Social media and mental wellbeing: Follow, Like and Share

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Social media, the double edged sword. Love it or hate it, it seems like it’s here to stay and it’s constantly evolving. While social media has been proven in some cases to have a negative impact on mental wellbeing, it can also aid communication and emphasises how important it is to start a conversation about mental health from a young … Read More

Dealing with exam stress

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It’s the first week of June, the sun’s out but students are still walking around with their heads in books. That can only mean one thing, the dreaded Leaving Certificate exams are here. These exams are one of the biggest sources of stress for school leavers and even those of us who finished secondary school years ago. Due to the … Read More

Depression and your relationship

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If you are depressed, your relationship can also become depressed. Depression can wreak havoc on your ability to experience and maintain intimacy within your relationship. Being depressed can illicit feelings of worthlessness; depression can affect moods, thoughts and behaviours, and even physical health. A common impact of depression is feeling lost or numb, so the depressed becomes disconnected from their … Read More

MyMind Video Series: Angela Amirault

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Angela Amirault

In the next instalment of the MyMind video series, Dublin-based Psychotherapist, Angela Amirault tells us about the benefits of therapy and how this support can help us overcome negative patterns in our lives. Angela believes that from therapy, “You start to realise that negative patterns aren’t helping you and you get an understanding tow here they’ve come from. I would … Read More

Intimacy: Connecting without fear

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When I think of every person in this world I imagine a vast inter-connected series of lines, a bit like a rail system grid, interlocking and weaving in and out and all around. Stop whatever it is you are doing and look around you. That person beside you could be a complete stranger yet the simple fact that you are … Read More

Loving your body all year round

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It’s that time of the year again. The time where many of us become obsessed with weight and races to get their “summer body”. The struggle to start or even finish this weight race often comes with stigma and judgement which has been shown to increase the chance of suffering from mental health issues such as stress and anxiety. Research … Read More

Making choices with head and heart

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“The most confused we ever get is when we’re trying to convince our heads of something our heart knows is a lie.” – Karen Marie Moning Life isn’t easy. Our day to day experiences are enough to make us feel anxious and overwhelmed. That stress and anxiety increases as we struggle to find a balance between what our head says … Read More

MyMind Video Series: Sinead Russell

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Sinead Russell

In the next instalment of the MyMind video series, we talk to Cork-based therapist Sinead Russell about creating the right therapeutic environment for every client, and about the different qualities that are important for a therapist to have. “There are many good qualities that make a good therapist. I think one of the most important qualities is empathy. I think … Read More

The power of listening

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According to the Mental Health Matters Report (2016), there has been a 41% increase in the number of college students seeking counselling. This is a staggering increase and it’s no surprise that a lot of university counselling services are struggling to meet this demand. In my spare time, I volunteer as a peer mentor. I am one of the founding members … Read More

10 life enhancing hacks

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Happiness girl

It’s all too tempting to look for a quick fix when life throws challenges your way. Chocolate is my guilty pleasure and ‘go to’ pick me up for much needed relief especially when commitments (e.g. work, studies, and social time) come together to make me feel super stressed. Yet it’s effect was short-lived and I ended up craving more.  I … Read More