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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HOW TO MANAGE EMOTIONS

It’s extremely important to experience and express emotions, and they play an intrinsic role in how we react to certain situations. Our emotions can help us to make decisions, form positive relationships, interact with others and even help with self-care. That being said, they can become out of control and can also take a toll

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: GYMS TO REOPEN

In today’s instalment of ‘Good News Monday’, we’re talking all about last week’s government announcement which detailed how lockdown is continuously easing, the latest with the reopening of gyms. Outdoor swimming pools were permitted to reopen to the public from Saturday, and outdoor gyms have been able to operate since 4 July. However, it has

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WHAT IS OBSESSIVE COMPULSIVE DISORDER (OCD)?

Many people suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). As the name suggests, those who have OCD experience obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviours. It is a form of anxiety disorder which is characterised by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and ritualised, repetitive behaviours that the sufferer feels compelled to perform. The disorder can affect everyone – men, women and

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: HOW TO MANAGE STRESS

We all feel stressed from time to time. Maybe you’re under pressure in your job, you’ve had an argument with a family member, or perhaps you have money worries. Stress is normal, however, it’s important to know how to manage stress before it gets worse and starts to affect your daily life. Stress impacts us

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: NHS TURNS 72

Welcome to another instalment of ‘Good News Monday’, and this week’s positive news is all about our National Health Service. Yesterday (5 July 2020) marked the 72nd anniversary of our beloved NHS. On this date in 1948, the NHS was established by Aneurin Bevan – Minister of Health at Park Hospital in Manchester (now known

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WHAT IS A PANIC ATTACK?

If you have experienced a panic attack before, you’ll know that they can be very scary and distressing. We all have times where we feel anxious or panic, it’s a completely natural response to scenarios that are stressful or dangerous. However, it becomes problematic when these feelings arise on a regular basis for no apparent

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: RELAXATION BREATHING TECHNIQUES

When you’re feeling stressed and anxious, have you ever stopped to take note of your breathing? It tends to be shallow and rapid. In contrast, have you realised how your breathing differs when you’re relaxed? It’s slower and deeper. Practising breathing techniques is an effective way to help you relax in stressful situations – they

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CARE HOME CREATES A ‘HUG TUNNEL’

The coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown measures have meant that many people around the world have had to completely isolate and keep their distance from loved ones to avoid catching the potentially deadly illness. This has been particularly difficult for elderly and high-risk people who have been advised by the government to stay at home.

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WHAT IS HYPNOTHERAPY AND HOW CAN IT HELP?

You’ve probably heard the term hypnotherapy before, but a lot of people aren’t completely sure what it is, or what the process involves. In short, hypnotherapy is a method of therapy that uses the power of suggestion to encourage positive change. Many people opt for hypnotherapy if they’re looking to quit smoking, treat phobias, stop

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: LEARN TO MEDITATE

Life is stressful. Work, relationships, household chores – it can get on top of us sometimes. This stress can make us feel anxious, on edge and worried. If this sounds familiar, why not try and find some time to meditate? Everyone can meditate – it doesn’t cost any money, doesn’t require any special equipment and

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: FOOD VOUCHERS EXTENDED

It’s the start of a new week, which means another dose of good news. Today’s good news is that the government have agreed to extend the free food vouchers scheme over the summer holidays! These £15-a-week vouchers will continue to be distributed to some of the country’s poorest families as the ‘COVID Summer Food Fund’

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WHAT IS LONELINESS AND WHY DO WE EXPERIENCE IT?

Leading on from our previous blog post to mark Loneliness Awareness Week, today we’re going to be discussing what loneliness is and why we can experience it. Loneliness is a term used to describe the feeling of an absence of rewarding social contact and relationships. It’s not the same as being physically alone; some people

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LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK

WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: LONELINESS AWARENESS WEEK

This week marks Loneliness Awareness Week. We can all feel lonely at any point in our lives, however, many people are experiencing loneliness at the moment due to the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown. Being apart from loved ones during this time has increased the risk of feeling lonely and isolated for many people.

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8 WISE ™ – EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

You might have heard us talking about our unique 8 Wise ™ Approach – a programme that has been developed by professional psychotherapists and mental health practitioners. We’ve run workshops about it, spoken about it at events and referenced it a lot in our social media posts. In case you’re unsure of what it is,

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: HOW TO RELAX THE BODY

‘To relax’. Many of us are told to do this countless times during our life. But how do we actually do it and what does it mean? Relaxing means to calm your mind and body. In today’s instalment of Wellness Wednesday, we’re going to be sharing some tips on how to physically relax. When we

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CYCLING MORE POPULAR THAN EVER

Happy Monday everyone! If you are wanting to start your week off on the right foot, be sure to check out our weekly ‘Good News Monday’ blog posts where we share uplifting and positive news. Today we’re talking all about cycling. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown that has ensued as a result,

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WHAT IS POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD)?

