When working with managers and teams it is often seen that the communication is failing because of the lack of understanding of not only others’ emotions but their own. On a busy working day, it is easy to get stressed, feel overwhelmed or frustrated. We all have these feelings, and we can all project them in a way that is not useful and will go on to create further ‘negative’ […]
Does Nutrition Impact Your Mental Health?
Have you ever heard the phrase ‘you are what you eat?’ Turns out, it’s much more than just a phrase used by tired parents to try and get their kids to eat vegetables. The things we eat are literally the fuel for our bodies, and different things will make our bodies behave in different ways. That includes your mind. That might surprise you, but good nutrition isn’t just about losing […]
What Does a Holistic Mental Health Education Plan Look Like?
As mentioned in my previous blog ‘Why Holistic Mental Health In Your Business?’ holistic really is just looking at the whole challenge and the whole solution. So, when developing mental health plans for businesses working in this way means that we cover a lot and that your employees will be well informed about many research-based therapies and all common mental health challenges. The plan I have put together consists of […]
Why Holistic Mental Health In Your Business?
When I created The Holistic Healthcare Group the word ‘Holistic’ was nowhere near as ‘in’ as it is now but there was no other way I could accurately express what we do, so I stuck with it. The word holistic did to have lots of negative connotations and still does to some extent, it makes people think ethereal, airy-fairy and not grounded but actually what it does and has always […]
Team Engagement in Mental health and Well-being Initiatives
Engagement is typically the biggest challenge for businesses when looking at mental health and well-being training and support. This is a huge focus for me and HHG as the last thing I want is to provide training, education and support that people don’t engage with or participate in! To make a difference to the people in your business and the business itself you need to first ensure engagement is established. […]
What is Stress?
Stress is our body’s response to pressure. When we encounter stress, our body produces stress hormones that trigger a fight or flight response which helps us respond quickly to dangerous situations. Stress is a feeling of being overwhelmed or unable to cope with the event, situation, emotion or life happening. Stress is our body’s response to pressure, different situations or life events can cause stress. It is often triggered when we […]
Seasonal Affective Disorder
Have you ever noticed that people tend to feel a bit more glum at this time of year? It’s getting colder, wetter and darker, and the general mood just seems to dip a bit before the boost of Christmas? Maybe you’ve even felt that way yourself, or are feeling it now. Did you know that feeling has a name? It’s called seasonal affective disorder, and it affects almost every person […]
Anger and Frustration
Let’s be honest, we’ve all felt anger at times. That boiling, roiling feeling inside that just seems to build and build, until eventually, it explodes out? Likewise, we’ve all felt the frustration of not being able to get something right, not being able to control something in our life, or of trying to teach someone something they seem just unable to grasp. They are some of the most relatable feelings […]
Mental Health Around The Holidays
Christmas is coming. And while for some the season brings festive cheer, laughter and happiness, for others it can be a real struggle. Christmas is a challenging time for a lot of people, for a lot of different reasons. They could have lost someone around this time of year. They could have a bad or strained relationship with their family, and seeing them all at Christmas causes a lot of […]
Do Your Hormones Affect Your Mental Health?
If you’ve ever met a teenager, you’ve likely encountered the result of rampant hormones before. When we go through adolescence our bodies change massively, and one of the things they do is start producing more adult levels of certain hormones. The typical mood swings experienced by teenagers are caused by fluctuations in oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone, and can have a big impact on the way they think and feel, and […]
Caring for Carers
71% of carers have poor physical or mental health. Carers UK’s annual survey (2015) with over 5,000 carers across the UK revealed that 84% of carers feel more stressed, 78% feel more anxious and 55% reported that they suffered from depression as a result of their caring role, which was higher than findings in 2014. The top reasons people choose to work in care are – Rewarding Flexible hours Training […]
Mental Health – Children and Young People
For over a decade now mental health in young people has taken a steady decline and with the events of the last 18months, that steady decline has seen a sharp fall. We know that – 75% of all MH disorders start before the age of 24, and 50% before 18? The most common form of death in children between 10-19 years old is suicide? A recent research piece from Mind […]
Creating Habits in Your Team – Proximity, Convenience and Visibility
Making new healthy habits is tough, there are a lot of challenges to overcome with how your brain thinks about these new ‘difficult’ things, a fear of failure and the absence of instant rewards. There are lots of techniques and brain hacks to use when setting new habits and it is key that they are incorporated and clear in any plan created to help your teams create these habits as […]
Toxic Masculinity And Its Impact on Men’s Mental Health
When it comes to men’s mental health, there are still a lot of barriers. Mainly, this idea that all men should be masculine or even hyper-masculine, showing all of the traditional characteristics for a man. Things like being assertive, powerful, in control and courageous. Which are all good qualities. But in some cases, the idea of masculinity can become amplified, and this is known as toxic masculinity. In our modern […]
What to Consider When Planning for Mental Health Success in Your Organisation?
Here we take a look at some of the areas to consider, to assess and insure you have the right support for all people not just some. What are the offerings? As I have spoken about before there are some key areas to look at when building a mental health plan and then sub sections within each one. To start with the three main levels of support need to be […]
Intention, Culture, Plan
This is the start, the very beginning of change and where the positivity starts to be created. Here there is lots of energy and positivity, a lot of ideas and lateral thinking. But how do you navigate the excitement to ensure the right plan is created, a plan and culture that will change the people involved for the better. That will provide them with knowledge, support and power over their […]
Why A Full Time Counsellor Might Not Be the Best Option for Your School?
Firstly, I want to be clear, I am not discouraging any type of mental health support you might be offering. All support is valid and necessary and having a counsellor in your school is a great step forward, after all only a few years ago this would not have been something that not so many offered. So, this is great progress BUT there needs to be more. Schools are under […]
Making Mental Health Fun!
Mental health is a hot topic, and a very serious topic which is why it is easy to get bogged down in the tough stuff but really, we need to start to have fun with this. Why? Well, to start with ask yourself….. Do you want to make improvements that are serious, dull or scary? No, of course not and it doesn’t need to be this way. Not only that […]
Why a Good Night’s Sleep is so Important.
We all know that getting a good night’s sleep is important, and we have all experienced what it feels like after a bad night. And if I were to ask you why this is important you would probably say it is to recharge our batteries. But what does “recharging our batteries” actually mean? There are many reasons why we need to sleep, because if we don’t get enough it affects […]
Everyone feels emotions. Happiness, sadness, excitement, fear, nervousness – these are all emotions that tell us something about what’s going on, either in our body, our mind, or in the world around us. But while emotions are normal, they are something we have to learn how to interpret, understand and manage. A lot of this work is done in childhood, but even as adults we can come across new feelings […]