Climate Anxiety

Climate Anxiety

‘What is climate anxiety and what can we do about it?’ So begins this interesting article by the Climate Reality Project.

So begins this interesting article by the Climate Reality Project.It seems there aren’t many day’s when we aren’t hearing in some way about how climate change is impacting our environment, our weather, our homes and livelihoods. Significant weather change and global warming are blamed for rising flooding and growing extremes of temperature. It’s easy to get anxious about these things, especially when we think about the future for our children and grandchildren.

Climate or Eco-anxiety is described by the American Psychological Association as ‘a chronic fear of environmental doom’ and it’s something that seems to be on the rise. So what can we do about this?

Don’t be afraid to talk about it! You are not alone in recognising that things are not what they once were. Acknowledging how you feel can empower you to work out how you can act to take care of yourself.

Or perhaps channelling your energy into being the change you wish to see may empower you. Take action! Even change in small ways such as recycling, composting or reducing waste all add up to impacting our world. And that’s without mentioning getting involved with the many forms of activism that are out there and growing. Read more >

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Proud to be supporting our frontline workers

Proud to be supporting our frontline workers

Proud to be supporting our frontline workersOne of our counsellors, Helen, has been involved in this great initiative to support frontline NHS workers during the Covid-19 pandemic by offering free counselling online.

Helen says: “I feel so very privileged to be able to help the NHS during this time of need. Using my counselling skills to help and support the NHS staff who are working so tirelessly and with such dedication to care for others, is both humbling and an inspiration and I feel so very blessed to be part of this frontline service.”

The Points of Light Service has itself been commended by the Prime Minister, with its founders receiving a personal letter of thanks from the PM. Check out their full article here, where you can also find out more about Points of Light. Read more>

Rainbow Counselling are also pleased to offer 4 sessions of half price counselling to all NHS frontline workers during the Covid-19 pandemic. Please contact us to be put in touch with a counsellor today.

Being there for a loved one with anxiety

Being there for a loved one with anxiety

Whether you have been loving or loathing lockdown one thing’s for certain – for many people it has raised anxiety about many things: money, job security and health to name a few.

Online Counselling Services at Rainbow, SheffieldPerhaps you are feeling anxious on behalf of someone else – a family member whose job is at risk, a single friend who is living alone and isolated or an elderly parent with pre-existing health issues.

This helpful article by the rTMS Centre highlights some ways you can help someone who is experiencing anxiety. Being there for them in a non-pressurised way and distracting them with other helpful things may support them in this phase of their journey.

Also important in these times (and always) is the importance of self care. The article reminds us that key to supporting someone is to be aware of our own boundaries and limits so that we can realistically offer something that is concrete and sustainable. Read more about the article at the rTMS Centre >

Remember support is out there! You are not alone. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our counsellors today.

Having perspective in uncertain and anxious times

Having perspective in uncertain and anxious times

uncertain and anxious timesIn some way we are all being affected by the current Covid 19 pandemic. It’s leading to uncertain and anxious times for everybody in so many ways, whether health-related, financial or social to name just a few.

This great article from The Guardian outlines some helpful tips to keep a good grasp of reality and maintain a balanced and healthy perspective of the current situation. Show me more >

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Clear your phone and clear your mind

Clear your phone and clear your mind

Many of us can spend up to four hours a day on our phones, whether that’s on social media, looking up or ordering something, or just passing the time of day.

Clear your mind and your phone with a digital detox and start the year focussing on being in the present and being relationship-focussed for a healthier and clearer mind.

The link below to an article, by Mozilla (Firefox), has some great tips for how to reduce the temptation to be constantly on your phone or device. Ideas include making apps grayscale so they seems less appealing, and moving essential apps only to be in your line of vision. Check it out for some great tips to get your year off to a better start. Find out more >

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong – Dr Tim Cantopher

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong – Dr Tim Cantopher

Depressive Illness: The Curse of the Strong - Dr Tim CantopherThis a gem of a book to pull out and read a chapter or two during a lunch break or on the bus. Written for the everyday person who might be struggling with depression or coming to terms with a friend or family member’s diagnosis of the condition, it explains the key issues in easy to understand language, complete with humour and illustrations. And it’s not too long or complicated!

Written by a doctor from a faith background with medical understanding of and personal experience of depression it takes a very compassionate and kind approach to the issue. Of particular help is the comprehensive and easy to understand explanation of just how medication works, which may help anyone weighing up the pros and cons of this issue. Definitely recommended for anyone with questions about the key issues involved in depression’s symptoms, possible causes and treatment.

Link to Amazon to buy the book >

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