Self care seems to be everywhere at the moment. You don’t need to look far on any social media platform to find dozens of people extolling what they do for their self care. I frequently post on this important topic as I feel it’s so vital to our individual well-being to make sure we’re looking…

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Last week was International Stress Awareness Week and in our first blog we looked at the nature of stress, how it manifests itself and the signs to look out for. Our second blog now, crucially, looks at what we can do about stress and how to prevent it becoming a major threat to our wellbeing.…

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It’s International Stress Awareness Week and in the midst of what can seem like a slew of awareness weeks, days and events, you could be forgiven for asking do we really need this one – after all, we all know what stress is, right? Well, maybe that’s part of the problem. Stress is one of…

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From March 2020, psychologists began to publish warnings that medical staff working through the height of the pandemic, perhaps faced with difficult choices and almost certainly higher patient mortality than usual, should watch for and guard against the symptoms of what they called ‘moral injury’. They warned that if left unchecked, it could lead to…

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In a normal year, it’s expected that there would be around 600,000 deaths in the UK but, as we know all too well, 2020 has not been a normal year. One of the sectors pushed to new limits this year by COVID-19, is the funeral profession. Funeral directors and their staff have been severely tested…

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10th September each year is observed as World Suicide Prevention Day, with the aim of raising awareness about suicide and reducing the number of deaths by suicide.   We all need to improve our knowledge and empathy around suicide and one way to do this is to address some of the common misunderstandings and myths that still…

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Written by Joanna Williams, Head of Counselling at Professional Help. Anxiety is normal. It is a natural response to a threat, real or perceived; its symptoms are part of our brain’s in-built ‘fight, flight or freeze’ mechanism, and in small doses and in the right circumstance, serves the evolutionary purpose of keeping us alert to…

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