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Identifying and helping with eco-anxiety

Identifying and helping with eco-anxiety

by Bill Sheate, 25 June 2019

Recent blog post for UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Following on from my previous blog post Eco-anxiety and the state of the planet I’ve recently written a further post on eco-anxiety for the UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy. Click on the link to read further.

“Little did I expect, when I trained as a cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, that my background in ecology and environmental policy would cross over so directly into my therapy practice. But the rising tide of ‘eco-anxiety’ means I am seeing an increasing presentation of this form of anxiety in my clinic……”

Eco-anxiety and the state of the planet

Eco-anxiety and the state of the planet

by Bill Sheate

Understanding Eco-anxiety

  • Do you have a feeling of hopelessness about the world’s willingness and ability to tackle climate change and biodiversity extinction?

  • Do you feel helpless yourself in your own actions? What’s the point?

  • Do you fear for future generations?

  • Is this anxiety affecting all aspects of your life, your motivation to do things, to interact with friends and family?

Then you may well be suffering from eco-anxiety ……. Read more

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

Anxiety, Stress, Worry? A 'Personal Resilience Skills' Taster Session

by Bill Sheate

Imperial College Union - ‘Under Pressure’ campaign  - Wednesday 20 March 2019

As part of ICU’s regular ‘Under Pressure’ campaign, I’m offering this free taster session ‘Anxiety, Stress, Worry?……’ for Imperial College London students that introduces some simple, practical techniques for understanding and dealing with stressful situations, anxiety and worry.  Common for many students studying at Imperial (as elsewhere) are problems that arise in dealing with issues like perfectionism, and academic deadlines, workload and exams (at all levels - UG, PGT & PGR), as well as many other personal issues. …….

Procrastination - a waste of time?

Procrastination - a waste of time?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we do it?

Surprisingly, perhaps, procrastination is often used as a coping strategy; procrastinating - delaying doing something you need to do - in order to reduce the anxiety you might feel as you contemplate doing a task that might appear to be overwhelming, e.g. an essay; a group project; or revision for an exam. Procrastination is typically an avoidant behaviour, ……..

Worry - what is it and how to deal with it?

Worry - what is it and how to deal with it?

by Bill Sheate

When worry becomes the problem….

What is worry?

One way to look at worry is that it is the brain’s random attempt at problem solving, but to no avail. A more formal definition is the:

“Prolonged and fruitless search for a solution that will provide safety from the perceived threat of harm” (Clark and Beck, 2010)

Worry is typically future-focused; it is the opposite of present moment awareness (mindfulness). It’s about excessive thoughts that go round and round, creating stories we tell ourselves about what might happen and asking ourselves what we can do about it - ‘what-if’ questions about the future. ………..

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

Perfectionism - the modern scourge?

by Bill Sheate

Why do we seek the unattainable?

The search for perfection can be found throughout everyday life: the desire to be a perfect student, parent, child, lover, athlete, cook; to have the perfect life, body, relationship, and so on. Advertisers use perfection to sell cosmetics, fashion, body image, affecting women's and men's sense of self-worth as they compare themselves to unattainable perfection. 'Comparisonitis' invariably co-exists with perfectionism as the perfectionist constantly compares themselves to others who seem to have it all………

Taking control of your PhD

Taking control of your PhD

by Bill Sheate

Building good mental health while doing a PhD

Studying for a PhD can be demanding, challenging, sometimes exhilarating and sometimes deeply stressful.  Starting out on a PhD is like no other academic study you will have done before.  On the one hand you seem to have a long time ahead of you to get things done, and on the other milestones, deadlines and sometimes competing demands create pressures that you never faced as an undergraduate, on a Masters programme or even in an outside working environment…….. 

Social anxiety in class?

Social anxiety in class?

by Bill Sheate

Ask a question - you know you want to!

Does even the idea of asking a question in class make you break out in a sweat? For some, anxiety over asking questions in class, even in small groups, let alone making a presentation in front of all your peers, triggers such a strong avoidance strategy that they can go through their entire time at university without ever asking a question, even though they often have questions they would dearly like answered…….

Self-awareness or awareness of 'self'?

Self-awareness or awareness of 'self'?

by Bill Sheate

What do we mean by self-awareness?

Increasingly educational psychology recognises the importance of students developing self-awareness competency - the ability to reflect on one’s own role in society, to be able to evaluate one’s actions and to deal with one’s emotions and desires.

Typically, this involves five key aspects: ……..

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

by Bill Sheate

Tension: a physical manifestation of anxiety?