Post-traumatic stress disorder also referred to as PTSD is a form of anxiety that is caused by experiencing extremely stressful, scary or distressing events. Those who suffer from the disorder tend to relive these experiences through nightmares or flashbacks and sometimes have uncontrollable thoughts about the event. They may feel isolated, irritated and even guilty.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: PROGRESSIVE MUSCLE RELAXATION (PMR)

You may have heard of Progressive Muscle Relaxation, otherwise known as PMR. It’s often used to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, help with insomnia and even reduce symptoms of some kinds of chronic pain. It’s essentially a deep relaxation technique that works by tensing one muscle group at a time, then releasing that tension.

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: REUNITING WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY

It’s the start of another week, which means we’re bringing you another dose of good news! As of today, in England groups of up to six people are now permitted to meet outdoors in both public and private spaces – meaning you can meet people in your garden. After ten long weeks in lockdown, you

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WHAT IS GENERALISED ANXIETY DISORDER?

Did you know that in the UK, around one in ten of us are living with anxiety? That equates to over eight million people. Anxiety is a constant feeling of worry, fear or nervousness. It’s natural to feel these emotions at times – if, for example, you’re experiencing stress at work or significant life transitions.

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: ESTABLISH A GOOD SLEEP ROUTINE

Establishing a good sleep routine is essential for your health and wellness. Unfortunately, in this day and age, we are typically sleeping less as a species and our sleep quality has also decreased. Stressful days at work, excessive screen time and other factors can interfere with our natural patterns. So, why is sleep so good

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SUNNY WEATHER ON THE WAY

It’s Monday so that means we’re bringing another dose of good news to you to start your week off on a positive note. If you live in the UK, the chances are you will have checked your weather app for the latest forecast, and the good news is that we’re going to be treated to

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WHAT IS BURNOUT AND HOW CAN YOU PREVENT IT?

Have you ever experienced constant, excessive stress – so much so that it leaves you feeling exhausted, helpless and disillusioned? You may be facing burnout. So what is it and why does it happen? You’re likely to experience burnout when you’re feeling overwhelmed, emotionally drained and that you just can’t meet constant demands. It’s a

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAY: EAT A BALANCED DIET

Today’s top tip for Wellness Wednesday is to ensure you are getting lots of nutrients through food and drink. What we put into our body has a huge effect on our health, both physical and mental, so it’s essential to have a healthy, balanced diet. So what exactly qualifies as a ‘healthy diet’? Essentially, it’s

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: SOCIAL WELLNESS

Coronavirus and the subsequent measures taken all across the world in an attempt to contain it, has meant that many of us haven’t been able to socialise or see loved ones in months. Whether you’re isolating by yourself, with your other half, or with family – the majority of us have other people outside of

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WHAT IS STRESS AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT US?

We all feel stress at some point or another. Whether you’re stressed about not hitting a work deadline, about your finances or relationships. Stress is essential for us as humans, and in fact, without it we wouldn’t have survived as a species. For example, cavemen needed to feel stressed to alert them to potential danger

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WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: ARE YOU DRINKING ENOUGH WATER?

Today brings our second instalment of ‘Wellness Wednesdays’ – that means we’re sharing another wellness tip here on our blog. Today’s tip is to drink plenty of water! Experts recommend you drink two litres or eight glasses a day. Did you know that staying hydrated can help to reduce symptoms of depression? Dehydration zaps your

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: LOCKDOWN EASED AND MENTAL HEALTH

Last night saw the highly anticipated coronavirus from Boris Johnson. Whilst lockdown is still a reality for the time-being, there has been one restriction eased that will help many people’s mental and physical health. That change is that we can now exercise outside more than just once a day, and we will even be able

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THE ‘D’ WORD: WHAT IS DEPRESSION?

The ‘D’ word. Depression. It’s a word we’ve all heard a lot, but what actually is it? According to WHO 322 million people across the globe suffer from depression, so if you are experiencing it you are not alone and there is no shame in it. So if you recognise the symptoms don’t hide it,

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INTRODUCING WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS: GOING OUTSIDE

What is wellness? The Global Wellness Institute defines it as ‘the active pursuit of activities, choices and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health’. For us at Dalton Wise, wellness is a sense of overall wellbeing, body, mind and soul. Every Wednesday we will be sharing some wellness tips right here on our

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GOOD NEWS MONDAY: CORONAVIRUS AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Coronavirus. Covid19. Pandemic. Global Crisis. It’s something we can’t get away from – we hear about it every time we turn on the TV, the radio, scroll through social media. From worrying about catching the disease to feeling helpless and stir-crazy due to lockdown, it can all seem a bit doom and gloom and many

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MANAGING ANXIETY DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

The ongoing situation with the Covid-19 has meant that many people are suffering with increased anxiety. Our routines have been turned upside down, work has been put on hold for many, social events have come to a complete halt and we’re stuck in our homes for the forseable. All of this is enough to take

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ANXIETY: THE PHYSICAL EFFECTS AND HOW TO TACKLE THEM

Anxiety is part of life. Everyone will experience feelings of anxiousness at some point or another – whether that’s before an exam, starting a new job, moving house or public speaking – the list goes on. Anxiety in this form is completely normal. However, if your anxiety starts to get in the way of your

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Health Anxiety and Introducing “Health Wise”

