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A stress-free approach to returning to school

school anxietyYes, it’s only July when this is being published, and the old term is just ending. But that’s a really good time to start thinking ahead to September. The beginning of a new school year can be challenging for children, especially if they’re starting school for the first time, or have moved to a new one ... and stress for children often means stress for parents. Preparation on the parents’ part can be a great help, so follow these tips to plan ahead help your kids have a smooth start to the year.

Being close to nature is good for your mental health

nature2A number of studies show that being close to nature is good for our mental and physical health. A team from UEA’s Norwich Medical School found that being around green space improved wellbeing. It can reduce tiredness, inflammation, stress, depression and anxiety, and even improve your memory and concentration.
  

Self care for beginners

selfcare2 So many of my clients do a really good job of looking after other people, but they don't use those skills to care for themselves. They have reasons like 'I don't have time or I have too many responsibilities' but taking care of yourself isn't selfish or neglectful of others, it's essential. There's a good reason that airlines advise you that, in an emergency, you should put your own oxygen mask on before your children's. 

Mood Food - How your diet can affect your anxiety

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Everyone knows a good diet is important to physical health, but it can also help with mental health. Different nutrients affect the brain in different ways, and getting enough of the right ones can help you fight mental illness. Here are some which are especially good for anxiety.

 

How exercise can help your mood

Exercise and mental health
Plenty of studies have been done on how exercise can improve physical health, but what’s less well-known is how it can improve mental health as well. The Journal of Psychology recently released an analysis of 38 different studies on this topic, finding a strong link between exercise and mental wellbeing.

 

Keeping up with your resolutions

resolutionsAre you keeping up with your resolutions?
Now we’re getting into the New Year, a lot of people are wavering on their resolutions. Don’t be embarrassed, we’ve all been there. Here are some ideas for how to stick with them. 

 

Eight Top Ways to Cope with Holiday Stress

cope better with holiday stressThere are any number of reasons the holiday season can be hard. Financial or family stresses are common, and the pressure to enjoy yourself can make enjoyment even harder. Whether you're celebrating Christmas or some other holiday season, these top tips will help you have a happier holiday.

 

What is Negative Thinking?

Negative ThinkingFollowing on from last month’s article on Positive Thinking, (here) I’m going to have a look now at negative thinking, which is something a lot of my clients experience. Negativity gets a lot of bad press, but it’s a normal part of life, and can often be dealt with in a healthy manner. If negative thoughts spread out of control they can become a severe nuisance, but they may serve a purpose and, if so, shouldn’t be ignored. 

What do you really know about positive thinking?

Positive thinkingPositive thinking is a hot topic in self-help and mental health circles recently and seems to have many benefits, so I thought I would give it a look. Many studies have shown that positivity allows for better health, skill development, greater success, more productivity - and even longer life. But having said that, we still have to be cautious.

 

 

Debbie Waller Hypnotherapy

The Loft Complementary Therapies Normanton, West Yorkshire, WF6 2DB

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