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The fifth & final 5-a-day: GIVE

There are a number of benefits to mental health from the act of giving. These include building a sense of belonging, improving our sense of competence and providing a distraction from our own problems. So how could you GIVE……. Do … Continue reading

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Fourth out of your 5-a-day: KEEP LEARNING

Studies have shown that learning throughout life is linked to greater satisfaction and optimism, and increased self-esteem and interaction with other people (see CONNECT). Learning gives you a new goal to work towards and reaching this target can create a … Continue reading

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It’s part three of your 5-a-day: TAKE NOTICE

There is increasing evidence of the benefits of taking notice – of being mindful. It can lead to lower stress and worry, peace of mind and a greater feeling of well-being. Here’s how you can TAKE NOTICE… Be curious. Catch … Continue reading

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BE ACTIVE: your second helping of your 5-a-day

BE ACTVE…. Exercise is an excellent way to boost your mood. It triggers the release of the stress-busting chemicals endorphins which produce a positive feeling in the body. Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. … Continue reading

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CBT increases the chances of successful weight loss – two tips to try today

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can help you keep to a healthy eating regime, stick to a diet and achieve long-term weight loss. This is because it focuses on how you think and feel about yourself, and how you behave around food … Continue reading

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Mindfulness: An exercise to try when the going gets busy

Ruby Wax has spoken and written a lot recently about her experience of mental illness – what she calls “a rollercoaster ride of depression” for most of her adult life. In her new book Ruby describes her quest to understand … Continue reading

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Music & mood – what’s on your playlist?

You probably have any number of playlists on your phone, your ipod, even on your mixtapes….. You may have a playlist for the gym, for walking the dog, for running, for working. These are all for when you’re doing something. … Continue reading

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“I know he thinks I’m stupid” – mind reading & other errors in our thinking

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) focuses on feelings, behaviour and thoughts – what are you really thinking, and how do you think? Some of the thoughts we have aren’t particularly helpful and can lower our mood. These so-called unhelpful thinking styles … Continue reading

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Tired of yo-yo dieting with no results? CBT can help

It’s a familiar pattern. Start a diet, stick to it really well, lose pounds, or even a stone or two and feel great. Then the old eating habits return, weight starts to go back on and sure enough, you’re back … Continue reading

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