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What is Anxiety and How to Help Manage it

Anxiety is a normal and healthy response to life events that require something more from you than your usual daily routine, such as a test you have to sit, a speech you have to make or a starting a new job, Your body has a built in “fight or flight” response which puts you in a state of hyper arousal, preparing you for action and allowing you to deal with a threatening situation, whether real or perceived. However for about 10% of the population, anxiety is more severe and prolonged, causing impaired daily functioning and resulting in an anxiety disorder. Read More…

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (C.B.T.)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diagram

In this article I want to explain the basics of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and how it can be helpful in your life.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is the process of examining your cognitions (thoughts) and how these thoughts affect your feelings and behavior. Firstly automatic thoughts (thoughts which come to our minds automatically, not through the senses) are identified and questioned to see whether or not they are valid. Read More…

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Self Esteem: How to Like Yourself

You are the one person in your life that you cannot get away from, you are always with you, and therefore doesn’t it make sense to like yourself?
People confuse healthy self-esteem with arrogance sometimes. Arrogance is an inflated view of the self where as healthy self-esteem is knowing who you are, faults included and being okay with that, after all nobody is perfect. Read More…

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The Benefits of Meditation and How to Meditate

When you think of meditation, what comes to mind? A Buddhist monk sitting atop a mountain in repose for hours on end? Hippies with their alternative lifestyle? The truth is meditation is a powerful tool in maintaining lower stress levels, increasing wellbeing and creating more positive thoughts and emotions. Just 15 minutes a day can create beneficial results in your life, clearing your thoughts, making you feel calmer and lowering stress levels. Read More…

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