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.
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.

Sep 16

Anxiety & Emotional Eating. Breaking the Link

Knoanxiety-emotional-eatingw the Difference between your emotional and physical hunger

People with anxiety often report that they it causes them to overeat or binge eat – a case of emotional eating.

Of course, this is an unhealthy coping strategy that is best avoided and can be with the right information and strategies.

Overeating and binging tends to make people feel regret, guilt, or shame. Over time it can cause weight gain, which then is an additional or heightened source of more anxiety, which leads to overating and binging and so on and so forth. You get the picture.

An important first step in managing the problem is learning to distinguish between physical and emotional hunger.