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Anxiety: overcoming the “sinking feeling”

One of the commonest subsets of generalised anxiety is “social phobia”. In a group setting, we may feel we are being judged by others, which makes us afraid to speak out.  Picture the scene. You’re having a conversation with somebody, and you’ve just taken a different stance from ...

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Dealing with depression and other life difficulties

Whatever your circumstances, there will come a time in your life when things start to become overwhelming. This may result in physical or mental symptoms, exacerbated by any of the following: Dramatic changes e.g. menopause, retirement Personal crises e.g. midlife crises, debt, job loss Falling ill e.g. ...

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Enter our resilience blog competition!

Are you training to become a psychologist? Looking for a way to get your name out there? Do you want to be published? A special extra for your CV? At the resilient mind by von Lerse, we’re running an exciting blog competition! Check out the competition video at the ...

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The effects of unused stress energy

The body reacts to stress in an automatic physiological reaction.This is a bodily behaviour that we could see as an emergency behaviour over which we have no control and is followed by specific actions.Slap? Run? Go foetal?Our innate and overt reaction to stress is well known; it ...

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Explaining the healthy stress behaviours of fight, flight and freeze

When working with clients, and in particular within the business world, I often hear “I do not feel stressed, I am not the anxious type, nothing easily threatens me.”Whilst I am interested in and respectful of my client’s self-image, what they are proclaiming is that their brain – the ...

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Alleviating stress and fatigue

Here are practical tips on how to work with stress when it occurs.  Spoiler alert: no magic reduces stress. And indeed, there is no “one and only” fool-proof technique. Regardless of how one training is hyped or countless drugs are marketed, TED-talks are liked - none of them hold the ...

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Increase your mental strength

When we are facing adversity, we have to process this experience and find a way to deal with it.  We want to change to a place where life is enjoyable again.But the process of change might not be that simple. And many know that when we want our lives ...

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Bounce back from difficulties

We all want to distance ourselves from painful experiences. I am referring to thoughts, emotions and experiences which drain our mental strength.We are sorting out our wardrobe and cupboards, our lofts and garages. We clear out, what is not serving us any longer. We get rid of it - ...

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Managing distress

Life can change dramatically. We can experience a crisis, fall ill or be haunted by a traumatic past. Whether our low self-esteem is causing difficult feelings, whether shame and guilt persistently get to us - life can be challenging. We want that pain to go away immediately, and at all ...