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Coping with stress
Stress can occur from many factors, but high levels of stress can start to have physical impacts. Within the workforce, we also know that job stress can have a causal effect on physical health (Cooper et al., 1994). It can narrow your ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoying daily life. It can also change how you feel emotionally. ||
Overcoming your fear of needles Many people have this fear, but it can be overcome with simple exercises and practice. Especially with the importance of the Covid-19 vaccine, it is something that can be worked on. For some people, it is linked to fainting, or feeling faint. When their fear is triggered (for example, by seeing blood or thi
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)
GAD can cause a change in your behaviour and the way you think and feel about things, resulting in s
Resilience is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity. Research suggests that resilience is a dynamic process that may be context and time-specific. Having resilience helps you to recover more quickly from stressful situations. Resilience is not a trait. Therefore, there are practices that one can employ to cultivate resilience. Below are some suggestions, which may help to increase your resilience. Self-awareness – Noticing how you are feeling and recognising when pressure is ca
PA infographic Self-guided square breathing for anxiety: try this short video (closed captions, no sound needed). What are panic attacks? Common symptoms and treatment. Scroll down to see an interactive exercise that can be useful for managing breathing (by Dr Mat
What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?
A brief video guide to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. This link also takes you to a BLMK video on CBT and is closed captioned. CBT Example diagram CBT is offered by all of our BLMK IAPT services if you feel like this is something that could be useful. There are also talking therapies and workshops ba
Depression is more than simply feeling unhappy or fed up for a few days. Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you're depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days. Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They're wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression is not a sign of weakness or something you can "snap out of" by "pulling yourself together". The good news is that with the right t
Coping with worry
Worries can be about hypothetical situations. These types of worries are based on ‘What if…?’ This type of worry occurs because we overestimate the possibility of something terrible happening and we then tend to imagine a future ‘worst case’ scenario that might possibly not occur. An example of unhelpful thinking could be - having an upcoming presentation on MS Teams but your internet is constantly playing up. Perhaps there is little or nothing much we can do about a situation, yet this type
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common mental health condition where a person has obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It can be very distressing and significantly interfere with your life, but treatment can help you keep it under control. An obsession is an unwanted and unpleasant thought, image or urge that repeatedly enters your mind, causing feelings of anxiety, disgust or unease. A compulsion is a repetitive behaviour or mental act that you feel you need to do to temporar
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events. Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt. They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult. These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person's day-to-day life. Any situation tha
Keeping Well BLMK More than 3.5 million people are employed as shift workers in the UK. They work in a wide variety of industries including the emergency services, healthcare, the utilities, transport, manufacturing (including oil, gas & chemical industries), entertainment and retail. Poorly designed shift-working arrangements and long working hours that do not
How to improve your sleep, including sleep tips for shift work
Good sleep is essential for restoring the body and recharging the mind.
Sleep Disorders: Insomnia and Sleep Apnoea
Advice on managing insomnia and sleep apnoea