Before taking anti-depressants, read this

Prescriptions for anti-depressants has increased by 48% in Scotland over the last 10 years. If you’re currently taking, or are about to start taking, psychiatric medication then it’s important to know how it works, how it might help and what happens when you want to stop taking it. With that information you can decide if …

Learn how to manage anxiety

Does anxiety cause you distress and limit your life choices? This practical, face to face course, run over 6 weeks in central Edinburgh, will give you the knowledge, skills and support you need to actively manage anxiety and reduce its negative impact. In 2 x hour weekly blocks, you’ll meet with a small group (max …

Why combine counselling with massage therapy?

One reason to seek counselling is to get help with anxiety. You may not remember what ‘feeling calm’ is like. Perhaps anxiety is your ‘normal’ – maybe you can’t imagine feeling any other way. Common symptoms – e.g. insomnia, racing heart, being highly reactive, intrusive thoughts, feelings of panic – can leave you in such …

Three steps to ease anxiety

It’s not surprising we’re all feeling anxious: we’re trapped inside with lots to get worried about, lots of encouragement to be frightened and little to distract us. However, we can reduce that anxiety by doing three things: breathingmovingexpressing If you’re anything like me, then you may forget those things that really support you just when …

Dance, no Talk!

Dancing is a great way to exercise, de-stress and awaken your body. These unled sessions – Dance, no Talk! – offer 2 hours of continuous music and a beautiful space to move in (Leith, Edinburgh). Enjoy freedom to move, however you like, to different rhythms, moods, tempos. Be noisy or silent, solo or together – …

The brain’s amazing drugs cabinet

Knowledge is power. When we understand what emotions do and how our bodies/brains create them, we can manage them better and so improve our mental health and relationships. The Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution has created a fabulous set of FREE resources to help children and young people do just this. They’re engaging, accessible and …

Behaviours that kill relationships

Sometimes, black clouds of tension and conflict hang over a relationship. You try your best, but nothing you do seems to make any difference. If only your ‘loved’ one wasn’t so defensive….so critical….so contemptuous…so good at ignoring you! Well, you’ve just put your finger on the four behaviours that kill relationships or – the ‘4 …