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

Alcohol and your mental health

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St. Patrick’s Day, the day where everyone wears green and becomes a little bit Irish. Whether you call him St. Paddy, St. Pat or Lá Fhéile Pádraig, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome to celebrate. This inclusion is one of the many positive aspects of being Irish, as we are known for being one of the friendliest people in the … Read More

MyMind video series: Stephen Watkins

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In the fourth instalment of the MyMind video series, our Cork-based psychologist Stephen Watkins talks about the workings and benefits of CBT and the factors that could deter someone from getting the support they need. “The biggest barrier that I’ve repeatedly come across is that people who come to therapy think for some reason that they’re wrong or unusual or … Read More

Wellbeing in the workplace

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The workplace can be a minefield of factors that may have a negative impact on your mental wellbeing. Stress, anxiety, insomnia. These are only some of the issues that can emerge from feeling overwhelmed in your job, whether it is a demanding boss, an unrealistic workload, feeling bullied or a dispute with a colleague. Mental wellbeing can hugely impact employees … Read More

The Breath of Life

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We breathe thousands of times a day every day of our lives. We breathe automatically and our breath is not something we have to think about doing. On the other hand, we also have the ability to control our breath.  This is important as when we experience strong emotions, there is often a sympathetic physiological response. What does that mean? … Read More

Beneath the helmet

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This week, MyMind Ambassador Brendan Doyle is writing from the Winter Olympics training centre in Lake Placid, NY. Brendan talks about how his dedication to and love of his sport has helped him overcome the anxiety he struggled with every day.  If you’re familiar with my story, you know the experience I’ve had with depression, anxiety and panic attacks. You might … Read More

Managing stress at Christmas

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Christmas can be a magical time. It can also be a stressful time with lots of expectations, and the pressure to be happy during the holidays can feel overwhelming.  MyMind Psychologist Beatriz Moreno shares advice on how to best manage your stress levels and avoid anxiety at Christmas. Before Christmas day : Manage expectations about Christmas day. Ask yourself if your expectations about … Read More

The Leaving Cert: Only one of many paths

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As young people all over Ireland collect their Leaving Cert results, MyMind intern Kristine Brouder remembers being in their shoes and shares some advice on how to approach the day and beyond. Every year, when I hear that the Leaving Certificate results are approaching, I can vividly remember the way I felt the year I received mine (I think it’s … Read More

Boosting your self-esteem

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Most of us struggle with our self-esteem from time to time. Self-esteem relates to the feeling of self-worth we have when we compare how we really are to how we aspire to be. We evaluate our self-worth in many different contexts, such as the school or work environment, our personal relationships and in social groups, and commonly, our physical appearance. … Read More

Postnatal Depression

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The birth of a child should be the most joyous experience a new mum can possibly have. However, this incredible journey can be clouded by feelings of fear and anxiety, depression, doubt and detachment. If you are struggling with a low mood that won’t shift, or feel disconnected from your baby, others and what’s going on around you, you may … Read More