Q&A: Volunteering and Wellbeing

Laura

1-7th June 2019 is Volunteers Week. This brings back fond memories for me as my first job after graduating was with Volunteer Centre Sefton.  I ran a project to help young people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and physical health problems to get into voluntary work.  At the time my manager was Laura Hamilton … Read more

Creativity for Wellbeing

I’ve been interested in the links between creativity and emotional wellbeing ever since I worked on the Creative Alternatives project 12 years ago.  The project delivered creative workshops and outings as a ‘treatment’ for depression and anxiety.  Through this I saw the dramatic impact that creativity can have on people’s lives, how it brought them … Read more

Digging yourself out of depression

Plant in hand

Gardening and being out in nature, have long been recognised as good for our souls.  So much so that in the 1800’s patients in mental health institutions were being encouraged, as part of their therapy, to work on the grounds and farm.  Since then scientific research has shown that gardening reduces depression and anxiety, improves … Read more

Sleep Zzzz

Girl Sleeping

I’ve been meaning to write about sleep for a long time and I’ve been prompted to finally write this blog because Friday 15th March is World Sleep Day.  Now, don’t get excited, this does not mean that you can call your boss and say that you will be spending the whole day in bed asleep!  World … Read more

Book Review: “Break Free from OCD”

OCD Book

‘Break Free from OCD’ is a self-help book offering understanding and practical steps, for what is often a very distressing and misunderstood condition.  You can read more about OCD in my June 2018 edition of Forrest Rambles. I discovered this book whilst attending a workshop with one of the authors, Paul Salkovskis.  At this point … Read more

Health Anxiety

Cancer newspaper

As we have seen from previous editions of Forrest Rambles, anxiety can take many forms, from social anxiety to panic disorder, specific phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Today we turn our attention to health anxiety, which is defined as an excessive fear of having or developing a serious illness. You may have heard health anxiety … Read more