Christmas: A ‘To Do’ or ‘To Be’ Experience?

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As Christmas approaches some people go all out spending lots of time and money to ensure everything goes smoothly.   For each person, preparing will be different, and may include organising visits, travel arrangements, food preparation, buying clothes, a spiritual dimension, parties and, of course, the gift giving to do.   Motivation may come from a sense of duty, a … Read More

The experience of loneliness at Christmas

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In the run up to Christmas and well into the New Year many people experience loneliness.   The type of loneliness I am referring to is an internal one that no amount of external company can cure.  It is a time where people evaluate their happiness scale on both a conscious and unconscious level which brings about many mixed feelings … Read More

Managing expectations at Christmas

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It really has begun to look a lot like Christmas. Having only been a few short weeks since the clocks have gone back, the dark evenings have well and truly come upon us and that wintery feel has certainly crept in and the season is well underway. As the seasons change, we see our environment change, our routines change, temperatures … Read More

Having a mentally healthy Christmas

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Lonely at Christmas

Christmas as we know can be a wonderful joyous time. It’s a time for giving and receiving, spending time with our families, friends and loved ones. However with Christmas there can be a lot of expectations, assumptions and psychological stress. It is expected of us to be festive and cheerful and it is assumed that we are these. There is … Read More

Coping with loss at Christmas

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Christmas can be a difficult and challenging time for those who have been bereaved.   There is the loneliness, the pain, the inability to engage with all the fun and frivolity that is synonymous with this normally joyous season.  Every Christmas song we hear on the radio, every advertisement we see on the TV is a painful reminder that it … Read More

Slowing down and self-care

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Rushing, moving, getting on, doing… In this constantly busy life that has happened to us it’s hard to slow down.  It’s hard to take time out.  Sometimes, even when we have nothing much to do we still find it hard to switch off fully, unwind, and relax. That’s before we even consider how we think and feel about what others … Read More

The Empty Chair on Christmas Day

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Christmas is the time of year when family come together It’s meant to be a Happy Time, regardless of the weather But when a precious link is missing from the Golden Family Chain Christmas just brings memories and a heavy dose of Pain   A candle on the Sideboard, her picture in a Frame Is all we have with us … Read More

Dealing with infertility issues at Christmas

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Infertility affects approximately 10% of the population in Ireland.  Since infertility strikes people from all socioeconomic levels and cuts across all racial, ethnic, and religious lines, chances are great that a friend, relative, neighbour, or perhaps you yourself are attempting to cope with the medical and emotional aspects of infertility.  Christmas can be one of the most difficult times of the … Read More

Give yourself the gift of therapy this Christmas

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As we approach New Year’s Eve it’s natural to find yourself reflecting on the goals you set for yourself at the start of the year, and it’s even more natural to discover that you may not be where you want to be in life. You may notice feelings of failure and dread surfacing before you even make your resolutions. This year … Read More

MyMind supports more than ever this winter

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MyMind has supported a record number of people this winter.  MyMind, which has centres in Dublin, Limerick and Cork, provided 1,798 appointments in November alone. This is compared to 1,226 appointments made by clients in the same month last year – a growth of almost 47%. An incredible 15,725 appointments have been made by MyMind clients so far this year. … Read More