once they can accept anxious thoughts and feelings, instead of trying to battle against them, that the feelings start to subside.