It's mental health awareness week! This year's theme is "body image - how we think and feel about our bodies". This is a topic that comes up time and again in my work, and I wanted to use the opportunity to think about how we think about ourselves when something goes wrong with our body. When we feel like it's letting us down.
As I've previously mentioned on this blog, I'm a runner. I started running properly in 2017 after a couple of previous shaky attempts, and since then I think it's taught me a few things both about myself, and about mental health in general. This post is about what I've learned from running.
A few weeks ago I wrote a post about taking control of your finances. If you've been having a go at some of those techniques but you're still struggling with money, this week's post might be for you - we're thinking about why you're not reaching your financial goals.
Being in therapy can be a daunting process. It's hard to tell your most difficult thoughts to someone every other week, and to work on things that make your life slightly better by small degrees whilst fighting an internal battle as to whether it's worth it. This week I wanted to focus on what it's like on the other side of the fence, with the things that your psychologist probably wants you to know.
We all experience stress from time to time, as I've already discussed on this blog. But sometimes, that stress can turn into something more. Today, I'm going to look at burnout - what is it, what are the signs of it, and what can you do about it.
As with last week's post, everything is going to be behind the cut because I'm aware it could be very upsetting for some people. If you do read this post, and it's salient for you, make sure you have a way of talking care of yourself. With that said, building on the theme of last week's post, this post is going to be about how to leave an abusive relationship.
This week I want to talk about abusive behaviour in relationships. Those of you who have been in abusive relationships and who are recovering might find discussion of this quite difficult, or triggering to your trauma symptoms, so everything else is going to be behind the "read more" break.
We all know that sleep is super important - try going a few days without it and see how you feel! But what can you do when you can't get to sleep no matter how hard you try? Poor sleepers buckle up - this one's for you (people who also struggle to sleep once in a while, it's for you too, I don't discriminate).
It's nearing the end of March - we're three months into 2019! It seems like a long time since I wrote blog posts on both my own resolutions, and why people probably wouldn't stick with theirs. This week, I'm taking it back to remind you of why resolutions are hard and what you can do if you've gone off track - this might be a well-timed reminder for some of you!
Did you know that up to 8.3 million households in the UK are unable to pay off their debts or household bills? Scary stuff. In this blog post, I'm talking about psychological techniques that can help you to take control of your finances once and for all.
Dr Sarah Blackshaw: Clinical Psychologist, blogger, tea drinker, interested in dinosaurs and shiny objects