If you’ve ever accidentally skipped a meal, then found yourself getting short-tempered and irritated at the smallest thing, you’ve probably experienced what is commonly l know as ‘HANGER’. That is... anger, caused by hunger.

It’s a relatively common, and completely natural, biochemical response to a drop in blood sugar levels. When this happens, your body tells the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which can then have a...

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Anger Awareness Week


February 8, 2020

Yesterday, as many of us would have seen, was Time to Talk Day in the UK.

This nationally recognised event aims to encourage more open conversations about mental health, and to help those affected feel more confident and supported in getting the help they need to cope with their condition.

With research showing that 3 in 10 people in the UK feel they CANNOT discuss their mental health with friends or family for fear of judgment,...

February 3, 2020

With so much focus on mental health from an adult perspective, it’s easy to forget that this is a matter which also relevant to children. 

According to the NHS, one in eight (12.8%) of children and young people aged between five and 19, surveyed in England in 2017, has a mental health disorder. 

These issues often manifest very differently in children than they would in adults, and since children have yet to develop many of the...

November 6, 2019

The link between the darker months and negative mood changes is well known, but who knew there was also a correlation between the seasons changing, and the severity of symptoms such as OCD?

According to a study published in Psychiatry Research, people with OCD are more likely to see their “compulsions” worsen in the colder months, and in particular in the autumn. .

The underlying neurophysiology is thought to be connected with t...

October 15, 2019

As a child, I had many behaviors that I felt were normal. I needed to feel balanced on both sides. This meant that whatever was done on one side needed to be repeated on the other. I couldn’t step on cracks too many times with the same foot. I became very rigid about my schoolwork and if I made a mistake, I needed to completely restart whatever I was doing - erasing wasn’t good enough. When riding in the car, I needed to perfo...

May 15, 2019

You wouldn’t be wrong for believing that Walking and Meditation are two very different practices. At opposite ends of the activity spectrum, you could say! 

Equally, however, Walking and Mediation CAN be (and often are) enjoyed together...sometimes with a greater outcome for health than when practiced independently. 

Yes, meditating while walking (Walking Meditation) is a very real thing, AND... it’s making big waves in the re...

May 13, 2019

Moods, much like the weather, are anything but predictable.

From grey days, to bright and breezy ones, there’s no forecasting what our emotional response will be to what life throws at us, nor what these curveballs will be on any given day.

If there’s one thing we can count on, though, to help smooth these unpredictable emotional is friendship.

Friend relationships, in their most solid, positive and reciproca...

For many, running is a form of sanity. A way of clearing the mind, letting go of stress and gaining a fresh perspective. 

It's no wonder then, that running is at the forefront of a mental health initiative starting today in support of the work of Mind charity.

#Milesformind has been developed to help raise money and awareness for mental health through the power of running. It is a month long challenge which anyone can take pa...

March 7, 2019

‘Stress’ is probably the most common word used at university, with deadlines building up on top of deadlines, as well as the attempt to still enjoy your experience before jumping into the world of work. 

As I enter my final few months at Birmingham City University, I reminisce on my move to the big city from a small village in Leicestershire. 

In Jun 2016, before I started university, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. Que...

December 31, 2018

The end of the holidays can always seem a little dim, as if all the hype and excitement is over. So, what’s next?  This is the perfect time to reflect on all the highs, and even the lows, of the past year. Cue the nostalgia! 

What worked for you this past year? What didn’t? What do you want to change, and how are you going to do it? Maybe you don’t want to change a thing – that is totally fine! With a New Year comes n...

December 1, 2018

Anyone who suffers from anxiety to any degree will know the difference that simply putting the kettle on can make. 

The very action is almost (almost!) as soothing as the resultant tea itself, since it forces a break in the physical and mental ‘busyness’ that can lead to feelings of overwhelm.

But what is it about tea, or warm drinks in general, that helps to soften the nerves? There has always been a lot of focus on the comp...

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Gemma Dawkins talks mental health

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