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The benefits of humour and laughter

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Tess O'Leary | April 7 2017 | | Tags: , , , , ,
Laughter

Ever heard the old saying “laughter is the best medicine”? Have you ever stopped to think about just how true that really is? Over the years, research has shown the numerous benefits one can reap from simply laughing. Many of the health benefits of laughter may simply result from the social support that laughter ignites. […]

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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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Warning Signs of Emotional Abuse

Everyday Psychology | Posted by Nicola Keane | November 8 2016 | | Tags: , , ,
Emotional Abuse

Everyone has arguments or disagrees with their partner from time to time. However, if these disagreements begin to form a consistent pattern in your life, then it may be a sign of emotional abuse. Emotional abuse (also known as psychological abuse/violence) is often characterised by a person exposing another person to behaviour that may result […]

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Food – Therapeutic Benefits of Cooking

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Cooking is a basic skill for daily life and can provide many therapeutic benefits. These include stress relief, the ability to plan and organise, enhanced self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment. Culinary therapy is now a form of therapeutic intervention at various mental health clinics. It is a form of treatment for a wide range […]

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World Mental Health Day Psychological First Aid (PFA)

World Mental Health Psychological First Aid

World Mental Health Day Psychological First Aid: World Mental Health Day is an annual event. It seeks to raise awareness of mental health issues across the globe and mobilise efforts in support of mental health. This year’s theme is Psychological First Aid (PFA). What is Psychological First Aid: Also known as Psycho-social First Aid, PFA […]

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Are You Addicted to Social Media?

Social Media Addiction

How often do you check Snapchat? Instagram? Do you rely solely on Facebook to keep up to date with the lives of distant family and friends? Social media has become a ubiquitous feature of our daily lives . Social networking sites and apps have the potential to greatly enhance our lives in a number of […]

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I Believe In a Thing Called Self Love

Self-compassion

If a friend is low in mood, or a family member berates themselves in front of you, what’s the first thing you do? We mainly seek to support and uplift those around us as part of an intrinsic understanding that every human has worth. This needs to be recognised and appreciated, even when someone cannot […]

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Mind Over Matter – Mindful Exercise

Mindful Exercise

While we all understand the benefits which regular exercise can provide our bodies, less emphasis is placed on the benefits of Mindful Exercising. Many people utilise exercise as a form of mindful meditation in itself (e.g. running or walking) in order to distance themselves from stress or daily issues. While this is productive, there are many […]

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Home Away from Home at Your Workspace

Clean Workspace

Home is where the heart is. For many people spending up to 80% of their week behind a workspace does not stir up thoughts of relaxation. With the added drive of needing to complete a job thoughts concerning the feng-shui (if you will) of your workspace rarely receives enough attention. Spring Clean! Consider the rationale behind a […]

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A Time for Reflection

“The unexamined life isn’t worth living, behind every experience there is room for interpretation of the meaning of that experience” Socrates WHAT DOES THE RESEARCH SAY? The word reflection stems from the Latin root reflex or later reflexio which means to ‘bend back’. The concept and process of looking back on what one has experienced […]

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