Tag Archives: anxiety

Coping with Exam Stress

It’s exam season again, and we all know what that means… STRESS!

It may be the dreaded Exit Exams, end of year exams, College exams – whatever they’re called, it’s no picnic – and for many of us it leads to feelings of panic.

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8 things that look like depression (but aren’t)

Have you ever felt down and miserable, despite the fact that life in general is great?  What about bursts of anxiety so intense they leave you gasping, but you’re not actually worried about anything (or at least nothing that you think would reasonably result in a panic attack)? If you can relate Continue reading

6 steps to better Mental Health

Did you know that May is Mental Health Awareness month?

Statistics tell us that at least in the United States, approximately one in 17 people live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder, with approximately 20 percent of youth aged 13-18 experiencing severe mental disorders in a given year. Continue reading

If you’re down, don’t get up (just yet): 5 Tips to help you heal

We know this might seem odd – controversial even – but we believe that it’s not always in our best interest to get up and dust ourselves off the moment we’ve had a setback.

Let us explain.

Of course, we agree it is important to develop a sense of ‘I can do this!’ (resilience) in the face of challenges.  However, Continue reading

When holiday hell is other people: “Staying sane holiday guide” part 2.

So here’s part two of guide to staying sane for the holidays.

The social part of the Festive Season is fun, ideally. It’s when we get to connect with old friends, family, make new connections too. It can be an incredibly nurturing time and full of genuine care and love.

There’s nearly always an accompanying pressure though isn’t there? Continue reading

Through the eyes of a pint of Guinness: 5 steps to to Anger Management

What is anger made of?

Sugar and spice and all things nice? NOPE! Definitely not. Clients often talk about how they get angry for “no reason”. Does this sound familiar?

Thing is – there is always a reason. Continue reading

Conquering worry: How to tame the blue elephant

False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR). This acronym is floating around the Internet to describe fear.

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Here’s Sally’s version: Fierce Erratic Apocalyptic Rigid.  It’s rather more dramatic (much like herself, some would say..). It better captures the 4am-paralyzed-with-fear feeling that can mug us as we half wake. Continue reading

We’ve Hatched! …time to ‘dive in’ despite the fear(s)!

We have been talking about starting this blog for two years. We’ve been friends for many years (since graduate school), but living on different Continents for the past 20+ years has meant that life just gets in the way of frequent or consistent communication. But that, I guess, is how we know we are really good friends. Distance and time are kinda irrelevant. Continue reading