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Exams – planning for and knowing how to manage the stress

We have lots of information on our website about exam stress, and lots of old blog post – so take a look .  I have included some quick tips below.  I also found an article on the   Reachout   website; it’s always good to add new ideas to our list. – Think of exams as […]

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Digital Detox- Could you do it ?

I must admit I have never thought about this- but having been born in a time of very limited ( I mean really limited – but not quite writing on stone) I find the idea quite appealing.  I am wondering what others think- and if this even feels like a problem to some people? This […]

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Character Strengths: What are they? How can they help?

Character strengths are one of the key concepts underlying the theories of  Positive Psychology. Martin Seligman ( and various colleagues) hit upon the idea that in focusing on a person’s strengths ( rather than their weakness or pathology) you would draw out for the individual a potential way to engage with the world differently and […]

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Neuroplasticity – heard of it?

Neuroplasticity is the remarkable ability of our brains to, in effect, grow and regenerate over time, with stimulation. The attached article has a really good simple diagram explaining this process and how different kinds of thinking effect what happens in our brain. What is really worth noting here is that thinking positively will stimulate the […]

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Holidays …..can you remember your best ever holiday?

Sharing the experience of something we have enjoyed enhances both our personal well-being and the well-being of the person we’re telling. Positive Psychology encourages this connection to others as a way to improve our mental health and the 5 Pillars of Positive Psychology ‘enshrine’ the concept as Positive Relationships ( which we talk about further […]

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Time Management- and the Importance of Grit, Self determination and Routine

Here are the key points from a  workshop run by one of our Counsellors a couple of years ago – focusing on time management  (PowerPoint with audio available here). Self-control and GRIT, not talent or IQ, predict success at University and in Life. GRIT is perseverance and sustained interest in long term goals. The good […]

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The 5 Whys. Or how questioning yourself may help you get to the answer you need.

I came across the 5 Whys when looking for some information to send someone on Problem Solving. The concept was originated in the 1930s by Sakichi ( but I have seen his name also written as Tacchi – so please correct me if you know ) Toyoda one of the founders of the Toyota car company. His […]

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The Healthy Relationships Website

The Healthy Relationships website is expanding.  I now have a regular ‘gig’ on the site talking about friendships and relationships,  and we’re adding to the site regularly .  Take a look  and, as always give us your feedback. Vicki

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Unhelpful Thinking : Part 2

As promised, here is the second part of my ‘unhelpful thinking’ blog. Continuing from where I left off….. Catastrophiing: This is my favorite 🙂   I think we all do this at times. So this is when we see a situation and we add and embellish the ‘story’ in our head and turn it in to […]

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A 10 point Guide for not Offending Transgender people

Language is very powerful in conveying explicit and in-explicit messages. Values and feelings are often conveyed clearly through language use. Even when we perhaps don’t intend to offer a point of view or offend someone- we inadvertently do this through our use of language. This is  why using correct terminology and being respectful of how […]

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