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World Renowned Psychologist To Deliver Mental Health Workshop As Part Of Local West Belfast Festival

‘Curious minds’ workshop with Dr Lucy Johnstone to explore emotional distress and provide more ‘hopeful narratives’ to failed ‘medical model’ Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Lucy Johnstone will explore ‘hopeful narratives about emotional distress’ at a Curious Minds workshop in Conway Mill on 15 May, hosted by Participation and the Practice of Rights (PPR) New Script […]

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Heartfelt Dialogues: A Guide To Healthy Communication

Communication is the heartbeat of any healthy relationship. Effective communication is the key to deepening connections, resolving conflict, and strengthening the bond between couples. The ability to express oneself and listen empathetically is essential for building strong relationships. 1. Cultivate Active Listening Effective communication starts with active listening. Give your partner your full attention, make

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Beyond The Books: Navigating University & Mental Wellbeing

University life is an exciting time for many filled with meeting new people, lots of opportunities and living independently for the first time. Moving away to a new place and starting fresh is an amazing opportunity for personal growth.  Working on a degree and completing one also opens a world of opportunities. However, it is

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Sexual Trauma Expert Calls On Victims & Survivors To Come Forward

In the wake of events surrounding Jeffrey Donaldson’s resignation, a wave of emotions will undoubtedly be triggered across our community.  “As an expert in sexual trauma, I want to first speak directly to any survivor of sexual trauma. Your voice matters, and it’s never too late to seek justice and healing in whatever way that

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Finding Balance: Tips For Navigating Work-Life-Mind Balance

It’s important to focus on getting a good balance within your life.  Between work, stressors, and personal commitments, it can be hard to navigate through these problems, whilst remaining balanced. Here are six great tips for maintaining balance throughout the holiday seasons. 1. Plan Your Month Start by reviewing your calendar for the month. Identify

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Embrace The Power of Positive Transformation: Unlocking Your Best Self

Positive transformation is a remarkable journey that empowers individuals to evolve, grow, and become the best versions of themselves. It’s a process of self-discovery, self-improvement, and self-realisation or actualisation that can have a profound impact on every aspect of our lives. In this blog, we will delve into the concept of positive transformation, exploring its

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Unhappy in General? 4 Things That Could Improve Your Life!

It’s so easy to be caught up in the hecticness of life that it’s only when you actually stop that you realise how stressed you’ve become. Between your relationship, seeing friends, and work commitments, it’s no wonder that you haven’t had time to do anything positive for yourself lately. But, not doing that valuable self

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What is Positive Psychology & How Can It Help In Your Daily Life?

As suggested by the name, Positive Psychology focuses on harnessing the positivity of everyday life. Its approach concentrates on the client’s individual character strengths helping them to feel content with their life past, present and future. It is an empowering and fulfilling technique which has multiple benefits.  What is Positive Psychology? Positive psychology is a

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Seeing The Unseen: Unleash The Power Of Positive Perspective

When you’re struggling with your mental health it is important to focus on your achievements and not undermine the successes you’ve had.  Shifting your perspective can help you to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviours to create a content, happier life.  1. Power Of Positive Perspective Changing your outlook can lead to your own personal

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Watch Out For Signs Of Dog Depression

Dog lovers in Northern Ireland have been warned to ensure the current cold temperatures and lack of daylight hours aren’t giving their cherished pets winter blues. Just like us humans, dogs can struggle with their mental health at this time of year with thousands falling victim to something similar to Seasonally Affected Disorder (SAD), according

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Blossom Into Springtime With A Luxury Rest And Recharge At Galgorm Collection

The birds are singing, the mornings are brighter and there’s a grand old stretch in the evenings. All that can mean just one thing – Spring has sprung at last. And with those feel-good vibes in the air, it’s the perfect time for an indulgent rest and recharge to set you up for the action-packed

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & How Can It Help In Your Daily Life?

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that is used primarily to treat patients with pre-existing mental health & wellbeing conditions or disorders. Clients often seek therapy when these struggles affect their overall quality of life. If you, or someone you love, is struggling with their mental health & wellbeing then perhaps it’s

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Brighter Days Ahead: The Benefits Of Positivity

It is important to embrace positivity in your life and create a positive outlook and mindset. Here are some of the benefits of a positive mindset and how it can improve your life.  1. Mental, Emotional & Physical Wellbeing Maintaining a positive mindset can have significant effects on various aspects of life, including mental, emotional

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Turning Down The Heat: A Guide To Anger Management

Anger can be a healthy response and natural emotion that will be experienced by everyone. However, when anger is not managed properly, it can lead to problems within relationships, work life, and negatively affect your mental wellbeing.  Anger can arise as a response to feelings of threat, frustration or humiliation. It is our body’s way

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Calor Takes Significant Step Towards Promoting Mental Health Awareness

Calor Ireland has recently taken an important step to destigmatise mental well-being following the installation of a uniquely painted elephant as part of its Charity Partner’s ‘Elephant in the Room’ campaign.  This project focuses on mental health awareness and invites both companies and individuals to publicly commit to supporting overall well-being through the installation of

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Northern Ireland Sickness Absence Rate Reaches Eight Year High

A new report by Ulster University Economic Policy Centre (UUEPC) comparing and analysing sickness absence across the UK, to better understand the impact for businesses, has found that in 2022, Northern Ireland experienced its highest sickness absence rate since 2015. The findings from the report ‘Sickness Absence. Lessons for Northern Ireland Businesses and Managers’ show that the

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Reported Child Sexual Offences At Record Levels In Northern Ireland

New figures compiled by the NSPCC reveal that child sexual offences recorded by the PSNI over the past year are the highest on record in Northern Ireland since the charity started the annual research 16 years ago. In 2022/23, the PSNI recorded 2,315 sexual offences against children and young people aged under 18. Types of offences

