Expanding your window of tolerance


Mental Health Blog

When traumas strike and emotions become overwhelming, a person is forced out of their comfort zone. According to scientific research, when this happens the frontal cortex (the part of the brain responsible for thinking, planning and reasoning) shuts down and the victim’s window of tolerance narrows. Window of tolerance is a term created by clinical […]

December 19, 2018

Coping with anger


Mental Health Blog

Anger is a state of heightened arousal that kicks in when your mind perceives a situation to be potentially dangerous and determines the best solution available is to fight or flee. Used in the proper context and with the right amount of control, anger can be quite beneficial. It can be used when you need […]

December 18, 2018

Breaking free from self-harm


Mental Health Blog

Self-harm is a term used to describe deliberate, harmful physical actions used as a means to cope with emotions or distress.  It’s difficult for people to understand self-harming as a coping strategy and many jump to the conclusion that it must be an attempt at suicide.  However, research has shown that people who self-harm have […]

June 10, 2018

Coping with low self-esteem


Mental Health Blog

It is quite normal to have down days and to feel a little unsure of yourself, but prolonged low self-esteem can have a debilitating affect on the quality of your life.  Self-esteem is described as confidence in one’s own worth or abilities, and as self-respect. Clinical psychologist Melanie Fennell, who has devoted her working life […]

June 9, 2018

Overcoming loneliness & Isolation


Mental Health Blog

Humans are hardwired at a DNA level to need interaction, but society doesn’t always provide us with enough opportunities to fulfil this very human need.  Feelings of loneliness and isolation are increasing in Ireland, and throughout the rest of the modern world. In 2016, British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a Minister for Loneliness to […]

June 8, 2018

Coping without meds


Mental Health Blog

In today’s world, people are suffering increasingly with anxiety or depression.  Voluntary organisation Aware estimated in 2015 that one in 10 people in Ireland suffer from depression at any one time.  Thousands more people suffer from anxiety, the most common mental health issue alongside depression.  It’s estimated that one in 9 people in Ireland will […]

June 4, 2018

Anxiety & depression


Mental Health Blog

Our modern lives are increasingly fast paced, and the demands placed upon us are greater than at any time in our collective history.  It’s not unusual to feel sad or overwhelmed from time to time as we learn to cope with life’s pressures.  However, more serious mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are […]

June 1, 2018