PTSD; Myths and Misconceptions

PTSD; Myths and Misconceptions

Once known as ‘shell shock’, we now know much more about PTSD and how to avoid the devastating effects it can have if not treated. But there are still many misconceptions surrounding it, so let’s bust some PTSD myths.

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Mature lady with grey hair and glasses smiles whilst sitting outside with leaves behind her. The Power of the Pause. Irinni Counselling

The Power of the Pause

Life can be hectic at times and the tasks on our to-do list seem never-ending, but there is power in the pause, if only we slow down, even for just a moment. With jobs to go to, children or relatives to care for, homes to clean, shopping to do, meals to cook, appointments to organise,…

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Woman walking in nature with children | 7 Ideas to enjoy nature for better mental health.

7 Ideas to Enjoy Nature for Better Mental Health

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is focused on the theme of nature and there is a good reason for that. There are many proven benefits of being exposed to nature and the positive impact it has on mental health and wellbeing. Being in nature helps you take time out from life’s everyday demands and…

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Are Embarrassment, Shame, and Guilt the Same Thing?

Are Embarrassment, Shame, and Guilt the Same Thing?

It’s a complete misconception that embarrassment, shame, and guilt are the same thing, in reality, they are different sides of the same coin (if 3-sided coins were a thing) and I think it’s important to recognise the difference between them. Last month I shared what shame is and how shame might be affecting you, even…

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Shame Might Be Affecting You More Than You Realise

Shame Might Be Affecting You More Than You Realise

Shame is a wide-spread epidemic and left unaddressed it ruins lives, often for generations, but what if you don’t even realise that shame is at the root of your problems? I don’t believe that shame is helpful. In fact, shame is more likely to be the source of destructive behaviour than the solution or cure,…

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Divorce Doesn't Mean Failure. Couple looking out to sea.

Divorce Doesn’t Mean Failure

Marriage is forever, except when it’s not. And it’s high time we stopped seeing divorce as failure and started embracing the new chapter we move into when marriage comes to an end.

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Making the Most of Christmas When You Feel Down.

Making the Most of Christmas When You Feel Down

Christmas time is often portrayed as a time of joy, laughter, family, and magical experiences. But that is not the case for many, and it’s ok to not be ok at Christmas. 2020 has been a difficult year for a lot of people, with redundancies, businesses struggling to survive, stretched finances, children at home 24/7…

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How to Support a Friend With Anxiety

How to Support a Friend With Anxiety

It is understandable to be worried about a friend with anxiety and not know how to support them if you have never experienced it yourself. But there are some simple things you can do to help and ways to offer support without fearing that you will say or do the wrong thing. What is anxiety?…

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Using Lockdown to Improve Your Life

With local lockdowns upon us, and further national lockdowns looming, could this be our chance to slow down, put ourselves first for once and use it as a spring board into living the life we dream of?

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