How kind are you ?

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 Does being kind to others mean Helping others you do not know ? Being emotionally warm to those who are close to you ? Or is kindness really about Putting others first and you last ? Sacrificing your longer term personal needs so that others benefit ? Or is kindness (to myself and others) when we boil it all down to its essence Looking good, ...
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A deeper dive - Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder worry about the same types of things that everybody else does in their lives: family, work or school, finances, their health and the health of loved ones, relationships with friends or work colleagues, minor matters, such as punctuality or making small decisions. What does it does it feel like...
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Mental Health Apps

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Smartphones are changing the way people approach mental health. Apps can be helpful for people who may be unwilling or unable to attend face-to-face treatment and they can also provide support in between sessions. Whilst these apps can be useful, they are not a replacement for seeking medical advice Since so many of us use our smartphone constantly...
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Sleep and good mental health

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 In the last 100 years, our modern way of living means we sleep less. Mathew Walker in his book "why we sleep", explains how it affects our wellbeing and the dangers lurking in your bedroom. (Photo by Gregory Pappas on Unsplash) Quality sleep enhances our ability to learn, memorise work routines and make logical business decisions. Biologicall...
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The Importance of Mental Health Phonelines

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 The pandemic is hitting some of us hard post Christmas. Cumbria CE Mind's latest call trends are concerning. If you are in despair or distress and need to talk right now, there are lots of helplines staffed by experienced people ready to listen without judging you. They could help you make sense of what you're feeling.&nbs...
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blue monday

blue-monday It is “Blue Monday” on the 18th January 2021
Blue Monday was originally created in 2004 by psychologist Cliff Arnall.  The idea was originally created in 2004 by psychologist Cliff Arnall. He came up with a "statistical formula" for the January blues after he was asked to do so by travel firm Sky Travel. "I was originally asked to come up with what I thought was the best day to...
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How much pleasure is it to spend money ?

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We work to earn money. After taking care of the usual monthly essential bills and maybe a bit for a rainy day, we have money in our account to spend on what we desire and like to own. Does spending lift our mood ? Make us feel good about ourselves ? The research says yes, but it depends. Spending our money on product stuff, gives us pleasurabl...
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World Kindness Day 2020

World Kindness Day 2020
World Kindness Day is celebrated each year on November 13th to support the act of making the world a better place through small acts of kindness. It was launched in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement which had been formed the year before in Tokyo through a group of like-minded people and organisations. This year's theme for World Kindness day is E...
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Top 10 tips for working from home

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With much of the UK either under lockdown or working under restrictions, many more people are again working from home.  For a lot of freelancers, this may mean little has changed for them, however, if you are new to home working or felt it didn't work well for you last time, we've compiled some helpful tips to make the process a more prod...
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Mindfulness for Good Mental Health

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What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness is the act of being fully present at that moment, aware of our own body's feelings, where we are, and what we're doing. While we focus on these things we can assess them while not overreacting or being overwhelmed by our feelings. We all possess this ability but like a muscle, it builds strength with practice....
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Menopause and the Workplace – World Menopause Day

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Approximately two-thirds of women in the UK feel there is a general lack of support and understanding around menopause and the various transition stages of women's life (Nuffield Health). With 80% of women going through menopause experiencing some symptoms - that's 1.5 million women in the UK affected at any one time (...
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My work as the CE Mind Lighthouse Manager

My work as the CE Mind Lighthouse manager
Historically, if you were overwhelmed by a Mental Health crisis you booked an appointment with your GP, turned up at your local Accident and Emergency Department or you rang 999. In recent years, Crisis Interventions teams were created but these are in secondary care and in scarce supply. Historically in Cumbria, you must have been their patie...
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Gratitude and your mental health

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Happy Sunday!  Let's take a little Sunday self-care time to recognise the little things each day that we're grateful for, taking time to focus on the things we have, rather than the things we don't. In his research Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D. has studied the link between gratitude and well-being, leading multiple experiments into the sub...
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“on the edge” - Understanding Suicide in the Workplace

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I have spent most of my working life with people who have been struggling with suicidal feelings. I vividly remember a time when I unexpectedly found a person hanging from the ceiling. I lifted the person up to help them keep breathing. They were heavy, I felt my strength ebbing as time went by, until more help arrived. This was during my time in&n...
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The Long Term Risks of Loneliness.

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Mental Health Foundation warns about the long-term risk to mental health of loneliness, and you can view the findings from their latest survey here. According to their survey of UK adults, which took place during lockdown (2 – 3 April), one in four said they had feelings of loneliness in the "previous two weeks".  When the same question was as...
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What are the emergency changes to the Mental Health Act in response to the COVID 19?

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Emergency legislation has been introduced to Parliament which includes temporary measures to change the Mental Health Act. This is because the government is concerned that COVID-19 will reduce the available number of mental health professionals to help people's mental health, placing them at risk. These measures were fast-tracked thr...
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How is Covid-19 impacting those with health anxiety?

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"I've always struggled with my mental health. I've been getting better over the past few years, but I'm deteriorating so quickly right now." says one survey participant of the National Mind "mental health emergency" survey, June 2020. 

We'll take a deeper dive into some points of the survey in this blog post.

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Post Natal Depression may be increasing during the COVID 19 pandemic.

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According to NHS statistics, Post Natal Depression affects more than 1 in every 10 women within a year of giving birth. Being alert to postnatal depression can be very problematic especially when it can be hidden by the natural tiredness of new motherhood, or tied up with feelings of guilt and shame. With people now returning ba...
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My Flashing Lightbulb Moment

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 As a young 20-year-old in the 70s, I felt my fate had already been sealed to go and work for our family business, that was until my sister invited me to a nurse's house party. The atmosphere and camaraderie were such that I began to question if my career should actually be general nursing, my sister went to great length explaining all the job...
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