Mental Health

Make your voice heard, and stand up for what you believe in, with these tips for creating positive change Most of us have a cause that we believe in – be that environmentalism, anti-racism, feminism, LGBTQ+ rights, political activism, or, of course, standing up to mental health stigma – and in 2021 there are so
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Tune-in to the world around you, and discover a new sense of wellbeing Our senses play a huge part in our everyday life, yet we often take them for granted. It’s only when we’re unwell and one of our senses is temporarily cut off (for instance, if we have a blocked nose), that we finally
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From appreciating each other and recognising the power of hope, to learning about our planet, we share 10 things to do this July 1. Page-turners The Comfort Book by Matt Haig For most of us, hope is a comforting emotion we rely on during periods of mental ill-health. Matt Haig’s latest book delves into the
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The fifth Loneliness Awareness Week kicks off today and this year we’re being encouraged to accept loneliness as a natural part of being human Many of us know how it feels to be lonely and, in the last year, more of us than ever have felt its effects. With a mission to bring the conversation
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Start them young, and stand by as their self-love and confidence blossoms Parents almost always teach their kids to be kind. They encourage them to say please and thank you, share their toys, and be a good friend. But self-kindness is often left unsaid, and in my role as a children’s therapist I’ve heard many
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Get to know yourself, and begin living a more authentic life What does it mean to live an authentic life? And how do you know if you’re being authentically you? We all deal with certain pressures, to conform and compromise, from the people around us – our peers, partners, family, friends, employers, and society as
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Does the thought of heading back to the gym bring you out in a sweat? We share five tips to exercise your confidence and avoid ‘gymtimidation’ At the best of times the gym can feel intimidating, let alone hitting the machines after months of living room workouts. But given the positive benefits of exercise –
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The Sunday Times’ Life Lessons Festival returns as an open-air event with a great line-up and plenty of (brain) food for thought… Life Lessons, London’s thought-led festival, will take place once again between 16-18 July. This time the festival will unfold in the beautiful surroundings of Chiswick House and Gardens in London, with an amazing
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A new study has found that addressing a common cognitive deficit could help with depressive symptoms If you live with depression, you’ll likely know many of the treatment options available. Some people find medication helpful, some benefit from talking therapy and others utilise a blended approach. Physical health is often highlighted by experts too, with
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The pandemic has added extra stress to all our lives, and for those with anxiety disorders the last year has been particularly gruelling. Here, we suggest some effective measures to help you navigate these difficult days Brain fog, restlessness, feeling constantly on edge, and that pit of dread in your stomach – with one in
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Feeling rejected is never fun, but what if there were ways we could turn the experience from a self-worth saboteur into an opportunity for growth? For some of us, it’s accompanied by confusion, for others by sadness or anger, but regardless of which emotion you most relate to, this is a feeling all of us
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Whether you suspect a loved one is self-harming or they’ve opened up to you about it, knowing what to do next can feel tricky. Here, we explore some essential ideas on how you can be there for them The act of self-harm, when someone intentionally hurts themselves, is often shrouded in shame and stigma. A
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We’re all individuals, with unique interests, passions, likes, and dislikes. And yet, when it comes to Father’s Day gifts, a lot of the offerings fall back on tired stereotypes. Now, we’re not saying that tools aren’t handy, or that scented shaving products aren’t a treat – but for dads who like something a little different,
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In the heat of the moment, it can be easy to let our emotions get the better of us. But by tuning-in to yourself, you can take back control and channel your anger in productive and healthy ways As the emotion often underlying societal issues such as violence, crime, internet trolling, and even terrorism, anger
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Practical ways to calm your breath to ease stress and anxiety right now Stress is a normal part of our lives. The way we’re built as humans means that certain events and situations can trigger our stress response system, creating internal panic and alarming our body of danger. But, although stress is a natural, human
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In celebration of pride month, The Positive Birth Company have launched their #ProudParent campaign Every June we celebrate pride month, a time to honour the Stonewall uprising that took place in June 1969 in Manhattan, a huge moment for the gay liberation movement. This year, The Positive Birth Company is celebrating by highlighting the incredible
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Expand your mind with these touching, striking, and fascinating watches The mental health conversation has uncovered many vital topics over the past few years, with more and more voices sharing their personal experiences and diving into the way that it touches their own, and others’, lives. We fight stigma when we develop a better understanding
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Herbs have been used in medicine for many years, and their powers are only becoming more recognised in the Western world. From infusions to decoctions and tinctures, there are many ways to introduce herbs into our daily lives. Plants and mushrooms have been used traditionally in many cultures for their healing qualities. Herbalists have been
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