Coping With Bereavement When Suffering From Depression

Posted By: on October 15, 2019
Grief will enter all our lives at some point or another, but if you’re suffering from depression, the pain of losing someone that you love can feel like too much to bear. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, sometimes acceptance of the fact that you are hurting and have every right to do so can help you find ways to cope with the loss. Here are a few helpful tips for coping with bereavement when suffering from depression: Try not to punish yourself: Kindness is indeed a virtue,

When the Pressure To Feel Happy can make You Feel Depressed

Posted By: on October 08, 2019
depressed child
Mostly in life, if we are feeling happy or excited about something, we receive positive reinforcement from those around us, and our emotion is celebrated. Nothing wrong with being happy about a promotion at work, or being excited about taking a trip somewhere, all perfectly normal. The same cannot be said if we are feeling sad, however: this emotional state is sometimes punished by those around us rather than celebrated. Perhaps friends, family or co-workers begin to avoid you, or even become

Coping With Workplace Bullying

Posted By: on October 01, 2019
Workplace Bullying
Nobody likes a bully, right? But sadly, many of us will have to deal with them at some point in our working lives and depending on the nature and severity of the bullying, we may need to seek outside help to deal with it.   Workplace Bullies and What They Do Bullies in the workplace often use the same set of intimidatory and manipulative tools that a schoolyard bully might possess, and recognizing their behavioral patterns is the first step towards putting an end to it and getting back

Understanding Your Dual Diagnosis

Posted By: on September 24, 2019
man with Substance Abuse and Mental Health issues
Substance abuse, alcoholism or drug addiction are just as common as mental health issues such as depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, and some people experience both at the same time. When this happens, the term ‘co-occurring disorder’ or ‘dual diagnosis’ is often used to describe it, and the consequences of living with such a diagnosis can be tough for anyone. However, if you’re suffering from substance abuse and a mental health disorder and are struggling to cope, understandin

You’ve Been Diagnosed With A Mental Illness…Now What??

Posted By: on September 17, 2019
Mental Illness Quote
If you’ve just been professionally diagnosed with a mental illness, you may not know quite what you’re supposed to do next. A wide range of emotions may be commonly felt at this point, and while some may feel relieved to have been diagnosed, others may feel angry, ashamed, embarrassed or just downright miserable. That said, whatever your diagnosis, and however it has made you feel, it is not the end of the world and with good help and support, you can recover and lead a happy, fulfilled l

The Effects Of Stress Upon Our Sleep Patterns

Posted By: on September 10, 2019
woman unable to sleep due to stress
Based upon the results of multiple sleep related surveys carried out in recent years, we’re not getting the amount of sleep that we ideally need. While some people can cope with less sleep than others, most are still not meeting the recommended requirements, and as a result, may struggle to function and remain as mentally and physically sound as possible. The reasons behind this countrywide epidemic of sleeplessness can usually be attributed to several common factors, such as problems with

How To Help Your Angry Child

Posted By: on September 03, 2019
angry child
While anger can be a perfectly normal, useful and healthy emotion for children, it can also become a problem if it gets out of control and turns into aggression. If your children are experiencing a lot of angry emotions, there could be a multitude of reasons for this, and several different ways in which you can help them to tackle their anger in a healthy way.   Your child is angry, but why? A child can display anger for a whole host of reasons, and some of them are listed below:

The Difference Between Enjoying A Drink And Alcoholism

Posted By: on August 27, 2019
person drinking alcohol
Mind altering drinks (and plants and fungi!) have been in existence for centuries, and of course there’s a reason why some enjoy them so much. When enjoying a drink or two, it can sometimes be hard to know whether your drinking is within healthy boundaries, or whether you may have an alcohol dependency:   If you start drinking and find it hard to stop, you may have a problem: For many people battling with an alcohol dependency, they describe their alcoholism as being like a switch th

Analyzing Your Anger

Posted By: on August 20, 2019
Analyzing anger in a journal
Episodes of anger are perfectly normal for all of us, and they may be in response to a certain situation, or may arise due to an argument over something in which we feel passionate about. However, frequent bouts of anger or episodes in which the anger is uncontrollable, may may indicate that we need to analyze our feelings better and work towards reducing the level or frequency of our anger.   What is anger? Anger is an emotion or feeling, and when communicated thoughtfully, does not u

Is Your Love Of Food A Destructive One?

Posted By: on August 13, 2019
girl looking in fridge for food
The term ‘comfort food’ exists for a reason, and there is no shame in finding comfort in certain foods, in fact, it’s completely normal. Problems can arise, however, when we take this too far and forget that food is meant as fuel (and joy) for our bodies, not a substitute for heartfelt love or comfort. A destructive love of food can come about when it becomes your only coping mechanism, and the only reliable thing in your life. Food becomes unhealthy when used as a frequent tool to help