Tag Archives: mentalhealth

Change your life by doing this one small thing:

Make your bed.

Yes, at the risk of triggering memories of irritating demands made by your parent or caregiver,  current demands if you’re a teenager, we are seriously suggesting that you make your bed.

And we have a really good reason for this suggestion. Continue reading

5 Questions you’ve always wanted to ask your therapist – Sally’s answers:

May is mental health month and it’s been a most inspirational and uplifting one so far! Literally thousands of personal stories and wisdoms have been shared – we’ve all been spoilt for choice on Twitter and Facebook! There is a real sense that people are starting to ‘get it’ you know? Continue reading

Do you know what you need to be happier?

It’s always nice to hear from a previous client.

As therapists, we have a privileged opportunity to share a precious part of our clients’ journey through pain, crisis, vulnerability – but we usually do not get to hear about the “what happened next?”. Often, after the work is ‘done’, our minds wander back to our clients and we can only hope that things are going well.  Hope that our relationship however brief, had some positive influence, that they are happier now. Continue reading

The Art of Saying Sorry

Did you know that there is an art to both giving and receiving a sincere apology?

Have you ever had to apologize – as in really apologize – for something you’ve said or done? Saying “I’m sorry” is a real acceptance of responsibility, an admission of wrong-doing. And most of us just hate to be wrong (please say you agree with that… It’s not just us, right?). This is mostly why many of us either avoid making apologies altogether, or when we do, we fail miserably. Continue reading

10 ‘Life Detox’ choices made easy!

Since we’re all talking detox these days, why stop at guzzling green drinks? We all know that feeling physically healthy is just one part of being emotionally healthy. So let’s look at the whole picture – our body, our environment and our moods. Why not go for a complete ‘Life Detox’ – guaranteed not to result in frequent trips to the bathroom or foul tasting burps?! Continue reading

Emotional Detox: can one size fit all?

Both of us are firm believers that commercialized ‘detoxing’ is at the best a ‘fad’, at worst potentially dangerous. Psychologically speaking, it also appears to somehow minimize or trivialize the actual medical detox that patients need to work through in an addiction program.

We do not support (nor does the research) drastic lifestyle changes. That ranges from drastic changes in our diets to drastic changes in our relationships. Research and experience tells us that these types of changes are just not sustainable, and often do more harm than good.

Having said that, most people who choose to undertake a detox do so for valid reasons. Somehow, they know that they are just not feeling rightContinue 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