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Psychological benefits of giving to others and thinking of others

Do you ever get that warm feeling when you’ve done a good deed? Or when you’ve given someone a gift they really value and cherish? Research indicates that giving to others is psychologically beneficial to...

The psychology of comfort eating

Eating our hearts out  Eating is arguably at the very centre of our being.  It plays a complicated role in our daily lives and wellbeing, as well as a key part in how many of...

Work stress advice feature on Refinery29

This month Dr Elena features on Refinery29 in a piece entitled: ‘How my job drove me to therapy’ “Approximately 50% of individuals suffering from anxiety and depression report that work is one of the top...

What does a psychiatrist do?

There are less than six thousand doctors practising general psychiatry in the UK. A psychiatrist is a medically qualified practitioner who can prescribe medicine to treat mental health problems. Along with medical training and experience,...

Surf the urge: Understanding addiction and how to overcome it

There are various strategies that can help people overcome addictive behaviour.  Some of them have weird and wonderful names such as ‘urge surfing’ or (the less snappy) ‘managing permission giving thoughts’.  Getting to grips with...

Workplace stress: an all-time high and what employers can do to beat it

Stress at work: key statistics Work-related stress can be a significant contributor to staff absenteeism and low morale in the workplace.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) define stress as a harmful reaction people have...

How to boost your self esteem

A healthy self-esteem is an invaluable asset in life. Likewise low self-esteem can be seen as a significant factor at the root of many of our problems.  Knowing that low self-esteem is a problem is...

The rising popularity of talking therapies

The world we live in is becoming increasingly complex. In the UK we have more choices and opportunities than ever before. We are able to connect with people across the world. This opens up so...

Being Mindful: Q & A with Rachael Kable

Q. I would love to know more about you and how you first came across mindfulness practice. A. I’m Rachael, a mindfulness mentor, blogger and host of The Mindful Kind podcast. After experiencing stress from...

Everything you wanted to know about stress but were too afraid to ask

Stress is how we respond to pressure, expectation, demands and threats.  Stress in small doses can be helpful, but too much for too long can be damaging for us.  Stress can be experienced in short...