Do you find yourself feeling tense at the end of a day, or even from the very start? Maybe this tension is accompanied by headaches or other muscle aches, or grinding of your teeth. What's going on with tension?

Tension in the body - tightness and contraction of the muscles -  is often a physical manifestation of stress and anxiety ……….

Mindfulness workshop now booking

Mindfulness workshop now booking

by Bill Sheate

Practical Mindfulness for Everyday Living workshop now booking for 15 October 2018 6.00-8.30pm

An evening (2.5 hours) practical workshop that introduces you to simple mindfulness techniques and practices that you can integrate into daily living, and that doesn't require you to meditate every day! The workshop complements the self-hypnosis half-day workshop that was run earlier in September, but is also standalone……..

Seek help early if anxious or stressed at University

Seek help early if anxious or stressed at University

by Bill Sheate

Seeking help for anxiety early can make all the difference to your life at University - don’t leave it to get worse

As students begin a new life at University over the coming weeks (September/October 2018), or return to continue their courses of study, many will already have previous experience of mental health issues while some may develop them at University, often in response to the stresses and strains that come with university life (work, relationships, being away from family, finances etc). Typical problems include: ……..

'Failing' at exams isn't the end of the world

'Failing' at exams isn't the end of the world

by Bill Sheate

Exam performance is not the only  - and may not be the best - measure of success

Rob Rinder - in his recent comment piece (17 August 2018) for the London Evening Standard "Failing to get the exam results you want could be the best thing that happens to you — just look at me" - hit the nail on the head.  As he said:

"I am convinced that the more pressure we place on the single moment of exam results, the more we detract from nurturing the intellectual and emotional range that turns young people into successful adults and good citizens…….”

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How much does CBH therapy cost?

How much does CBH therapy cost?

by Bill Sheate

Can I afford private therapy?

If you are considering seeking private therapy of any kind an immediate consideration is likely to be cost - can I afford it?  Unlike some forms of therapy cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy (CBH) is typically a short-term programme of treatment, because it is focused on specific issues and on helping you help yourself through developing skills and using techniques for greater self-efficacy. A short-term programme is likely to be around 4 - 6 sessions; ………..

University staff suffer stress too!

University staff suffer stress too!

by Bill Sheate

Stress is rife throughout universities

Rightly, student mental health is often now making headline news, with the need for better provision for students' well-being as they move from home to university settings, and throughout their time at university and in response to the demands and expectations upon them.  Sometimes forgotten in all this is the fact that university staff - academic, research and administrative staff - also suffer from stress, anxiety, depression and a host of other mental health issues………

Universities UK report on student mental health

Universities UK report on student mental health

by Bill Sheate

Universities UK publish Minding Our Future report on student mental health

Universities UK - the umbrella group for universities - have just published (11 May 2018) a new report Minding Our Future: starting a conversation about the support of student mental health which sets out proposals for creating 'place-based' local partnerships among universities, local authorities, local NHS providers. and third sector services. This is a worthy ambition to create more joined-up mental health services for students at university and to try to prevent people slipping through the net………….

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

Twelve simple steps to mindfulness

by Bill Sheate

Mastering mindfulness is key to reducing anxiety

Mastering mindfulness is a key technique in helping to reduce anxiety, but is surprisingly simple to do, if you understand some basic principles. It should never be a chore. Here are 12 simple steps to mindfulness: .........

Do you suffer from insomnia?

Do you suffer from insomnia?

by Bill Sheate

I was awake half the night......

Insomnia is often linked with stress, anxiety or low mood/depression, but not always.  It can exist as an ongoing chronic problem which can seem quite unresolvable, going on for many years despite numerous attempts to find a solution.  A defining feature of insomnia is the sense of having slept badly and of suffering as a result....... 

Understanding stress – what is it?

Understanding stress – what is it?

by Bill Sheate

What do we mean by ‘stress’ and how does it relate to ‘anxiety’?  Are they the same thing? Actually, no they’re not, but they are related.  There have been a number of approaches to understanding stress over the years, but it is Richard Lazarus’ transactional model that is the most widely accepted.  It involves three key elements:
•    a stressor, 
•    appraisal (primary and secondary), and
•    response (problem-based or emotion-based)......

Don't suffer in silence.....

Don't suffer in silence.....

by Bill Sheate

Guardian article highlights the rise in student use of counselling services

A Guardian article today  - University mental health services face strain as demand rises 50% - highlights the increasing strain upon University counselling services as demand increases. Students accessing counselling services in the Guardian sample rose from just under 25,000 five years ago to more than 37,000 in the 2014-15 academic year, a 50% rise......