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Mental Health Benefits of Pets

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | March 31 2017 | | Tags: , ,
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Pets are a big responsibility and can place great demands on their owner’s time, finances and lifestyle. But if you ask many pet owners, they will tell you without any hesitation that their pet is worth all of these burdens. What exactly is it that makes having a pet so rewarding? One theory is that […]

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Mental Health Benefits of Gardening

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | February 17 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in tune once more — John Burroughs Spring is here! What better way to welcome the spring by getting active in your garden! Some of you may already be avid gardeners, whilst others would never have dreamed of tending to the […]

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Love’s Effect on the Brain

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | February 10 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
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Anybody who has ever experienced the early stages of a romance will recognise the symptoms that can accompany those first few dates – ‘butterflies’ in the stomach, a racing heart, sweaty palms, temporary blindness to the other person’s annoying habits (which become much more obvious later in the relationship!). What is it about love that […]

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Emotions Behind Impulsive Spending

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 27 2017 | | Tags: , ,
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January is often a month that we find ourselves scrimping for every cent to see us through the month. Now that January is coming to an end it means pay-day is here and we can all sigh a breath of relief! However, it’s important to be mindful of our spending habits now that we have […]

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Living A Simple Life – The Journey to Minimalism

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 20 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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Everyone has a different idea of what a simple life means for them. For some, it means removing all but the necessary, avoiding the chaos, and using your time wisely to do what’s important to you. It can mean getting rid of the many things that take up your time so you can spend time […]

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January Blues – Beating the Back to Work Blues

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | January 3 2017 | | Tags: , , , ,
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A lot of us are familiar with that “Sunday night fear” where we dread the prospects of returning to work. This feeling may be all too real, especially now, after the Christmas period. No one particularly enjoys getting back to normality after a fun-filled break, but alas we all must do it. Below are some […]

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Coping with loneliness

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | December 16 2016 | | Tags: , ,
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Many of us will experience loneliness at some point during our lives and for some, it will occur more often than others. It’s important to note that being alone is not the same as being lonely. Everybody has different social needs and if you are comfortable with being alone then there is nothing wrong with […]

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Rumination: What it is and how to deal with it

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | December 13 2016 | | Tags: , , , ,
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Self-reflection has been shown to be good for your mental health, by learning from your mistakes and past experiences. However, there is a difference between healthy reflection and damaging rumination. Reflection becomes an issue when these thoughts turn negative and continue to replay repeatedly like a broken record. Dwelling and obsessing over situations and events […]

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Coping with Financial Stress at Christmas

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | December 1 2016 |
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Christmas can be a source of stress for many of us, for lots of different reasons. Increasing demands on our finances can be a big stress inducer. It can seem as though the moment the Halloween decorations have been taken down, we find ourselves surrounded by advertisements and messages pressuring us to start spending – […]

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Family Conflict over the Christmas Holidays

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | December 1 2016 |
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With the festive period fast approaching, many people will be getting ready for all the celebrations and spending time with people you don’t get to see often. For some, spending time with family brings happiness and serenity, however for others, not so much. Sadly, you might need to start practising your conflict resolution skills this […]

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