Formerly known as ‘hypochondria’, if someone has Health Anxiety they will experience obsessive and irrational worries about having a serious illness or medical condition. They may imagine physical symptoms, or alternatively may interpret a minor illness or normal body sensation as a serious disease or medical issue. It is the fastest-growing type of anxiety at

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Get Wise About Your Wellness With 8 WISE

The 8 Wise Wellness programme When we think about Wellness what do you really think it’s all about? Is it our Health?  Is it our Mental Health? Does it mean wellbeing? Or is it a buzz word, that we know means something about taking better care of ourselves’, but we are not 100% sure in

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Avicii – Mental Health and Hiding Behind the Smile

JUST over a year ago Tim Bergling, better known by his stage name Avicii, one of the most popular and successful electronic dance music artists in the world who scored several worldwide hits, died. The music industry and its fanbase the world over was shock and disbelief. How could this world-famous mega star, who seemingly

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Depression: A True Story – Daniel’s Struggle

“YOU weren’t able to help me but maybe you can help someone else.” A line written by a young father of two in a 13/14-page suicide note he left for his wife. Daniel Picton-Jones was an agricultural contractor who took his own life in 2016. His wife Emma remembers coming around the corner and seeing

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Mental Health: Anxiety does not have the X Factor

James Arthur had to pull out of performing at the recent Teenage Cancer Trust Gig at the Royal Albert Hall because he was suffering from poor mental health. The former X Factor winner apologised (which he didn’t need to do) to his many fans on Twitter saying: “I’m deeply sorry to announce that I’m going

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Understanding Bipolar Disorder

The late, great Jimi Hendrix was a maverick, a guitarist without peer and it is also thought that he may have suffered from what we used to know as manic depression, but now call bipolar disorder. “Manic depression is searching my soul I know what I want But I just don’t know, honey How to

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Qualifications ‘V’ Experience in Therapy and Coaching

Do qualifications matter? Do they prove you are good at what you do? I see debate after debate about this, especially in my arena of Therapy and Coaching, where more and more people are popping up as a Coach or Therapist after completing a 2-day workshop. But does their lack of qualifications really matter?  Does

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Time Travel for Stress and Anxiety Relief

Time Travel for Stress and Anxiety Relief When I started on my own coaching and therapy journey, I was very confused about everything. It was a scary time and not knowing what to expect or what I might find out about myself along the way caused a lot of distress. When my doctors first diagnosed

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Football and Mental Health: Boys Don’t Cry

ITV ran a programme over two nights called Harry’s Heroes: The Full English, where the former manager Harry Redknapp was in charge of a group of England football heroes from the 1990s, who got back together to try and get fit to play a game against the arch enemy, the Germans. A friend in need

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Is Brexit Having an Impact On Your Mental Health?

Stress and Anxiety levels have increased for Brits struggling to handle the Brexit palaver. Don’t let Brexit get the better of your mental health, try these two wellness tips to help balance your inner calm and keep the ‘Brexit Madness’ out of your head.  Meditation Wikipedia states Meditation is a practice where an individual uses

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Ricky Gervais: Grieving and After Life

Ricky Gervais’ new show on Netflix, After Life has been getting rave reviews. “A good day is when I don’t go round wanting to shoot random strangers in the face and then turn the gun on myself.”  Not the sort of dialogue you expect from a prime-time TV show. But this is no ordinary programme.

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Mental Health and how to be your own hero

Each day I read more and more about how to manage stress, how to cope with anxiety and how to live with depression. The information is in abundance, flowing like a google waterfall of information – free webinars, courses, articles, TV shows, podcasts etc. Quotations fly all across social media inspiring and supporting those who

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Anxiety and Stress: Take Control, Get Selfish

Let’s get real – anxiety and stress sucks! So its time to take control and get selfish. It eats away at our confidence, self-esteem and overall functionality. But how much of it is caused by putting others before ourselves, too much? We justify it by calling it selfless, as if that’s always a positive thing

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Is Y Mental Health Policy at Work Enough?

Is Mental Health in work a taboo for you? Do you think it’s possible to open up in work about your mental health and still be respected, still get the same opportunities for promotion and progression? I’ve seen this topic talked about often over the last few weeks, and I would love to hear your

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Don’t Hide Behind The Smile – It’s Okay Not to Feel Fabulous

It’s a British thing – perhaps at times a fault, to put a front up, to hide our problems behind a smile. A fake smile can hide a multitude of things; stress, depression, anxiety, sadness, burnout, exasperation. And no, not every smile is fake, and you can’t always tell when it’s fake or not –

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Get 8 Wise: Self-esteem is built in your past

Low self-esteem sucks. It effects every aspect of your life, from your daily behaviours and actions to all of your relationships.  It grinds you down and prevents you from having the freedom to live a fulfilling life. But how the hell do we improve self-esteem through therapy?  Through my unique 8 Wise blended therapy programme

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Get 8 Wise: I’ve got issues, but I don’t know what they are?

Let’s get something straight – feeling like rubbish sometimes is perfectly normal, feeling like rubbish all the time isn’t normal, and you can do something about it. But I know it’s not always as simple as that, many people self-diagnose, they search for more defining words to what they are feeling before they do something

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