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Life After a Break Up

Life After a Break Up

The media seems to be almost overflowing with advice about what to do if you think your relationship is in trouble. The bad stuff makes no attempt whatsoever to reconcile and mend; preferring to take the line 'get out while you can' without commitment or getting hurt in the process. The good stuff will highlight potential areas of difficulty: you are acting out of character, leading increasingly separate lives and quite possibly feeling increasingly frustrated etc. However, the sad fact it is that for the vast majority of us we will suffer at least one or...
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Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2015

Eating Disorders Awareness week is here! It’s running from Monday 23rd February to Sunday 1st March and it is a time to raise awareness and improve understanding about eating disorders across the UK. You may be reading this and know someone who has an eating disorder. Or possibly you yourself have eating issues and are feeling a bit stuck and helpless in what to do. This could be your week to get the information and support you need to begin to address your eating problem or support a loved one as they begin to consider change. It has to be one of the most...
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Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you a Distressed Diabetic?

Are you diabetic and feeling down about it? Do you ask “why me”? You could be suffering from diabetic distress. A recent survey, led by Dr. Barbara Anderson, a professor of pediatrics and psychology at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, shows that diabetics are more prone to distress and are twice as likely as non-diabetics to become depressed. Read about the full study in Baylor College of Medicine News. What causes this Diabetic distress? Having to prick your finger to check your blood sugar levels, taking your insulin four to...
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How to Cope with Infertility

How to Cope with Infertility

Anya Sizer has a background in coaching and is the Patient Co-Ordinator for the London Women's Clinic and the Bridge Clinic in London. You can visit her website here. She has worked with hundreds of women, and couples, over the past decade who have struggled to conceive, and is a passionate advocate for fertility patients. She runs a weekly support group in Central London and speaks at conferences and workshops around fertility issues. She is also the mother of two IVF children and one adopted child, and happens to be a friend too. I chatted with her...
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Why do we procrastinate so much?

Why do we procrastinate so much?

I used an expression with my therapist the other day, ‘high on the hog’ and he wasn’t sure what I meant. I thought it was a common enough saying implying luxurious or affluent, but, as therapists do, he wanted to know more. “Why that phrase? What did it mean for me?” As I sat down to write about how and why we procrastinate I remembered this exchange. It suddenly became vital for me to know the etymology of ‘high on the hog’ and within moments Google had provided the answer. One interesting fact led to another and before I knew it more than 40 minutes...
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7 Myths about Changing your Relationship with Food

7 Myths about Changing your Relationship with Food

Do you ever feel that your relationship with food is doomed to failure? How can you truly break old habits and move to a relaxed and enjoyable place where you can eat out effortlessly and feel proud and comfortable of your body? Maybe you feel that you can skip along quite happily for a few weeks and then suddenly, wham, bam, you are back to flicking furiously through diet magazines for the latest craze; weighing yourself obsessively twice a day and piling on the body self-loathing with intensity. Why? Why? You really thought that this time you had it sussed. Here...
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10 Reasons to Adjust your Relationship with Food

10 Reasons to Adjust your Relationship with Food

Harriet Frew is a therapist who specialises in disordered eating. Here are her reasons why this year should be the one you finally sort out your relationship with food, for good: 1) Because life is too darned short to be filling your head with thoughts about the calorie content of your next meal or the size of your bottom. 60,000 thoughts per day – let’s use some of this thinking time for stuff that really matters! 2) Because you know deep-down that the next diet is NOT going to be the magic wand that fixes your relationship with food once and for all and gets...
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Why Counsellors are so Busy at Christmas

Why Counsellors are so Busy at Christmas

Although Christmas is a festive period it's not always a happy time for everyone. Some people really struggle with life in December, perhaps more-so than at any other time of the year. As a result it is quite a common time for people to seek out a counsellor and start having counselling. This is partly because of the widespread preconceptions that we have about Christmas and the New Year, that this whole period should be a happy, sparkly, carefree time for socialising and celebrating with friends and family. But if the reality of our lives doesn't match...
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5 tips for feeling good about your post-baby body

5 tips for feeling good about your post-baby body

You have carried your baby for nine months and for thousands of steps. You have gone through labour; oh so aptly named! Your body feels bashed, stretched, worn out and exhausted. Your tummy may have that rounded look of an early pregnancy (or more), and for many women this is not their best moment of body confidence.  But  for a little while, this all blurs into insignificance as you hold your beautiful new born in your arms. However, within hours of giving birth, women can feel under incredible pressure to lose the baby weight and get back in their jeans....
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What is Dynamic Running Therapy?

What is Dynamic Running Therapy?

We are becoming increasingly aware of the holistic nature of physical and mental health, the knowledge that the mind and the body affect one another and both need our care for overall wellbeing. Doing exercise releases hormones to your brain which boost self-esteem, help you concentrate and help you get more sleep - all important factors in mental health. Exercise clubs, such as running clubs, are also a great way to meet new people. You don't have to be running half marathons to benefit from exercise: going for a walk, cycling to work, getting off the bus a few...
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