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Your Coffee Could Be Leaving You Feeling More Tired Nutritionist Warns

Coffee lovers in Northern Ireland have been warned their favourite warm brew could be leaving them feeling fatigued. Nutrition experts at Prepped Pots powered by MuscleFood have revealed five foods that can make us feel tired and lethargic. Many people rely on coffee, smoothies and energy bars to get them through the day but consuming

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How To Deal With Imposter Syndrome In Your Career

If you’ve been feeling under-confident in your abilities, regardless of what you achieve, you may be experiencing Imposter Syndrome. Perhaps you feel as though you may have inadequacies that are just waiting to come to light, or you can’t recognise your own success through negative self-talk or over-thinking. What is Imposter Syndrome? Imposter syndrome was

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Businesses Should Prioritise Employee Mental & Emotional Health In 2024 Says Healthy Mind Coach

The start of the new year can be the perfect opportunity for businesses to prioritise the mental and emotional wellbeing of their employees. New Year resolutions are in full swing for many individuals who are choosing to take up new hobbies and concentrate on their emotional and physical wellbeing this year.  Sam Barr of Healthy

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Navigating Family Conflicts: A Guide To Maintaining Better Mental Health

Family conflicts are inevitable and usually a healthy part of family life. Bickering and squabbling can be a normal part of living with your family.  Here are 9 tips for handling family conflicts constructively, whilst nurturing positive mental health and wellbeing: 1. Acknowledge Emotions After an argument, or before one bubbles up to the surface,

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5 Self Awareness Habits To Help You Get The Best From Your Career

A lack of self-awareness can be a real stumbling block when building a career. Those who lack self-awareness will often find themselves overlooked for promotions and struggling to cement a strong personal brand in their workplace. Becoming more self-aware can be a real challenge for many people, that’s usually because our actions are normally driven

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The Science of Sleep: Tips for a Better Night’s Rest

In our fast-paced world, a good night’s sleep has become something of a luxury.  Yet, it’s a critical component of our overall health and well-being.  Understanding the science of sleep can provide valuable insights into improving its quality.  Here are 10 practical tips to help you achieve a better night’s rest: Understand Your Sleep Cycle

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Banish the Monday Blues: Transform Your Start to the Week with These Top Tips

Monday mornings often bring a sense of dread for many, marking the end of the weekend’s freedom and the start of a new workweek.  It’s a familiar cycle: the elation of Friday gradually dims, and by Sunday afternoon, the looming Monday casts a shadow on our spirits.  However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Coping With Darker Days: Your Guide To Mental Wellness

Are you noticing the dropping temperatures and darker days? When these changes arrive, many people experience a dip in their mental health and overall mood. It’s important to nurture your mental health throughout the darker seasons, particularly when dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). To understand SAD a bit better, the NHS defines it as

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Healthy Mind Coach Provides Support For Those Struggling With Loneliness During Christmas

As the New Year fast approaches Sam Barr, Healthy Mind Coaching extends his support to those struggling with loneliness this festive period. Christmas can churn up mixed emotions for many people, especially those who have lost loved ones or who live alone. Although these emotions can feel inescapable it is important to acknowledge that there

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Strategies For Challenging & Changing Self-Limiting Beliefs

Challenging self-limiting beliefs is essential for personal growth and realising one’s full potential.  By confronting these beliefs, individuals can break free from constraints that hinder progress and embrace new opportunities with confidence. Here are 8 steps to provide a structured approach to dismantling self-limiting beliefs.  1. Identify your limiting belief and doubts Identifying self-limiting beliefs

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Healthy Mind Coach Advises On How To Deal With Anxiety And Fear During The Festive Season

As the holiday season approaches, many people find themselves grappling with anxiety and fear that can be exacerbated by the pressures and expectations associated with Christmas.  This year, more than ever, it is important to acknowledge and address these emotions and seek support if needed. The holiday season, traditionally a time of joy and togetherness,

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Ballymena Girlguides Challenge Politicians On Mental Health Crisis

Girlguides from the 1st Cullybackey Guides Unit have tackled local politicians on their response to a recent survey which revealed the happiness level of girls and young women in Northern Ireland is at a 15 year low. The issue was raised at Girlguiding Ulster’s Parliament Week event, held at Stormont, where a group of guides and

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Healthy Mind Coach Warns Managing Mental Health & Wellbeing Must Be A Priority When Dealing With Workplace Stress

Stress at work is a common issue, but it doesn’t mean that you just have to shove it under the carpet. Stress can make us feel tired, tense, and overwhelmed, stimulating physical and negative emotional reactions that can change our normal behaviour, such as making us snappy or intolerant.  According to Sam Barr of Healthy

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Getting Help With Anxiety Shouldn’t Make You Anxious

One of the biggest issues facing people who are suffering from anxiety and stress is taking that first step towards getting help. According to Sam Barr of Healthy Mind Coaching and Training too often people delay and procrastinate, yet as soon as they start on their journey, they realise they could have been addressing their

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NI Sporting Stars Team Up To Tackle Youth Mental Health With Lidl Northern Ireland’s Sport For Good Schools Programme

Sporting greats in call out for nominations for secondary schools to win place on Lidl Northern Ireland’s coveted mental health athlete mentorship programme An innovative educational programme aimed at equipping school students across Northern Ireland with invaluable tools to manage and improve their mental health through sport has been launched, supported by a stellar line

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Are You Ready To Take On This Year’s Active Travel Challenge

This June people across Northern Ireland are encouraged to leave their car at home and take part in the Active Travel Challenge in a bid to be more sustainable, save money and to boost physical and mental health. From a trip to the shop to the commute to work, the Active Travel Challenge encourages the

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