Tag: Depression

Dealing with anger in angry times (2)

In a previous post we looked at the ways in which we can cope with feelings of anger in a society that is increasingly prone to focus on the negative; stereotyping and reporting on issues that can make our blood boil. We looked at how we can focus on those issues that we can influence,…

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So what is ’empty nest syndrome’? ‘let’s talk!’ on how to cope…

It is that time of year again. Autumn, when many of our children fledge, leaving their homes to start a life apart from their parents at college or university. They will experience all sorts of new things; challenges aplenty and excitement, as well as the inevitable hangovers. But what about the parents and carers they…

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A ‘let’s talk!’ book recommendation: Emotional Geology by Linda Gillard

Occasionally, here at The Terrace, we like to suggest books, films or programmes that we have enjoyed and which we think you will find interesting and thought-provoking. So today we have a review of Emotional Geology, written by Linda Gillard and available in paperback or on Kindle. Following the lead character, Rose Leonard, as she…

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More poetry for mindfulness: Keeping Quiet by Pablo Neruda

Why do we find it so hard to be, simply, still? Here at The Terrace we are lucky enough to have an expert mindfulness practitioner, Miranda Bevis. Her experiences have been immensely positive, both personally and professionally and she is keen to share the  life enhancing nature of mindfulness, which is now being taken up as an…

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Can you measure happiness? And should we even try?

We recently published a post on ‘let’s talk’ by Rin Hamburgh, a regular contributor to the Positive News network, which aims to  ‘inform, inspire and empower our readers, while helping create a more balanced and constructive media’. We are happier if read more positive news it seems; if we appreciate that despite what many journalists would…

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On positive news – and why scaremongering can seriously damage your health…

Today we are lucky to have a guest post on ‘let’s talk’, written by Rin Hamburgh,  a Bristol-based journalist specialising in psychology and well-being, green living and other lifestyle subjects. You can visit her website and blog at www.rin-hamburgh.co.uk. She writes here of the positive news movement, which is gaining in popularity as an alternative to the…

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‘Sexting’ – how we must make sure young people know how to ‘Zipit’…

Here at The Terrace we are keen to promote charities that work to support children and protect those that are vulnerable, or who find themselves in situations that could leave them open to abuse and exploitation. We support the NSPCC as our chosen charity and run regular events to raise money for them, maintaining close links…

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‘let’s talk!’ about: The Bowen Technique

Recently we have been asking our readers, and followers on Facebook and twitter, which therapies they would like to know more about. At The Terrace we offer psychotherapy and complimentary therapy, but within those areas there are many different approaches to emotional and physical well-being. It can be confusing – and in past posts we have…

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Breathing-space for your Brain – the science of mindfulness

  By Celia Kozlowski – science writer Celia Kozlowski is a freelance science writer and editor based in Somerset who completed the Mindfulness-based stress reduction training at The Terrace in Taunton and has written, through the ‘scientific lens’, how mindfulness works. The World War II slogan is everywhere these days—tee shirts, mugs,: Keep Calm and…

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Grump or Grinch? How to let in the Christmas Spirit without Marley’s Ghost

Today we have another Christmas thought from Jane Gotto here at the Terrace. Firstly, we are not directing this at those who find Christmas a difficult time of year for reasons of  isolation, or depression and anxiety for example. It can be a hard, and sometimes life-threatening time of year. If this sounds like you,…

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How does the weather affect our mood?

The rain to the wind said, ‘You push and I’ll pelt.’ They so smote the garden bed That the flowers actually knelt, And lay lodged–though not dead. I know how the flowers felt. Lodged by Robert Frost For some of us, our mood seems inextricably linked to the weather. If you live in certain parts…

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Counselling – How does it help? Is it for me?

The Terrace is holding an Open Evening on Monday 16th September at 6pm Counselling and psychotherapy are recognised and established tools in supporting people through the ‘tough times’ and to grow better relationships, both at home and at work. Why would I come? People come because they want to feel better. Individuals, teenagers, couples and…

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Can we grow ‘accustomed to the dark’? – Emily Dickinson & facing your fears

A poem today, from the wonderful Emily Dickinson, who wrote so eloquently about despair, depression and sorrow, but also, in this poem, hope and facing your fears, meeting challenges and finding a way through. It is about ‘groping’ for a way out of that ‘darkness of the brain’, and although those brave enough might hit their…

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Teenage Depression – a blog for the Blurt Foundation

This post was originally published on the website of the wonderful Blurt Foundation last week. Jane was pleased to be asked to contribute to their blog, which offers people experiencing depression and anxiety the opportunity to tell their story and share experiences. The whole website offers factsheets and support in a friendly and accessible way….

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Is the pressure getting to our teenagers?

As many as one in thirteen adolescents experience symptoms of depression and anxiety at some time. The condition can be deceptively difficult for parents to recognize however, and not only because teens often adhere to a don’t-ask, don’t-tell policy when it comes to expressing their emotions. We have learnt a lot about anxiety and depression…

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