Jul 14

Mindfulness for New Mothers

Mindfulness for New MumsMindfulness can help new mothers to cope…

The birth of a baby is momentous and joyful on many levels. However for many mothers it can also be overwhelming and stressful as they learn the ropes of looking after a newborn baby. There is also the process of adjusting to the loss of pre-baby freedom as women find themselves more restrained by the responsibilities of looking after a baby. Loneliness, monotony and tiredness due to interrupted sleep can lead to feelings of stress and frustration as mothers feel they are struggling to live up to the “ideal” mother stereotype. So how can mindfulness help new mothers to cope with these issues?

Jul 14

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and How Does it Work?

Cognitive Behaviour TherapyWhat is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is one of the most widely used psychological therapies. It focuses on the way people think, feel and act to help them overcome their emotional and behavioural problems.

CBT aims to alleviate people’s symptoms and distress as quickly as possible and prevent problems from recurring by:

  • Training them to identify unhelpful thought patterns, perceptions and behaviours
  • Helping them develop flexible, non-extreme and self-helping thoughts, beliefs and behaviours, and
  • Providing them with knowledge, skills and strategies that can be used to prevent recurrences of their problems and apply them to other challenges in life.
Jul 14

8 Tips for Helping Children Through Grief and Bereavement

Bereavement Counselling for ChildrenBereavement Counselling for Children…

Helping children to cope with the death of someone close to them can be difficult and upsetting, especially when you may also be struggling to cope with your own grief in reaction to the loss. The way children react to death is affected by several factors including the age of the child, their temperament and personality, how well they manage their own negative emotions, and how they are affected by the reactions of others around them.
Honesty is usually the best policy when discussing death with children, but how much a child can understand will depend on their age and their ability to comprehend that after people die they will never come back.

Nov 23

Tips to Manage Stress

manage-stress Taking time to manage your stress can make the world of difference to your day.

Learning to handle stress in healthy ways is very important. Fortunately, it is easy to learn simple techniques that help. These include recognising and changing the behaviour that contributes to stress, as well as techniques for reducing stress. The following tips can help you look after your mind and body, and reduce stress and its impact on your health.